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In the 2nd ODI played between India and Bangladesh at Dhaka, the visitors resorted to using only three bowlers (Umesh Yadav didn’t even take a wicket) to bowl out their opposition. Shiamak Unwalla looks at other instances, where three bowlers used have proved to be good enough to snare all 10 wickets of the rival side.
1. Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, LG Abans Triangular Series 2001
When your opening bowler takes eight wickets himself, you will usually end up winning the game. That is precisely what happened when Chaminda Vaas absolutely destroyed Zimbabwe. He missed the magical 10-wicket mark by the narrowest of margins. Nuwan Zoysa went wicket-less, but Muttiah Muralitharan took two wickets in the first four balls he bowled to deny Vaas the record. Between the three of them (Zoysa didn’t take any wickets), they routed Zimbabwe for a measly 38 all out.
What happened next: Sanath Jayasuriya and Marvan Atapattu helped Sri Lanka to chase down the target in less than five overs and that too despite the early loss of Avishka Gunawardene, as the match ended in a mere 4.2 overs.
The protagonists: Vaas (8 for 18), Muralitharan (2 for 0), and Zoysa (0 for 17)
2. Namibia vs Pakistan, ICC World Cup 2003
Batting first, Pakistan amassed 255 for nine in their 50 overs. Salim Elahi (63) top-scored, while players like Yousuf Youhana (43), Rashid Latif (36) and others got starts without managing to kick on. Considering that they were up against minnows, Namibia, Pakistan think-tank would have felt let down with their total.
What happened next: Predictably, it was the Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar show through and through. The pair shared nine wickets between them, as skipper Waqar Younis didn’t even need to bowl himself. Just three batsmen could get to double figures, two of whom were batsmen batting at 10 and 11, respectively. Namibia were cleaned up for 84, as Pakistan won by 171 runs.
The protagonists: Akram (5 for 28), Akhtar (4 for 46), and Saqlain (1 for 1).
3. Australia vs Namibia, ICC World Cup 2003
Namibia had undoubtedly an uncomfortable time of it in the 2003 World Cup. If they put up a wretched performance against Pakistan, they were downright pitiable against eventual champions, Australia. Batting first, Australia made an imposing 301, thanks to Matthew Hayden (88), Andrew Symonds (59) and Darren Lehmann (50 not out), they might have scored a good deal more, but Michael Bevan scored an uncharacteristically slow 42-ball 17.
What happened next:Glenn McGrath steamrolled the Namibians with a seven-wicket haul. Brett Lee took one as well, and Andy Bichel grabbed two without conceding a run. The Namibian innings saw three ducks (with the only surviving batsman remaining unbeaten on zero), while a solitary batsman got to double figures (10). That Namibia managed to bat for a full 14 overs was admirable, but they lost the match by a small margin of 256 runs! They haven’t played much ODI cricket since then.
The protagonists:McGrath (7 for 15), Bichel (2 for 0), and Brett Lee (1 for 26).
4. India vs Sri Lanka, ICC World Cup 2003
India batted first. Sachin Tendulkar (97), Virender Sehwag (66), and Sourav Ganguly (48) kept the Lankan bowlers at bay, and helped India to canter away to a formidable score of 292 for six from their 50 overs at Johannesburg, South Africa.
What happened next: Javagal Srinath bowled one of the greatest new-ball spells ever by an Indian pacer to reduce Sri Lanka to 15 for four. A brief resistance by Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara ensued, but it was ended by Srinath himself. Sri Lanka recorded as many as five ducks in the innings, as the pace trio of Srinath, Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra — who cleaned up the tail — finished off the Lankans in just 23 overs to hand India a 183-run win.
The protagonists: Srinath (4 for 35), Nehra (4 for 35), and Zaheer (2 for 33).
5. Kenya vs Canada, ICC World Cup 2007
Kenya batted first, and their middle-order gave a good account of themselves. Tanmay Mishra (62), Collins Obuya (48), Ravindu Shah (39) and captain, Steve Tikolo (23) helped them to reach a competitive total of 250 on the board.
What happened next: Thomos Odoyo and Peter Ondongo had the Canadians hopping with some very good seam bowling. Ongondo was expensive, going at over seven runs an over, but he ended up with five middle and lower-order wickets. Odoyo took four and Lameck Onyango picked up one as well, as just three Canadian batsmen got to double figures. Kenya won by a colossal 158 runs.
The protagonists: Ondongo (5 for 51), Odoyo (4 for 39) and Onyango (1 for 2).
6. Bangladesh vs West Indies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
Bangladesh and Namibia have the dubious distinction of featuring twice on this list. Ironically, on both occasions, they registered the same score: 58 all out. It was a pathetic performance from the Bangla Tigers, as only Junaid Siddique (25) and Mohammad Ashraful (11) got to double figures. The fact was that they got massacred not by the likes of Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Michael Holding, Joel Garner or any of the other legends from the West Indies, but by the likes of Kemar Roach, Suleiman Benn and Darren Sammy, made it all the more embarrassing for the hosts.
What happened next: Devon Smith (6) was out early, but Chris Gayle (37 not out) and Darren Bravo (9 not out) ensured that West Indies won by nine wickets. In an ugly incident following the match, the West Indian team bus was pelted with stones (some conspiracy theorists posit that the Bangladeshi fans actually wanted to stone their own team, but missed the bus. No pun intended!) in protest to the heavy defeat. However, there were no serious injuries and the rest of the tournament unfolded peacefully.
The protagonists: Benn (4 for 18), Roach (3 for 19), and Sammy (3 for 21).
7. Bangladesh vs India, 2014
In one of the most thrilling matches, India has ever been a part of, two-time World Champions were in serious danger of being bowled out for less than 100 against minnows Bangladesh. That they were saved that embarrassment thanks to their No 11 batsman Umesh Yadav (17) — who was also their second highest scorer — speaks volumes of their horrible batting performance.
What happened next: India seemed down and out at the half-way mark, defending a derisory score of 105. Then Mohit Sharma took a wicket off the second ball of the innings, and followed up with another one soon after. Mushfiqur Rahim — arguably Bangladesh’s best batsman — and debutant batsman Mithun Ali took Bangladesh to 44 for three. Stuart Binny, who had yet to take an ODI wicket in three matches till then — came up with a spell straight out of a fairytale. Bangladesh could score just four runs off his bowling, and conceded six of their wickets to him, as they lost their last eight wickets for just 14 runs to hand over a 47-run victory to India.
The protagonists: Binny (6 for 4), Mohit (4 for 22), and Umesh (0 for 32).
(Shiamak Unwalla is a reporter with Cricket Country. He is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic who likes to pass his free time by reading books, watching TV shows, and eating food. Sometimes all at the same time. You can follow him on twitter at @ShiamakUnwalla)
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