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Biggest defeats for India in ODIs (balls remaining)



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After KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja led India to a stirring victory in the first ODI of their 2023 series against Australia, no one could have predicted what would happen next. Game two at Vizag lasted just 37 overs on what looked to be an excellent batting pitch, with India rolled for 117 before a superb onslaught by Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head.

Where does this defeat stand in terms of India’s ODI history? Here is a look.

Biggest losses for India in ODIs by balls remaining

234 vs Australia, 2023

This defeat is India’s heaviest in terms of balls remaining in their history. Marsh (66* off 36 balls) and Head (51* off 30 balls) took just 11 overs to knock off India’s paltry target, with the openers belting 22 boundaries between them.

Earlier, Mitchell Starc further emphasised his ODI greatness by ripping through the India batting lineup once again. The left-armer was shaping the ball around corners at stages, dismissing Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav and KL Rahul in a devastating opening spell that India simply could not recover from.

212 vs New Zealand, 2019

The previous record was 212 balls to spare against New Zealand in Hamilton in 2019. India, who were leading the five-match series 3-0, were rolled for just 92 in the fourth match. Trent Boult (5/21) produced a clinic, before Henry Nicholls (30* off 42 balls) and Ross Taylor (37* off 25 balls) completed the demolition job.

209 vs Sri Lanka, 2010

The fifth-match of the 2010 Tri-Series in Sri Lanka was a memorable one for the hosts. Led by Thisara Perera’s 5/28, India, boasting a number of ODI greats, were bundled out for just 103 in 33.4 overs at Dambulla.

In response, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan got things off to a flyer, with the home side sealing the chase with 209 balls and eight wickets to spare.

181 vs Sri Lanka, 2012

Thisara Perera was back at it again in 2012. The all-rounder took 3/19 supported by Angelo Mathews (3/14) and Lasith Malinga (2/36) to dismantle India for just 138 despite Gautam Gambhir’s 65.

Half-centuries to Upul Tharanga (59* off 60 balls) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (50 off 49 balls) ensured an easy chase for Sri Lanka with more than 30 overs to spare.

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