Cricket is always an unpredictable game. Meanwhile, in ODI history, which is around 50-year-old, we have already experienced some stunning and special matches where a giant team surprisingly failed to beat an inexperienced side.
Talking about a giant team’s failure to beat a small team in an ODI match, we can even get enough great examples from the Cricket World Cup history.
Here we are talking about the top five incidents where a giant team surrendered to a small team in an ODI match.
Zimbabwe vs England in 1992 Cricket World Cup
It was the League Stage game between Zimbabwe and England in the 1992 Cricket World Cup at Albury on 18th March 1992. After England sent the Zimbabwean side to bat first, they bowled out the Zimbabwe team for only 134 runs in 46.1 overs. Only captain Dave Houghton (29) and Iain Butchart (24) managed to score 20+ runs in that innings. Among the English bowlers, Ian Botham (3/23) and Richard Illingworth (3/33) both picked up three wickets each.
However, the Zimbabwean bowlers stunned everyone by destroying the England batting line-up as the top ODI team were bundled out for just 125 runs (49.1 overs). Zimbabwean right-arm pacer Eddo Brandes was the star in the second innings with the impressive bowling figures of 10-4-21-4. On the other hand, only the wicketkeeper-batsman Alec Stewart (29) and Neil Fairbrother (20) managed to score 20 or more runs in that innings.
While Zimbabwe won that match by just nine runs, it was only their second ODI victory.