Australia lose to Lanka after posting 74 runs their second lowest ODI score
Australia recorded their second lowest score in an ODI match today, and were bowled out for just 74 runs. The Aussies lost the match against Sri Lanka at Brisbane with the Lankans winning the game by four wickets in the third ODI.
Nuwan Kulasekara with his five-wicket haul, and Lasith Malinga who took 3 wickets and took out the tailenders, destroyed the strong Aussie line up, which at one time, was tottering at nine wickets down with just 40 runs on board.
However, this is not for the first time that the Aussies scored such a low score. In 1977 and 1986, the Kangaroos scored 70 runs in both the matches against England and New Zealand respectively. But, it has been a long time that the Australian team had batted so poorly to come up with a two-figure score.
Some instances when they have totaled a score of less than 100 runs was their 91 runs against West Indies at Perth in 1987. Perth, at that time, was considered to possess the fastest pitch in the world. In 2006, they also scored 93 runs against South Africa in Cape Town. This is the fifth time that the Australians have scored less than 100 runs in an ODI innings.
The Australians were on the receiving end this time, having become used to dismissing many cricket teams in the 50 over format for petty scores. So far, they have dismissed 15 teams below the score of 100 in their ODI history. But, it is no surprise that it was Sri Lanka, who made meat out of the Australian batsmen, as they have been involved in dismissing countries for 16 times before their opponents have reached the three figure park.
Ironically, the last team to have scored less than 100 runs was Sri Lanka, and South Africa bowled out the Lankans on January 2012 with the score reading 43 runs in Paarl. Their score of 43 runs is jointly the fourth lowest recorded score in an ODI match alongside Pakistan.