The absence of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni really hurt India in the fourth ODI at Hamilton as they were bowled out for just 92, their 7th lowest ODI score in their cricket history. Trent Boult came up with magical figures of 5/21 to bowl out England for just 92. Only 7 times now India have been bowled out for less than 100 in ODIs. Cricwizz lists all the lowest ODI scores, less than 100, by India.
India all out for 54 against Sri Lanka at Sharjah in 2000
It was the title round and India were demolished by Sri Lanka. Captain Sanath Jayasuriya led from the front, scoring 189 off 161 balls with 21 fours and 4 sixes to guide Sri Lanka to 299/5 in 50 overs. India had a tall chase to mount and they self-destructed without a fight. Chaminda Vaas was at his menacing best, sending back the top four, including Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, for just 19 on the board. Muralitharan then did the rest, taking 3/6, while Vaas ended up with 5/14 as India were bowled out for 55 to lose by 245 runs.
63 against Australia at Sydney in 1981
It was Greg Chappell’s match as he won the match single-handedly with bat and ball. The part-time medium-pacer destroyed the Indian line-up with 5/15 as India were bowled out for 63. All his victims were either bowled, LBW or caught behind, implying India struggled to handle the swing and bounce generated by Greg. The Australian came back to score 33* to steer his team to the target of 64 with 9 wickets to spare.
78 vs Sri Lanka at Kanpur in 1986
Sri Lanka posted a competitive score of 195/8 on a pace-friendly track. Asanka Gurusinha was the highest scorer with 35. Three Sri Lankan medium-pacers combined to bowl out India for just 78. Arjuna Ranatunga came up with the best bowling figures of 4/14, his career-best. Rumesh Ratnayake and Ravi Ratnayake shared the other six wickets with their medium-pace bowling. Kris Srikkanth was the highest scorer for India with 17. India lost the match by 117 runs.
79 vs Pakistan at Sialkot in 1978
This was India’s first lowest score of less than 100 in ODIs. All the Pakistan bowlers combined to effect a collapse. Saleem Altaf took two wickets at the top to reduce India to 11/3 before Hasan Jamil came to the party. Jamil took 3/18. Mohinder Amarnath top-scored with 34* as India were bowled out for 79. Zaheer Abbas made short work of the chase, racing to 48 off 46 balls as Pakistan won the match in 16.5 overs.
88 vs New Zealand at Dambulla in 2010
Skipper Ross Taylor led from the front with a score of 95 to help New Zealand post 288. It was a good total on the Dambulla track. But none of the Indian batsmen were up for the challenge. India succumbed to their lowest total ever against New Zealand in ODIs, falling for 88. Ravindra Jadeja top-scored with 20. Daryl Tuffey took 3/34 to help New Zealand post a 200-run win. Taylor was named man of the match.
91 vs South Africa at Durban in 2006
It was Jacques Kallis’ all-round show that won the game for South Africa. First, Kallis scored a master hundred (119*) to take his team to a competitive total of 248/8. He then came back to help South Africa bowl out India for just 91. Kallis took 3/3 to polish off the tail. Sachin Tendulkar top-scored with 35. Kallis was man of the match for his all-round show.
92 vs New Zealand at Hamilton in 2019
India were on a high of a 3-0 lead going into the fourth ODI at Hamilton. New Zealand had struggled to even run India close in the previous three ODIs. But presented with a pace-friendly wicket, New Zealand pacer Trent Boult tore into the Indian batting line-up with figures of 5/21 to bowl out the opponent for just 92, India’s second lowest score against the Kiwis in ODIs. The chase of 93 was just a formality then.