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September 24, 2006
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.
|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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