Top 5 West Indies’ lowest ODI scores vs India
The West Indies and India have a long and storied history in cricket, dating back to the early days of the sport. In recent years, the rivalry has been quite one sided, West Indies’ lowest ODI scores have come out and it tells where the both teams are going.
In recent years, however, the West Indies have struggled to compete with India. In ODI cricket, they have lost 9 consecutive matches to India, and their batting has been particularly frail. In this article, we will take a look at some of the lowest scores that the West Indies’ lowest ODI scores against India.
West Indies vs India, Thiruvananthapuram, 2018
On November 1, 2018, West Indies were bowled out for just 104 runs in the fifth ODI against India at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. It was the lowest total ever scored by West Indies in an ODI in India, and the second-lowest total ever scored by any team in India.
The West Indies batting was completely befuddled by India’s bowlers, who found plenty of movement and bounce in the pitch. Jasprit Bumrah, and Khaleel Ahmed took two wickets each while Ravindra Jadeja all took four wickets. while Kuldeep Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up one each.
The West Indies’ top three batsmen – Kieran Powell and Shai Hope were dismissed for ducks. Only Jason Holder offered any resistance, scoring 25 runs before he was dismissed by Ahmed.
West Indies vs India, Bridgetown, 2023
On July 27, 2023, West Indies batting line-up appeared clueless in front of sharp bowling attack. Batting first, they were all out for mere 114 runs and it resulted in their 9 loss straight in ODIs against India.
The West Indies batting performance was completely shaked and it is also worth noticing that the match was played on a slow surface. That’s why India, too, lost 5 wickets in a small chase. Only Shai Hope showed some resistance with 43 runs in 45 balls.
West Indies batting line-up failed totally against spinners, losing 7 wickets to it. Ravindra Jadeja took 3 wickets while Kuldeep Yadav bagged 4 wickets for only 6 runs.
West Indies v India, Port of Spain, 1997
On April 27, 1997, West Indies were bowled out for just 121 runs in the second ODI against India at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad. It was the lowest total ever scored by West Indies in an ODI at home, and the second-lowest total ever scored by any team at the Queen’s Park Oval.
The West Indies batting was completely outplayed by India’s bowlers, who found plenty of movement and bounce in the pitch. Abey Kuruvilla was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3 wickets for 23 runs, while Venkatesh Prasad and Anil Kumble took two wickets each.
Only Jimmy Adams of West Indies’ top seven batters was able to cross 15 runs mark and remained not out for 35. Ian Bishop offered any resistance, scoring 31 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Noel David.
West Indies vs India, Eden Gardens, 1993
On November 27, 1993, West Indies were bowled out for just 123 runs in the final of the Hero Cup against India at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. It was the lowest total ever scored by West Indies in an ODI final, and the third-lowest total ever scored by any team in an ODI final.
The West Indies batting was completely undone by Indian leg spin maestro Anil Kumble. Kumble was the pick of the bowlers, taking 6 wickets for 12 runs, while Kapil Dev picked 2 wickets for 18 runs in 10 overs.
In that match Brain Lara was the top scorer for West Indies with 33 runs, and was dismissed by Sachin Tendulkar. West Indies lost its last 5 wickets for mere 10 runs.
West Indies vs India, 126, Perth
On December 6, 1991, West Indies were bowled out for just 126 runs in the first ODI against India at the WACA Ground in Perth. The uncanny thing about this match was that India, too, were all out for 126 and the ODI match resulted in a tie.
Bowlers of both teams dominated throughly in this match. Curtly Ambrose was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2 wickets for 9 runs in 8.3 overs. For India, Manoj Prabhakar, Javagal Srinath, Kapil Dev and Subroto Banerjee were instrumental in restricting West Indies to 126 while chasing.
The top scorer in entire match was Ravi Shastri who scored 33 runs in 110 balls. For West Bengal, Anderson Cummins, batting at number 10 scored crucial 24 runs which helped the Men in Maroon to tie the match.
West Indies have had some very low scores against India in ODI cricket. In 2018, they were bowled out for just 104 runs in Thiruvananthapuram, and in 2023, they were all out for 114 runs in Bridgetown. These low scores are a reflection of the West Indies’ batting woes in recent years. If they want to be competitive against India, they will need to find a way to improve their batting.