Top 10 Lowest Scores in ODI Cricket

One-Day International (ODI) cricket is a 50-over format of the game, and it is one of the most popular sports in the world. While it is a long game, there have been instances where teams have been bundled out for very low scores. Here is a list of the top 10 lowest scores in ODI cricket:

1Zimbabwe3518.0Sri LankaHarare Sports Club, Harare25 April 2004
2USA3512.0NepalKirtipur, Kathmandu12 February 2020
3Canada3618.4Sri LankaBoland Park, Paarl19 February 2003
4Zimbabwe3815.4Sri LankaSinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo8 December 2001
5Sri Lanka4320.1South AfricaBoland Park, Paarl11 January 2012
6Pakistan4319.5West IndiesNewlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town25 February 1993
7Zimbabwe4424.5BangladeshZahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram3 November 2009
8Canada4540.3EnglandOld Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester13 June 1979
9Namibia4514.0AustraliaSenwes Park, Potchefstroom27 February 2003
10India5426.3Sri LankaSharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah29 October 2000

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It is worth noting that Zimbabwe has three of the top four lowest scores in ODI cricket. This is a testament to the fact that they have struggled to compete at the highest level in recent years.

Causes of Low Scores in ODI Cricket

There are a number of factors that can contribute to a team being bowled out for a low score in ODI cricket. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Poor batting technique: If a team’s batsmen are not technically sound, they are more likely to get out cheaply.
  • Lack of concentration: Batsmen need to be focused and concentrated throughout their innings in order to score runs consistently. If they lose focus, they are more likely to make mistakes and get out.
  • Good bowling: Of course, good bowling can also play a role in low scores. If the opposition bowlers are able to bowl tight lines and lengths and take regular wickets, it can be difficult for the batting team to score runs.


Low scores are a rare occurrence in ODI cricket, but they do happen from time to time. The teams on this list have all experienced the ignominy of being bowled out for a very low score. However, it is important to remember that even the best teams can have bad days.


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