Back in 2004, Zimbabwe etched their name in the history books after being bundled out for just 35 runs by Sri Lanka. It was the lowest total ever recorded in the history of One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and Zimbabwe's unwanted record stood tall for almost 16 years. But, the Zimbabweans have some company now.
During the Tri-Nations ODI series clash against Nepal, the United States of America (USA) matched Zimbabwe's infamous feat after being bowled out for 35 runs at TU Cricket Ground in Kirtipur on 12th February.
While it took Sri Lanka 18 overs to bowl Zimbabwe out in 2004, the USA side were bundled out in just 12 overs.
USA ARE ALL OUT FOR 35 ??
Sandeep Lamichhane picks up six wickets while Sushan Bhari chips in with four as Nepal dismiss the visitors for the joint-lowest ODI score.
What a show from the hosts!#CWCL2 | #RoadToCWC23 pic.twitter.com/CCu1OFySsm
Asked to bat first, the USA team found themselves in all sorts of trouble, losing their opening batsman without a single run on board. Xavier Marshall (16) was looking to steady the ship for his side when he got dismissed by Sushan Bhari in the seventh over. Following the departure of Marshall, there was no respite for the Saurabh Netravalkar-led side.
The most devastatingly disappointing of days for #TeamUSA???? and not the way we wanted to end our tour of Nepal
We just wanted to say thank you to all the incredible fans & everyone at Cricket Association of Nepal for the fantastic way we were hosted and supported in Kathmandu?? pic.twitter.com/GvBiow0R9P
There were as many as four ducks recorded by the USA batsmen. Barring Marshall, none of the USA batsmen could manage to score in double digits. And, the fact that the biggest partnership in their innings was of 23 runs, pretty much sums up USA's horrendous outing with the willow.
While the USA batsmen had a forgettable outing, it looked like target practice for Nepal bowlers. The likes of Bhari and Sandeep Lamichhane accounted for 10 wickets. While Bhari registered figures of 4-5 in three overs, Lamichhane appeared in a class of his own, taking six wickets at the expense of just 16 runs in his six overs (the best figures for Nepal across all formats and only behind Stuart Broad's 6-4 in the list of the best bowling performances in the ODI cricket history).
Sandeep Lamichhane kisses the pitch after taking six wicket against USA in ICC World Cup League 2 at TU Cricket Ground. This is best bowling figures for Nepal in ODIs. pic.twitter.com/OOv4peeN6Sâ cricketingnepal (@cricketingnepa1) February 12, 2020
The target was never going to be a problem for Nepal as they chased it down with eight wickets and 268 deliveries to spare. It was the fourth-biggest win in terms of balls left in ODI cricket history. England holds the record for the biggest win (in terms of deliveries left) when they defeated Canada with 277 balls to spare.
The USA innings was wrapped up in only 72 deliveries - the shortest innings in ODI history. The record was previously held by Pakistan whose women's cricket team was bowled out in just 82 balls (13.4 overs) against Australia during the 1997 World Cup. In men's cricket, the record for the shortest ODI innings was held by Zimbabwe who were bundled out by Afghanistan in a mere 83 balls in 2017.
The match, which took just 104 balls to conclude, was also the shortest ever recorded in ODI cricket history. Previously, the shortest game in ODIs was recorded during the 1997 Women's World Cup tie between Australia and Pakistan which was concluded in 119 deliveries.
In men's cricket, the 2001 ODI clash between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe saw the latter team getting bowled out for 38 in 15.4 overs.
A real disaster of a day in the final match of the series as #TeamUSA???? are beaten out of sight by Nepal to leave us winless from our 4 ODI's here in Kathmandu
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Team USA had entered the ODI Tri-Series, that also includes Oman - as the table leaders in the seven-team World Cup League 2 tournament which will continue until 2022. But, the USA side left Kathmandu licking their wounds with four consecutive losses that allowed Oman, who won their four matches, to climb to the top of the table.