3 Lowest Score in ODI Cricket History

Updated on: Jul 22, 2023 12:06 pm IST

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Amid the excitement and dazzling displays of batting prowess, there are also moments when the batting lineups crumble under pressure, resulting in record-low scores that are etched in cricketing history.

Lowest Score in ODI

We look at the three lowest score in ODI cricket, where the batting teams faced formidable challenges and endured the agony of recording incredibly low totals.

Team Score Overs RR Inns Opposition Ground Match Date
Zimbabwe 35 18.0 1.94 1 v Sri Lanka Harare 25 Apr 2004
USA 35 12.0 2.91 1 v Nepal Kirtipur 12 Feb 2020
Canada 36 18.4 1.92 1 v Sri Lanka Paarl 19 Feb 2003

1. Zimbabwe – 35 vs Sri Lanka (Harare, 25 Apr 2004)

On a gloomy day in Harare, Zimbabwe, the home team experienced one of the darkest moments in ODI history. During a clash against Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe’s batting order suffered a monumental collapse, resulting in a paltry total of 35 runs. It was a nightmare for the hosts, as they succumbed to Sri Lanka’s fierce bowling attack, with Chaminda Vaas leading the charge with a sensational spell of 6 for 25. Zimbabwe’s innings lasted just 18 overs, and their meager run-rate of 1.94 reflected the magnitude of the batting debacle.

2. U.S.A. – 35 vs Nepal (Kirtipur, 12 Feb 2020)

In a historic encounter between two associate nations, the United States of America (U.S.A.) faced Nepal in Kirtipur. Unfortunately for the U.S.A. team, their batting lineup crumbled under the relentless bowling of Sandeep Lamichhane and Sushan Bhari, both of whom claimed three wickets each. The U.S.A. team was bowled out for a mere 35 runs in just 12 overs, registering one of the lowest scores in ODI cricket history. Nepal’s dominance in the match was evident as they wrapped up the game with ease, highlighting the challenges that emerging teams face against seasoned opposition.

3. Canada – 36 vs Sri Lanka (Paarl, 19 Feb 2003)

In a World Cup encounter against cricketing giants Sri Lanka, Canada’s batting lineup endured a nightmare at Paarl. Facing a formidable Sri Lankan bowling attack, Canada’s batsmen struggled to find their footing and were dismissed for a meager 36 runs in 18.4 overs. Sri Lanka’s Prabath Nissanka and Chaminda Vaas wreaked havoc, claiming four wickets each to dismantle the Canadian batting order. Canada’s batting frailties were exposed on the world stage, and their run rate of 1.92 highlighted the tremendous pressure they faced against a top-tier cricketing nation.

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