The Indian T20 League has also seen teams bomb up their batting and these matches hold the record for the lowest five totals witnessed.
Bangalore 49 vs Kolkata
Defending 132 in a T20 game is quite a task but Kolkata went one better in 2017 when they had Bangalore on the mat in the run-chase, reducing them to 24/4 with stalwarts, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers back in the hut. Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up the two big scalps and the other pacers, Umesh Yadav and Chris Woakes chipped in as Bangalore were bowled out for 49, the lowest total in the history of the league.
Rajsthan 58 vs Bangalore 2009
In 2009, Bangalore defended a below par total of 133 by cleaning up defending champions, Rajasthan, for 58 at Cape Town in South Africa where the tournament was staged. Anil Kumble was the destructor-in-chief for Bangalore as the veteran leggie picked up a terrific match haul of 5 for 5 to derail the Rajasthan run-chase. Only three Rajasthan batsmen managed to cross double digits.
Delhi 66 vs Mumbai 2017
2017 was a wretched year for Delhi (now Capitals) and nothing exemplifies it more than the game against Mumbai in their home ground at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. Having won the toss, Delhi fielded first only to concede a whopping 212 to Mumbai. The run-chase began in wretched fashion as Sanju Samson was disMumbaissed off the first ball of the run-chase. The spinners, Karn Sharma and Harbhajan Singh, shared six wickets between them as Delhi folded for 66 on a slow wicket.
Delhi 67 vs Punjab 2017
Earlier in the same year in the league, Delhi were handed a proper thrashing by Punjab Punjab at Mohali. Batting first, Delhi were bowled out for a paltry 67 as Sandeep Sharma with a four-wicket haul destroyed them. Only three Delhi batsmen crossed double figures as the franchise succumbed to their lowest total at the time. In the run-chase, Guptill slammed a 27-ball half-century to take Punjab to a win inside 8 overs.
Kolkata 67 vs Mumbai 2008
In 2008, the inaugural edition of the Indian T20 League, Kolkata had started off with a bang against Bangalore. But against Mumbai at the Wankhede, they were handed a rude reality check as Shaun Pollock and Dwayne Bravo led a superb bowling effort for Mumbai. Kolkata were cleaned up for 67 inside 15.2 overs and Mumbai breezed the run-chase in 5.3 overs with Sanath Jayasuriya making a 17-ball 48.
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