Among the 14 teams featuring in the ICC World Cup 2015, Bangladesh is the only test playing nation to have recorded the lowest score in the World Cup history. Some other teams, who will not be a part of this World Cup, have also recorded the same in the past. So, let us take a look at the top 5 lowest totals from the past World Cup’s (1975-2011):

5. Scotland- 68 vs West Indies, ICC World Cup 1999 (England), May 27

The fifth lowest total in the World Cup history. Scotland skipper George Salmond won the toss and opted to bat on a surface (Leicester) that encouraged swing, seam and bounce. Maybe he was too optimistic that his team would succeed in setting up a target on such pitch! At 18/1 after 14 overs, his optimism seemed to flounder. Eight overs later, Courtney Walsh and Curtley Ambrose reduced them to 29/7 and finally, they got all out for 68. 

   Ambrose celebrates after taking a wicket

4. Bangladesh- 58 vs West Indies, ICC World Cup 2011 (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh), Mar 4

The lowest total ever made by a Full Member nation in World Cup history. Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh captain won the toss and decided to bat on the slow Mirpur track. Kemar Roach, who wrapped up West Indies’ victory over the Netherlands at Feroz Shah Kotla on Feb 28th, got a great support from Sulieman Benn and skipper Darren Sammy, as the three of them ran through the Bangladesh’s batting in a hurry and routed them out for 58 in just 18.5 overs. Benn took 4 wickets whereas Roach and Sammy accounted for 3 wickets each. 

   Skipper Sammy is jubiliant after getting rid of Mushfiqur Rahim

3. Namibia- 45 vs Australia, ICC World Cup 2003 (South Africa), Feb 27

The second lowest total of this World Cup and the third lowest throughout. Australian captain Ricky Ponting won the toss and chose to bat on the dry Potchefstroom wicket. The trio of Matthew Hayden, Andrew Symonds and Darren Lehmann scored half-centuries as Australia posted a total of 301 in their 50 overs. In reply, Namibia never got going and Glenn McGrath made light work of their batsmen by taking 7 wickets and bowling them out for just 45 in 14 overs. 

    McGrath returned with the figures of 7-4-15-7. 

2. Canada- 45 vs England, Prudential World Cup 1979 (England), Jun 13-14

The second lowest total in the World Cup history. Heavy rains caused the umpires to abandon any hope of play on the first day. On the second day, Canada won the toss and chose to bat on the damp Manchester wicket. Bob Willis and Chris Old crushed the Canada batting and accounted for 8 wickets between them, as Canada got all out for just 45 runs. Both Willis and Old were almost unplayable and gave away just eleven and eight runs in their 11 and 10 overs respectively. 

1. Canada- 36 vs Sri Lanka, ICC World Cup 2003 (South Africa), Feb 19

The lowest total ever in the World Cup history. Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya won the toss and elected to bowl on the Paarl wicket that had something in it for the fast-bowlers. Chaminda Vaas, who took a hat-trick against Bangladesh at Pietermaritzburg five days back, got a great support from Prabath Nissanka and the duo dismissed seven Canada batsmen in the first 14 overs. Dilhara Fernando and Muttiah Muralitharan then got rid of Canada’s last three batsmen in the next five overs and as a result, Joe Harris led Canadian army got bundled out for 36. None of their batsmen was able to get into double figures. 

     Prabath Nissanka exults after taking the wicket of John Davison

Team

Score

Overs

Opposition

Ground

Canada

36

18.4

Sri Lanka

Paarl

Canada

45

40.3

England

Manchester

Namibia

45

14.0

Australia

Potchefstroom

Bangladesh

58

18.5

West Indies

Mirpur

Scotland

68

31.3

West Indies

Leicester

 

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