Indian side bowled out for two runs

Under 19 side lose by 10 wickets with 299 deliveries to spare in 50-over match after managing only a pair of runs

AFP & Cricket Network

25 November 2017, 07:00 AM

An Indian state cricket team managed just two runs in an official 50-over match, one of the lowest totals ever recorded.

Opening bat Menka scored one run and the other was a wide as nine of the Nagaland Women's Under-19s were out for ducks against Kerala.

Kerala then took just one legitimate delivery to win by 10 wickets, with 299 balls to spare.

Nagaland, debutants in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Super Series tournament, did at least win the toss in the game on Thursday.

They chose to bat and Menka scored one run off 18 balls before she was caught in the sixth over. It triggered the mother of all collapses as Nagaland were bowled out inside 17 overs - 16 of them maidens.

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A total of two didn't give the Nagaland bowlers much room for error, and they started badly when Deepika Kaintura sent down a wide with her first ball. 

Kerala's Ansu Raju then sealed the game by hitting a four off the first legal ball.

Nagaland coach Hokaito Zhimomi, a former Indian first-class player, explained that most of the team were still new to the game while heavy rainfall and a lack of adequate indoor facilities had hampered their preparation for the tournament.

"The Nagaland Cricket Association was struggling to put a team together because we didn't have any academy for girls," Zhimomi told ESPN.

"We had to put out advertisements in the local newspapers, which is when the girls started coming to the academy. All of the nine students enrolled in the academy are part of this squad.

"We had to start from scratch because all the girls are completely raw. In their first training session none of the girls knew what skills they specialize in.

"Yes, there have are a lot of loopholes to plug, but one needs to understand these girls have only started playing cricket."

Nagaland were involved in an unusual game in November when their bowlers sent down 42 wides against Manipur - who bowled 94 wides of their own.

Their total of two against Kerala is smaller than the six scored by the 'Bs' against England in 1810, believed to be the lowest in any domestic competition.

In international 50-over cricket, Zimbabwe holds the dubious record for the lowest score, having been bowled out for 35 against Sri Lanka in 2004 in Harare.