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Lowest T20I totals by the top 10 teams

T20 is a high scoring format, yet there have been many exceptions.

Top 5 / Top 10 22 Aug 2016, 18:22 IST

We have seen many low-scoring innings’ in International cricket, Indians can hardly forget the summer of 1974 where they were all down for only 42 runs in the Lord’s Test during their tour of England. Zimbabwe holds the record for the lowest score in an ODI, having only secured 35 runs in their clash against Sri Lanka back in 2004. But now, we are going to talk bout the shortest and the most entertaining format of the game.

With only 120 balls to face, there is hardly any time to plan an innings in Twenty-20 cricket. You have to hit shots and put as many runs as possible on the board. These high-voltage ties have produced many memorable moments in its short history and we have seen teams score massive totals by virtue of flawless hard-hitting, but there have been cases where players have struggled to score runs freely due to impressive and disciplined bowling and tough batting conditions.

Let us have a look at the lowest T20 International totals by Top 10 Teams:

10) South Africa (100) vs Pakistan, 2013

Pakistan vs South Africa
Umar Gul took celebrates after taking a wicket in the match

South Africa is the first team on our list, being a very strong T20 side, many would hardly believe that the Proteas were bowled out for only 100 runs. It is also a point to be noted that the Afrian team is the only squad in this list to have recorded a triple-digit score. The SuperSport Park in Centurion was the venue for the 2nd and last T20 International of the series with the first called off without a ball being bowled.

Pakistan rode on the 86-run innings by skipper Mohammad Hafeez to score a mammoth 196 runs in the stipulated 20 overs. The ‘Proteas’ were taken aback by the fierce bowling of Umar Gul who took 5 wickets in just 2.2 overs. It was a magical spell indeed! Hafeez contributed with the ball as well, chipping in with 3 wickets. The hosts crawled throughout the innings are were dismissed exactly on 100 runs in the 13th over.

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