Vanuatu were bundled out for 65 against Malaysia, yet emerged winners by 13 runs after bowling the opposition out for 52 in their one-day game in Kuala Lumpur.
It was the lowest total defended by any team in a List A game, improving on the 76 that proved enough for Middlesex against Northamptonshire back in 1972.
Choosing to bat in Match 13 of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Challenge League Group A on Tuesday, 25 September, Vanuatu struggled to build partnerships.
They were reduced from 26/1 to 26/4 in the space of five balls, and no batsman was able to make more than 12 runs. Pavandeep Singh and Nazril Rahman took four wickets each to bowl Vanuatu out in 25.1 overs.
Despite the low total, however, Vanuatu didn't lose their fight. Patrick Matautaava, the medium-pacer, struck with the very first ball of the innings, before returning in the third over to reduce Malaysia to 5/3 in 2.3 overs.
Lowest List A totals defended
|Vanuatu||65||Malaysia||25 September 2019, Kuala Lumpur|
|Middlesex||76||Northamptonshire||7 May 1972, Northampton|
|Western Australia||77||Queensland||12 December 1976, Perth|
|Habib Bank Limited||78||Pakistan International Airlines||19 November 1993, Rawalpindi|
|South Zone||82||North Zone||3 November 1993, Surat|
With AL Stephen joining in the fun, it quickly became 7/5 in 4.5 overs. Aminuddin Ramly resisted from No.6, striking two fours and two sixes in his 35-ball 25, but when he became Matautaava's fifth scalp of the day, Malaysia's hopes were dealt a blow.
Matautaava finished with 5/19 while Stephen returned 3/30 as Malaysia were bowled out in 21.4 overs.
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