The Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen some huge scores and explosive innings. But what it has also seen are colossal batting failures. Bowlers have held their own against batsmen many a time leaving them bamboozled. Such lethal bowling performances have led to woefully low scores being scored by the batting side.
We take a look at the 3 lowest scores by a team in IPL history.
Delhi Daredevils – 66 versus Mumbai Indians, 2017
Mumbai Indians scored a whopping 212 runs batting first courtesy of Calypso brilliance from Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons. The 19 extras bowled by their opponent Delhi Daredevils didn’t help either.
In a mammoth chase, the Delhi batsmen crumbled and fell apart like a pack of cards. Spinners Karn Sharma and Harbhajan Singh wreaked havoc to bowl the batsmen out for 66 and seal a record-breaking 146-run win.
Rajasthan Royals – 58 versus Royal Challengers Bangalore, 2009
On a difficult Newlands pitch in the second edition of the IPL, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Rahul Dravid showed why he is among the best batsmen in cricket history with a remarkable show of patience and grit. Apart from Kevin Pietersen, Dravid was the only one to cross 30. ‘The Wall’ scored a dogged 66 off 48 balls to take his side to a total of 133.
In the chase, Rajasthan Royals had no clue to Anil Kumble’s brilliance. They were bowled out for a paltry 58 runs in 15 overs with Kumble returning jaw-dropping figures of 5-5 in 3.1 overs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore – 49 versus Kolkata Knight Riders, 2017
Chasing a modest total of 132, Royal Challengers Bangalore had no clue they were about to make an unwanted record. Facing hostile bowling spells from the likes of Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Colin de Grandhomme, the Bangalore batsmen fell apart and succumbed at will.
Not one batsman crossed double figures and the extras was the joint-highest run-scorer. The innings was over in less than 10 overs. And the score read an unbelievable ’49’.