Though many believe that the T20 cricket is for the powerful batting, a T20 team can’t grow up strongly without a strong bowling line-up. The Indian Premier League (IPL), which is a successful T20 league in the cricket world, has also proved the same point many times.
In T20 cricket, more than 150-180 runs (depending on the pitch quality and condition) are considered as the competitive total, while less than 150 runs are mostly considered as the low total.
However, like in other T20 competitions, the IPL has also experienced sometimes that the second batting side hugely struggles to chase down the target of fewer than 150 runs. Apart from the unfriendly batting conditions, it also happens due to the strong bowling line-up.
Here we are talking about the top five teams in IPL history with most successfully defended 150 or lesser totals
Kolkata Knight Riders – 8 times
Two-time IPL winners Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were very strong competitive side during the leadership of Gautam Gambhir, under whom they won both those IPL trophies. The present KKR side is also trying to maintain the same quality. KKR bowling team always play crucial roles in their team’s success.
In IPL history, the Kolkata franchise has managed to successfully defend the 150 or lesser totals for eight times. Their lowest successfully defended total in IPL history is 131 runs (131) against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Kolkata on 23rd April 2017 (KKR won by 82 runs).