Can you guess the lowest total when a team declared their innings in a recognized Test match ? You might be thinking 10, 20, 30, 40 etc. Answer is No!
It’s 0-0 (0.1 Overs)/declared
It happened in 1977 during a three day Test match at the Lord’s, London between Middlesex and Surrey. Middlesex won the toss and elected to field against Surrey. First day was washed out because of rain and 2nd day too washed out when Surrey scored just 8 runs in a rain-affected day.
Surrey were at 1-8 after 2nd day of play. On the third and final day of the game, Surrey were bundled out for 49 in 22.5 overs.
Middlesex came to bat, after playing just one ball they declared their innings without scoring a single run on the board. The was an wise and pragmatic decision according to the situations. Middlesex played to win the match at any cost. They decided to leave their first innings as they sensend Surrey would no be able to post a big total on board or draw the match. For the second time in the match, Surrey were bowled out and this time for 89.
Middlesex got the target of 139. That time, hundred overs were the quota of the day to be bowled by any team . Middlesex chased this total of 139 runs in just 25.1 overs with the loss of 1 wicket.