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Top 5 Lowest Totals in T20 World Cup History

• 06 Jun, 24 • by Inkspilled
Top 5 Lowest Totals in T20 World Cup History


The T20 World Cup is a cricket spectacle known for its explosive sixes, nail-biting finishes, and high-scoring matches. However, even amidst the fireworks, there have been occasions where batting line-ups have crumbled under pressure, leading to shockingly low totals.


The recent T20 World Cup opener in New York saw Sri Lanka experience such a collapse, recording their lowest-ever score of a meager 77 against South Africa. This wasn’t an isolated incident, and the history of the tournament holds some truly remarkable – and embarrassing – batting collapses.


Let’s take a look at the top 5 lowest totals ever recorded in the T20 World Cup:


Netherlands vs Sri Lanka (Chattogram, 2014): 39 all out

This takes the cake for the lowest T20 World Cup total ever. In a forgettable outing for the Netherlands, their batsmen were skittled out for a mere 39 runs in just 10.3 overs on a challenging pitch in Chattogram. Angelo Mathews and Ajantha Mendis, the Sri Lankan bowlers, shared six wickets between them, leaving the Dutch batters with very little to defend. Sri Lanka, needing just 40 runs for victory, chased down the target comfortably in under 6 overs.


Netherlands vs Sri Lanka (Sharjah, 2021): 44 all out

Seven years later, it seems Sri Lanka had the Netherlands’ number in the T20 World Cup. This time in Sharjah, the Dutch batting order once again fell apart, collapsing to a paltry 44 runs in 10 overs. Lahiru Kumara and Wanindu Hasaranga, the Sri Lankan bowling heroes this time, picked up three wickets each. This match further cemented Sri Lanka’s dominance over the Netherlands in World Cup encounters.


West Indies vs England (Dubai, 2021): 55 all out

This was a shocker! The West Indies, known for their explosive batting line-up, were dismissed for a measly 55 runs in just 14.2 overs against England. Adil Rashid, the English spinner, wreaked havoc, claiming four wickets. This collapse left everyone surprised, and England, despite a shaky start to their chase, secured a comfortable victory in just over 8 overs.


Uganda vs Afghanistan (Guyana, 2024): 58 all out

The 2024 World Cup has already witnessed a batting collapse. Uganda, facing a rampant Afghan bowling attack, were bundled out for a mere 58 runs in their opening match. Chasing a mammoth 184 runs, they were never really in the contest. Fazalhaq Farooqi, the Afghan pace bowler, shone with a five-wicket haul, extinguishing any hope Uganda might have had.


New Zealand vs Sri Lanka (Chattogram, 2014): 60 all out

Here’s a case where even a seemingly modest target proved too much. Sri Lanka, batting first, were bowled out for a low score of 119 in Chattogram. The chase was expected to be a cakewalk for New Zealand. However, their batsmen surprised everyone by mirroring Sri Lanka’s collapse, managing only 60 runs before being dismissed. Rangana Herath, the Sri Lankan spinner, picked up a fifer, securing a remarkable turnaround for his team.


These collapses highlight the unpredictable nature of T20 cricket. Even the best batting line-ups can falter under pressure, leaving fans stunned and rewriting World Cup history.

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