We have heard of ridiculous cricket stories, but never anything quite this ridiculous.

The mankad is one of the more controversial cricket rules. In fact, it's a form of dismissal that just doesn't happen all that often.

Sure, it's happened, but it's hard to remember it ever being a prominent or dominant way of dismissal.

But the unthinkable has just happened, with Maeva Douma dismissing four separate batters via the mankad in the same innings. Two of them were in the same over during Uganda's 155-run victory over Cameroon during the recent ICC Women's T20 World Cup Africa qualifying tournament.

It is a record for an international match, that much we know for certain.

Maybe the even more ridiculous bit is that Douma's Cameroon lost the game by such a margin despite four wickets (all of top-six batters) falling in exactly the same, unconventional way.

No, this isn't an April Fools joke. No, this is not us just taking you for a laugh.

This is real. Here is the scorecard for proof.

Given only six wickets fell in the innings, it's hard to think mankads have ever dominated a dismissal list as much as they did on this occasion in any fm of cricket.

And yet, Uganda still managed 190 from their 20 overs before skittling the Cameroon batting line-up without the need for any such mankads.

It all kicked off in the 16th over when Douma took two mankads in the space of four balls, before polishing it off with another two mankads in the final over of the innings.

Incredibly, Cameroon had seven ducks in their innings, including all of the last six.

The mankad rule is one of cricket's most controversial, and there has been plenty of talk over the years about removing it from the game altogether.

However, it is a rarely used tactic.

In fact, across ODI and Test matches, there is only one recorded mankading incident this century when English wicketkeeper Jos Buttler was dismissed via the mankad by Sachithra Senanayake of Sri Lanka in a 2014 ODI.

The method hasn't been recorded in a Test match since 1978.