Lowest ODI total defended: Lowest total defended in ODI history full list
India were required to better their own second-best performance in the history of ODIs to win the recently concluded second ODI against Australia at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.
Bundled out for 117 in 26 overs after being asked to bat first by Australia stand-in captain Steven Smith, India were required to defend a 118-run target in order to gain an unassailable 2-0 lead in a three-match series.
India, who have defended 105 and 125 runs in this format previously, hold the record for lowest ODI total defended successfully. A match-winning effort would’ve earned India three consecutive Top entries in the below mentioned table.
That being said, with neither of their five bowlers managing to dismiss a batter across a total of 11 overs they bowled collectively, the home team ended up losing an ODI by 10 wickets for the sixth time.
Lowest ODI total defended full list
|4||129||South Africa||England||East London||1996|
NOTE: ODIs less than 40 overs per innings haven’t been considered for the above mentioned table.
Australia beat India by 10 wickets
A milestone which isn’t achieved frequently especially in modern-day cricket, India badly needed a miraculous bowling performance to restrict the Aussies today but it wasn’t to be as the visitors ended up registering a record victory (by balls remaining).
Opening batters Travis Head (51*) and Mitchell Marsh (66*) shared a quickfire 121-run partnership on the back of scoring their 14th and 15th ODI half-centuries respectively. Opening together only for the second time in international cricket, Head and Marsh hit a combined total of 16 fours and six sixes to bat at a run rate of 11 in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.