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India’s biggest ODI loss with balls to spare

New Delhi: Controversy-ridden Sri Lanka came back in fine style at Dambulla on Sunday, thrashing India by eight wickets and confirming themselves as one of the finalists to lift the tri-series cup. But what many of us don’t know is that it’s also India’s biggest defeat in terms of balls to spare for the opponents.

Dhoni’s relief in winning the toss soon transformed into a nightmare when his team was bundled out for just 103, well inside 50 overs. Sri Lanka were quick to erase more than half of the deficit before the innings break and came back to romp home for an early dinner.

No doubt this was one of India’s most embarrassing defeats in terms of batting and the way they got mauled, but the more unfortunate angle for the Men in Blue remains that its the biggest defeat ever in terms of balls to spare for the opponents.

Here are the details of the five biggest margins of defeat in that context:

– Balls remaining 209 (vs Sri Lanka at Dambulla on August 22, 2010)

– Balls remaining 174 (vs Australia at Sydney on January 8, 1981)

– Balls remaining 166 (vs Australia at Centurion on February 15, 2003)

– Balls remaining 146 (vs New Zealand at Queenstown on January 4, 2003)

– Balls remaining 145 (vs Australia at Vadodara on October 11, 2007)

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