Ben ArmfieldNovember 23, 20236min0

Lowest Scores in ODI Cricket

Lowest Scores in ODI Cricket

The world of cricket is filled with glorious moments, but it is also marked by profound struggle and defeat. The lowest scores in ODI cricket serve as a reminder of the sport’s unpredictability and the fine line between success and failure.

While ODIs are known for high-scoring encounters and breathtaking performances, there have been instances when teams have found themselves on the wrong side of history with shallow scores.

While these matches might be forgettable for the teams involved, they have etched their names in cricketing history, providing fans with a unique perspective on the challenges and uncertainties inherent in the game.

As the sport evolves, new records will be made, but these low scores will forever be a testament to the resilience required to navigate the unpredictable landscape of international cricket.

1) Zimbabwe – 35 Runs

The third ODI match between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka at Harare Sports Club in April 2004 is one of the most memorable matches in ODI history. It is the match in which Zimbabwe recorded the lowest-ever score in an ODI, with a total of just 35 runs.

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field. The first four wickets of Zimbabwe fell for just 17 runs, and the team was never able to recover. Chaminda Vaas took 4wickets, while Farveez Maharoof and Dilhara Fernando took 3 & 2 wickets respectively.

Zimbabwe was eventually bowled out for 35 runs in just 9.2 overs. This was the lowest-ever score in an ODI at the time, and it remains the lowest score by a Test-playing nation to this day.

2) USA – 35 Runs

The USA was part of one of the most memorable matches in ODI history, for all the wrong reasons. It is the match in which the USA recorded the lowest-ever score in an ODI, with a total of just 35 runs. Nepal won the toss and elected to field.

The USA’s innings was a disaster from the start. The first six wickets fell for just 12 runs, and the team was never able to recover. Sandeep Lamichhane took 6 wickets, while Sushan Bhari took 4 wickets.

3) Canada – 36

Canada made it to the list with a score of 36 runs against Sri Lanka in February 2003. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field & dominated the game from the start.

Canada lost their first four wickets and fell for just 17 runs, and it became next to impossible for the team to get back on track. Prabath Nissanka took four wickets for 12 runs, while Chaminda Vaas took three wickets for 15 runs.

Canada was eventually bowled out for 36 runs in just 18.4 overs. Sri Lanka needed just 37 runs to win, and they reached the target in just 4.4 overs with the loss of one wicket. Marvan Atapattu hit 24 runs not out, while Sanath Jayasuriya hit 9 runs before being dismissed.

4) Zimbabwe – 38

Zimbabwe comes to the list twice with another embarrassing defeat against Sri Lanka in December 2001 at Colombo.

The match showcased thrilling moments but not because of both teams scoring high numbers, it was because Chaminda Vaas took a hat-trick and set a new world record of 8/19, the best bowling figures in ODI history at the time.

The visitors were sent back to the pavilion with a small score of 38 runs and Sri Lanka easily completed the chase in 4.2 overs.

5) Sri Lanka – 43

This time Sri Lanka was at the receiving end as they ended up winding up the innings for a very small score of 43 runs.

Batting first, the Proteas got off to a flying start, with Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis putting on a partnership of 144 runs for the first wicket. Amla went on to score 112 runs, while Kallis scored 72 runs. South Africa eventually finished their innings on 301/8, the highest score in an ODI at the time.

Sri Lanka failed to handle the pressure of the chase and was sent back to the pavilion for 43 runs in just 20.1 overs. Morne Morkel picked up 4 wickets with Lonwabo Tsotobe and Robin Peterson picking up 3 and 2 wickets respectively.

Ben Armfield

My name is Ben Armfield and I am from Melbourne, Australia. I have been covering international cricket tournaments as a sports journalist since 2016. I am writing all the international cricket news for Cricnews and know all there is about national teams, players and auctions. I have been following the Big Bash League since I was a child and have been a huge fan of the Melbourne Stars ever since.



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