Teams have had played with a different strategy, and in the Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket, it has been appealing over and over again. From time-to-time, with teams scoring the bulk of runs, we have also witnessed some top-notch teams with the lowest score in T20 cricket.
Eventually, in that sense, it puts everything right back into the equilibrium.
Nobody would want to be highlighted on the most unwanted list, but this is how the cricket has been springing the surprises.
With bowlers are bound to break the back of their opposition, we have witnessed lowest totals across formats.
To add on, nobody would want to take credit away from the bowlers who give their sweat and blood in a bid to produce spectacular bowling spells.
Here’s the list of minimum ten teams with the lowest score in T20 cricket:
- Netherlands vs Sri Lanka 39 – 2014:
In the most unwanted charts, the Netherlands is listed on the top among the teams with the lowest score in T20 cricket. Overall, in the 384th T20I on 24th of March 2014, Netherlands’ team was rattled inside 11 overs on the score of 39. Sri Lankan bowlers came hard at the Netherlanders at Chittagong which further saw Lions won the game convincingly nine wickets and 90 balls to spare.
In the 19th match of Group 1 of 2014 T20 World Cup, Netherlands’ highest scorer was Tom Cooper, who scored 16 off 18 deliveries.
For the Island Nation, Ajantha Mendis, Angelo Mathews bagged three wickets each with Lasith Malinga managing to bag two scalps.
While chasing down the target, Sri Lanka lost the only wicket of Kusal Perera. Tillakaratne Dilshan (12) and Mahela Jayawardene (11) saw his team home with ease in 10.3 overs.
- Nepal vs Ireland 53 – 2015:
Teams with the lowest score in T20 cricket include Nepal National Cricket Team in the second position. Nepal scored their lowest-ever T20 international score against Ireland Cricket Team at Belfast on 13th of June 2015. Batting first, Nepal lost a flurry of wickets which didn’t allow them to settle down.
Moreover, the opening batsman Sagar Pun was the top scorer for Nepal with 20 runs off 18 deliveries. The visitors were bundled at the score of 53 in 14.3 overs. Kevin O’Brien and Stuart Thompson bagged three wickets each.
However, in the 2015 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers, Ireland chased down the target in eight overs. They eventually won the game by eight wickets and 72 balls to spare.
Opening batsman Paul Stirling was the top scorer with 29 off 21 balls.
- Kenya vs Afghanistan 56 – 2013:
Kenya National Cricket Team scored their lowest-ever T20 total against Afghanistan at Sharjah on September 30 2013. After Afghanistan National Cricket Team led by Mohammad Nabi posted competitive 162 for six in 20 allotted overs. Asghar Aghan was the top-scorer for Afghanistan with 43 off 34 balls.
In response, Kenya had a miserable start in the second innings.
The visitors were bundled out on 56 in 18.4 overs. Nelson Odhiambo (13) was the top-scorer for the Kenyan team. For Afghanistan, Hamid Hassan was the pick of the bowlers who bagged three wickets after conceding just four runs in three overs.
Teams with the lowest score in T20 cricket include Kenya at the third spot.
- New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 60 – 2014:
On 31st of March 2014, Sri Lankan bowlers were on top against New Zealand National Cricket Team. In the 2014 T20 World Cup, the Black Caps were chasing the target of 119 after the Lions were bowled out in 19.2 overs.
While chasing down the target, the Kiwis batsman other than Kane Williamson failed miserably with the bat. However, Kane managed to score 43-ball 42.
Eventually, the teams was rattled at the score of 60 in 15.3 overs.
Veteran left-arm orthodox spinner Rangana Herath bagged a five-wicket haul after conceding just three runs in 3.3 overs.
New Zealand is among the first four teams with the lowest score in T20 cricket.
- Windies vs Pakistan 60 – 2018:
The Windies team faced heat when they toured Pakistan earlier this year. To be precise, on 1st of April, Pakistan put the mammoth total of 203 for five on board before bowlers did their best to bag a massive win.
The visitors didn’t have a good start they lost three quick wickets inside two overs. Eventually, they were dismissed cheaply on 60 in 13.4 overs at National Stadium Karachi.
For Pakistan, Mohammad Amir was remarkable with the ball in hand. He bagged two wickets after conceding three runs in two overs.
- Kenya vs Ireland 67 – 2008:
On 4th of August 2008, Kenya’s innings was halted at 67 in 17.2 overs following the remarkable piece of bowling from the Irish bowlers at Belfast.
For Ireland, Andre Botha bagged three wickets after giving away 20 runs in four overs. Moreover, Kevin O’Brien, Alex Cusack and Peter Connell bagged two wickets each.
In response, Ireland lost six wickets to reach the target with five balls to spare.
- Ireland vs Windies 68 – 2010:
Wayback in 2010 on April 30, hosts Windies had a strong purpose to bundle out visiting Ireland on 68 runs in 16.4 overs at Providence.
Batting first the host put up 138 for nine on board with Darren Sammy scoring 30 off 17 deliveries.
However, Ireland faltered early on before being wrapped inside 17 overs at the score of 68. It eventually saw Windies led by Dwayne Bravo winning the game by 70 runs.
- Nepal vs Netherlands 69 – 2015:
Another low scoring innings came when Nepal toured Netherland in 2015. After batting first, hosts put up a good show with the bat. They posted 172 for four in 20 over against Nepal at Amstelveen.
Opening batsman Michael Swart was the top-scorer with 59-ball 76. In addition to, Ben Cooper struck 66 off 46 deliveries.
However, Paras Khada-led Nepal didn’t have anything good to offer with the bat either. The team was bundled out at 69 in 17.4 overs. Thus, they lost the match by 103 runs.
For the Netherlands, Michael Rippon bagged three for 11 in his quota of four overs.
- Hong Kong vs Nepal 69 – 2014:
In yet another low-key affair, Hong Kong faced Nepal at Chittagong on 16th of March 2014. This was the second match of Group A at the World T20. Batting first, Nepal posted competitive 149 for eight in 20 overs.
However, Hong Kong looked clueless with the bat before being dismissed at 69 in 17 overs. Babar Hayat was the top-scorer with 20 off 25 balls for Hong Kong.
For Nepal, Shakti Gauchan bowled sensationally to bag three-wicket after giving away just nine runs in four overs.
Apart from Gauchan Basant Regmi claimed three wickets in four overs. Also, Hong Kong is among the teams with the lowest score in T20 cricket.
- Bermuda vs Canada 70 – 2008:
Soon after the advent of T20 cricket, it further witnessed huge support from the fans. However, it had certain drawbacks. On August 5, 2008, in the World T20 Qualifier, Bermuda faced Canada.
Moreover, Canada national cricket team went on to win the game by eight wickets and 57 balls to spare.
Batting first, Bermuda had a dreadful start by losing a couple of quick wickets. It further saw them being bundled out on 70 in 20 overs.
Chasing the easiest of the targets, Canada lost two wickets before sealing a win. Geoff Barnett remained unbeaten on 31 alongside Ashish Bagai, who scored run-a-ball 15. Eventually, it saw Canada winning the play-off of fifth place.
Teams with the lowest score in T20 cricket introduce Bermuda on the list of first ten with a minimal team total.
Here’s the table of teams with the lowest score in T20 cricket:
|1||Netherlands||39||10.3||v Sri Lanka||Chittagong|
|4||New Zealand||60||15.3||v Sri Lanka||Chittagong|
|5||West Indies||60||13.4||v Pakistan||Karachi|
|7||Ireland||68||16.4||v West Indies||Providence|
|9||Hong Kong||69||17||v Nepal||Chittagong|
|11||Bangladesh||70||15.4||v New Zealand||Kolkata|
|12||Ireland||70||12.3||v India||Dublin (Malahide)|
|13||Kenya||71||19||v Ireland||Dubai (DSC)|
|14||Ireland||71||13.2||v Afghanistan||Dubai (DSC)|
|15||Nepal||72||20||v Hong Kong||Colombo (PSS)|
|17||Kenya||73||16.5||v New Zealand||Durban|
|18||U.A.E.||73||16.4||v Netherlands||ICCA Dubai|
|19||Pakistan||74||19.1||v Australia||Dubai (DSC)|
|21||Canada||75||19.2||v Zimbabwe||King City (NW)|
|23||Bangladesh||78||17.3||v New Zealand||Hamilton|
|24||West Indies||79/7||20||v Zimbabwe||Port of Spain|
|25||India||79||18.1||v New Zealand||Nagpur|
|28||Afghanistan||80||17.2||v England||Colombo (RPS)|
|29||Afghanistan||80||16||v South Africa||Bridgetown|
|30||New Zealand||80||15.5||v Pakistan||Christchurch|
|31||England||80||14.4||v India||Colombo (RPS)|
|33||New Zealand||81||17.3||v Sri Lanka||Lauderhill|
|34||Scotland||81||15.4||v South Africa||The Oval|
|35||Sri Lanka||82||18||v India||Visakhapatnam|
|36||Pakistan||82||17.5||v West Indies||Dhaka|
|40||Bangladesh||83||15.5||v Sri Lanka||Johannesburg|
|41||Zimbabwe||84||15.1||v New Zealand||Providence|
|43||Ireland||85/8||20||v West Indies||Kingston|
|44||New Zealand||86||18.2||v South Africa||Durban|
|46||Netherlands||86||15.3||v Ireland||Dubai (DSC)|
|47||Hong Kong||87||18.3||v Oman||Abu Dhabi|
|48||Sri Lanka||87||16.2||v Australia||Bridgetown|
|49||Sri Lanka||87||16||v India||Cuttack|
|50||Kenya||88||19.3||v Sri Lanka||Johannesburg|
|52||England||88||16.4||v West Indies||The Oval|
|53||Australia||89||19.3||v Pakistan||Dubai (DSC)|
|55||Australia||89||16.5||v Pakistan||Abu Dhabi|
|58||Scotland||91||13.2||v Kenya||ICCA Dubai|
|60||Kenya||92||19.4||v Pakistan||Nairobi (Gym)|
|61||Sri Lanka||92||19.4||v New Zealand||Lauderhill|
|62||India||92||17.2||v South Africa||Cuttack|
|63||Netherlands||92||15.3||v Hong Kong||Dubai (DSC)|
|64||Zimbabwe||93/8||20||v South Africa||Hambantota|
|65||Nepal||93||19.4||v P.N.G.||Dublin (Malahide)|
|67||Canada||93||16.4||v Netherlands||Dubai (DSC)|
|68||Afghanistan||93||13.3||v West Indies||Basseterre|
|69||Pakistan||95||17.4||v Sri Lanka||Hambantota|
|70||West Indies||96/9||20||v Ireland||Kingston|
|71||Pakistan||96/9||20||v Australia||Dubai (DSC)|
|72||Bangladesh||96||18.5||v South Africa||Dhaka|
|74||Pakistan||98/9||20||v South Africa||Dubai (DSC)|
|75||Bangladesh||98||19.1||v West Indies||Dhaka|
|76||South Africa||98||16.4||v Sri Lanka||Colombo (RPS)|
|79||Sri Lanka||99||19.2||v Pakistan||Hambantota|
|80||New Zealand||99||18.3||v Pakistan||The Oval|
|81||Scotland||99||18.3||v Ireland||Dubai (DSC)|
|83||U.A.E.||100||19.2||v Ireland||Abu Dhabi|
|84||Zimbabwe||100||17.3||v Sri Lanka||Hambantota|
|85||South Africa||100||12.2||v Pakistan||Centurion|
*The stats (teams with the lowest score in T20 cricket) were updated on December 26, 2018.
Tahir Ibn Manzoor
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