Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Brisbane

Bowlers' day out at the Gabba

Stats highlights from a low-scoring game in Brisbane, which turned out to be the third-shortest completed ODI ever played in Australia

S Rajesh

January 18, 2013

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Clint McKay celebrates the wicket of Mahela Jayawardene, Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Brisbane, January 18, 2013
It wasn't a good day for batsmen at the Gabba, as 11 out of 14 who batted in the top seven fell for single-digit scores © Getty Images

  • Only twice have Australia been bowled out for less than 74 in one-day internationals: they were bowled out for 70 on two occasions, against England at Edgbaston in 1977, and against New Zealand in Adelaide in 1986. Both those scores, though, were in run-chases, which makes this Australia's lowest ODI total when batting first. In fact, it's the first time they have been bowled out for less than 100 when batting first in an ODI. (Click here for Australia's lowest ODI scores.)

  • Australia lost with 180 balls to spare, their largest ODI defeat in terms of balls remaining. Their previous-biggest was 142 balls, against South Africa in Centurion in 2009.

  • Nuwan Kulasekara's 5 for 22 is his maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs, and it is also the best bowling figures for Sri Lanka against Australia. Lasith Malinga, Sanath Jayasuriya and Thisara Perera are the only other Sri Lankans to take a five-for in ODIs against Australia. Perera is the only other bowler to take a five-for in an ODI in Australia. Only three bowlers from the subcontinent have had better figures in an ODI in Australia.

  • Australia's top eight batsmen all scored less than 10, which is a first for Australia and the third such instance in all ODIs. The two previous teams who met with this fate are Canada and Zimbabwe. In all three cases, Sri Lanka were the bowling team.

  • Australia lost their ninth wicket at 40, the sixth-lowest score at which a team has lost nine. Four of the previous five were by Canada or Zimbabwe. The lowest score at which nine wickets have fallen is 26, by Pakistan against West Indies in Cape Town.

  • Sixteen wickets fell for 149 runs in the match, an average of 9.31 runs per wicket. It's the lowest average in a completed ODI in Australia, and the eighth-lowest in all completed ODIs.

  • Out of 14 players who batted in the top seven for each team, 11 were dismissed for single-digit scores, which equals the ODI record: the only previous such instance was in the semi-final of the 1975 World Cup between England and Australia.

  • The entire match lasted 280 deliveries (46.4 overs), the third-lowest in an ODI in Australia. The quickest finish was also at the Gabba, in a match between Pakistan and West Indies 20 years ago: Pakistan were bundled out for 71 in 23.4 overs, and West Indies chased it down for the loss of one wicket in 19.2; the entire match lasted 43 overs.

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Posted by Sinhaya on (January 19, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

We actually gifted our wickets yesterday. We were in a real hurry to finish it off. Hope the extra few hours available due to the early finish helped us discuss our weaknesses in batting to overcome. Batting errors simply cost us the test series big time.

Posted by Maduwantha on (January 19, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge Malinga is the highest wicket taker in your BB series. Sri Lanka has reached to finals of most short formats WC and major events. If you carefully read the article you can see Sri Lanka is responsible for all three lowest totals in ODIs. Australia's top eight batsmen all scored less than 10, which is a first for Australia and the third such instance in all ODIs. The two previous teams who met with this fate are Canada and Zimbabwe. In all three cases, Sri Lanka were the bowling team Sri Lanka holds the higest totals for all three formats. 952 in tests, 441 in ODIs and 260 in T20 s. Don't underestimate Sri Lanka. During test Sri Lanaka's players could not perform. But that does not mean it is the weakest team.

Posted by ManjulaGamini on (January 19, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge- your thought might be correct for Test team..but It is a joke that SL have weakest bowling attack in the world....common wake up..Malinga is the best bowlers in the short format of the game, Kula stayed world no. 01 ranking, Mendis is quit remarkable bowler( Average 21.27), don't forget Thisara, he has a avg of 25.29. so compare with other teams and put your comments...our one day team bowling attack is one of the best in the world....

Posted by xylo on (January 19, 2013, 4:25 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge, I get your point, but SL is by no means a weak bowling attack! Malinga, Kulasekara, and Mendis can win matches on their own.

Posted by Sleepycat on (January 19, 2013, 3:15 GMT)

Also (i) SL lost the most wickets ever in an ODI chasing such a small target (indeed no team has ever lost 5 wickets chasing such a score) (ii) Australia's last pair achieved the third-highest percentage of a team score for the tenth wicket in ODIs. Incidentally the lowest target successfully defended against a team with all 50 overs available is 125. Smaller targets than 125 have been defended in shortened matches.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 19, 2013, 0:07 GMT)

The Australian batting line up is a total disaster-zone. They showed again today that they lack ability and technique with the bat. Such startled excuses too from RandyOz. I wonder if the realisation that Australia 'A' can only make 74 against the weakest bowling attack in world cricket, coupled with the 'wade' issue has much to do with it?

Posted by Indianpunjabi on (January 18, 2013, 22:21 GMT)

@RandyOZ India also Knocked out Helpless Aussies from 2007 t20 wc and 2011 wc and aus lost to zimbabwe in 2007 t20 wc lol

Posted by jjtanwar on (January 18, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

I agree with tfjones1978, OZies almost defended 74 but for all those dropped catches and runouts, superb bowling performance on a great seaming pitch. I also agree that a rank-turner in sub-continent would have gotten criticism but not so much for a seaming track. Don't forget who forced and banned Harold Larwood not so long ago or the stupid ban on bouncers and yorkers. Cricket has increasingly become a batsman's game with flat pitches all over. We need games like these to ensure the real battle of bat and the ball survives. I love the new rule of two new balls (from either end), it has sorted quiet a few batsman in the last month or so and exposed their technique against true fast bowling (Jayawardene/Thirimanne/cook/Gambhir/Sehwag).

Posted by RandyOZ on (January 18, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

I mean to be honest it is nice that Sri Lanka had a big win, after being humiliated in the tests and knocked out of World Cups time and time again by Australia. As for the English, we'd also be knocking you out of these tournaments to if you didn't keep losing to Ireland and bangladesh instead.

Posted by Moz. on (January 18, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

Um.... can we have the 'B' team back?

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