... AND SPECIAL MOMENTS
One-Day International cricket came to the Gabba on 23 December 1979. The ground has been the scene of many a memorable ODI moment, producing some outstanding performances from some of the game's best genuine superstars, and playing host to some of the game's more controversial moments.
Statistically speaking, Dean Jones stands unchallenged as the 'king' of the Gabba ODI. In nine ODI visits to Brisbane during a career that spanned 164 ODIs the ever-inventive Australian No.3 was Man of the Match no less than four times. He scored two centuries, including the second-highest score all-time and the highest score by an Australian, plus a 90 and a 98, for an ODI career record at the ground of 513 runs at an average of 57.0 and a strike-rate of 86.8. And that despite two ducks.
Jones, chosen at No.4 in Australia's all-time greatest one-day side, is the leading run-scorer all-time in Gabba ODI matches and has hit most ODI sixes. And he's among six multiple winners of the ODI Man of the Match award at the venue. Carl Hooper bagged three, including two in a row in 1997, and in nine matches scored 362 runs at 72.4, with four not outs and a strike-rate of 79.9.
Kapil Dev, Martin Crowe, Brian Lara and Gary Kirsten each bagged two MOM awards, with Lara and Kirsten collecting their double in consecutive games in 1992 and '98 respectively.
Australia enjoy an aggregate 14-13 win/loss record in Gabba ODs, with four no result games plus a washout without a ball bowled. The West Indies have far and away the best Gabba record at 16-4, but have lost their last two visits, while at the other end of the scale Sri Lanka are 1-7 in Brisbane, and Zimbabwe, four times an ODI visitor to the Queensland capital, are yet to taste success at the ground. England have a 7-6 ODI record at the ground, New Zealand are 6-5, Pakistan are 6-7 and India and South Africa are each 4-6.
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- Batting Records - Single Match
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- Wins/Losses, Margins & Finishes
- All the details .. every Gabba ODI
MEMORABLE GABBA ODI MOMENTS
FIRST GABBA ODI
The West Indies and England played the first Gabba ODI on 23 December 1979. Man of the Match Gordon Greenidge scored 85 off 122 balls and Viv Richards 85 off 77 as the Windies scored 1-218 as they chased down England's 8-217 with 19 balls to spare. Geoff Boycott top-scored in the England innings with a typically measured 68 off 114 balls. Windies pace spearhead Andy Roberts had England showman Derek Randall caught at slip by Clive Lloyd with the very first ball of the match to become the first Gabba ODI wicket-taker.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Lance Cairns steered New Zealand to a three-wicket win over India with just two balls to spare in the second Gabba ODI on 21 December 1980, providing a preview of some power hitting that would come a generation years later from his son Chris. The Kiwis, with 49 overs to chase India's 204, were 7-166 when Cairns joined Jeremy Coney. He scored 27no from 19 balls to dominate a match-winning eighth-wicket stand of 39 with Coney. In the same game NZ's Gary Troup (4-19) and India's Dilip Doshi (4-30) captured the first four-wicket hauls at the Gabba.
David Gower posted the first ODI century at the Gabba in Brisbane's fifth ODI on 15 January 1983 , blasting a majestic and chanceless 158 from 118 balls against New Zealand. In arguably the greatest one-day knock the ground has seen, Gower scored 96 runs in boundaries, hitting 18 fours and four sixes for a strike-rate of 113.9 to become the first player to hit four sixes in an ODI innings at the ground. The pure-stroking left-hander went to the wicket at 1-26 and dominated England's 6-267 before falling on the last ball of the innings. In reply NZ were dismissed for 213 in the 49th over. Gower took particular liking to NZ's Martin Sneddon, who returned 1-76 from 10 overs. Twenty-seven years and 20 centuries on Gower's knock remains the Gabba's highest ODI score.
HOOKES DOES IT AGAIN
David Hookes revived some old memories when he hammered 22 runs from the final over by Bob Willis to give Australia victory over England by seven wickets with 54 balls remaining the following day 16 January 1983. It was reminiscent of the South Australian left-hander and the five consecutive fours he hit so majestically in one over off Tony Greig in his memorable Test debut in the 1977 Centenary Test at the MCG. A sad memory of a wonderful player and personality who would die so tragically 21 years later.
Greg Ritchie, Kepler Wessels, Allan Border, John Maguire and Carl Rackemann set a record for five Queenslanders in an Australian ODI side at the Gabba in the clash with Pakistan on 15 January 1984. Sadly, it was a no-result. Pakistan made 6-184 from 42 overs. Australia were 0-15 from 3.5 overs when rain hit.
Dean Jones became the first Australian to score an ODI century at the Gabba on 18 January 1987 as the home side beat England by 11 runs. He scored 100 from 101 balls, with six fours and two sixes, sharing a 178-run second-wicket partnership with Geoff Marsh (93 off 121) in Australlia's 4-261. England, led by Bill Athey's fighting 111 from 152 balls (10 fours), made 9-250 in reply.
QUICK-THINKING KEV SAVES DAY
Quick thinking Gabba curator Kevin Mitchell was an unlikely hero on 17 January 1988 when he saved an Australia v New Zealand game. Much to the astonishment of the umpires, and in one of the more bizarre things seen on an international cricker arena, Kev ran onto the pitch, his groundstaff and tractor following, and removed the stumps seconds before a rain squall hit the ground. Because the covers were on the pitch was saved from becoming a quagmire only 37 minutes of play was lost. It became a 44-over match, and Allan Border, playing in his 100th World Series Cup match out of a possible 101, saw his side to victory.
There were a staggering 90 sundries in the Pakistan West Indies ODI at the Gabba on 7 January 1989, including 50 wides. In the first innings, sundries contributed an equal world record 59 to Pakistan's 258 8 byes, 10 leg byes, 37 wides and 4 no-balls, with the Windies bowling an extra 5.4 overs. This was followed by 31 sundries in the Windies' 203 15 leg byes, 13 wides and 3 no-balls. In each innings 'extras' were third-highest score.
FIRST TO 300
Australia became the first team to score 300 in a Gabba ODI against Pakistan on 11 February 1990. Mark Taylor (66 off 88) and Tom Moody (89 off 82, four fours, four sixes) got the innings off to a good start, with one of Moody's sixes landing in Stanley Street and another just failing to clear the old Sir Leslie Wilson Stand. Dean Jones (32 off 41), Allan Border (26 off 30) consolidated and Simon O'Donnell (31no off 28) and Ian Healy (22no off 20) added an unbroken 54 for the sixth wicket to reach 5-300. In reply Pakistan were all out for 233 in the 40th over. Carl Rackemann took 4-44 for the home side.
A RECORD AUSSIE SCORE
Dean Jones posted a record Australian ODI score at the Gabba on 16 December 1990 when he blasted 145 from 136 balls against England, including 12 fours and four sixes. He shared a 185-run partnership for the second wicket with Geoff Marsh (82 off 124) as the home side made 5-283. England replied with 7-246. In reaching triple figures Jones became the first player to score two Gabba ODI centuries a feat that would be emulated only by Mark Waugh.
FIRST FIVE-WICKET HAUL
West Indian quick Anderson Cummins captured the first five-wicket haul in a Gabba ODI when he bagged 5-31 off 9.3 overs against India on 11 January 1992. He got Kris Srinnath, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Gangully in the early and middle stages, and returned for Venkatapathy Raju and Javagal Srinath in the last over as India fell for 191 in the 49th over. The Windies made 4-192 in the 49th over to win with nine balls in hand.
WORLD CUP EPIC
The Gabba hosted three qualifying matches in the 1992 World Cup in February/March 1992, featuring Australia, West Indies, India, Pakistan and, in their first ODI visit 'Down Under', South Africa and Zimbabwe. The Australia India qualifier on 1 March was an epic, with Man of the Match Dean Jones scoring a masterful 90 from 108 balls (six fours, two sixes) to set up a one-run win on the last ball of the match. After the home side had scored 9-237 India were victims of a lop-sided rain disruption rule that would ultimately be overturned in favor of the more equitable Duckworth/Lewis system. The Indians were 1-45 from 16.2 overs when rain cut three overs for their innings, yet the revised target of 236 from 47 overs dropped by only two runs after Australia's three least productive overs were removed from the equation. Mohammad Azharuddin scored 93 off 102 balls, 10 fours to steer India to 4-194 after 42 overs, but they lost 6-40 in a gallant five-over charge that fell just short. Needing 13 runs from the last over bowled by Tom Moody, the Indians were right in the hunt when 'keeper Kiran More hit the first two balls to the fine leg boundary. He was bowled next ball before Manoj Prabhakar took a single from the fourth ball only to be run out on the fifth. With India needing four runs from the last, Javagal Srinath swung lustily and almost got them home. Mark Waugh dropped the catch just inside the boundary but his throw to Australia's fill-in 'keeper David Boon saw Venkatapathy Raju short of his ground returning for a third that would have tied the scores.
The most one-sided Gabba ODI was played on 9 January 1993 when the West Indies beat Pakistan by nine wickets with 30.4 overs to spare. Batting first, Pakistan were never in it as the scoreboard read 5-12, 6-31, 9-58 and finally 71 all out from 23.4 overs. Only No.7 Wasim Akram (19 off 39) and No.8 Rashid Latif (22no off 27) reached double figures as Ian Bishop led the rout with 5-25 from 8.4 overs. He sent back Saeed Anwar, Shahid Saeed and Javed Miandad early to set the Pakistan innings on the back foot, and closed it out with the wickets of Mushtaq Ahmed and Aaqib Javed. The Windies cruised to 1-72 in 19.2 overs in the earliest Gabba ODI finish.
FIRST GABBA DAY/NIGHTER
The first floodlit ODI at the Gabba was played between Sri Lanka and the West Indies on 5 January, 1996, on the 25th anniversary of the very first ODI between Australia and England at the MCG. Sri Lanka, batting first on a rain-affected wicket, were all out for 102 in the 46th over, with No.6 Hashan Tillakaratne top-scoring with 37 off 116 balls after Curtley Ambrose (left) took 3-20 from 10 overs and 'keeper Courtney Browne took a then world record equalling five catches. In reply, the Windies scored 3-104 in 26.1 overs to win by seven wickets with 143 balls to spare.
Controversy raged in the aftermath to the first day/night ODI at the Gabba after Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan was no-balled seven times by umpire Ross Emerson, standing in his first international. He persisted in calling him even when he switched to bowling leg-breaks. The Sri Lankan had been 'called' 10 days earlier in the Boxing Day Test match by Australian umpire Darrell Hair. Acting-captain Aravinda De Silva seemed ready to prolong the agony, until frantic calls from the dressing-room prompted the bowler's removal from the attack. Emerson later called Murali again in his 10th ODI three years later, prompting Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga to take his team off the ground in protest. He returned and the match continued, but Emerson never stood at international level again.
The Gabba played host to three ODI centuries in the same day for the first and only time in 5 January 1997. First, Mark Waugh (102 off 114) reached triple figures in Australia's 4-281. And then Brian Lara (102 off 114) and Carl Hooper (110no off 109 balls) did likewise as the Windies replied with 3-284, getting home with seven balls to spare. There could easily have been four century makers as local favorite Stuart Law made 93 from 107 balls. It was the biggest winning run chase in Gabba ODI history at the time, and has remained such since.
New Zealand posted the fourth-highest ODI score at the Gabba on 9 January 1998 and lost. Chasing South Africa's 6-300, an equal Gabba ODI record at the time in which Gary Kirsten made 103 from 113 balls, the Kiwis fell an agonizing two runs short. It was one of the all-time great ODIs. New Zealand looked to have no chance at 6-124 in the 31st over, but Chris Cairns (right) (64 off 53), Adam Parore (67 off 46), Dion Nash (38 off 31) and Daniel Vettori (11no off 11) got them to within a shot of victory at 9-298. Nash slashed Shaun Pollock's second-last ball of the match to third man for what could have been the decisive blow. The ball landed on the boundary rope and was rightfully called a four. Had it gone 1cm further it would have been a six to tie the scores. In a further hard luck story for the Kiwis, the ball hit precisely where the rope overlapped itself, presenting a bigger target. These days it'd count as a six. Needing three off the last ball to win, Nash was caught in the deep as South Africa won by two.
LAST WICKET HEROICS
Tailenders Saqlain Mustaq (27no off 52 balls) and Waqar Younis (13no off 15 balls) steered Pakistan to a remarkable last-ball win over India on 10 January 2000. Needing 196 in 49 overs after being docked one over for a slow bowling rate, Pakistan were 8-153 in the 43rd over before Saqlain and Waqar added an unbroken 41 for the ninth wicket off 37 balls for victory. They got home when they scampered through for a bye off the last ball.
Shoaib Akthar had done a fine job with the ball for Pakistan in the same game against India, taking 3-19 from eight overs. But it was nothing compared to the fast bowler's post-game heroics when he saved a young fan's life. According to a police sergeant, Shoaib did exactly that when he pulled the young boy from the path of a speeding taxi after the boy had run across the road to where Shoaib was signing autographs.
Shoaib Akhtar, the colorful Pakistan tearaway was in the action again two years later when he equalled the best bowling figures in Gabba ODI history on 19 June 2002, spearheading his side to a 91-run win over Australia. Shoaib returned 5-25 from eight overs to match Ian Bishop's 1993 effort. With Pakistan defending 256, Shoaib, bowling first change, made sure Australia didn't get close when he sent back Ricky Ponting, Damien Martyn, Darren Lehmann and Michael Bevan in quick succession, and returned to dismiss Jason Gillespie. The home side was rolled for 165 in 40 overs as Pakistan clinched a three-game mid-year 'Super Challenge' in which the first two games were played under the roof at what is now Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.
A RECORD SCORE AND A FIRST FOR A QUEENSLANDER
India recorded the highest Gabba ODI score on 18 January 2004, posting 4-303 against Australia thanks chiefly to VVS Laxman (103no off 113 balls), Sachin Tendulkar (86 off 95) and Rahul Dravid (74 off 64). In reply, Matthew Hayden became the only Queenslander to post an ODI century on home turf to lead a brave Australian fight which fell 19 runs short. Hayden hammered 109 off 107 (12 fours). Solid middle order support from Michael Clarke (42 off 45) and Michael Bevan (41no off 43) saw the home side in with a chance, but Lakshmipathy Balaji's 4-48 from 10 overs got India home as Australia were all out for 284 in the last over.
Pakistan keeper-batsman Kamran Akmal (far right) posted the third-highest Gabba ODI score to pilot his side to a memorable victory over the West Indies on 19 January 2005. Chasing a total of 4-273 dominated by Chris Gayle (82 off 99) and Wavell Hinds (76 off 91), Pakistan won with three overs to spare thanks to Akmal's 124 from 125 (12 fours). Shoaib Malik (60 off 60) and Inzamam-ul-Huq (62no off 51) finished the job as they reached 4-274 in 47 overs. It was the second-biggest winning run chase at the Gabba.
RAIN THE SAVIOUR
Australia looked headed for a monumental defeat against the West Indies when saved by the rain on 21 January 2005. The tourists had made 9-263 thanks chiefly to Wavell Hinds (107 off 138 balls), and had the home side 5-43 from 11 overs when the weather intervened. Pedro Collins had done the major damage with 3-8 from four overs.
THE BIGGEST WIN
Sri Lanka had enjoyed a curiously poor ODI record at the Gabba, losing their first six matches at the ground, but they broke through in fine style on 17 January 2006 with a record 94-run win over South Africa. Kumar Sangakkara (88 off 109) and Jehan Mubarak (61 off 69) steered Sri Lanka to 6-252 before Malinga Bandara (3-31 off 8.2 overs), Chaminda Vaas (2-21) and Muttiah Muralitheran (2-34) rolled South Africa for 188 in the 45th over. Mark Boucher (62 off 71) played a valiant hand for his side but still it was the Gabba's biggest ODI winning margin in terms of runs.
GILLY THE MAGNIFICENT
Adam Gilchrist played possibly the most brutal extended innings in Gabba ODI history on 14 February 2006, smashing 122 from 91 balls, with 13 fours and four sixes. He reached his 50 off 38 balls, with seven fours and a six, and posted triple figures off 67 balls, with 13 fours and three sixes to better his own record for Australia's fastest ODI ton. It was the first ODI 'final' played at the Gabba and saw Australia beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets with 27 balls in hand to complete a 2-1 series win. Simon Katich registered his first ODI century (107 off 142 balls, nine fours) as Australia cruised to 1-267 in reply to the tourists' 9-266, which had been led by Mahela Jayawardene (86 off 91) and Roger Arnold (76 off 71). Gilly's 76 runs in boundaries was No.2 on the all-time list, behind David Gower's 96 in 1983. Dean Jones (72 in 1990) is No.3 ahead of 54 by Kapil Dev (1980) and Chris Cairns (2002).
The biggest crowd for a Gabba ODI was 15 January 2006 when 39,874 saw Australia host South Africa.
FIRST AUSSIE 'FIVE-FOR'
Brett Lee became the first Australian to capture five wickets in a Gabba ODI innings when he bagged 5-27 off 9.2 over against India on 3 February 2008. In a 'no result' game, India scored 194 and Australia were 3-57 when the rain came.
PONTING'S FIRST CENTURY
AS GABBA RECORD GROWS
Ricky Ponting scored his first Gabba ODI century and his 29th overall as Australian posted a record Gabba score of 7-324 against the West Indies on 20 February 2010. Ponting, moving to equal second spot on the list of ODI century-makers and Gabba ODI run-makers, scored 106 from 112 balls after the home side had been sent in by Windies skipper Chris Gayle. Cameron White (63 off 78) and James Hopes (42 off 21) also got among the runs. In reply the West Indies made 8-274 - ordinarily a respectable score - but lost by 50 runs.
NOT SUCH A BIG CROWD
The smallest crowd for a Gabba ODI involving Australia occurred in the experimental pre-Christmas timeslot on Sunday, 7 November, 2010, when just 9037 people turned out to see Australia beat Sri Lanka. This 'bettered' the previous lowest of 11,734 for Australia's 1992 World Cup match against India.
FIRST SIX-WICKET HAUL
IN FLOOD FUND-RAISER
English medium-pacer Chris Woakes, playing just his second ODI, became the first player in Gabba ODI history to take six wickets in a match on Sunday, 30 January, 2011, as the combined cricket family raised more than $6million for the Queensland Flood Relief Fund. In the aftermath of the State's worst natural disaster, a healthy crowd of 30,651 saw 21-year-old Woakes put together a stunning spell bowling second change for the tourists. It was the second-best ODI return by an Englishman and the best overseas. The match was played in the aftermath of floods which put 75% of Queensland into a state of emergency and flooded more than 20,000 homes. Qantas offered $1000 for every run scored and Commonwealth Bank put up $4000 for every four and $6000 for every six. And Queensland Cricket increased an original commitment of $5 for every person who attended the match to $12 through the support of event partners Queensland Stadiums, Queensland Police, TransLink and Ticketmaster. And the Federal Government matched dollar-for-dollar all money raised at a match dedicated to the flood victims. That the Australians won by 51 runs to take an unassailable 4-1 lead in the seven-match Commonwealth Bank Series was almost forgotten in the wake of the overwhelming generosity of all concerned. But it was a day Woakes, not chosen in the England team for the 2011 World Cup, will never forget. Pictured right, he returned figures of 10-0-45-6 as Australia made 249 after acting captain Michael Clarke won the toss. He dismissed Shane Watson, Clarke, Cameron White, David Hussey, John Hastings and Brett Lee as Clarke as top-scored to hold off at least temporarily a landslide of media criticism.Leading the side in the absence of the injured Ricky Ponting, he had been fighting not just a terrible form slump but speculation of a poor relationship with the cricketing fans. Clarke made 54 as the home side put together a more than competitive total on a slowish Gabba wicket. In reply Lee, continuing an excellent combeback to the national side, unleashed a devastating opening spell to put the tourists on the back foot. He got up into the 150km/hr bracket as he removed Matt Prior and Jonathan Trott in his first spell and finished with 2-21 from seven overs. Kevin Pieterson (40) top-scored for England as they reached 198 in the 46th over thanks heavily to a record 53-run partnership for the last wicket between James Anderson (20n) and Steven Finn (35). Watson, who had been central to fund-raising efforts in his home town of Ipswich, continued his outstanding summer with 3-25 from 4.3 overs.
PONTING BIDS ODI FAREWELL
WITH RECORDS GALORE
IN A RECORD GABBA WIN
Ricky Ponting unknowingly bid farewell to one-day international cricket as Ben Hilfenhaus, Matthew Wade, Brett Lee and Ponting himself grabbed a slice of Gabba history in a record 110-run Australian win over India on 19 February 2012.. For the second time in three days Ponting returned to the Australian one-day captaincy to deputise for the injured Michael Clarke. It was the 230th time he'd skippered his country at ODI level and the 12th time at the Gabba. And, as fate would have it, the last. Twenty-four hours after Australia's resounding win Ponting, with 18 runs in five innings in the 2011-2 Commontwealth Bank Series against India and Sri Lanka, was dumped from the side. And 24 hours further on he told a massive media conference that while he still wanted to play Test cricket, he conceded his ODI days were finished. Ponting had extended his lead at the top of the Gabba ODI appearances list to 18, but there was to be no sympathy. Commenting on the shock move, National Selector John Inverarity said: "The team will not seem the same without him, but moving on from the omission of players who have been outstanding over a long period of time is the nature of elite sport. Ricky's record speaks for itself. He is one of the truly great performers in the history of Australian ODI cricket, with his reputation enhanced further by him captaining Australia to two World Cup victories. Ricky's contribution goes far beyond his batting statistics and his brilliant fielding. The example he sets in every respect and his extraordinarily positive influence in the dressing-room is acknowledged by all. He is held in the highest possible regard by his team-mates and there is no higher accolade than this. Ricky being prepared to take over the captaincy in Michael Clarke's recent absence for the sake of the team is yet another example of his selfless attitude and team-first focus." It was a day of memorable times and achievements. Hilfenhaus, in his first ODI in 27 months, captured 5-33 from 9.3 overs - the equal sixth best bowling figures at the ground as the home side dismissed India for 178 (43.3 overs) after posting 5-288. Lee claimed 3-49 to take his ODI wicket tally at the ground to 17 and into second spot behind only Glenn McGrath. Wade, in just his fifth ODI, followed a useful 43 opening the innings with five catches to equal the ground record set by the West Indies' Courtney Browne in January 1996.
DAVE WARNER POSTS
RECORD GABBA ODI SCORE
David Warner (right) erased one of the longest-standing records in Gabba ODI history as he made a magnificent 163 against Sri Lanka in the first final of the 2011-12 Commonwealth Bank Series. Warner's superb 163 in the 70th ODI played at the ground erased a mark of 158 that had been set by England's David Gower in just the 6th Gabba ODI in 1983. He also topped the previous best score by an Australian at the Gabba of 145 scored by Dean Jones against England in 1990. Warner, the power-hitting left-handed opener, was more measured than murderous in his attack on the bowling and admitted afterwards he hadn't hit the ball especially well but still he cracked 13 fours and two sixes as he took his runs from 157 balls. Warner's first ODI century came in his 19th one-day appearance and followed an outstanding Test match summer in which he'd twice reached triple figures against India. It was a magnificent show of endurance in hot and humid conditions in which the Australian innings was twice interrupted by rain. Nursing a groin strain in the latter part of his innings which prevented him fielding, he was clean bowled on the last ball of the innings looking for a boundary which would have seen his side top the highest ever team score at the Gabba of 7-324, set by Australia against the West Indies in 2010. Still, the home side's 6-321 was enough to give them a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series despite a magnificent chase by the Sri Lankans. Recovering from 5-125 and 6-162 after 35 overs, they scored 118 in the next 10 overs to get within striking distance before going down by 15 runs in the final over. Sri Lanka's 306 all out off 49.2 overs was the highest second innings score in Gabba ODI history. It came as they were chasing their fourth consecutive win over the Australians, having beaten them three times in a row while finding it more difficult against India. In the Sri Lankan chase Nuwan Kulasekara scored 73 off 43 balls, with seven fours and three sixes, at a strike-rate of 169.77 - the second-best strike-rate in an innings of 30 balls or more. Ben Hilfenhaus, whose four overs returned 0-46, conceded the highest runs-per-over total among players who have bowled four overs or more in a match. And Lasith Malinga, with 1-74 from eight overs, conceded the fourth most runs in an innings.
AUSSIES RECORD COLLAPSE
AS SRI LANKANS SOAR
Australia posted their lowest ODI score at the Gabba and their third lowest ODI total ever in a humiliating four-wicket loss to Sri Lanka on Friday 18 January 2013 when they were dismissed for a paltry 74 in 26.3 overs. It was a dismal effort in front of a crowd of 20,271 and yet it could easily have been much worse. Australia were a pitiful 9-40 off 18.3 overs and looking at the lowest ODI score by a recognised cricketing nation until last pair Mitchell Starc (22no) and Xavier Doherty (15) added 34 against an attack brilliantly led by Nuwan Kulasekara (5-22) and Salith Malinga (3-14). Even still the total bettered only the 70 Australia had posted against England in Birmingham in 1977 and New Zealand in Adelaide in 1986 on a 'lowest totals' list headed by Zimbabwe (35 in 2004), Canada (36 in 2003) and Zimbabwe (38 in 2001). It was the second-lowest ODI total ever at the Gabba, behind Pakistan's 71 against the West Indies in 1993, and Australia's lowest Gabba ODI total by 65 runs, falling below the previous worst of 139 against Pakistan in 2000. The match, which gave Sri Lanka a 2-1 lead in the five-game series, was played amid rampant debate over the merit of the Australian selectors' controversial rotation policy in which captain Michael Clarke, Dave Warner and Matthew Wade had been rested for the first two games. But there was no denying the superiority of the visitors on a wicket that looked perfectly good for batting. Certainly, the ball seamed around appreciably after Clarke had won the toss and chosen to bat first, but the Aussie skipper insisted there were no excuses for a lamentable batting display in which only No.9 Starc and No.11 Doherty reached double figures. Man of the Match Kulasekara (right), made excellent use of the seaming ball to capture the second-best bowling figures ever in a Gabba ODI, behind only England's Chris Woakes, who took 6-45 against Australia in 2011. Kulasekara became one of seven players to capture five wickets in a Gabba ODI and his figures of 10-2-22-5 were the most economical. Sri Lanka were never going to be tested in reply, and although Mitchell Johnson (3-11) gave reason for the faintest of hope early the visitors cruised to victory at 6-75 with 30 overs to spare thanks chiefly to Tillakaratne Dilshan (22) and Kushal Perera (22no).
Updated 18 January 2013