Lowest Match Aggregates in ODI
The One-Day Cricket is hailed as one of the most exciting cricket formats in the world. The first One-Day Match was played in 1971 between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground. With the advent of T20 cricket, we have witnessed a change in the approach in playing One-Day Cricket as well.
Over the last decade, we have seen some huge scores in One-Day Cricket. Players have now got the ability to score double-centuries. We have seen a lot of 400-plus totals. However, there have been instances when the teams have also succumbed to low totals. Incredible performances from the bowlers meant the teams have faltered to low totals as well.
On that note, we look at the five lowest match aggregates:
#5 Pakistan vs West Indies (88 Runs)
Pakistan and West Indies are involved in the fifth-lowest match aggregate in ODIs. The ninth match of the Total International Series was played between South Africa and West Indies in 1993. A superb bowling effort from West Indies helped them bundle out Pakistan for just 43 runs in the first innings. As many as six Pakistan players got out for naught, while Zahid Fazal top scored with 21 runs off 44 balls. Courtesy Walsh was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets to his name, while A Cummins and B Patterson picked 3 and 2 wickets respectively. West Indies chased down the total in 12.3 overs.
#4 Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe (78 Runs)
Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe are involved in the fourth lowest match aggregate in ODIs. Zimbabwe were playing their first game of the LG Abans Triangular Series against Sri Lanka in 2001. A great effort from Sri Lankan bowlers bundled Zimbabwe for just 38 runs. Pace spearhead, Chaminda Vaas ripped apart Zimbabwe’s batting line. He took as many as 8 wickets in 8 overs while giving away just 19. His bowling figures of 8 for 19 is still the best bowling figures in ODIs.
Sri Lanka chased down the total in just 4.2 overs.
#3 Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka (75 Runs)
Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe are involved in the third-lowest match aggregate in ODIs. Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe once again feature in the list of lowest match aggregates. Batting first, Zimbabwe were dismissed for just 35 runs. No player from the team could reach the double-figure mark during the innings. Once again, it was Chaminda Vaas who was amongst the wickets. He took 4 wickets in that innings, while Fernando and Maharoof picked two wickets apiece.
Sri Lanka chased down the total in just 9.2 overs, winning the game by 9 wickets.
#2 Canada vs Sri Lanka (73 Runs)
Canada and Sri Lanka are involved in the second-lowest match aggregate in ODIs. The 18th match of ICC 2003 World Cup saw Canada bundling out for just 36 runs against Sri Lanka. Opener D Chumney top scored with 9 runs, while five players got out on naught. It was a complete bowling effort from Sri Lanka which led the opposition getting bundled out in just 18.4 overs. It took only 4.4 overs for Sri Lanka to chase down the total. M Atapattu, who remained unbeaten at 24 off 14 balls, top-scored for the side.
#1 Nepal vs USA (71 Runs)
Nepal and the USA sit at the number one position in the list of lowest match aggregates in ODIs. The USA batted first and looked clueless in front of Nepal’s bowling line up. The match was played on 12th Feb 2020 in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2. Nepal’s best spinner, Sandeep Lamichhane claimed six wickets, while S Bhari took 4 wickets. The inspired bowling performance from the duo helped the team getting bundled out for just 35 runs. It is currently the lowest ever total in one-day internationals. Nepal chased the total down in 5.2 overs, thereby winning the game by 8 wickets.