Flashback: India all out for 54, suffer the defeat by biggest margin ever against Sri Lanka

On this day in 2000, in the Coca Cola Champions Trophy final Sri Lanka handed India a massive 245 defeat. India fell for their lowest ever total – 54/10.

Recently India lost the series decider in the five-match ODI series against South Africa by 214 runs, the largest at home. So, the wound is fresh. History will always give India the reminder about two biggest ever defeat in one week though the gap between two defeats is 15 years. 

India caved in after Sanath Jayasuriya’s brilliant 189 runs off 161 balls. Sri Lanka, who are  a forced to reckon with as the team, was filled with utility players. Sri Lanka’s limited over reputation was on the rise under the captaincy of Arjuna Ranatunga in the mid-1990s while Jayasuriya carried it on in the early years of new millennium. Sri Lankan middle order was impeccable with experienced Marvan Atapattu and blossoming stars like Mahela Jayawardene and  Kumar Sangakkara were in their rank. The bowling side was led by one of the best new ball bowler, who was easily penetrative and could swing and seam the ball. His trademark was late in-dipper. The spin department flourished in the hand of the greatest ever off-spinner of all time Muttiah Muralitharan.

So, beating a team from a small Indian ocean isle was not that easy even back then. Sanath Jayasuriya was the best opener, he could turn the game single-handed in his country’s favour with the both bat and ball in hand.

Jayasuriya’s batting was elegant to watch. His career best 189 runs had sprinkled 21 boundaries and 4 sixes. He equaled Viv Richards 189 runs, which was the second highest ODI score after Saeed Anwar’s 194 runs.

Indian bowlers led by Venkatesh Prasad were blown away in the desert storm by Jayasuriya.

But, nobody expected that India batsmen still had been suffering from the last match hangover where they lost the match by 68 runs by the same opponent as off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan bamboozled India’s famed batting line-up with 7 wickets haul.

In the same ground, this time Chaminda Vaas destroyed India with a five-wicket haul, conceding just 14 runs. India lost their top order for 19 runs. There was no difference between Indian top order and tailenders. Vaas took India by surprise as he  cleaned up India’s top four for just 19 runs. Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, Vinod Kambli and Venkatesh Prasad scored 3 runs each. Sachin Tendulkar scored 5 runs was caught and bowled by Vaas. The only batsman who scored a double digit is Vijay Dahia, who scored 11 before Muralitharan bowled him out.

Vaas got tremendous assistance from Muralitharan, who picked 3 wickets for 6 runs  to shorten India’s tail.

Finally, Sri Lanka cruised to a 245 run crushing victory as they bowled out India in 26.3 overs. India’s 54 all out was the third lowest scored in ODI history.

Watch the video of India’s collapse:


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