Even though T20 cricket has been largely unforgiving for bowlers and teams have posted huge totals in bulk in this format which we discussed in the previous article, there have been occasions when bowlers have also dominated the batsmen and helped their team bundling out the opponent very cheaply.
In this article, we take a look at 5 lowest team scores in IPL history. Although it’s a record no team would be proud of holding.
49 : Royal Challengers Bangalore : 2017
Royal Challengers Bangalore is at top when it comes to having the record for lowest score as well along with having the prestigious record for scoring most runs in an inning. They made this unwanted record in 2017 playing against Kolkata Knight Riders in 2017 at Eden Garden.
After winning the toss and deciding to bowl first, RCB restricted the home side Kolkata Knight Riders to only 131 giving them a huge chance of winning this clash but no one knew what drama was in store for them before their inning started. Captain Kohli was dismissed for a duck in the first over and what followed was a procession. All the big names kept following each other back to the dressing room and RCB capitulated to a mere 49 making it the all time lowest score in IPL history.
58 : Rajasthan Royals – 2009
The second lowest score in IPL is from previous decade when RCB bowling had bundled out Rajasthan Royals for only 58 while defending a low score of only 134. After Rahul Dravid playing a fine hand of 66 which took RCB to a respectable total of 133, it was Anil Kumble who demolished Royals batting with his 5fer. Kumble took 5 wickets giving away just 5 runs in his 3.1 overs.
Only 3 of the Royals batsmen could get into the doubles figure as RCB won the game quite easily in the end by 75 runs.
66 : Delhi Daredevils – 2017
Delhi Daredevils, now known as Delhi Capitals has always been a struggling side in the competition which is also evident from the fact that they have featured in this list for more than once. This third lowest score in IPL history came when Daredevils played Mumbai Indians in Delhi. Mumbai Indians posted a humongous score of 212 batting first and the Daredevils had their task cut out if they had to chase a total like this against a formidable bowling lineup.
Their chase was halted right from the first ball when they lost Sanju Samson. Wickets fell one after another like how a bicycles fall when you push one in a stand. Both Harbhajan Singh and Karn Sharma hurt their chase by picking up 3 wickets apiece while veteran Lasith Malinga also chipped in with 2 wickets. daredevils were bowled out on 66 and handed over a defeat by 146 runs.
67 : Delhi Daredevils – 2017
Delhi Daredevils had a horrid season in 2017 as they made this unwanted record twice within the span of a week. This match was played a week before the earlier one and it was against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali. Batting first, Daredevils got off to the worst possible start as they lost both their openers inside 3 overs. The wickets kept falling from both ends until 67, when they ran out of wickets eventually. Corey Anderson top scored with 18 while Sandeep Sharma for KXIP took 4 wickets for just 20 runs.
The chase was always going to be a walk in the park for KXIP which it turned out to be as well as they chased the total of 68 in 8th over without losing any of their openers. Martin Guptill scored a 50 in that short chase as well.
67 : Kolkata Knight Riders – 2008
Going back to archives again, Kolkata Knight Riders has also been a part of this unwanted list as they were bowled out on only 67 by Mumbai Indians in a league match at Wankhede Stadium in 2008. Mumbai put Kolkata into bat after winning the toss and took the maximum possible advantage of conditions knocking them over for only 67 runs. Shaun Pollock with his 3 wickets was the chief architect of this heroics while Dwayne Bravo, Rohan Raje and Dominic Thornely took a couple each.
The chase was easy and fluent apart from losing Tendulkar early in the first over. Jayasuriya bashed KKR bowling with a 17 ball 48 and ended the chase in only 5.3 overs. Mumbai Indians won the match with 87 balls unused.