5. Scott Styris
Scott Bernardo Styris is an aggressive right-handed middle order batsman for New Zealand. It was a hard day for New Zealand as the Lankans tightened the screws of the New Zealand’s batting. Scott was all alone battling in the field fiercely facing Sri Lanka’s strong bowling. Scott scored a century off 152 balls and stayed till the end scoring 111 runs off 157 balls providing the team a descent total of 219 to defend. Scott nearly scored half of the team’s total. However, the efforts of Scott Styris went in vain as New Zealand couldn’t restrict the Lankans who have showcased a sensible performance with the bat.
4. Rameez Raja
Rameez Raja is one of the stylish cricketers of Pakistan on and off the field. It was on 17th September, 1990 where the ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan was one of the most anticipated matches. The openers of Pakistan aimed for a huge total building up a strong partnership. It was a clinical performance by Rameez where he scored a ton of 152 balls. Rameez supported Saeed Anwar to play his game who scored 126 of 99 balls. Rameez scored 107 off 154 balls not out. The opening provided by the openers helped Pakistan to post a huge total of 315. Even the Sri Lankans failed to chase a mountain and it was a thrilling win for the Pakistan. (Also read: Highest run-scorers for each team in Tests)
3. Geoff Marsh
Geoff Marsh is a right-hand opening batsman renowned for his no-frills style and dogged determination. In the match between Australia and England on 29th May 1989 Geoff Marsh delivered a crucial innings for the Australian team. Geoff opened the innings by scoring a century off 156 balls which played a vital role in chasing the 278 runs posted by England. Geoff scored 111 off 162 balls staying till the end where Australia won the match by 6 wickets. Geoff was declared as the Man of the Match for his outstanding performance.
2. Rameez Raja
It is Rameez Raja again but this time the result is different. In a match between West Indies and Pakistan Rameez scored a century off 157 balls. Rameez was the lone warrior where the rest of the Pakistani batsmen couldn’t support him. The West Indian bowlers were incredible in the field restricting the mighty Pakistan for just 220 runs. Rameez’s performance couldn’t lead his team to victory as West Indies convincingly won the match where the mission was accomplished just by both of their openers. (Also read: Top 5 Innings of Gautam Gambhir)
1. DC Boon
Boony, as he was popularly known, was an affable opening batsman who built an excellent relationship with his fellow opener Geoff Marsh in helping Australia recover from the horrors of the early 80s. In the match between Australia and India on 10th December 1991 the whole Indian team was sent back to pavilion by the terrific bowling attack of Australia. The Indians were able to post just 175 runs in the 50 overs. It was an easy chase for the Australians where DC Boon played intelligently according to the situation. Boony scored a century off 166 balls and was declared as a Man of the Match. (Also read: Top 5 Best Bowling figures in ODI cricket)