4 Lowest Scores Defended By India in the History of ODI World Cup

ODI World Cup 2023: In the match number 29th of the ODI World Cup 2023, the bowlers of the men in blue side gave a brilliant performance against the defending champions of this edition. That performance allowed Team India to stay undefeated in this tournament. England once again didn’t turn up with the willow in hand.
England once again didn’t turn up with the willow in hand.
England once again didn’t turn up with the willow in hand.

ODI World Cup 2023: The only team which is yet to lose a match in this ODI World Cup 2023 is the host of this year’s edition, Team India.

Rohit Sharma and his men have won six in six matches of this edition so far. The men in blue side are certain to make to the semi finals with just three more matches to be played.

India will play Sri Lanka in Mumbai on Thursday, South Africa in Kolkata on Sunday and the Netherlands in Bengaluru on next Sunday.

Sharma ji’s troops are favorites to win the matches versus the Lankan Tigers and the orange army of the Dutch because India is a superior team than them.

Still the men in blue side cannot afford to those two sides (SL and NED) lightly because they can surprise any team on their day. Now India’s more tougher outing will be against the Proteas at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on 5th November 2023.

South Africa is in great nick and they are on the second spot of the points table in this ODI World Cup 2023.

Talking about the 29th match of this ODI World Cup 2023, India did some unusual things which were not done in the first five matches of this tournament.

They batted first in that game versus England and Virat Kohli was out on a golden duck, which was his first score of zero in ODI World Cup history.

India's Virat Kohli
India's Virat KohliImage Credit: AP

But the thing which didn’t surprise us at all was the form of the Indian bowlers. The pacers and spin bowlers were brilliant in yesterday’s match.

Bumrah, Shami, Kuldeep and Jadeja dismantled the batting line up of the defending champions team of England and that too when India defended a modest score of just 229 runs.  

India won that match by 100 runs and this wasn’t the first time when they defended a low score in the history of the ODI World Cup.

Today, in this segment, we will bring all those moments when the men in blue side did this magical thing before as well –

1. 204 Runs Against Netherlands in 2003 ODI World Cup in South Africa

Team Of Sourav Ganguly in 2023 ODI World Cup
Team Of Sourav Ganguly in 2023 ODI World Cup

This was the lowest total defended by the men in blue in the history of the ODI World Cup. The batting powerhouse of the team led by Sourav Ganguly was bundled out for just 204 runs and Sachin Tendulkar top scored with 52 runs.

While defending the modest score of 205 runs, the Indian bowlers pulled things back in an amazing fashion. The orange army of Dutch was bundled out for 136 runs.

Sourav Ganguly led the team from front. He took four wickets with Javagal Srinath who also claimed four wickets as well in that match winning encounter.

2. 224 Against Afghanistan in 2019 ODI World Cup

India had reached the semi final stage of the last ODI World Cup of 2019 which was played in England and Wales. In their match versus the Afghans, the Indian batters could just muster 224 runs in their fifty over quota.

But the bowlers of the men in blue side rose to the occasion and defended that score quite thrillingly in the end.

This match is still remembered for Mohammed Shami’s hat trick in the ODI World Cup history.

It was an amazing spell from the Indian pacer, Shami, where he took three wickets in three balls which guided the men in blue side to a nail biting victory over Afghanistan as they managed just 213 runs in the end.

3. Against Pakistan Twice in Two Different Editions of ODI World Cup

1992: This was the first match were India and Pakistan played in their coloured cloths. This game in Sydney was also played under the floodlights for the first time as well.

In the 16th match of that event, the men in blue side could amass just 216 runs with Sachin Tendulkar top scored 54 runs.

Defending that score wasn’t easy as Pakistan also had good batters in their side.  But the collective efforts from every bowler of the men in blue side allowed them to restrict the men in green side quite successfully in the end. Pakistan was bundled out for 173 runs in that game.

1999: India has an 8-0 record in the history of the ODI World Cup matches against Pakistan. The 1999 edition encounter was another edge of a seat game between these two nations.

India batted first and scored just 227 runs in their fifty overs. Rahul Dravid was the top scorer in that match with 61 runs.

But the win came because of the Indian bowlers as they successfully defended the low score in some style as the men in green side was bundled out for just 180 runs in 45.3 overs.

Venkatesh Prasad picked up a five wicket haul in that game which enabled India to win by 47 runs in end.

England once again didn’t turn up with the willow in hand.
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