No one had scored a century and taken six wickets in the same One Day International match until 21st June 2005. On that day, England were facing Bangladesh in a NatWest Tri Series match at Trent Bridge – a rare day-night match. It was the Ashes season, and many saw this ODI series (also involving Australia) as just a warm-up before the epic Test series that followed, especially the games against Bangladesh. But Bangladesh, in just the previous game, had stunned Australia by 5 wickets, giving delight to many an English fan.
Which meant that the hosts could not afford to be complacent, even though they had seen off Bangladesh by 10 wickets in the opening round of the series. And they showed that they meant business, from ball one. Winning the toss and batting first, Marcus Trescothick (85 in 65 balls) and Andrew Strauss bludgeoned the opposition, racking up an opening stand of 141 in just 16.3 overs. A minor wobble saw England become 179/3, but at that point exactly 25 overs were still left. At which point came in Paul Collingwood, joining Strauss in the middle.
Collingwood started off confidently, with the cushion of a strong foundation in place. The run rate hardly went below 6.5, as both him and Strauss milked the inexperienced Bangladeshi bowlers. The duo put on a massive 210-run partnership which ended only off the penultimate ball of the innings, when Strauss was dismissed for 152 off 128 balls. Collingwood remained unbeaten on a career-best 112 in just 86 balls, with 10 fours and 5 sixes.
Collingwood brought up his fifty from 53 balls with a four off Mohammed Rafique in the 40th over, but took only 24 more deliveries to reach his hundred, which he reached by a single off Nazmul Hossain in the 48th over. His 77 ball ton was England’s third fastest in ODI’s, and England’s total was 391/4, then the second highest in ODI history. With all respect to Bangladesh, the game was done and dusted by a safe margin.
But Collingwood was not done yet. Debutant Chris Tremlett had taken two wickets in two balls to reduce Bangladesh to 30/2 by the tenth over, which brought the in-form Mohammed Ashraful (he had made 100 in the upset win over Australia) to the middle. He went hell for leather, bringing up his fifty in just 21 balls, going on to score an awesome 94 off just 52 balls and putting on 125 for the 3rd wicket with the sedate Javed Omar (59 off 106). It was the innocuous Collingwood, who had figures of 0/4 in 2 overs until then, who accounted for Ashraful in the 26th over, thus robbing Bangladesh of their only faint hope.
This opened the floodgates, and Collingwood proceeded to cut through the middle order with his gentle medium pace. In a span of 14 overs, 155/2 became 201/8 – all six wickets falling to Collingwood. He too, like Tremlett, was on a hat-trick once when he followed captain Habibul Bashar’s dismissal with Aftab Ahmed’s wicket, a caught and bowled. Three of his six victims were bowled.
Tremlett (4/32) came back to claim the last two wickets, as Bangladesh were dismissed for 223 in 45.2 overs, losing by 168 runs. Collingwood bowled unchanged throughout between overs 21 and 40, and recorded figures of 10-1-31-6. His last four overs read 4-1-7-5. This was the first time that a cricketer had scored a century and taken six wickets in the same match, and till date no one else has repeated the feat.
The previous best all-round show was by Vivian Richards, who made 119 and took 5/41 for the West Indies against New Zealand at Dunedin in 1986-87. Collingwood’s figures of 6/31 also broke Mark Ealham’s record (5/15 v Zimbabwe, Kimberley, 1999-00) of the best ODI bowling return by an Englishman. As of now, the record is standing, with only Chris Woakes becoming the other English bowler to take 6 wickets in an innings (6/45 v Australia, Brisbane 2010-11).
His figures are the best ODI bowling analysis at Trent Bridge, surpassing Kenneth MacLeay’s 6/39 for Australia against India in the 1983 World Cup. Collingwood also holds the English record of the highest number of runs in ODI cricket as well as the most ODI matches played – 5092 in 197 matches from 2001 to 2011. Though he has not played for England since the 2011 World Cup, he remains one of England’s best limited-overs players, as his numbers suggest.
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