Lowest Team Score in IPL Cricket
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is the most-watched Twenty20 cricket competition in the world. With stellar names from all over the globe being paid eye-watering sums of money to take part in it, the matches in the IPL are incredible spectacles.
Formed in 2008, the IPL has revolutionised the way cricket is seen in both India and the rest of the cricketing world. With the pre-tournament auction with millions of viewers, the sense of anticipation that surrounds the IPL is second to none in terms of cricket.
The action on the pitch is remarkable too, with booming drives, stumps cartwheeling and acrobatic catches all part of what makes the IPL such an incredible event.
Big hitting, glitz and glamour are very much the norm in the IPL, with some of the best T20 batsmen in the world plying their trade in the competition. However, it doesn’t always go as planned and from time to time, the bowling side can seize the initiative and skittle the opposition cheaply.
Here is a rundown of the top 10 lowest team scores recorded in IPL cricket.
- 10. Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians – 2013
- 9. Deccan Chargers vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala – 2011
- 8. Kings XI Punjab vs Rising Pune Supergiant – 2017
- 7. Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals – 2014
- 6. Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings – 2019
- 5. Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders – 2008
- 4. Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab – 2017
- 3. Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils – 2017
- 2. Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals – 2009
- 1. Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – 2017
10. Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians – 2013
Chennai Super Kings – 79
Mumbai Indians – 139/5
In what transpired to be a dress rehearsal of the 2013 IPL final, Chennai Super Kings recorded the tenth-lowest ever team total in the history of the IPL. Eventual champions Mumbai Indians elected to bat and fought hard to reach 139/5 from their 20 overs with Rohit Sharma and Dwayne Smith making telling contributions. What followed was carnage. Mitchell Johnson took 3 wickets in one over for Mumbai, including removing the dangerous Suresh Reina as the CSK side packed with star talent folded to 79 all out.
9. Deccan Chargers vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala – 2011
Deccan Chargers – 129/7
Kochi Tuskers Kerala – 74
Ten teams took part in the 2011 season of the IPL and the Deccan Chargers and the Kochi Tuskers Kerala were part of the competition. Things looked relatively good for the Kochi Tuskers Kerala halfway as they managed to restrict the Deccan Chargers to 129/7 from their 20 overs. The Kochi Tuskers Kerala batting effort was abysmal as the likes of Brendan McCullum, Mahela Jayawardene and Brad Hodge all fell cheaply as the Tuskers were reduced for 11/6. They recovered to 74 all out but had no answer to Ishant Sharma who was named Man of the Match after taking 5 for 12.
8. Kings XI Punjab vs Rising Pune Supergiant – 2017
Kings XI Punjab – 73
Rising Pune Supergiant – 78/1
Back in 2017, Kings XI Punjab and Rising Pune Supergiant were two sides with aspirations of reaching the semifinal stages of the competition. Rising Pune Supergiant won the toss in familiar conditions and all hell broke loose for the Kings XI Punjab batsmen. Martin Guptill perished to the first ball of the match and Kings XI Punjab never recovered with Jaydev Unadkat taking 2 for 12 from his allocated overs. In response, Rising Pune Supergiant cruised home, winning by 9 wickets as they went on to finish 2nd in the 2017 IPL standings.
7. Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals – 2014
Royal Challengers Bangalore – 70
Rajasthan Royals – 71/4
Perennial IPL underachievers Royal Challengers Bangalore endured a tough day at the hands of the Rajasthan Royals back in 2014. Having been put in to bat, few could have expected the danger the RCB side featuring AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh would soon be in. Pravin Tambe ripped through the RCB top order, taking 4/20 as only three Royal Challengers Bangalore batsmen made it to double figures. In response, the Rajasthan Royals wobbled slightly but got home comfortably enough to win by 6 wickets.
6. Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings – 2019
Royal Challengers Bangalore – 70
Chennai Super Kings – 71/3
History, unfortunately, repeated itself for the Royal Challengers Bangalore just 5 seasons later as they were once again skittled for 70, this time at the hands of the Chennai Super Kings. Once again, the likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were caught up in the mayhem as only Parthiv Patel made double figures for RCB who struggled with the Chennai Super Kings spin attack which included Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir. CSK were patient in response and wrapped up a 7 wicket win in the 18th over.
5. Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders – 2008
Kolkata Knight Riders – 67
Mumbai Indians – 68/2
The inaugural IPL season back in 2008 was a tough campaign for many sides and few sides struggled more than the Kolkata Knight Riders. Mumbai Indians won the toss back in 2008 and elected to field first – a decision that transpired to be the correct one. Veteran South African Shaun Pollock ripped through an impressive KKR batting lineup to skittle them for 67 in just the 16th over. The Mumbai Indians were devastating in reply, with Sanath Jayasuriya smashing an unbeaten 48 off just 17 balls as the Mumbai Indians reached the target in just the 6th over.
4. Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab – 2017
Delhi Daredevils – 67
Kings XI Punjab – 68/0
2017 was a tough year for both the Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab but this was a real day in the sun for KXIP. After winning the toss and choosing to field first, Kings XI ran through the Delhi top order with Sandeep Sharma stealing the headlines with 4/20. The onslaught continued with the bat too as Martin Guptill and Hashim Amla made light work of the 68 required to win as the Kings XI Punjab reached their target inside 8 overs.
3. Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils – 2017
Mumbai Indians – 212/3
Delhi Daredevils – 66
The Delhi Daredevils were going through a particularly rough patch when they took on eventual competition winners Mumbai Indians in 2017. The West Indian pair Lendl Simmonds and Kieron Pollard went to town on the Delhi Daredevils bowling attack, making 212/3 off their 20 overs. And the carnage didn’t stop there. Sanju Samson fell off the first ball of the Delhi reply and Karn Sharma and Harbhajan Singh took three wickets each as the Mumbai Indians won by an incredible 146 runs.
2. Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals – 2009
Royal Challengers Bangalore – 133/8
Rajasthan Royals – 58
The second-lowest score in the history of the IPL was made in 2009 as the Rajasthan Royals crumbled against RCB. Royal Challengers Bangalore scratched their way to 133/8 after losing early wickets and it looked set to be a fascinating run chase. In response, however, the Royals were reduced to 28/5 with only three of their batsmen reaching double figures. Legendary spinner Anil Kumble then came into the attack, taking 5/5 off 3.1 overs to wrap up a historic win for RCB.
1. Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – 2017
Kolkata Knight Riders – 131
Royal Challengers Bangalore – 49
Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and elected to field against KKR back in 2017, a decision they surely feel sorry about to this day. In bowler-friendly conditions, Kolkata Knight Riders dug deep to score 131 all out – a score that looked around par for the situation and the wicket. What followed was unforgettable, an RCB side featuring Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli capitulated with not even one batsman reaching double figures. They were bowled out for 49 inside 10 overs with Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Woakes and Colin de Grandhomme taking 3 wickets each.
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