Tasmania’s Ben Dunk scores 229n.o. against Queensland.
The highest ever individual score in an Australian one-day domestic match. The highest ever opening stand in the same format. Surely these are recipes for success.
Apparently not, as Tasmania went down to Queensland after Ben Dunk smashed an unbeaten 229 and combined with Tim Paine to post an opening stand of 277.
The Tigers were in the box seat when they finished on 398 for the loss of one wicket after their 50 overs, which included Dunk’s record innings that surpassed David Warner’s previous mark of 197.
Queensland’s Usman Khawaja and Chris Hartley bettered Dunk and Paine’s 277 opening partnership by three runs, incredibly claiming the record that had been broken only hours beforehand.
The Queensland middle order chipped away for the final runs to win with 2.4 overs to spare.
While Tasmania didn’t take away the points, Ben Dunk will take some satisfaction from his spectacular innings.