Top 5 shortest ODI ever played
One Day International (ODI) cricket has seen revolutionary changes over the past few years.
Some ODI matches are left nail-biting till the very last bowl of the last over and some matches are very small, as one team absolutely dominates the other.
So, here are top 5 shortest ODI matches ever to be played in the history of cricket.
1. Zimbabwe vs Srilanka
In the 3rd ODI match of the Sri Lanka in Zimbabwe ODI Series on April 25th, 2004 at the Harare sports ground, Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bowl first. Sri Lankan bowled Zimbabwe for just 35 runs in 18 overs. Chaminda Vaas took four wickets while conceding just 11 runs in his nine overs bowling spell with an economy rate of 1.22. The Sri Lankans chased down the target in just 9.2 overs with 244 balls remaining.
2. Canada vs Srilanka
In the 18th match of Pool B, ICC World Cup on 19th February 2003, Sri Lanka and Canada fought against each other at the Boland Bank Park ground. Sri Lanka won the toss and selected to field first. Canada lost their 10 wickets in quick succession under 36 runs in 18.4 overs. Sri Lankan medium fast bowler Prabath Nissank took 4 wickets in his seven-over bowling spell with an economy rate of 1.71 and the fast bowler Chaminda Vaas took three wickets while giving away just 15 runs. It took Sri Lanka just 4.4 overs to chase down the target.
3. Zimbabwe vs Srilanka
In the 1st ODI match of the 2001 LG Abans Triangular Series, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka fought against each other on December 8, 2001, at the Sinhalese cricket ground, Colombo. Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl first. Zimbabwe was bowled out for just 39 runs in 15.4 overs. Sri Lankan fast bowler Chaminda Vaas took eight wickets while conceding 19 runs in his eight-over bowling spell with an economy rate of 2.37. It just took Sri Lanka 4.2 overs to chase down the target.
4. Pakistan vs West Indies
Pakistan and West Indies fought against each other on 25th February 1993 in the ninth ODI match of the Total International Series, at the Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town South Africa. West Indies won the toss and opted to bowl first. Windies bowled Pakistan for just 43 runs in just 19.5 overs. Legendary bowler Coutney Walsh took Four wickets by giving away 16 runs in his nine-over spell with an economy rate of 1.77. It just took the Caribbean’s 12.3 overs to chase down the target.
5. Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh (2009)
Zimbabwe and Bangladesh fought against each other on 3rd November 2009, in the Bangladesh ODI series, at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium, Chittagong, Bangladesh. Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat first. Zimbabwe was bowled out for 44 runs in just 24.5 over’s. Bangladeshi bowlers, Shakib AL hasan in his 6.5 over bowling spell took three wickets giving away just eight runs with an economy rate of 1.17 and Enamual Haque took three wickets by giving away only 16 runs. It took Bangladesh only 11.5 overs to chase the 45 runs target.