Ben Dunk heroics not enough as Queensland stun Tasmania

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It was a mad day in The Matador Cup as records kept on tumbling in Tasmania's vital clash against Queensland at The North Sydney Oval as the latter chased down a record breaking 399 with 16 balls to spare. 

Batting first, Tasmania got off to a slow yet steady start with the scoreboard reading 78/0 after 20 overs.

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Barely believable

What happened afterwards was barely believable as Tim Paine (125) and Ben Dunk (229)* went bonkers eventually beating the record for the highest partnership (277) for any wicket in one-day cricket, which was previously held by Ricky Ponting and Michael Dighton.

Left handed batsman Dunk, whose 229* was the highlight of the day, hit 13 sixes in his massive inning breaking David Warner's record of the highest individual score in Matador Cup (197) which was also made on this ground last season.


His historical knock though wouldn't have been possible without Queensland's help who dropped him on 132 and missed just a few run-out opportunities (something that didn't hurt them however). 

As Paine's men finished on 398/1, the task in front of Queensland was gigantic, though never impossible on a ground having short boundaries.

More drama

Once they took the field with the willow, it was all about Usman Khawaja (166) and Chris Hartley (142) afterwards as the record for the highest partnership in one-day history (not just in Australian Cricket history) was broken once again as the first Queensland wicket fell only after 280 runs had been scored.

The rest of the job was done by Joe Burns (48)* and Nathan Reardon (21) whose quickfire knocks ensured their team made history by pulling off the highest chase ever.

Also, this is the first ever occasion when all the openers have made centuries, all of them achieving, what are their highest 50-over scores. What a match!

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