It has been 13 years since the Indian Premier League (IPL) started. As we have seen, it has grown incredibly popular over the years and fans are getting more and more attached to their respective teams with every passing year. The kind of experience IPL gives to the whole country can’t be compared to any other sport. A 20-over match is more than what an Indian cricket fan would want.
Most of the time, the hard-hitting batsmen are so much in form that they make a great score in the start only, which later sums up to a huge score and the opposition team gets under pressure to chase the score. However, sometimes the league also holds some horrifying batting failures. Till now, in total, there have been 38 times when the teams couldn’t score 100. So, let’s have a look at the five lowest team totals in IPL history.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 49 All-Out against Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2017
KKR went on to bat first. Gautam Gambhir led the team that failed to score big and put 131 runs on the scoreboard. By analysing the KKR team score, it seemed like RCB would make it easily. But, it looks like the tide was in favour of KKR bowlers. They changed the winds on their side and the KKR team captain trusted his bowlers. In the end, the KKR bowlers created history and stopped RCB at just 49 runs. KKR snatched the game out of RCB’s hand. The trio bowlers Colin de Grandhomme, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Chirs Woakes were the star players of that night. RCB scored 49 runs and KKR won by 81 runs.
Another interesting fact is that Royal Challengers Bangalore is the only team that has scored the highest and lowest runs in IPL history.
Rajasthan Royals: 58 All-Out against Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2009
RCB put 134 runs on the scoreboard and the first season winner RR had to chase 134 runs. In this match, the England player Kevin Pietersen was the captain of RCB and under his captaincy, the team stopped RR at the first ball of the 16th over. RR scored 58 runs and the whole team was on the bench. The legendary bowler Anil Kumble created history by taking 5 wickets and giving only 5 runs to the opposition team (5/5).
Delhi Daredevils: 66 All-Out against Mumbai Indians in IPL 2017
Mumbai Indians went on to bat first in this match. Right from the beginning, the MI batsmen started hitting hard. The partnership of Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard helped the team to score a big total of 212 runs. Chasing 212 runs, Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) were bowled off when they were at 66 runs. Zaheer Khan-led DD couldn’t even reach half of MI’s score. MI won that tremendous match by 146 runs. Till now, this is the highest margin a team won by (in terms of runs).
Delhi Daredevils: 67 All-Out against Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2017
For DD, 2017 was a horrifying season. The team went on to bat first and got all-out after scoring just 67 runs. KXIP bowler Sandeep Sharma was on fire that day, took 4 wickets, and gave just 20 runs (4/20). Chasing the score of 67, the opening batsman Hashim Amla and Marin Guptill scored the total by themselves without losing any wicket and won by 10 wickets and also 12 overs to spare.
Kolkata Knight Riders: 67 All-Out against Mumbai Indians in IPL 2008
KKR led by the legendary Sourav Ganguly had to bat first. The openers went off to the bench very early. Following them, the wickets kept falling in regular intervals. KKR’s entire team was on the bench and the team had put just 67 runs on the scoreboard. In reply, MI openers were in form and there were 15 overs to spare. Sanath Jayasuriya hit 6 boundaries, 3 sixes and scored 48 runs in just 17 balls.
While these are the lowest team totals at the time of writing this article, you never know who can get into this list as IPL continues.