The IPL festival is set to get underway in just one week time in the nation and it is time to look at some of the lowest totals defended in the history of the tournament. There have been times when the franchises have surprised everyone by defending low scores that could have been chased easily.
The pressure of the big tournament is something to take notice of and it has been transmitted into the batting team because low scores can be tricky at times. The batsman is always in a dilemma if to go hard from the upfront and stick with the required rate. Most often, attacking is the best option for the batsman during chasing low scores.
5 Lowest Totals Defended In The History Of The Tournament:
120 by Mumbai Indians (vs Pune Warriors India):
The 2012 IPL saw one of the best low scoring thrillers in the IPL history between the Mumbai Indians and the Pune Warriors India. Harbhajan Singh, the captain of Mumbai Indians won the toss and chose to bat. Pune restricted the run flow from the Mumbai batsman and Mumbai managed only 120 on the board for the loss of 9 wickets.
In reply, Pune could not get going with the batting and the Mumbai bowlers put screwed the batsman with some excellent bowling. Mithun Manhas carried the team until the last over and Bhuvneshwar needed four of the last ball, but it went only for 2 runs and Mumbai Indians clinched the game by just one run.