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Top 10 Lowest Team Totals in ICC ODI World Cup History

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The ICC Cricket World Cup is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated and celebrated events in the world of cricket. This prestigious tournament has witnessed countless thrilling matches, incredible performances, and unforgettable moments throughout its history. While it is often associated with the glory of high-scoring encounters and breathtaking individual displays of talent, there is a less glamorous side to the World Cup – the occasions when teams struggle to score runs. Cricket, as a sport, is known for its unpredictability. On any given day, the conditions, the pitch, the opposition, and the mental state of the players can all come together to create a challenging environment for batting. When the World Cup rolls around, the pressure is even more intense, and the world watches as teams are put to the test. So, in this blog, we will look at top 10 lowest team totals in ODI World Cup history.

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Top 10 Lowest Team Totals in ICC ODI World Cup History

Team Against Score ICC World Cup year
Canada Sri Lanka 36 2003
Canada England 45 1979
Namibia Australia 45 2003
Sri Lanka India 55 2023
Bangladesh West Indies 58 2011
Scotland West Indies 68 1999
Kenya New Zealand 69 2011
Pakistan England 74 1992
Ireland Sri Lanka 77 2007
Bangladesh South Africa 78 2011

Canada vs Sri Lanka

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Canada team scored lowest total in ICC ODI world Cup history,  Source: ESPNcricinfo.com

Canada’s total versus Sri Lanka in the 2003 ODI World Cup was the lowest in the competition’s history. In Paarl, Canada batted first and was bowled out for 36 in 18.4 overs. Canada’s leading scorers were Desmond Chumney and captain Joe Harris, who both scored nine runs. Prabath Nissanka was the wrecker-in-chief for Sri Lanka, taking four wickets. Sri Lanka then knocked down the needed goal in 4.4 overs to win by nine wickets.

Canada vs England

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Source: Sport360 News

Prior to this, Canada had the record for the lowest total in the history of the ODI World Cup. During the 1979 Prudential World Cup in Manchester, England bowled out Canada for 45 runs. Franklyn Dennis led Canada in scoring with 21 points. England’s Bob Willis and Chris Old both grabbed four wickets. The English eventually triumphed by eight wickets. Canada’s 45 runs is the 2nd lowest score in the history of ODI cricket world cup.


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Namibia vs Australia

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The Namibia cricket team is third on the list of teams with the lowest totals in ODI World Cup. Defending champions Australia bowled Namibia out for 45 during an ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 match in Potchefstroom. Namibia’s highest scorer was captain Deon Kotze, who has ten goals. Glenn McGrath, an Australian fast bowler, took seven wickets. Earlier, Australia had 301/6 in 50 overs because of Matthew Hayden’s 88, Andrew Symonds’ 59, and Darren Lehmann’s unbroken 50.

Sri Lanka vs India

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Source: Hindustan Times

India’s strong batting effort versus Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match staged in Mumbai on November 2, 2023, saw them record a total of 357/8 in their allowed 50 overs. In contrast, Sri Lanka failed to create a rhythm, scoring only 55 runs in 19.4 overs. India won the match by 302 runs, demonstrating their better performance. Mohammed Shami was named Man of the Match for his remarkable effort, in which he claimed 5 wickets for only 18 runs in 5 overs, contributing significantly to India’s triumph. Sri Lanka’s 55 runs is the 4th lowest score in the history of ODI cricket world cup.


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Bangladesh vs West Indies

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Source: ESPNcricinfo

In 2011, Bangladesh scored the lowest total by a hosting country in ICC World Cup history against the West Indies. At this encounter in Mirpur, Darren Sammy’s Caribbean team bowled first. The Tigers were bowled out for 58 runs in 18.5 overs, much to the chagrin of the home crowd. Sulieman Benn claimed four wickets, Captain Sammy and Kemar Roach both claimed three. However, Roach was declared the player of the match for his 3/19 effort, which featured important wickets from Mayaid Siddique, Tamil Iqbal, and Mohammed Ashraful.

Scotland Vs West Indies

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The West Indies did not do well in the 1999 edition, failing to make the semi-finals. They did, however, have one major triumph over Scotland in Leicester, when the bowling unit performed admirably. Scotland batted first and was dismissed for 68 runs in 31.3 overs. Courtney Walsh shined for the Caribbean side with a 3/7 session, while Curtley Ambrose, Hendy Bryan, and Reon King each took two wickets. They won by eight wickets after chasing the score in 10.1 overs.

Kenya vs New Zealand

Source: ESPNcricinfo.com

Kenya met New Zealand in a group-stage match at the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. Having chosen to bat first, Kenya was dismissed for their lowest World Cup score of 69 in just 23.5 overs, before the Kiwis smashed the mark in eight overs. New Zealand won the World Cup for the second-quickest time ever, with only 31.5 overs played between them in overall match.


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Pakistan vs England

Source: ICC Cricket World Cup

When Pakistan won the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 1992, history was altered. They only won one of their first five games, though, as they had a rough start to the season. Pakistan’s batting failed miserably in their match against England. However, the constant rain helped them avoid a catastrophic defeat. Pakistan batted for 40.2 overs in Adelaide’s cloudy conditions but only managed 74 runs.

Ireland vs Sri Lanka

Source: Sportskeeda

Sri Lanka advanced to the World Cup finals in 2007 and earned several memorable victories on the way to a silver medal result. One such effort occurred against Ireland when they bowled the European team out for 77 runs in 27.4 overs. With his 4/25, Farveez Maharoof got rid of Eoin Morgan, who won the World Cup as England’s captain in 2019. Sri Lanka won the game by eight wickets with Muralitharan taking four wickets.

Bangladesh vs South Africa

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Source: ESPNcricinfo.com

Bangladesh’s first hosting chance resulted in two sub-100 scores in the group rounds. The second occurred against South Africa when they scored only 78 runs in the second inning and were defeated by a score of 206 runs. In the first inning, the Proteas batsmen scored 284/8, led by 50s from Hashim Amla, Jaques Kallis, and Faf du Plessis. In response, Lonwabo Tsotsobe (3/14) and Robin Peterson (4/12) demolished Bangladesh’s batting order to secure a crushing victory.


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