Lowest 3 totals defended in tournament history
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The T20 World Cup is the most prestigious international T20 tournament in the world. It is the dream of every cricketer to represent his nation at the world event.
The 2021 T20 World Cup will begin in the United Arab Emirates and Oman this Sunday with the qualifying round. The preparation matches for the tournament will also start soon.
IPL 2021 is currently happening in the United Arab Emirates, and fans have witnessed multiple low-scoring matches in the Gulf nation. It should come as no surprise that the same trend continues during the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Bowling alleys will have more responsibility on your shoulders. If the hitters fail to score big, they will have to bring their ‘A’ game to the table and defend the low totals.
Speaking of defending low scores, many teams have achieved victories while defending below par total in T20 World Cup history.
In this article today, we will look at the top three lowest scores defended by teams in T20 World Cup matches.
3. New Zealand – 126 vs. India, ICC T20 World Cup 2016
New Zealand holds the record for the lowest total defended in T20 World Cup matches against India. The Kiwis won a match while defending just 126 runs against the Indian cricket team in Nagpur.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to hit first at VCA Stadium. A disciplined performance of Indian bowling restricted the Kiwis to 126/7 in their 20 overs.
Chasing 127 to start their 2016 T20 World Cup campaign on a winning note, India lost ground at regular intervals and was reduced to 43/7. MS Dhoni did his best to save the day with a 30-run hit.
However, New Zealand eliminated India by just 79 runs. Ish Sodhi cast a 3/11 spell, while Mitchell Santner did a four wicket tour.
2. Afghanistan – 123 v West Indies, ICC T20 World Cup 2016
Another low-scoring match that took place in Nagpur during the 2016 T20 World Cup was Match 30 of the tournament between Afghanistan and the West Indies.
Afghanistan had lost their first three Super 10 matches, but ended their campaign with a memorable victory against the eventual West Indies champions.
Najibullah Zadran’s 48 of 40 balls helped Afghanistan score 123 runs in 20 overs. Samuel Badree took three windows for the Maroon Men.
Chasing 124 in the second inning, the West Indies couldn’t cope with the turn of the Afghan bowlers. Mohammad Nabi (2/26), Amir Hamza (1/9), Rashid Khan (2/26) and Samiullah Shinwari (0/22) did not allow easy runs in their 16 overs.
In the end, the West Indies managed just 117/8 in 20 overs and lost by six runs.
1. Sri Lanka – 119 vs. New Zealand, ICC T20 World Cup 2014
Sri Lanka holds the record for the lowest total defended in the history of the T20 World Cup. The islanders set the record during the 2014 edition of the tournament hosted by Bangladesh.
Three wickets by Trent Boult and James Neesham held Sri Lanka down to 119/8 in the first innings.
Kane Williamson played a decent 42-run hit in the second inning, but the other Kiwi hitters bowed to Sri Lankan pitchers when the Blackcaps were eliminated by just 60 runs.
Rangana Herath cast a 5/3 dream spell in 3.3 overs, while Sachithra Senanayake conceded three runs in her three overs and took two wickets as Sri Lanka recorded a 59-run victory.
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