It is quite a paradox that Cricket, one of the oldest sports in the World, is now gaining worldwide popularity through the shorter formats rather than its older Test format. The T20 cricket has become more global than anyone would have imagined during its birth in the early 2000s. National and club teams throughout the world are amassing huge totals and chasing targets which were previously believed untouchable. In this era of explosive hitting and short-sighted batting style, sometimes it so happens that the teams end up with scores far low than they were targeting. Here are 5+ lowest score in T20 cricket of all time that will blow your mind.
6Kenya (56 vs Afghanistan)
On 30 September 2013, the uprising t-20 team, Afghanistan dismissed the Kenyan squad for 56 runs which were then the lowest total in the format. Afghanistan took a 1-0 lead in the 2 match series being held in UAE. Afghanistan batted first, winning the toss, and posted a total of 162/6. Opener Mohammad Shahzad started strong with 19-ball 36. The partnership between Asghar Afghan and Mohammad Nabi helped pull up the total and Shinwari’s death overs’ cameo of 14-ball 39 boosted the total to 162.
In reply, Kenya continued to lose wickets at regular intervals and never recovered. Only five boundaries were hit throughout the innings. And none of the Kenyan batsmen scored in double-digit with the exception of Rakep Patel and Nelson Odhiambo. Pacer Hamid Hassan of Afghanistan ended up with all-time great numbers, taking down 3 of the 4 top-order batsmen while going for just 4 runs in 3 overs.
5Nepal (53 vs Ireland)
In a group A match-up between Nepal and Ireland in the T-20 World Cup qualifiers, Nepal was dismissed for their lowest total ever of just 53 runs. Ireland chose to field first, after winning the toss on a wet day. The Irish bowler put up an all-round performance and Thompson struck 3 wickets each at a wonderful economy of fewer than 3 runs per over. KJ O’Brien even bagged the Man of the Match award for his economy of just 3 in the 4 overs.
Nepali fans developed some hope as rain delayed the play during the innings break. But the second innings started after a 52-minute hold-up. Ireland managed to win the game easily with Paul Sterling and Porterfield batting for 29 and 18 runs respectively.
4Germany (53 vs Italy)
Both Italy and Germany are ICC associate members for a long time now, but both achieved the T-20 International status in April 2018 (when ICC decided to give it to all associate members). The newbies on the international stage, the German team were on a tour of the Netherlands recently, in May 2019. They produced their worst performance ever in the game in the first game on 25 May. None of the German batsmen stood up against the Italian pace attack and was dismissed for just 53 runs in 16 overs at a run rate of 3.31. Ahmed Wardak was the last standing batsman who scoring 20 runs off 27 balls.
In reply, Italian batsmen took the aggressive approach and chased down the total in just 8.4 overs. Perera scored 21 runs off 10 balls he faced at a massive strike rate of 210. As a result, Italy led the 2 match series 1-0.
3Botswana (46 vs Namibia)
Another recent incident with Botswana posting the third lowest total of the International T-20 occurred in the 8th match of the T-20 World Cup Africa 2019. None of the Botswana batsmen scored in double-digits with an exception of a tail-ender, N Master (21 off 16). Christi Viljoen of Namibia was declared the Player of the Match for his 5 wicket haul for just 9 runs in 4 overs.
Namibian Batsman seemed to be in a hurry to go home in the second innings. Both openers came out to blast the bowlers all around the park, achieving the target with 1 ball to go in the 4th over. Nikolaas Davin of Namibia scored struck Adithiya Rangaswamy for four 4s in the 4th over to finish the match earlier than anyone would have thought. He went to score 37 runs in 19 balls that he faced and led Namibia to eventually top the points table.
2West Indies (45 vs England)
In a rematch of the 2016 T-20 World Cup Finals on 8 Match 2019, the English side stunned the home team with their most spectacular performance in the format. Batting first, Joe Root and Sam Billings played huge knock, helping England post a great total of 182/6. Billing scored his career high 87 runs off 47 balls just when his side needed him the most. Joe made his way back to form in the format with the unbeaten 40-ball 55.
In response, West Indian squad produced their worst performance ever, falling to hands of English bowlers. Willey, Plunkett and Rashid struck 2 wickets each and Jordan ended up with 4 wickets. Hetmyer and Braithwaite were the only 2 batsmen to just reach the double-digit figure. They scored 10 runs each and the West Indies line up collapsed for just 45 runs with 8.1 overs left.
1Netherlands (39 vs Sri Lanka)
The blunder happened with the Netherlands in a Group stage match against the eventual Champions Sri Lanka. Having won the toss, the Lankans chose to field first. The team dominated from the start itself as Nuwan Kulasekara opened the bowling with 2 maidens and an early wicket. In fact, the number of runs exceeded the number of wickets on the 20th ball of the match. The only Netherland batsmen to score more than 5 runs in the innings were Copper brothers, contributing 16 and 8 runs to the 39-run total. Angelo Mathews was declared the Player for the Match for his 3 wickets at an economy of 4.
Sri Lanka won the match easily with 9 wickets and 90 balls remaining. All the 3 Sri Lankan batsmen looked pretty comfortable on the crease, with each scoring at a run-rate above 100. Stoppage in play due to technical issues in floodlights was probably the only difficulty that the Lankans faced on the day. And the Netherlands ended up registering the lowest score in T20 cricket of all time.