Lowest Score Defended in IPL: 5 lowest scores defended in IPL history
Updated on: Feb 28, 2023 11:35 am IST
Lowest Score Defended in IPL: The Indian Premier League (IPL) is known for its fast-paced, high-scoring matches, with teams often chasing down big totals with ease. However, there have been times when teams have struggled with the bat and ended up with a low score. In such situations, it’s up to the bowlers to use their skills and strategies to defend the total and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the times in the IPL when a team has saved the lowest score.
Lowest Score Defended in IPL
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Chennai Super Kings (116 Runs vs Kings XI Punjab in 2009)
Chennai Super Kings is at the top of the list for the lowest score defended in IPL. In the 54th match of the IPL 2009 against Punjab Kings (formerly Kings XI Punjab), Chennai Super Kings got the chance to bat first and added 116 runs for 9 wickets on the scoreboard. The target was not so big to chase down, but Chennai bowlers performed outstandingly and stopped Punjab at 92 runs. Thus, Chennai saved the lowest defended total in the history of IPL and won the match by 24 runs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (118 Runs vs Mumbai Indians in 2018)
Sunrisers Hyderabad is in the second position for defending the lowest total in IPL. Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians met in the 23rd match of the IPL, where Hyderabad did not score big and set a low target of 119 runs for Mumbai. When Mumbai came out to chase the target, they could not face Hyderabad bowlers, and the entire squad was bowled out for 87 runs only, thus Hyderabad won the match by 31 runs and registered themselves in the list of the lowest total defended in IPL.
Punjab Kings (119 Runs vs Kings XI Punjab in 2009)
Kings XI Punjab are listed in the third position for defending the lowest total in the history of IPL. Punjab Kings and Deccan Chargers faced each other in the 20th match of the IPL 2009, where Punjab got the chance to bat first and added 119 runs on the scoreboard. In reply, when Deccan Chargers came out to chase, they struggled from the beginning and could only make 116 runs. Thus, Punjab saved the match by 3 runs and was listed in the chart of IPL lowest score defended.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (119 Runs vs SRH in 2013)
Sunrisers Hyderabad is in the fourth position for saving the lowest total in IPL. In the 22nd match of the IPL 2013 against Pune Warriors India, Hyderabad batted first and scored 119 runs on the scoreboard. In reply, Pune Warriors India came out to chase the easy-looking target, but Amit Mishra did a fabulous job and stopped the Warriors at 108 runs by taking four important wickets in the match. Thus, Sunrisers Hyderabad saved the match and won by 11 runs, and Amit Mishra was named Man of the Match.
Mumbai Indians (120 Runs vs Pune Warriors India in 2012)
The Mumbai Indians team is in the fifth position for saving the lowest score in the IPL. While playing against Pune Warriors India in the 45th match of the IPL 2012, Mumbai Indians batters could not add a big total on the scoreboard and ended up with a score of 120 runs. In reply, Pune came out to chase the target of 121 runs, but their batters struggled from the beginning and could not maintain the required run rate, thus losing the match by just one run. Thus, Mumbai defended the lowest total and won the match by one run, with Lasith Malinga being named Man of the Match.
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In conclusion, the IPL has witnessed several instances where teams have defended low totals and won the match. These matches not only highlight the importance of the bowlers in the game but also showcase the team’s determination and the ability to perform under pressure.
The matches also show that it is not always the big score that wins the game, but the team that can execute their plans better and handle the pressure of the situation. These matches have also provided some of the most thrilling moments in the IPL, where fans have witnessed some exceptional performances from the bowlers.