Isle of Man holds the unfortunate record for scoring the lowest score in T20 cricket, having been bowled out for just 10 runs. In a T20I match against Spain, the Isle of Man team batted first and could only manage to reach a meager total of 10 runs in their outing. Spain quickly chased down the target and won the match in just two balls in the second innings.
Embarrassing records like these are not something any team or player desires, but they are part and parcel of the game; nobody can run from them. Sometimes, unfortunate circumstances can lead to such outcomes. The teams need to accept them and move on.
Taking a break from the T20 world cup winners, today, we will take a look at some of the record holders for the lowest T20 scores in international and domestic matches. These scores serve as a reminder of the competitiveness and unpredictability of the game of cricket.
Let’s delve into the lowest t20 score in international matches as well as domestic matches and check out the challenging situations faced by these teams.
Before the Isle of Man created a shock in the cricketing fraternity with their lowest T20 score, Turkey held the infamous record for the lowest score in T20I cricket. In a match against the Czech Republic, Turkey was asked to scale a huge mountain of runs 278/4.
However, the pressure of performing well seemed to get the better of them, and their batsman folded like a house of cards. In the end, they could only manage to score paltry 21 runs in 8.3 overs.
Here is the complete table of the lowest T20 score recorded in professional men’s cricket games.
|Isle of Man||10 (8.4)||Spain||Cartagena||2023|
|Sydney Thunder||15 (5.5)||Adelaide Strikers||Sydney||2022|
|Turkey||21 (8.3)||Czech Republic||Ilfov County||2019|
|Turkey||28 (11.3)||Luxembourg||Ilfov County||2019|
|Turkey||32 (8.5)||Austria||Ilfov County||2019|
These records serve as a reminder that in cricket, anything can happen, and no team is immune to facing unpredictable challenges and situations on the field.
In this table, we observe that while most of the matches are from international teams, there are a couple of scores from domestic teams like Sydney Thunders and Tripura as well.
If we focus on test-playing nations, then this unfortunate record is held by the West Indies. They suffered their worst-ever collapse in 2019 against mighty England, managing a mere 45 runs in the process.
Despite chasing a target of 183 runs, the West Indies team couldn’t hold their nerves together and bundled out to just 45 runs in 11.5 overs.
Notably, the second-lowest T20I score of 55 runs is also by West Indies against England, that came in 2021.
Below is the complete table of the lowest T20I scores by the test-playing nations.
|West Indies||45 (11.5)||England||St. Lucia||2019|
|West Indies||55 (14.2)||England||Dubai||2021|
|New Zealand||60 (16.5)||Bangladesh||Mirpur||2021|
|New Zealand||60 (15.3)||Sri Lanka||Chattogram||2014|
|West Indies||60 (13.4)||Pakistan||Karachi||2018|
|Ireland||68 (16.4)||West Indies||Providence||2010|
|Bangladesh||70 (15.4)||New Zealand||Kolkata||2016|
|West Indies||71 (13)||England||St. Lucia||2019|
These records of test-playing nations are a testament to T20I cricket which highlights the unpredictable and challenging nature of the game.
Despite these occasional glitches and disappointments, T20I continues to captivate audiences and bring joy to them in more ways than you can imagine.
Indian T20 League (Indian Premier League) is an important one in the international context. That is why we will take a look at the lowest scores by the teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Bangalore is the most unfortunate of the lot, holding the record for the lowest score in the league by scoring just 49 runs in IPL against Kolkata in 2017.
The Bangalore team also holds the record for 4 out of 10 lowest scores in the league which is most unlucky for them. Ironically, RCB is considered to be one of the most dangerous teams in IPL history. This just shows that all teams go through their bad times.
The below table will list all 10 innings.
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||49 (9.4)||Kolkata Knight Riders||Kolkata||2017|
|Rajasthan Royals||58 (15.1)||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Cape Town||2009|
|Rajasthan Royals||59 (10.3)||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Jaipur||2023|
|Delhi Daredevils||66 (13.4)||Mumbai Indians||Delhi||2017|
|Delhi Daredevils||67 (17.1)||Kings XI Punjab||Mohali||2017|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||67 (15.2)||Mumbai Indians||Mumbai||2008|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||68 (16.1)||Sunrisers Hyderabad||Mumbai||2022|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||70 (17.1)||Chennai Super Kings||Chennai||2019|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||70 (15)||Rajasthan Royals||Abu Dhabi||2014|
|Kings XI Punjab||73 (15.5)||Rising Pune Supergiants||Pune||2017|
On the topic of IPL, perhaps you’d also want to read about the highest partnerships in IPL.
This is one such record that no team wants to have. Still, it doesn’t always work in their favor. Cricket, like any sport, is full of uncertainties, and sometimes even the best teams can have bad days.
Such is the nature of the game of cricket. Every team tries their best to do well and learn from such experiences and come out stronger.
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A: The international team of Isle of Man holds the record for the lowest score in T20I, scoring just 10 runs against Spain.
A: India performed their worst in a match against Australia in 2008 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, scoring a meager 74 runs.
A: Bangalore holds the record for the lowest T20 score in the Indian Premier League, scoring just 49 runs in 9.4 overs.