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Rarest of the rare: Ten ducks in an innings, team all out for four extras

In a bizarre under-19 inter-district match, the scoreboard for Kasaragod girls read 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0.

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Batting second, it took the U-19 Wayanad women’s team just a single over to score the winning runs and finish the match. (Representational Image)

It’s bad enough when a batter gets dismissed for a duck. But what if the entire team falls in one big swoop without scoring a single run in their innings? That would be be pretty tragic.

On May 16, the cricket stadium in Perinthalmanna in Kerala’s Malappuram district witnessed a bizarre match in which all the batters of the U-19 Kasaragod women’s team capitulated in front of their opponents, the U-19 Wayanad women’s team, by getting dismissed for ducks. Kasaragod and Wayanad are Kerala’s two districts who were playing each other in an inter-district tournament.

There’s another strange pattern to wickets of the Kasaragod women’s team – all of them were bowled out. In fact, their innings lasted all of 5.5 overs. The only runs they scored – 4 – were thanks to wides bowled by the Wayanad women. VJ Joshitha, a bowler of the Wayanad team, picked up a hat-trick after she dismissed the last three batters. Nitya Loordh, captain of the Wayanad team, also picked up three wickets as she snatched the openers.

Batting second, it took the U-19 Wayanad women’s team just a single over to score the winning runs and finish the match.

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Noufal PH, the district secretary of the Kasaragod cricket association, found it hard to defend the team’s embarrassing performance.

“This is an U-19 team that plays every year. I really don’t know what happened that day. In the next few matches, we were able to score runs. So I can’t explain. It’s cricket,” Noufal told indianexpress.com.