Lowest Score in T20 Internationals and Domestic Matches

| Posted on August 2, 2023

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. 

Lowest Score in T20 Cricket History

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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. 

TeamScore (Overs)OppositionLocationYear
Isle of Man10 (8.4)SpainCartagena2023
Sydney Thunder15 (5.5)Adelaide StrikersSydney2022
Turkey21 (8.3)Czech RepublicIlfov County2019
Lesotho26 (12.4)UgandaKigali2021
Turkey28 (11.3)LuxembourgIlfov County2019
Thailand30 (13.1)MalaysiaBangi2022
Mali30 (12.3)RwandaKigali2022
Tripura30 (11.1)JharkhandDhanbad2009
Mali30 (10.4)KenyaKigali2022
Turkey32 (8.5)AustriaIlfov County2019

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. 

Lowest T20I Scores Among Test Playing Nations

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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. 

TeamScore (Overs)OppositionLocationYear
West Indies45 (11.5)EnglandSt. Lucia2019
West Indies55 (14.2)EnglandDubai2021
New Zealand60 (16.5)BangladeshMirpur2021
New Zealand60 (15.3)Sri LankaChattogram2014
West Indies60 (13.4)PakistanKarachi2018
Australia62 (13.4)BangladeshMirpur2021
Ireland68 (16.4)West IndiesProvidence2010
Bangladesh70 (15.4)New ZealandKolkata2016
Ireland70 (12.3)IndiaMalahide2018
West Indies71 (13)EnglandSt. Lucia2019

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. 

Lowest Scores in Indian T20 League (Indian Premier League)

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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. 

TeamScore (Overs)OppositionLocationYear
Royal Challengers Bangalore49 (9.4)Kolkata Knight RidersKolkata2017
Rajasthan Royals58 (15.1)Royal Challengers BangaloreCape Town2009
Rajasthan Royals59 (10.3)Royal Challengers BangaloreJaipur2023
Delhi Daredevils66 (13.4)Mumbai IndiansDelhi2017
Delhi Daredevils67 (17.1)Kings XI PunjabMohali2017
Kolkata Knight Riders67 (15.2)Mumbai IndiansMumbai2008
Royal Challengers Bangalore68 (16.1)Sunrisers HyderabadMumbai2022
Royal Challengers Bangalore70 (17.1)Chennai Super KingsChennai2019
Royal Challengers Bangalore70 (15)Rajasthan RoyalsAbu Dhabi2014
Kings XI Punjab73 (15.5)Rising Pune Supergiants Pune2017

On the topic of IPL, perhaps you’d also want to read about the highest partnerships in IPL

Concluding Remarks

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. 

Do share your thoughts on this!

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FAQs

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.

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