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Top 10 Upsets in One Day Cricket History

India’s first World Cup triumph against the West Indies in 1983 at the iconic stadium of Lord’s is also considered to be a upset from the Caribbean Prospect.

From a cricketing point of view, ODI Cricket has crossed so many years in its lifetime and has come in contact with the year 2020. However, as the COVID-19 continues to show impact on the world in many ways, it will be a nice juicy time to look back into the 50-over format.

Along with producing some of the memorable and classic high profile games, ODI Cricket has also delivered some of the most stunning upsets. Unless it’s your own team, everyone loves an underdog. From Bangladesh to Nepal, we are going to show 10 of the best upsets in ODI history ; some of results that had the cricketing world in complete shock.

10. SCOTLAND VS ENGLAND, 2018 ODI:-

At that time, Eng were flying. Being the number one team in the rankings, they lived with the dream of lifting the World Cup a year later. So, they were expected to cross Scotland with ease.

Scotland, on the other hand, like the other associate nations, didn’t get the opportunities to showcase their talent and skills in front of the world. So, surely, it would be a big day just to compete with world’s number one side.

Not quite actually just to compete !!! But what about a win ?? Scotland reached to a huge score of 371, thanks to Callum McLeod’s superb century. But England, by failing to chase it, gifted Scotland their first ever ODI win against them in the most incredible circumstances.

9. BANGLADESH vs PAKISTAN, 1999 WORLD CUP :-

It might not be the most important game of 1999 world cup, but Bangladesh’s win over the mighty Pakistanis sent shockwards throughout the world Cricket.

Also, this game helped Bangladesh to gain their test status in 2000. With a respectable yet highly gettable 223 on the board, Bangladesh shone with the ball going through the top order of Pakistan.

This win had also sent a extra energy and enthu in the Bangla Tigers.

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8. BANGLADESH vs INDIA , 2007 WORLD CUP :-  It was Bangladesh again; this time, eight years later in the 2007 world Cup against their neighbours.

Filled with a bulk of youngstars such as Tamim, Shakib and Rahim, Bangladesh did the most unthinkable and unexpected work by knocking the heavy weight IND from the world cup after the opening game. It was their bowlers who did the damage by sending the very experienced indian lineup, before the 17year old Tamim lit up Port of Spain with great strokes.

With a short group stage, the loss of IND was a significant financial blow to the ICC. But, Bangladesh couldn’t care a bit taking further steps in development of world Cricket.

7. IRELAND vs PAKISTAN, 2007 WORLD CUP :-

2007 World Cup showed another upset to the subcontinent giant.

Like Bangladesh, not many gave the underdog Ireland any chance of winning against Pakistan. However, Ireland’s win over them was a real shock as the Irish were just a associate nation fighting for their scopes to showcase their talent.

Like the tigers, the Irish bowlers did a great job. Ireland kept the Pakistanis quite for just 132 and sent shockwaves to the world  beating them by 3 wickets.

6. IRELAND vs ENGLAND, 2011 WORLD CUP :- 

This upset game remains one of the greatest ODIs of all time.

It wasn’t the result that upset the whole world, but the manner of doing it. Gone at 111/ 5 in the 25th over, chasing 326 for victory, England were highly in the game. But Kevin O’Brien had another plans. Producing one of the greatest knocks (113 runs in 63 balls) of ODI; Cricket has ever seen, he put his side on the brink of victory.
At last Mooney and Thompson sealed the deal in the last over, executing what remains the highest successful chase in ODI world cups.

 

5. INDIA vs WEST INDIES, 1983 WORLD CUP :-

Was this day Cricket come alive in India ???

“ Show me a person who gave Kapil Dev’s team a chance of winning the 1983 world cup and I will show you a liar and a opportunist” these were the words of  David Frith, a editor of Wisden Cricket Monthly.

India were highly written off against the West Indies, the first two time champions(1975 & 1979) of the tournament. With putting together the most incredible bowling, IND became successful in defending 183 against some of the best batsman, the game has ever seen.

4. ZIMBABWE vs AUSTRALIA, 1983 WORLD CUP :- 

Zimbabwe stunned one of the world’s heavy- weight team. Incredibly, this was their first ever ODI, which makes the result scarcely believable even today. Just to show how big an upset this was, Zimbabwe went on to lose their next 18 ODIs in a row.

Duncan Fletcher put together one of the greatest all round performance in ODIs against such a strong team. He scored 69*(84) and took 4/42 in the most fabulous individual performance in ODI history to lead his team to a fomous win.

3. KENYA vs WEST INDIES, 1996 WORLD CUP :-

When Kenya and the West Indies took the field in the 1996 world cup, a West Indies win was expected. And when Kenya were bowled out for just 166, a West Indies win was more highly expected.

Rightly so, specially when you have the likes of Brian Lara in your side.

But the struggling West Indies became unsuccessful in doing so. Kenya, with just one professional cricketer in their ranks, still took the advantage and rolled the established batting side for just 93 in one of many fine stories of Kenya Cricket.

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2. KENYA vs SRI LANKA, 2003 WORLD CUP :- 

One such great story was the 2003 world cup for Kenya. With their first world cup in Nairabi, no one could possibly forgot such an essential day against Sri Lanka.

Scenes of Joy, crowds jumping up and down in celebration of every wicket, every four and six grew belief that a new Cricketing nation was here to fight. Kenya’s score of 210/9 was competitive still uninspiring, but their fielding and bowling was outstanding enough to blow the Sri Lankan line-up.

1. BANGLADESH vs AUSTRALIA , 2005 TRI-SERIES :-

This result really shook the foundation of world Cricket.

Surely, Bangladesh was a 5 year old test team at that point. But it wasn’t merited with a solitary win against a struggling Zimbabwe out of 35 games and 20 defeats coming by an innings.

They didn’t show greatness in ODIs either. With 9 wins in 107 matches, and a single century in their side , it was just a matter of time. No one trusted that Bangladesh had any chance of competing against Australia, a side boosting with the top class players from top to bottom.

But that day, in 2005  was different and never be forgotten. With Australia recovering 249/5 after a shaky start, Mohammad Asraful played an incredible knock of a run a ball century to guide Bangaladesh to the most biggest upset in world Cricket.

These remain the top 10 upsets in world Cricket right now. Cricket is a funny game. Anything can happen anytime. And these upsets have grown belief that any small team can beat any professional team at any given day. You just need to keep trust in yourself and fight till the end.

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