Cricket is a game of highs and lows. Sometimes fans have to witness their dearest teams crumble in front of the opposition teams and create some unwanted records. Let’s look at some of the lowest scores in World T20 Cup history.
5. Scotland – 60/10
In the 17th match of the 2021 World T20 Cup, Scotland collapsed in front of Afghanistan bowling attack. Chasing 190 on a flat batting track of Sharjah, Scotland got off to a flying start. Scottish openers scored 28 runs in the first 3 overs before M. Rehman bowled a match changing spell. In the 4th over, mystery spinner Rahman picked up 3 wickets and sent the entire top order of Scotland back to the pavilion. Half of the Scotland batting lineup found themselves in the dugout in 5.3 overs.
After the powerplay, Afghan skipper M. Nabi introduced leg-spinner R. Khan and he finished off the Scottish tail. M. Rehman completed his first five-wicket haul in T20s and R. Khan claimed 4 wickets in a superb spin bowling exhibition. This 130-run victory was the biggest win by runs for Afghanistan in T20Is and for Scotland it was their biggest T20I loss.
4. New Zealand – 60/10
Opponent: Sri Lanka
New Zealand, an unlikely entrant in this list, were bundled for 60 by Sri Lanka in the 2014 World T20 Cup. On a humid night in Chattogram, New Zealand won the toss and elected to field first. Skipper B. McCullum’s decision was proven right by his bowlers as they restricted Sri Lanka to 119 in 20 overs.
In a must-win game, the Kiwis had the upper hand but R. Herath had some other plans. The wrist-spinner bowled one of the most lethal spells in T20 cricket and registered his career best figures of 3.3-2-3-5. Except K. Williamson, no other Kiwi batsmen could reach double figures and the likes of B. McCullum, R. Taylor and J. Neesham went for a duck. With this humiliating loss, New Zealand crashed out of the World Cup and Sri Lanka qualified for 4th straight semi-finals.
3. West Indies – 55/10
West Indies, the two-time T20 champions of the world, suffered one of the most crushing defeats at the hands of England in their opening fixture of the 2021 World T20 Cup. England won the toss and rightly elected to field first on a slow track of DSC, Dubai. The big hitting Windies batters never got accustomed to the turning track and consistently played irresponsible shots to lose their wickets. Spinners A. Rashid and M. Ali took advantage of the conditions as 9 of the 10 batters were caught out in an attempt to play big strokes.
Gayle was the only one who could reach double figures as Rashid achieved career best bowling figures of 2.2-0-2-4. Chasing a target of only 56 runs, England had a wobbly start themselves and lost 4 wickets in 6 overs but J. Buttler’s innings of 24 was enough to guide them to victory.
2. Netherlands – 44/10
Opponent: Sri Lanka
The 2021 World Cup produced some of the lowest totals in international T20 cricket. However, European minnows Netherlands sit at the bottom of the pile as they collapsed on 44 runs against Sri Lanka in Sharjah. D. Shanaka won the toss and put the OnsOranje to bat first. From the very first over, Netherlands were on backfoot as their leading run-scorer M. O’Dowd departed on 2 runs. From there on it was a procession of wickets, as the mystery spin of M. Theekshana and W. Hasaranga were too hot to handle for the Dutch batters.
Sri Lanka lost early wickets of P. Nissanka and C. Asalanka, but managed to finish off the chase in 7.1 overs and massively improved their NRR. For his 3-wicket haul, L. Kumara was adjudged as man of the match.
1. Netherlands – 39/10
Opponent: Sri Lanka
The tale of Netherlands scoring low against Sri Lanka goes way back to the 2014 World T20 Cup. In one of the most one-sided cricket matches, the Lankans outperformed their former colonisers and dismissed the Dutch side on just 39 runs. D. Chandimal won the toss and elected to field first and his bowlers proved him right on this occasion.
Cooper was the only Dutch batsman to score in double figures. N. Kulasekara became the first bowler in T20Is to bowl 2 or more overs and record an economy & bowling average of 0.00. The Lankans easily chased down the target in 5 overs while creating the record for fastest-ever run chase in T20Is.
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