It has been a lot of times that players fail to score even a single run and get dismissed even before their motherlands could possibly put up a single run on the score board. Here is a list of few such incidences:-
Australia vs. England (1950) – It was the first test match of the Ashes test series. Australia looked a lot confident after the early dismissals of English batmen for just 68 runs. But, the actual headache for Australia started right after when Australian three kingpin batsmen were made out for three ducks on an individual note. The two openers, Moroney and Morris along with Loxton were dismissed for zero runs beside their names on the score board. English fast bowler T.E.Bailey took the wicket of Moroney, while A.V.Bedser took two wickets of Morris and Loxton and made the day for England.
India vs. England (1952) – It all happened in the India vs. England test series held at Leeds in England. India was on her second innings that four of India’s batsmen, namely the openers P. Roy, Gaekwad, wicket keeper Mantri and Manjrekar were dismissed by their first ever deliveries, before they were been able to open their accounts of runs. Three wickets were taken by Trueman and the fourth by Bedsar. It was with the help of this terrible innings by the Indian batsmen of top order that the Queen’s army of eleven marched to their victory in the first test itself.
Zimbabwe vs. Sri Lanka (1999) – The 2nd test match between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka was held at Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe, wherein, the three marquee players of Zimbabwe, namely Gripper, Goodwin and Johnson made nothing greater than individual ducks, even before their motherland could possibly open the score board, leaving apart the setting of a huge score. Zoysa turned out to be the most successful bowler for Sri Lanka by completing his hat trick for the day. Thankfully for Zoysa, Sri Lanka won the match by 6 wickets.
India vs. Pakistan (2006) – Vadodara medium pacer, Irfan Pathan was the man of the day when he literally shook the Pakistan batting order, profoundly the top order. Batsmen of immense repute, viz., Salman Butt, the then test skipper Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf, all three of them were dismissed for a duck, even before their team could possibly register even a single run on the score board.
Bangladesh vs. Zimbabwe (2014) – The ongoing test between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe marked another such incident of three batsmen failing to score and get dismissed even before their team could put up even a single run on the score board. Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal, Shamsur Rahman and Mominul Haque, all the top order batmen inclusive of the two openers, were dismissed for ducks. Chigumbura took two crucial wickets whereas; Panyingara took one wicket to help Zimbabwe seal their place in the match on a winning note thereafter.
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