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SL Vs NZ: Ross Taylor Suppresses Kohli, Tendulkar In List Of Most Consecutive Fifties In ODI Format

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| January 8 , 2019 , 16:10 IST

Former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor continued his impressive form with the bat as he produced yet another valuable 137-run knock against Sri Lanka in the 3rd ODI at Saxton Oval on Tuesday.

In doing so, the Kiwi batsman managed to score his 6th consecutive 50+ score in the 50-over format, hence going past the Indian pair of Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar who both have done so on a total of 5 occasions.

Taylor also smashed his 20th ODI ton and he has now more number of centuries in a single format than any other Kiwi batsman in history.

Former New Zealand batsman has been one of the most productive ODI batsmen since the start of 2017 and had an amazing batsman of over 75 runs per innings with his last 10 scores being: 1, 59, 113, 10, 181*, 80, 86*, 54, 90, and 137.

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In terms of consecutive 50-plus scores, Taylor has now equalled his skipper Kane Williamson (2015), and Andrew Jones as the record holders for New Zealand. Former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf, West Indies' Gordon Greenidge and Australia's Mark Waugh, also sit alongside Taylor. The record holder, meanwhile, is Pakistan's Javed Miandad who had scored 50+ totals on 9 consecutive innings in 1987.

The legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar had a streak of back-to-back 50+ scores very early in his career with 5 in 1994. India's current skipper Virat Kohli, meanwhile, had done the same in 2012. While Sachin went on to break several records in his cricketing career, this isn't a feat that he managed to top. Virat, who has been stunning with the bat in the last couple of years, might go on to beat Yousuf's tally in the future.

Taylor, on the other hand, is just 3 half-centuries shy of Yousuf's tally. Those three ODIs will be against Team India who would be touring New Zealand later this month.

Speaking to media, the former Kiwi skipper on this said: "It was nice to get the 20th hundred, I would have taken that at the start of my career. I'm getting old, so hopefully I've got a few more in me."