Since the inception of the T20s, it has been the most popular format of the game. Particularly, the short format has successfully reached wider audiences due to its size and lively style. With better bats and shorter boundaries, the batsman comes with all guns blazing right from the start. But, among the high-scoring matches, there also comes a match in between where the batsmen just completely surrender. Although such incidents have been very few, still there are some matches where the ball has dominated the bat. For example, bowlers getting some assistance due to the nature of the wicket may result in a collapse of the batting team. Similarly, bad shot selection can also make a batting unit blown away like cards. In the meantime, let’s look at the Top 5 lowest match aggregates in T20Is.
5) Australia vs Bangladesh (151 runs)
Bangladesh and Australia met at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium for their group stage clash in the 2021 T20 world cup. Bangla Tigers were dismissed for just 73 runs after being put in to bat. Adam Zampa was the chief destructor for the bowling side, claiming 5-19. Only three Bangladeshi batters could enter into double figures with Shamim Hossain top-scoring with an 18-ball 19. In reply, the Australian batsmen led by Aaron Finch’s 20-ball 40, chased the target in just 6.2 overs. As a result, Australia broke the record of the biggest T20I victory between two full-member teams in terms of balls remaining. They finished the game with 84 balls to spare. The joint score of both the teams was 151 only, making it one of the Top 5 lowest match aggregates in T20Is.
4) India vs Australia (149 runs)
On 1Feb 2008, the Indian cricket team had to face utter humiliation during the only T20 of their 2008-09 Australia tour. After deciding to bat, India got all out for only 74 runs, with Irfan Pathan (26 runs) being the only player to reach double figures. Nathan Bracken was the main wicket-taker for the home side with 3-11. Australia needed less than 12 overs to reach the target and won comfortably. The aggregate score for this match was only 149 runs. Therefore, ranking at the fourth place in the Top 5 lowest match aggregates in T20Is. However, this was the same Indian side that won the T20 World-cup only 4 months ago. Therefore, there was no issue of a team being out of form.
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3) England vs West Indies (143 runs)
England and the West Indies played the match in 2019 with the third-lowest match aggregate in T20 internationals. After winning the toss, West Indies chose to bat in hope of posting a big total. But the English bowlers had other plans. West Indies got all out on 71 in just 13 overs of bowling. David Willey and Mark Wood ripped apart the West Indies batting line-up with spells of 4-for 7 and 3-for 9 respectively. On the other hand, Riding on Jonny Bairstow’s 31-ball 37, England chased down the target easily with 8 wickets in hand and 57 balls left. Both teams scored a joint total of 143 runs between them. As a result, this match entered the list of Top 5 lowest match aggregates in T20Is at 3rd spot.
2) New Zealand vs Bangladesh (122 runs)
The two teams managed 122 runs between them in this T20 match between New Zealand and Bangladesh. As a result, it is ranked second on the list of the lowest match aggregates in T20Is. After selecting to bat first, the New Zealand batsman never got the start that they wanted. As a result, they got bundled out for a mere 60 runs. Therefore, Bangladesh played cautiously and got over the line in 15 overs with 7 wickets in hand. Shakib-al-Hasan was the star performer of the match with both the ball and bat. The Bangladeshi all-rounder scored a 33-ball 25 and also took two vital wickets.
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1) England vs West Indies (111 runs)
The top spot in the Top 5 lowest match aggregates in T20Is belongs to a match played between England and West Indies during the 2021 T20 World cup. Both the teams could manage to score just 111 runs jointly. The West Indies’ side boasts stars such as Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, and Andre Russell. Despite all the star power, the inning was over in less than 15 overs with just 55 runs scored. As a result, they made an unwanted record of the lowest ever T20 world cup score by test playing nation. For England, Adil Rashid got 4-for 2 in just 2.2 overs. Compared to West Indies, England played more carefully and chased the target easily with 6 wickets in hand along with 70 balls to spare. Therefore, made a new record of England’s largest victory in terms of balls remaining.
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NOTE: Only those matches were considered in which there was no decrease in the maximum overs per side-20 overs per side. For example, some matches get their overs cut because of bad weather. As a result, teams may score few runs due to fewer opportunities. Therefore those matches cannot be considered. In addition to this, only test-playing nations were taken into consideration.
Lowest Match Aggregate In T20 Internationals
|5||Australia vs Bangladesh||4-Nov-2021||Dubai International Cricket Stadium||151|
|4||India vs Australia||01-Feb-2008||Melbourne Cricket Ground||149|
|3||England vs West Indies||10-Mar-2019||Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitties||143|
|2||New Zealand vs Bangladesh||01-Sep-2021||Shere Bangla Cricket Stadium, Mirpur||122|
|1||England vs West Indies||23-Oct-2021||Dubai International Cricket Stadium||111|