At Perth on Friday, West Indies put up a shocker of a performance in the first ODI against Australia as they were routed for 70. Although the conditions favoured swing and seam and Darren Sammy’s decision to bat first surprised even opposition skipper Michael Clarke, this still wasn’t a pitch for a team to be bowled out for a paltry score. At the same time, it must be said that Mitchell Starc and co utilised the conditions to the hilt, keeping the Windies down to their third lowest ODI score. Here’s a look at other occasions when the visitors capitulated for under 100.
54 vs South Africa at Cape Town (January 2004)
This remains West Indies’ lowest score till date. Chasing a challenging target of 264, the Windies batting succumbed to the guiles of Makhaya Ntini, Andre Nel and Lance Klusener. As was the norm in those days, Shaun Pollock picked up the opening scalp, dismissing Chris Gayle for 4. The floodgates opened after that. Only two batsmen in the entire West Indies line-up reached double figures –Shivnarine Chanderpaul 14 and Ricardo Powell 12. South Africa’s total was built around a sublime century from Jacques Kallis, who was the man of the match.
61 vs Bangladesh at Chittagong (October 2011)
It is hard to imagine that the once mighty West Indies could prove to be such an embarrassment against Bangladesh, but this did happen. Batting first in a day-night encounter, crumbled against the pace of Shafiul Islam and the spin of Shakib Al Hasan. Again, only two batsmen got into double figures – Kieran Powell making 25 and Carlos Brathwaite 11. Shakib picked up 4 for 16 and the rest shared the spoils as the hosts romped home with eight wickets to spare.
80 vs Sri Lanka at Mumbai (October 2006)
This was a Champions Trophy game being played at the Brabourne Stadium. Batting first, West Indies were off to a disastrous start, losing Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan for ducks and Shivnarine Chanderpaul for 8. Brian Lara and Wavell Hinds held the innings together briefly, but once Lara fell for 13, the procession restarted. Farveez Maharoof was the hero for Sri Lanka with figures of 6 for 14. Hinds top scored for West Indies with 28 even as the Lankans got home easily, by nine wickets.
87 vs Australia at Sydney (December 1992)
In a low-scoring thriller, West Indies bundled out Australia for 101, but themselves fell short of the target by 14 runs. The number 87 is usually considered for Australia, but on that day that Sydney, it proved lucky for them as they bowled out West Indies for that score. The Windies had big names like Desmond Haynes, Brian Lara and Richie Richardson, but Paul Rieffel, Steve Waugh and Mike Whitney combined to take out seven of the Windies batsmen.
93 vs Kenya (Feb 1996) and 91 vs Zimbabwe (Jan 2001)
The first is the famous World Cup game at Pune, where Windies succumbed chasing 167 -- Rajab Ali and Maurice Odumbe picking up three wickets each. Sydney was the venue for another disaster against another minnow. Having been bowled out for 138, Zimbabwe rolled over the West Indians for 91, with Heath Streak picking up four wickets. At one point, West Indies were 31 for 8 before Nixon McLean blasted an unbeaten 40 to give the innings a semblance of respectability.
--By A Cricket Analyst