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Australia v West Indies, DLF Cup, Final

Morton makes the record books ... for the wrong reason

Cricinfo staff

September 24, 2006

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Runako Morton is put out of his misery finally, as Nathan Bracken traps him in front © Getty Images
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West Indies went into the DLF Cup final against Australia feeling good about their chances, but they should have known that Australia can get quite ruthless when the stakes get high. They have a history of thrashing opponents in finals, and West Indies themselves have been at the receiving end earlier: in the first final of the Carlton & United Series in 2001, West Indies were humbled by 134 runs, their biggest defeat against Australia in terms of runs. The 127-run defeat in the DLF Cup final slots in second place. (Click here for a list of Australia's most convincing ODI wins against West Indies when batting first.)

West Indies' score of 113 was their third-lowest in all ODIs against Australia. Their lowest - 87 - came in a bizarre match during the Benson & Hedges World Series in 1992-93, after they had earlier dismissed Australia for 101.

The West Indians put in a terrible display with the bat, but the worst of them all was Runako Morton, who played out 30 dot balls before being dismissed off the 31st. It was the slowest duck ever scored in one-day internationals, beating the earlier record which also belonged to a West Indian - Phil Simmons made one off 23 balls against New Zealand in Goa in 1994-95. The table below lists the eight longest ducks in ODIs, in terms of balls faced.

Longest ducks in ODIs
Batsman Balls faced Opposition Venue & year
Runako Morton 31 Australia Kuala Lumpur, 2006
Phil Simmons 23 New Zealand Goa, 1994-95
Athar Ali Khan 22 India Mumbai, 1998
Graeme Fowler 21 New Zealand Sydney, 1982-83
Graeme Labrooy 20 England Delhi, 1989-90
Tim de Leede 19 Pakistan Lahore, 1995-96
Alan Mullally 19 Sri Lanka Dambulla, 2000-01
Derek Underwood 18 Australia Birmingham, 1977

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