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Lowest totals in T20 World Cup: Netherlands top the unwanted list

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On March 24, 2014, the Netherlands cricket team topped an unfortunate record list of lowest totals in T20 World Cup after they were bundled out for 39 against Sri Lanka in Chattogram, Bangladesh.

Put into bat by Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, the Netherlands lost wickets at regular intervals as four batters were dismissed for a duck. For the Dutch, Tom Cooper was the highest run-scorer as he managed 16 runs off 18 balls, the only batter to get into double digits.

Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews and mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis were the pick of the bowlers as they bagged three wickets each.

Prior to Netherlands’ batting misfortune at the 2014 T20 World Cup, the Ireland cricket team held the record for lowest total in the T20 World Cup.

Chasing a modest target of 139, the Irish batters were bowled out for 68 against West Indies in Providence in 2010.

In the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup, the Netherlands once again put in a disappointing batting performance as they were skittled out for 44 against Sri Lanka in a bowling-friendly Sharjah pitch. 

As a result with scores of 39 and 44, the Netherlands now hold the record for registering the two lowest totals in T20 World Cup history.

Meanwhile, a vaunted West Indies batting line-up led by captain Kieron Pollard, collapsed like a pack of cards as they were bundled out for 55 against England in a T20 World Cup 2021 Super 12 encounter at the Dubai International Stadium.

The Windies’ 55 is the lowest total by an ICC full-member nation in T20 World Cup. Previously, New Zealand held the record for the lowest total by a full-member nation in a T20 World Cup after they were dismissed for 60 by Sri Lanka in Chattogram, Bangladesh in 2014.

Lowest scores in T20 World Cup

Team Score Opposition Ground Match Date
Netherlands 39 Sri Lanka Chattogram March 24, 2014
Netherlands 44 Sri Lanka Sharjah October 22, 2021
West Indies 55 England Dubai (DSC) October 23, 2021
Scotland 60 Afghanistan Sharjah October 25, 2021
New Zealand 60 Sri Lanka Chattogram March 31, 2014
Ireland 68 West Indies Providence April 30, 2010
Hong Kong 69 Nepal Chattogram March 16, 2014
Bangladesh 70 New Zealand Kolkata March 26, 2016
Afghanistan 72 Bangladesh Dhaka March 16, 2014
Kenya 73 New Zealand Durban September 12, 2007

Featured photo: Twitter/SriLankaCricket

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