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'Hyderabad - India's worst START at home

India were reduced to 35-5 in the early stages of the first one-day international against South Africa at Hyderabad, with Virender Sehwag , Sachin Tendulkar , Mohammad Kaif , Rahul Dravid , and Gautam Gambhir being dismissed for single-digit scores. The fast bowling trio of Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini and Andre Nel did all the damage. It's rare for India to get off to a start as disastrous as this in an ODI at home. In fact, it was India's worst-ever start in a home ODI.

Following are details pertaining to the four 'next worst' starts:

* 56-5 vs Sri Lanka at Kanpur, 1986-87: The wicket, which had 'behaved itself' in a high-scoring Test between the two sides, was watered and used again for a one-day international. This time, the wicket proved to be so unreliable that the highest partnership in the match was a fourth-wicket stand of 52 in the Sri Lankan innings. India, chasing a target of 196, were reduced to 56-5 with seamers Rumesh Ratnayake and Arjuna Ranatunga making early inroads. India never recovered and were eventually bowled out for 78 off 24.1 overs, thus losing by 117 runs.

* 49-5 vs Pakistan at Pune, 1986-87: Pakistan won the toss and sent India in. Salim Jaffer, a wiry left-arm fast bowler, was primarily responsible for the slide. His victims included Raman Lamba, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sadanand Viswanath. India made a paltry 120-9 from 42 overs, which was simply not enough. Pakistan romped home by six wickets and Jaffer won the coveted Man of the Match award.

* 31-5 vs West Indies at Nagpur, 1987-88: The Windies batted first and scored 203-8 from their allotted fifty overs. India were then undermined by the fiery pace of Patrick Patterson, who took three wickets in each of his two spells. The Indians were reeling at 31-5 even before they realized it. The innings was revived by a heroic 87 off 64 balls by Kapil Dev. But it proved to be an effort in vain, as India lost by ten runs. Patterson, who finished with 6-29, was named Man of the Match.

* 55-5 vs West Indies at Ahmedabad, 1993-94: India were chasing West Indies' total of 203 in a league match of the Hero Cup in 1993-94. Against a hostile pace attack comprising Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh and Winston Benjamin, India tumbled to 55-5. A capacity crowd of 50,000 lost patience after India's mediocre show and started hurling stones and bottles on the ground. India were ultimately bowled out for 100 off 28.3 overs to lose the match. Benjamin, with figures of 3-27, was adjudged Man Of the Match

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