In 11 years of its existence, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen at least once in every edition a team scoring less than 100 runs in an innings. Till date, there have been 35 instances that a team had scored below 100 runs. Such instances were seen the most in IPL 2011 when on 6 occasions a team was bundled out for less than 100. The least was in 2012 which witnessed only one such incident.
Delhi is the team with the most number of scores below 100 with 9. The record for the least number of a team total below 100 belongs to 4 teams -- Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers, Kochi Tuskers Kerala & Pune Warriors.
On that note let us take a look at the top 5 lowest team totals in IPL history.
#5 70 by Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals in 2014
The 1st leg match between RCB & RR in the 2014 edition of the IPL saw RR winning the toss and electing to field first. RCB had already won 2 out of its 3 previous matches before coming into this match whereas Rajasthan had only 1 out of its previous 3 matches and had lost 2 matches back-to-back.
RCB started the match in the worst possible way by losing 2 wickets in the very first over with just one run on board. Their situation further deteriorated when they were reduced to 11/4 at the end of the third over. By the 6th over, half the team was back in the pavilion with the score being 22/5. Only three players from RCB managed to cross the double-figure mark -- innings top scorer Virat Kohli (21), Mitchell Starc (18) & Ravi Rampaul (13). RCB were all out for 70. They could only manage to last 15 overs.
Pravin Tambe of RR ripped through the RCB batting line-up with 4 wickets. His scalps included Virat Kohli, Albie Morkel, Ravi Rampaul & Ashok Dinda.
Rajasthan reached the required total in 13 overs. They had lost 4 wickets en route to their 71 runs. Pravin Tambe for his spell of 4/21 was named the Player of the Match.
#4 67 by Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians in 2008
The second leg match between KKR & MI saw both the teams coming into the game high on confidence. KKR had won three consecutive matches in its previous games. Mumbai, on the other hand, were one better than KKR as they had won four consecutive matches, including defeating KKR at Eden Gardens. This match saw Mumbai win the toss and electing to field first.
Apart from Sourav Ganguly, Salman Butt & Ajit Agarkar, no other player from Kolkata could cross the individual score of 5. Kolkata's dismal batting performance saw them last for just 15.2 overs and score only 67.
Shaun Pollock of Mumbai was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets. Other Mumbai bowlers -- Dwayne Bravo, Rohan Raje & Dominic Thornley had also picked up 2 wickets each.
Mumbai reached the target of 68 runs in just 5.3 overs. 48 of those runs were scored by Sanath Jayasuriya with the help of 3 sixes & 6 fours. Shaun Pollock for his 3/12 picked up the Player of the Match Award.
KKR's 67 all out remained the lowest team total of the 2008 IPL.
#4 67 by Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab in 2017
Delhi had a horrible start to their 2017 IPL campaign, winning just 2 out of their first 7 matches. KXIP, on the other hand, were slightly better off with 3 victories from their first 8 games. Both the teams desperately needed points on the board to move up in the table. Delhi had managed to defeat KXIP by 51 runs in their first leg encounter.
In the 2nd leg, KXIP won the toss and elected to field first. It would be fair to say that the toss was not the only thing that didn't go Delhi's way that day. Delhi during their batting lasted 17.1 overs and could score only 67 runs. 18 by Corey Anderson was the highest individual score of the innings. Sandeep Sharma of KXIP caused the most damage by picking up 4 wickets.
In reply, KXIP reached the required target in 7.5 overs with Martin Guptill scoring a half-century. Sandeep Sharma for his 4/20 was the Player of the Match.
#3 66 by Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians in 2017
Delhi's bad run in the 2017 IPL continued as they lost both their matches after the one with KXIP where they lost by 10 wickets and recorded one of the lowest team totals ever in the history of IPL.
Mumbai, on the other hand, were having a great tournament, winning 7 out of their first 10 matches. They had already defeated Delhi once in the tournament. Both on paper and current form indicated that Mumbai were poised to win their 2nd leg encounter against Delhi also and they did so.
Winning the toss, Delhi elected to field first. Mumbai began their innings with a 79-run first-wicket partnership between Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons. This was followed by two 37-run partnerships between Simmons & Kieron Pollard first and then by Rohit Sharma and Pollard.
Finally, a 59-run partnership between Pollard and Hardik Pandya saw Mumbai end their innings at 212/3. Both Lendl Simmons (66) & Kieron Pollard (63) had scored half-centuries. The Mumbai innings saw a total of 11 sixes and 15 fours being hit.
Delhi, in reply, by the 6th over had seen half their team being dismissed with just 35 runs on the board. The remaining players further added another 31 runs on the board before Delhi wrapped up its innings for 66 runs. This would be Delhi's lowest ever team total in IPL. It was also the 2nd lowest team total in the 2017 edition of IPL. Lendl Simmons for his 63 was named the Player of the Match.
#2 58 by Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2009
As mentioned in the beginning, the 2009 IPL saw just one instance of a team scoring below 100 runs in an innings and that unwanted distinction went to Rajasthan Royals. The 2nd match of the 2009 IPL saw the inaugural champions take on RCB.
RCB had won the toss and had elected to bat first. Dimitri Mascarenhas gave Rajasthan a dream start when he took two wickets in the first three balls of the very first over. He took the wickets of Jesse Ryder & Ross Taylor off two consecutive balls. RCB lost their third wicket of Robin Uthappa (wicket taken by Mascarenhas) with just 17 runs on the board. Apart from Rahul Dravid (66) & Kevin Pietersen (32), none of the other RCB players managed to reach double figures. RCB ended their innings at 133/8 for their allotted 20 overs.
Rajasthan, in reply, were bundled out for 58 runs. RCB players had just managed to hit one four in their innings. The main destroyer was a gentleman named Anil Kumble who took 5 wickets and gave away a miserly 5 runs. Kumble for his brilliant spell was named the Player of the Match.
#1 49 by Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders in 2017
The only instance of a team scoring below 50 runs in an innings happened in IPL 2017 and was by RCB against KKR.
Electing to field first after winning the toss, RCB did well to restrict KKR to a total of 131. Sunil Narine top scored for KKR with 34 runs. In reply, RCB were all out for 49 runs in just 9.4 overs.
None of the RCB players made it to double figures with Kedar Jadhav top scoring with 9 runs. For KKR, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Woakes & Colin de Grandhomme took 3 wickets apiece. Coulter-Nile, who picked up the important wickets of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers & Kedar Jadhav, was awarded the Player of the Match trophy.
With this performance, RCB now hold the record for scoring both the highest team total (263/5 vs Pune Warriors in 2013) as well as the lowest team total in the history of the tournament.