IPL 2021: Five lowest scores in the history of Indian Premier League
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has always been known for its competitive spirit where the power-hitting batsmen mostly dominate the celebrated cricketing extravaganza. However, it is still hard to believe that with such quality batters from all around the world featuring in the IPL, the tournament has also witnessed some really low scores over the years.
So let’s have a look at the 5 lowest scores in the history of IPL.
1. Kolkata Knight Riders 67 vs Mumbai Indians (IPL 2008):
The first season for the Kolkata Knight Riders doesn’t have too many memories to look back at. After Brendon McCullum scored 158 runs off 73 balls in the first match, KKR had a season, which they would rather forget. One of the major reasons why this season is a forgettable one is also because of their loss at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
However, KKR got absolutely no momentum during their innings losing wickets at regular intervals. None of their batters seemed to look set against the bowling unit of Mumbai. Shaun Pollock (3 for 12) and Dwayne Bravo (2 for 13) were the chief architects of KKR’s slump. They were bowled out for the lowest total in that season, 67. When it came to the chase, it took Mumbai just 5.3 overs to knock off the total. Sanath Jayasuriya was at his vintage best, racing along to 48 runs off 17 balls.
2. Delhi Daredevils 67 vs Kings XI Punjab (IPL 2017):
Just after a week from getting bowled out for their lowest ever total in the IPL history, the Delhi Daredevils witnessed yet another horrendous outing with the bat. Delhi Daredevils were bowled out for a below-par score of 67 runs. During the chase, Punjab’s opening pair of Martin Guptill and Hashim Amla made matters worse for Delhi as they conceded a massive 10-wicket defeat. In a gap of two weeks, the Delhi-based team recorded two of their lowest totals in the history of the IPL.
3. Delhi Daredevils 66 vs Mumbai Indians (IPL 2017):
The 2017 season of the IPL was surely one of the most disastrous tournaments for the Delhi Daredevils. The Delhi-based franchise recorded two of their lowest totals in the history of the IPL. During IPL 2017, in a game against Mumbai Indians, while chasing a massive total, Delhi lost key early wickets at the top and never really recovered in the chase. Delhi Daredevils were bowled out for 66 runs after the MI spin duo of Harbhajan Singh and Karn Sharma bowled amazingly well to pick up three wickets each.
4. Rajasthan Royals 58 vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (IPL 2009):
After a spectacular performance where the Rajasthan Royals (RR) won the inaugural season of the IPL in 2008, the franchise started the 2009 edition with a pretty disappointing show. On the opening day of IPL 2009, the defending champions RR were facing RCB who finished seventh in 2008. In this match, Rajasthan Royals bundled out for a total of only 58 runs as the 2008 winners registered the then lowest ever total in the IPL. RCB leg-spinner Anil Kumble recorded an outstanding spell of 5 for 5 in his 3.1 overs while the duo Praveen Kumar and Jesse Ryder finished with two wickets each.
5. Royal Challengers Bangalore 49 vs Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL 2017):
Since its inception in 2008, the IPL has witnessed some bizarre cricket matches including the debacle between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens in 2017. KKR’s pace battery of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav, Chris Woakes, and Colin de Grandhomme put up an extraordinary show with the ball to rattle RCB for a paltry total of 49 runs in just 9.4 overs. The trio of Coulter-Nile, Woakes, and Grandhomme finished with three wickets each while Yadav picked up one wicket whereas none of the RCB batsmen managed a double-digit score. In an interesting fact, RCB holds the record for the highest ever score in IPL along with the lowest score as well