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Netherlands' players with the 2019 ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier trophy (Image Credit: ICC)

Netherlands Win The 2019 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier After Beating PNG In The Final

The Netherlands won the 2019 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier after beating Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the final of the tournament on last Saturday (2nd November) night at Dubai. In that crucial final, the Netherlands won by seven wickets (with six balls remaining).

PNG captain Assad Vala decided to bat first after winning the toss. The Dutch bowlers dominated over the PNG batsmen as they were losing wickets in regular intervals. Only three PNG batsmen reached the double-digit marks. These batsmen were Lega Slaka (39), Sese Bau (29) and Jason Kila (27*). Kila scored 27 not out off just 11 balls (2 fours and 2 sixes). At the end of the 20 overs, PNG scored 128/8.

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Netherlands bowlers dominated (Image Credit: ICC)

Among the Dutch bowlers, the right-arm pacer Brandon Glover managed the bowling figures of 4-0-24-3. Also, Roelof van der Merwe (2/15) and Timm van der Gugten (2/18) picked up two wickets each.

The Netherlands chased down the target in 19 overs

In reply, the Netherlands reached the target in 19 overs after losing three wickets. Opener Ben Cooper (41 runs) provided the important start in that chasing. Later, Colin Ackermann and Ryan ten Doeschate safely guided the Netherlands to the victory. While Ackermann remained not out on 29 runs, Doeschate was not out on 34 runs.

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Ben Cooper (Image Credit: ICC)

Earlier on that day, Ireland claimed the third position in this tournament after beating Namibia by 27 runs. Ireland scored 135 (all-out) in 19.1 overs after winning the toss. Later, they bundled out Namibia for 108 runs (18.2 overs).

Apart from the Netherlands, PNG, Ireland and Namibia, Scotland and Oman have also qualified for the first round of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020.

PNG, Ireland and Oman will fight in the first round of the next year’s T20 World Cup along with Sri Lanka in the Group A. Meanwhile, in the same round, Bangladesh, Netherlands, Namibia and Scotland will fight in the Group B. At the end of this round, the top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super 12.

Group A Group B
Sri Lanka Bangladesh
Papua New Guinea Netherlands
Ireland Namibia
Oman Scotland

Australia will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 from 18th October to 15th November 2020. The first round of this tournament will run from 18th October to 23rd October. Later, the Super 12 stage will be played between 24th October and 8th November.

The two semi-finals of this tournament will be played on 11th and 12th November. In the end, both the winners from the semi-finals will face each other in the final on 15th November.

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Netherlands Qualify For The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020

The Netherlands have booked their spot for the next ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after qualifying for the semifinals of 2019 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier.

On Tuesday (29th October), the hosts UAE met the Netherlands in the Qualifier 1 at Dubai (DSC). The Dutch thrashed the hosts in that game and have qualified for the last four stages of this Qualifier tournament.

After winning the toss, the UAE decided to bat first but faced huge trouble at the early stage of that game. Before the first five overs, the UAE were struggling on 9/5.

Apart from captain Ahmed Raza (22), no one reached the 20-run mark in that innings. The hosts never came out from that initial collapse as they were restricted to 80/9 (20 overs).

The 22-year-old Netherlands right-arm pacer Brandon Glover was the best bowler in that game. He had the bowling figures of 4-0-12-4. Also, Paul van Meekeren (2/13) and Timm van der Gugten (2/10) picked up two wickets each in that innings.

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Brandon Glover (Image Credit: Google)

The Netherlands chased the 81 runs target in 15.1 overs after losing two wickets

In reply, the Netherlands batted calmly and chased down that tiny target very easily in 15.1 overs after losing only two wickets. Opener Ben Cooper guided the Dutch side to the very safe victory with the unbeaten knock of 41 runs off 53 balls. The Netherlands won by eight wickets with 29 balls remaining.

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Ben Cooper (Image Credit: Google)

The two group champions of this Qualifier tournament, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Ireland, have directly qualified for the semifinals of this tournament as well as secured their spots for the next ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

In the semi-final of this Qualifier tournament, Ireland will play against the Netherlands on 1st November 2019 at Dubai (DSC).

Australia will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 from 18th October to 15th November 2020. The 2020 edition will be the fourth time when the Netherlands will participate in the T20 WC.

PNG has qualified for T20 World Cup. Credits: Twitter.

Papua New Guinea Secure 2020 World T20 Berth

Papua New Guinea has secured its berth for the next 2020 World T20 in Australia. This would be the first time that the team will play in any major ICC tournament. PNG has topped Group A as they won five out of the six matches they played.

Papua New Guinea had defeated Kenya by 45 runs on Sunday, 27 October. Subsequently, the Netherlands could not defeat Scotland in 12.3 overs, which meant PNG booked their slot for the next T20I World Cup.

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Papua New Guinea (Photo Source: ESPNcricinfo)

This is huge for PNG.

In fact, PNG players were there in the stand watching the Netherlands and Scotland match. The Netherlands went on to win by four wickets but as the Dutch could not secure their win in 12.3, PNG players were seen on cloud nine. The Netherlands also secured five wins from six matches but PNG had better Net Run Rate.

Meanwhile, PNG had to toil hard for their place in the next World Cup. The team was reeling at 19-6 against Kenya and all but made a mess of their strong position in Group A. However, Norman Vanua was able to rescue his team out of troubled waters. He scored a fine knock of 54 runs off just 48 balls to help PNG post a fighting score of 118 runs in 19.3.

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Norman Vanua. Credits: Twitter.

On the other hand, Kenya also made a solid start as they were 40-1 in the first six overs after Irfan Karim scored 22-ball 29. However, Kenya went down like a pack of cards to skittle out at 73 runs in 18.4 overs.

Norman Vanua also shined with the ball as he took two wickets. Thus, the all-rounder was awarded the Man of the match. Meanwhile, Nosaina Pokana and Assad Vala scalped three wickets each to help PNG register a 45 runs win.

On the other side, Ireland is also on the cusp of qualifying for the T20 World Cup in Australia.

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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019: Day 2 Round-Up

On day two (19th October) of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019, ten teams featured in five different matches.

In the Group A, Papua New Guinea thrashed Bermuda, while the Netherlands and Scotland claimed easy victories against Namibia and Kenya respectively.

Meanwhile, Jersey claimed a dominating victory in their Group B encounter against Nigeria. In the same group, the hosts UAE beat Ireland.

(Group A)

Norman Vanua’s hat-trick guided Papua Guinea to the 10-wicket victory against Bermuda

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Papua New Guinea (PNG) have started their campaign in this tournament in a dominating fashion. It was the match against Bermuda, who lost the toss and only managed to score 89 runs (17.2 overs) before getting all-out in the first innings. PNG pacer Norman Vanua created history after claiming a hat-trick in his first over of this game (third over of that innings). He dismissed Dion Stovell (1), Kamau Leverock (0) and Deunte Darrell (0) in three successive deliveries which put Bermuda in danger as they were battling on 11/5. In the end, only Delray Rawlins (25) reached the 20-run mark in that innings while Vanua had the best bowling figures of 2.2-1-14-3.

PNG chased down that small total easily in 10.2 overs without losing any wicket. Openers Tony Ura (33*) and captain Assad Vala (53*) guided the team to the comfortable victory.

The Netherlands bowlers snatched a victory against Namibia

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The Netherlands claimed their second straight victory in this tournament after beating Namibia by 44 runs. After winning the toss, the Netherlands managed the first innings total of 140/6 (20 overs). Middle-order batsman Ryan ten Doeschate (59 runs) played a very important role in that innings.

In reply, the Dutch bowlers bundled out Namibia for just 96 runs (19 overs). Paul van Meekeren (3/16) and Brandon Glover (3/15) both managed to pick up three wickets each. Only Craig Williams (27 runs), Zhivago Groenewald (13 runs) and opener Nikolaas Davin (12 runs) reached the double-digit scores in that innings.

Scotland claimed their first victory after beating Kenya

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After suffering a shocking defeat against Singapore in the tournament opener, Scotland claimed their first victory in this tournament after beating Kenya. Scotland scored 170/6 (20 overs) after deciding to bat first. In the last five overs, Scottish batters added 54 runs. Wicketkeeper Matthew Cross (24 off 14 balls) and Tom Sole (33 not out 18 balls) played great cameos in the end.

In reply, Kenya were restricted on 139/8 (20 overs) as Scotland won by 31 runs. Only the opener Irfan Karim (51) and the no.3-positioned batsman Dhiren Gondaria (26) reached the 20-run mark in that innings. Richie Berrington (3/17) bagged three wickets in that innings.

(Group B)

Jersey beat Nigeria by 69 runs after registering their record T20I total

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In their opening game of this tournament, Jersey managed their record T20I total and it led them to the big victory. After winning the toss, Jersey scored 184/4 (20 overs). Middle-order batsmen Jonty Jenner (57 not out) and Nick Greenwood (43 runs) played crucial roles in that innings. Their previous highest T20I total was 171/6 (20 overs) against Guernsey at Castel on 1st June 2019.

Chasing down that challenging total, Nigeria were restricted to 115/7 (20 overs). Only the opener Leke Oyede (39 runs) reached the 20-run mark in that innings.

Hosts UAE beat Ireland after Rohan Mustafa’s brilliant all-round performances

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Ireland suffered a five-wicket defeat (with 18 balls remaining) against the hosts United Arab Emirates (UAE). After winning the toss, UAE decided to field first. Only the opener Paul Stirling managed to reach the 20-run mark in Ireland’s innings as he scored 72 runs. At the end of 20 overs, Ireland scored 125 runs for the loss of ten wickets. UAE off-spinner Rohan Mustafa had the bowling figures of 4-0-18-4.

In reply, UAE chased down that target in 17 overs after losing five wickets. Once again the opener Rohan Mustafa provided a strong start for the hosts as he scored the highest runs in that innings of 39 runs.

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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019: (Day 1 Round-Up) – Singapore Stuns Scotland In Tournament Opener

Exactly 12 months away from the opening game of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, the Qualifier tournament has begun on Friday (18th October). The UAE is hosting this entire Qualifier tournament.

The tournament has started with a stunning thrilling victory from Singapore against Scotland in the Group A encounter. Meanwhile, the Netherlands beat Kenya by 30 runs in the same Group A.

In the Group B matches, Ireland beat Hong Kong and Oman defeated the hosts UAE.

(Group A)

Singapore stunned Scotland in a thrilling encounter

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Scotland decided to field first after winning the toss and started in a great way as Singapore were down to 7/2. But the opener Surendran Chandramohan’s 51 runs and good middle-order batting helped Singapore to manage the challenging first innings total of 168/6 (20 overs).

In reply, Scotland openers George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer (captain) provided a good start with 70 runs partnership. While Munsey scored 46 runs, Coetzer scored 38 runs. Also, Calum MacLeod scored crucial 44 runs but the middle-order collapse in a late moment put Scotland in trouble.

In the final over of that match, Scotland needed eight runs while they had four wickets in hands. Scotland lost three wickets in the last four balls and only managed five runs in that over. Finally, Scotland managed to score 166/9 (20 overs) as Singapore won by two runs. While Scotland had to score five runs in the final ball, they only managed to score two runs along with a run-out.

Selladore Vijayakumar won Player of the Match award after managing the incredible match-winning bowling figures of 4-0-16-3.

The Netherlands beat Kenya by 30 runs

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The Netherlands totally dominated Kenya and clinched the 30 runs victory. After winning the toss, the Dutch posted the first innings total of 166/4 (20 overs). Opener Max O’Dowd scored 53 runs while all other batsmen reached the 20 runs mark in that innings, except Ryan ten Doeschate (3 runs).

In reply, only Collins Obuya (63 runs) and Rakep Patel (26 runs) reached the 20 runs mark in Kenya innings. At the end of the 20 overs, Kenya scored 136/8. The right-arm pacer Paul van Meekeren was the best bowler of the match with the bowling figures of 4-0-27-3.

(Group B)

Irish batsmen guided to the easy victory against Hong Kong

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After winning the toss, Kinchit Shah’s 79 runs helped Hong Kong to manage the first innings total of 153/5 (20 overs). Haroon Arshad (20 runs) was the only other batsman in that innings to reach the 20-run mark.

In reply, opener Kevin O’Brien (0) was run-out in the first over without facing a ball. However, another opener Paul Stirling (62 runs) and the no.3 batsman Andy Balbirnie (70 not out) made the chase easier for Ireland. Ireland chased down that target in 17.2 overs after losing just two wickets, They won this match by eight wickets with 16 balls remaining.

Oman claimed easy victory after the hosts UAE’s batting failure

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After winning the toss, Oman restricted the hosts UAE to 108/9 (20 overs). Only Rohan Mustafa (24 runs) and Muhammad Usman (27 runs) reached the 20-run mark in that innings. Two new ball bowlers Bilal Khan (3/23) and Fayyaz Butt (3/16) both picked up three wickets.

Chasing down that target, Oman lost three wickets before reached the target in 18.2 overs. Aqib Ilyas inspired to that comfortable chasing after remaining unbeaten on 45 runs. Oman has started this tournament with a seven-wicket victory (with 10 balls remaining).

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Scotland Openers Lead The Team To Great T20I Victory Against The Netherlands After Making Entries In Several Record Books

On Monday (16th September), Scotland clinched a big T20I victory against the Netherlands after managing their record T20I total.

It was the first game for Scotland in the T20I tri-series in Ireland while the Netherlands were playing their second game in this tournament after their no result against Ireland in the opening game of this series due to the rain washout.

After winning the toss, the Dutch captain Pieter Seelaar decided to field first. Scotland managed their record T20I total of 252/3 (20 overs), thanks to their 200 runs opening partnership between the centurion George Munsey and captain Kyle Coetzer. That total was also the sixth-highest total in T20I history. Scotland’s previous highest T20I total was 221/3 against the Netherlands at Amstelveen on 20th June 2018.

Meanwhile, Munsey became the second Scottish batsman to hit a T20I century. Richie Berrington was the first player for Scotland to achieve this feat as he scored 100 runs against Bangladesh at The Hague on 24th July 2012. Munsey completed his century in 41 balls and remained not out on 127 runs off 56 balls (5 fours and 14 sixes). It also became the second-highest individual score by a left-handed batsman in T20I history. The record is 162* by the Afghanistan left-handed batsman Hazratullah Zazai against Ireland at Dehradun on 23rd February 2019.

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George Munsey 

In the meantime, captain Coetzer scored 89 runs off 50 balls with 11 fours and 5 sixes.

Munsey-Coetzer’s 200 runs opening partnership was the third-highest partnership in T20I history. The top two were also the opening partnerships as those were 236 runs between the Afghanistan batsmen Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani (against Ireland at Dehradun on 23rd February 2019) and 223 runs between the Aussie openers Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short (against Zimbabwe at Harare on 3rd July 2018).

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George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Netherlands scored 194/7, Scotland secured their second-largest T20I victory

Chasing down that target, the Netherlands managed to score 194/7 (20 overs). However, still, they lost that game by 58 runs. Captain Seelaar scored 96 not out off 49 balls (9 fours and 5 sixes) but he didn’t get enough support. It was the seventh time in T20I history when both the captains scored 50+ runs in the same game. Scott Edwards was the second-highest run-scorer in that innings as he scored 37 runs off 19 balls. Apart from them, no other reached the 20-run mark in that innings.

Scotland finally won this match by 58 runs – their second-largest T20I victory (by runs). Their record margin T20I victory was also against the Netherlands by 115 runs at Amstelveen on 20th June 2018.

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Sri Lanka steamrolled the Netherlands on 39. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Teams with the Lowest Score in T20 Cricket

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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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:

Serial No. Team Totals Overs Opposition Venue
1 Netherlands 39 10.3 v Sri Lanka Chittagong
2 Nepal 53 14.3 v Ireland Belfast
3 Kenya 56 18.4 v Afghanistan Sharjah
4 New Zealand 60 15.3 v Sri Lanka Chittagong
5 West Indies 60 13.4 v Pakistan Karachi
6 Kenya 67 17.2 v Ireland Belfast
7 Ireland 68 16.4 v West Indies Providence
8 Nepal 69 17.4 v Netherlands Amstelveen
9 Hong Kong 69 17 v Nepal Chittagong
10 Bermuda 70 20 v Canada Belfast
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)
16 Afghanistan 72 17.1 v Bangladesh Dhaka
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)
20 India 74 17.3 v Australia Melbourne
21 Canada 75 19.2 v Zimbabwe King City (NW)
22 Kenya 78 18.5 v Scotland Aberdeen
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
26 Ireland 79 15 v Afghanistan Bready
27 Australia 79 14.3 v England Southampton
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)
32 U.A.E. 81/9 20 v India Dhaka
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
37 U.A.E. 82 17.4 v Bangladesh Dhaka
38 Scotland 82 14.4 v Pakistan Edinburgh
39 Pakistan 83 17.3 v India Dhaka
40 Bangladesh 83 15.5 v Sri Lanka Johannesburg
41 Zimbabwe 84 15.1 v New Zealand Providence
42 Bangladesh 85/9 20 v Pakistan Dhaka
43 Ireland 85/8 20 v West Indies Kingston
44 New Zealand 86 18.2 v South Africa Durban
45 Australia 86 16.2 v India Dhaka
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
51 England 88 17.4 v Netherlands Chittagong
52 England 88 16.4 v West Indies The Oval
53 Australia 89 19.3 v Pakistan Dubai (DSC)
54 Pakistan 89 18.4 v England Cardiff
55 Australia 89 16.5 v Pakistan Abu Dhabi
56 Afghanistan 90 19.1 v Netherlands Sharjah
57 Canada 91 19.4 v Kenya Belfast
58 Scotland 91 13.2 v Kenya ICCA Dubai
59 P.N.G. 92/9 20 v Ireland Townsville
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)
66 Netherlands 93 17.3 v Pakistan Lord’s
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
73 Netherlands 97 18.4 v Canada Belfast
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)
77 Bermuda 99/7 20 v Scotland Belfast
78 Zimbabwe 99/9 20 v India Harare
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)
82 Kenya 100/8 20 v Scotland Aberdeen
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.

Netherlands draw 2-2 with Germany to reach Nations League semis

Netherlands draw 2-2 with Germany to reach Nations League semis

Gelsenkirchen (Germany), Nov 20: A stoppage-time goal by Virgil van Dijk gave the Netherlands a 2-2 draw with Germany and lifted the Dutch into the final four of the inaugural UEFA Nations League alongside Portugal, England and Switzerland.

France and the Netherlands each ended the group stage with seven points, but the Dutch won League A Group 1 by virtue of beating the 2018 World Cup champions 2-1 last week, a result that also consigned Germany to relegation, reports Efe.

With nothing at stake, Germany on Monday were the better side for much of Monday’s contest in Gelsenkirchen.

Thilo Kehrer threatened the Dutch goal within the first 30 seconds and Timo Werner scored in the 9th minute to put the hosts up 1-0.

Leroy Sane struck home from the edge of the area in the 20th minute to double Germany’s advantage, while the closest the Netherlands came to scoring in the first half was when German defender Niklas Süle nearly put the ball in his own net as he tried to clear.

Serge Gnabry, who had two chances to add to the goals before the break, fired the ball straight at Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen on the first occasion and watched his header deflected away from the net on the second.

The visitors’ first shot on target came only in the 54th minute in the form of a free kick that tested German keeper Manuel Neuer, who didn’t need to stir again until the 78th minute, when he kicked away an effort by Memphis Depay.

As the match entered the final 10 minutes, Germany looked closer to getting a third goal than the Dutch to scoring their first, Quincy Promes pulled one back for the visitors in the 85th after a giveaway by Leon Goretzka.

Defender and team captain Van Dijk came forward to reinforce the Dutch attack and Germany’s Kehrer came close to restoring the two-goal lead in the 87th minute.

A minute into stoppage time, a Tonny Vilhena cross found Van Dijk and he converted from short range to secure the 2-2.

Netherlands beat France to stay alive in Nations League

Netherlands beat France to stay alive in Nations League

Rotterdam, Nov 17: The Netherlands defeated France 2-0 to stay in the battle for berths in the final stage of the UEFA Nations League.

After failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the Dutch were expected to fare badly against the other two teams in League A Group 1, France and Germany, reports Efe.

But with Friday’s outcome, the Germans find themselves relegated and Les Bleus see their path to the Nations final stage complicated.

While the French lead the group with 7 points from four matches, followed by the Netherlands with 6 and Germany with 1, the Dutch have a game in hand and can claim the ticket to the final if they beat Die Mannschaft next Monday.

France, a mere shadow of the team that won the World Cup in July, succumbed in Rotterdam to a Dutch squad that are much improved under new coach Ronald Koeman.

The French began the match playing the style that made them world champions: solid defending with an eye toward scoring on set pieces and the counter-attack.

The hosts, however, were going for goal from the opening whistle, led by the Ajax attacking pair of Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt.

Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum threatened the French goal in the early going before Les Bleus won back possession, nearly taking the lead on a shot by Benjamin Pavard that went just over the cross-bar.

In the final minute of first-half regulation, a poor clearance by French defender Steven Nzonzi set up a chance from point-blank range for Ryan Babel. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made the initial stop, but was helpless to stop Wijnaldum from knocking in the rebound to put the Dutch up 1-0.

Conceding just before the break was a psychological blow to France and things got worse after the re-start, with the inspired hosts flying forward in pursuit of more goals and only the sure reflexes of Lloris prevented a rout.

The second goal came in the dying moments of stoppage time, as Depay converted a penalty after France’s Moussa Sissoko was called for a foul in the area.

Rohit Kumar Paudel.
Rohit Kumar Paudel. Credits: ICC Twitter

Rohit Kumar Paudel Becomes the Fourth Youngest ODI Debutant

Nepal’s 15-year and 335 days old Rohit Kumar Paudel became the fourth youngest ODI debutant. Rohit wrote his name in the history books when he made the cut in the playing XI for his country at a young age.

Meanwhile, it was the second ODI match for Nepal as they went to register their maiden win in the 50-overs format. In fact, the match went down the wire as Nepal clinch the nail-biting contest by one run.

Rohit Kumar Paudel.
Rohit Kumar Paudel. Credits: ICC Twitter

Rohit Kumar Paudel writes his name in the history books.

Pakistan’s Hasan Raza is the youngest player to make a debut in a One-Day match. Raza went on to play for the Men in Green when he was just 14 years and 221 days old. The youngster made his debut against Zimbabwe in 1996.

In 2013, Kenya’s Gurdeep Singh became the second youngest player to make his ODI debut when he played against Afghanistan at an age of 15 years and 258 days.

Furthermore, Canada’s Nitish Kumar is the third youngest ODI player having played his maiden match against Afghanistan in 2012 at Sharjah. Moreover, Pakistan’s Aaqib Javed at 16 years and 127 days was the fifth youngest to made his ODI debut.

Netherlands vs Nepal
Sompal Kami. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Sachin Tendulkar is the ninth youngest to make his ODI debut as he was 16 years 238 days old when he made his debut against Pakistan in 1989.

Meanwhile, Rohit Kumar Paudel didn’t have the best of ODI debuts as he scored only six runs in Nepal’s innings. However, Paudel was able to take one catch on his maiden appearance. The right-hander will definitely look for more opportunities in the coming time.

On the other hand, skipper Paras Khadka and Sompal Kami were instrumental in getting Nepal to 216 runs. Khadka scored his maiden fifty where Kami scored a quickfire 61 off just 46 balls.

Meanwhile, Sandeep Lamichhane who also represented Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League took three wickets in his ten overs quota.

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