T20 is all smash and bam. Isn’t it? With much fewer overs compared to other longer formats of the game, and still 10 wickets in hand, the batsmen are liberated to stretch their arms and play their shots as the price on their individual wicket is decreased in this form of the game.
278/3 is currently the highest team total in a T20I, scored by Afghanistan against Ireland a couple of years ago; Turkey, with 21 runs against the Czech Republic, hold the record for the lowest T20I total in completed innings.
In between, there are few scores, few low scores, where the team couldn’t put much on the total despite playing out all the 20 overs and not getting bowled out either. These results are either because of the bust when the batsmen go for the boom or if the pitch is extremely challenging to bat on.
We look at the 4 lowest teams totals after playing all 20 overs of a T20I:
Ireland 85/8 vs West Indies, 2014
It was a rare bizarre low-scoring T20I game in Kingston where both teams just couldn’t score any runs and were more willing to throw their wickets away. West Indies batsmen threw their wickets away recklessly and could manage a total of 96/9 in their quota of 20 overs as pacer Alex Cusack returned with figures of 4/11.
What should have been a straightforward chase was made tricky when Ireland slipped to 3-22, but still the favourites to take the game. However, West Indies captain Daren Sammy titled the game in his side’s favour by snapping 3 wickets in three of his consecutive overs to leave the Irish at 6-49.
The visitors tried to scrap to the target but the home bowlers kept their leash on the scorecard. Eventually, despite batting for all 20 overs, Ireland fell agonizingly 11 runs short of West Indies’ total to complete a peculiar unsuccessful chase.