Though it seemed Hamilton Masakadza (above) and Graeme Cremer had bailed Zimbabwe, 176 was never going to be a steep target for Afghanistan © AFP (File photo)
Though it seemed Hamilton Masakadza (above) and Graeme Cremer had bailed Zimbabwe, 176 was never going to be a steep target for Afghanistan © AFP (File photo)

The third One-Day International (ODI) of the 2015-16 five-match series between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan was indeed a bizarre one. Batting first, Zimbabwe were reduced to 49 for 7 when Graeme Cremer joined Hamilton Masakadza. The pair added 104 for the eighth wicket in 22.4 overs, and Masakadza (83 in 138 balls, 6 fours, 3 sixes) and Cremer (58 in 75 balls, 3 fours, 3 sixes) made sure Zimbabwe’s score reached 175. Though it seemed Masakadza and Cremer had bailed Zimbabwe, 176 was never going to be a steep target for Afghanistan, currently on rampage and coming into the series with an emphatic 2-0 lead. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe, Live Score, 3rd ODI at Sharjah

Just like Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, too, were reduced to 0 for 2. Just like Zimbabwe, they reached 39 for 3 (Afghanistan were 33 for 2). And just like Zimbabwe, they became 47 for 7 (Zimbabwe were 49 for 7). However, there was no Masakadza-Cremer for them, and they were bowled out for 58 in 16.1 overs. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe 2015-16, 3rd ODI at Sharjah

In other words, the match aggregate read a mere 233 (Zimbabwe’s 175 and Afghanistan’s 58). This is the new lowest all-out ODI match aggregate including a century stand. The previous lowest was 330 (which seems a mile away): at Adelaide Oval on January 23, 2007, New Zealand scored 210 and bowled out England for 120; for New Zealand, Jacob Oram and Brendon McCullum had added 120 for the sixth wicket. Luke Jongwe’s 5 for 6 helps Zimbabwe dismantle Afghanistan by 117 runs in 3rd ODI at Sharjah

Bonus trivia 1:

There have been only 40 all-out (where 20 wickets have fallen) ODIs that have included a hundred-run partnership. Of these, the highest stand came in a match between India and New Zealand at Dambulla in 2010: New Zealand scored 288 and bowled out India for 88, and for New Zealand, Ross Taylor and Scott Styris added 190 for the fourth wicket.

Bonus trivia 2:

There have been 2 all-out ODIs that have included two hundred-run partnerships:

– MCG, 2003-04, aggregate 558: Australia 288 (Andrew Symonds and Michael Clarke added 143 for the fifth wicket), India 270 (Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar added 103 for the first wicket).

– Chinnaswamy, 2000-01, aggregate 570: India 315 (Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag added 101 for the fifth wicket), Australia 255 (Matthew Hayden and Michael Bevan added 110 for the third wicket).