Top 5 Greatest ODI Upsets of All Time
Zimbabwe created history yesterday by defeating Australia in an ODI after 1983 after their 3 wicket victory over the mighty Aussies. After a long gap of 31 years, Zimbabwe managed to defeat Australia in an ODI. The last time Zimbabwe won against Australia, their skipper Duncan Fletcher led them to an upset, and last night, once again Zimbabwe skipper Elton Chigumbura led his team to cause an upset. The last night’s upset is considered as the greatest upset of all time. Here are the list of top 5 greatest upset of all time.
Last night’s victory over Australia have given the Zimbabweans their first win against the Aussies in over three decades. With Australia looking dangerous against in the triangular series, the Zimbabwe managed to bundle out the Aussies for a below par 2019 after the visitors chose to bat first. The Australians simply couldn’t handle the spinners as they lost their plot when the tweakers were in action. Chasing an historic victory, Zimbabwe started of positively before losing way in the middle overs. When reeling at 156-7, offie Prosper Utseya joined hands with skipper Elton Chigumbura and the duo batted sensibly. They put on an unbroken 55 run partnership and guided their side home. Elton Chigumbura scored a crucial 52 and won the Player of the match award.
One of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport took place at the grandest of stage. After winning the 1975 and 1979 World Cups, West Indies set their sights on a third consecutive title. Before the tournament began no one gave India a chance of getting through to the next round. But India has a stunning surprise as the Kapil Dev led side, against all odds took his team all the way to the finals and had a sterner test against West Indies. The Indians played their heart out and gave West Indies a run for the money. After over 6 hours of intense battle, India emerged victorious and announced their arrival in a grand fashion. Mohinder Amarnath was adjudged as the man of the match.
Bangladesh vs Australia, Cardiff 2005
This can be considered as the upset of the millennium. Stakes were up against Bangladesh during the Natwest triangular series in 2005. The Aussies are coming from a disastrous Ashes performance as they lost the urn after two decades. Courtesy Damien Martyn and Michael Clarke, Australia reached 249 in their 50 overs. Bangladesh after sniffing a chance for an upset went positively in the chase. Mohammed Ashraful scored a vital 100, that would have went into the history of Bangladesh Cricket as one of the finest knock as it helped Bangladeshis humble the Aussies by 5 wickets with four balls to spare.
Kenya had a dream run into the semi-finals of the 2003 World Cup, which can be considered as the greatest achievement by the African nation in cricket. On course of that victory, Kenya produced a sensational upset that shocked the entire Cricketing fraternity. N the Group B game against Sri Lanka at Nairobi, Kenya managed a par score of 210 on the board. It was expected to be a walk in the park for Sri Lanka that had the likes of Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Aravinda de Silva in their line-up. But Kenyan spinner Collins Obuya thought otherwise. HE scalped five wickets and put Lanka on the back foot straight away. The Lankans failed to recover and eventually surrendered to Kenya by 53 runs. That gave Kenya an extra advantage going into the Super 8 which led to a place in semis.
Bangladesh vs Pakistan, Northampton 1999
Bangladesh pegged back the eventual runners of 1999 World Cup Pakistan in a league match at Northampton when the Bangla tigers got the better of Pakistanis by 62 runs. It is considered as the greatest update in Bangladesh as it was the first instance of Bangladesh getting better of a test playing nation. Pacer Khaled Mahmud was declared as the Man of the Match.
*updated till 31 August 2014