In the Group A clash of the Champions Trophy on Sunday at Cardiff, Sri Lanka were blown over for 138 by New Zealand inside 38 overs. This is Sri Lanka’s second lowest total in the competition. We take a look at the lowest score in the Champions Trophy for all the eight teams taking part in this year’s farewell edition.
Team India was bundled out for 200 against arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston in September 2004. Batting first, India were all-out in 49.5 overs. Skipper Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman fell scoring only 13 runs among themselves. Rahul Dravid top scored with 67 and Ajit Agarkar made a handy 47, but India could not put up a substantial total. For Pakistan, Naved-ul-Hasan and Shoaib Akhtar picked up four wickets each. Pakistan’s chase was guided by Yousuf Yohanna’s (now Mohammad Yousuf) unbeaten 81 as they won by three wickets.
Led by Younis Khan, Pakistan were cleaned up for 89 by South Africa in a group game in October 2006 in Mohali. Having restricted South Africa to 213, Pakistan folded up for a paltry score as Makhaya Ntini ran through them with figures of 5 for 21. Charl Langeveldt with 3 for 20 and Shaun Pollock with 2 for 20 were the other wicket-takers. Yasir Arafat’s 27 was the top score for Pakistan.
South Africa: 108
The Proteas were bundled out for the score in a group clash in October2006 at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai by New Zealand. South Africa only needed 196 to win the match, but fell short by 87 runs. Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram and Jeetan Patel were the combined heroes for the Kiwis sharing nine wickets among themselves. Skipper Graeme Smith’s 42 was the only innings of note for South Africa.
New Zealand: 132
The Kiwis were rolled over for 132 by Australia at Colombo in a pool clash in September 2002. In the game, New Zealand were chasing a massive target of 297 runs by fell well short, by 164 runs. Glenn McGrath was the wrecker-in-chief with 5 for 37. Number 11 Shane Bond top-scored for New Zealand with 26!
In the second semi-final of the 2002 edition held at Colombo, hosts Sri Lanka cleaned up the Aussies for 162. Australia were batting first in the crunch match, but none of their batsmenmanaged to registereven a half-century. Muralitharan picked up 3 for 26 while Kumar Dharmasena grabbed 2 for 30. Lanka won by seven wickets.
Sri Lanka: 132
The Lankans were bowled out for 132 in the first semi-final of the 1998 edition at Dhaka by South Africa. Chasing 224 built around Jacques Kallis’ century, the Lankans lost by 92 runs. Steve Elworthy and Pat Symcox grabbed three scalps each as none of the Lankan batsmen crossed the 20’s.
West Indies: 80
The 2004 winners were taken out for 80 by Sri Lanka during a qualifying match in the 2006 edition at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. Farveez Maharoof grabbed 6 for 14 as Lanka romped home to a nine-wicket win.
India bundled out the hapless English batting line-up during a group clash in the 2006 edition at Jaipur. Munaf Patel and Ramesh Powar were the heroes for India with three wickets each. India struggled with the bat, but got home by four wickets in the end.
--By A Cricket Analyst