New Delhi. Year 2000, day 29 October. Location – Sharjah. All the Indian cricket fans were waiting for a big win or rather the title, but everyone’s dreams were shattered. Hardly anyone would have thought that the Indian team, adorned with stalwarts like Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh and Vinod Kambli, would be bundled out for just 54 runs in an ODI, that too when the Champions Trophy 2000 is at stake. Have you…. But it happened which no one had imagined. India suffered a crushing 245-run defeat against Sri Lanka in the final of the Champions Trophy.
21 years have passed since that match but hardly any Indian cricket fan would like to remember that day. India would have such a condition in that day-night match, no one had thought. When Team India was chasing the target of 300 runs, 5 wickets had fallen for only 30 runs. Not only this, only 1 batsman Robin Singh could touch the double figure.
Sri Lanka won the match by 245 runs
The final match of the Champions Trophy was played between India and Sri Lanka on 29 October 2000 in Sharjah. Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya won the toss and elected to bat first. Jayasuriya came down to the opening and froze in such a way that it troubled every Indian bowler. Sri Lanka scored 299 for 5 in 50 overs thanks to the brilliant innings of Jayasuriya (189). Chasing the target of 300 runs, the Indian team could play only 26.3 overs and got all out for just 54 runs. Sri Lanka won the match by a record margin of 245 runs and captured the trophy.
Sanath Jayasuriya turns star
In the match, the player of the match became Sanath Jayasuriya, who single-handedly turned the tide of the match. He hit 21 fours and 4 sixes in his innings of 161 balls. It was amazing that the batsman at the other end neither got a chance to play more balls nor did anyone else except Russell get a chance. When Jayasuriya’s wicket fell, the team’s score had reached 282 runs. Apart from him, Russell Arnold contributed an unbeaten 52 runs. He hit 2 fours and 1 six in 62 balls. Zaheer Khan, Sunil Joshi, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly got 1-1 wickets for India.
Record of biggest ODI win against India
Sri Lanka made the record for the biggest win against India in terms of runs in ODIs, which is still intact today. Not only this, this is India’s lowest score in ODIs. This shameful record continues to this day. Earlier in the year 1981 in Sydney, Australia had bowled India out for 63 runs.