T20 World Cups, over the years, have seen some of the best knocks of all-time. We have seen some spectacular sixes, mouth-watering catches and an outstanding bit of fielding.
There have been some nail-biting run-chases, apart from huge totals by teams across the globe. The game of cricket has seen 200 plus totals in just 120 balls- a testimony to the fact that how cricket has evolved so much in so less time.
Amidst all this, the fans have also witnessed some low-scoring totals in the game. Netherlands holds the record for the lowest total ever made in a T20 World cup.
Here’s a look at 5 lowest totals in the T20 World Cups:
#1. Netherlands: (39)
Playing against Sri Lanka in the Group 1 game in 2014 edition of the world cup, batting the first Netherlands couldn’t stick around for too long against the likes of Mathews and Mendis as they were bowled out for as low as 39 runs in the first innings. Sri Lanka, in reply, took just 5 overs to complete the chase and win the game.
#2. New Zealand (60)
New Zealand is the only team amongst the powerhouses in cricket which features in the list. The Blackcaps holds the record for posting the second lowest-total in World Cups.
Owing to some splendid bowling efforts by the likes of Trent Boult and Jimmy Neesham, Sri Lanka were bowled out for just 119 runs in the first innings. However, New Zealand made a mockery of the run-chase as, despite skipper Williamson’s valuable effort, they were folded for just 60 runs, eventually losing the game by 59 runs.
Astonishingly, out of 60, Williamson made 42, while the no other batsmen could even go past the 5-run mark in the run-chase.
#3. Ireland: (68)
Third, in the list is Ireland’s 68-run total against West Indies in the 2010 edition of the T20 World Cup. In pursuit of 138 runs set by West Indies in the first innings, Ireland folded for just 68 runs and thereby lost the game by 70 runs in the end.
G Wilson top-scored with just 17, while no other batsmen could score more than 10 runs. Darren Sammy was awarded man of the match for his match-winning contribution with both bat and ball.
#4. Hong Kong (69)
Hong Kong stands fourth after making 69 runs against Nepal in the 2014 edition of the world cup.
Batting first, Nepal amassed 149 runs on the board in their 20 overs, courtesy a valuable 48-run knock by G Malla. Nepal, in reply, couldn’t produce a fight as they got all-out for just 69 runs, in the end, losing the game by 80 runs.
Shakti Gauchan received the man of the match award for his stellar contribution with the ball, picking three important wickets in the game.
That day, Muztafizur Rahman produced one of his best spells of fast bowling, picking a five-for in a T20 game. He helped his side restrict New Zealand to just 145 in 20 overs. However, his efforts went in vain as Bangladesh in reply, fell for just 70 runs, eventually losing the game by 75 runs.
Kane Williamson, on this occasion, played a fine 42-run inning, while the likes of Colin Munro and Ross Taylor contributing with 35 and 28 runs respectively.