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Lowest Totals Successfully Defended in ODI Cricket

In 1985, during the innings break of an India-Pakistan game, when the rivals met each other in the first match of the four nations cup at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium (Sharjah), Pakistan must be a happier team. Indian batters were bundled out for 125 runs, and Pakistan fans must have expected a fairly easy chase.

But what followed was a tragedy for the Pakistani batters as they fell like dominoes, wrapped up for just 87 runs, and ended up losing the game by 38 runs. Pakistani pacer Imran Khan’s best-ever bowling performance and his only 6-wicket haul in the format went pointless that day.

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It is one of the greatest Indian ODI wins, mainly due to the fact that it is the lowest team total ever successfully defended by a team in ODI history. You can watch the entire match here.

This article will list the lowest ten team scores successfully defended by any team in ODI cricket.

Lowest ODI Score Successfully Defended by Teams

TARGETTEAMOPPONENTOPPONENT SCOREVENUEYEAR
126IndiaPakistan87/10Sharjah1985
128West IndiesEngland125/10Kingstown1981
130ZimbabweAfghanistan126/10Harare2017
130South AfricaEngland115/10East London1996
132AfghanistanZimbabwe82/10Sharjah2015
135ZimbabweEngland125/10Albury1992
135KenyaZimbabwe69/10Harare2006
139ZimbabweWest Indies91/10Sydney2001
141South AfricaWest Indies136/10Cape Town1993
147PakistanNew Zealand110/10Auckland1994

Key Stats

Zimbabwe, the team that has been all-out below 100 most times in ODI, has the most successful wins while defending the lowest totals in ODI. They are part of five instances in the top-10 list above – 3 times the winning side and 2 times the victim side.

England bundling out for 115 while chasing South Africa’s 129 in a 1996 ODI game in East London is the lowest any home team has failed to chase in the 50-overs format.

Another instance, where India defended 105 successfully by dismissing all Bangladeshi wickets for a score of 58, is not placed in this list as the match was affected by rain and restricted to 41 overs.

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The venues, Sharjah and Harare, featured twice in the above list.

Here are the lists of the same record in T20IT20 World Cups, & IPL.

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