Lowest Team Totals in Cricket World Cup History

Last Modified Nov 06, 2023 13:37 IST

Every four years, the high-octane ICC World Cup tournament provides teams with a stage on which to display some high-caliber cricket. However, some underdog teams also have the opportunity to play alongside some top-class teams. Unfortunately for the inexperienced batting units, however, when going up against potent bowling attacks, they sometimes end up producing some embarrassingly low totals.

Lowest team totals in ODI World Cup history

PositionTeamScoreOppositionVenueMatch Date
1Canada36v Sri LankaPaarl19 Feb 2003
2Canada45v EnglandManchester13 Jun 1979
3Namibia45v AustraliaPotchefstroom27 Feb 2003
4Bangladesh58v West IndiesDhaka4 Mar 2011
5Scotland68v West IndiesLeicester27 May 1999
6Kenya69v New ZealandChennai20 Feb 2011
7Pakistan74v EnglandAdelaide1 Mar 1992
8Ireland77v Sri LankaSt George's18 Apr 2007
9Bangladesh78v South AfricaDhaka19 Mar 2011
10Bermuda78v Sri LankaPort of Spain15 Mar 2007

The unwanted record of registering the lowest total in an ODI World Cup is held by Canada, who were all out for a mere 36 runs against Sri Lanka in Paarl at the 2003 ODI World Cup.

On this note, let us take a look at the top 10 lowest team totals in the history of the ODI World Cup.

Lowest team totals in ODI World Cups: From 2007 to 2023

Lowest team totals at ODI World Cup 2007

Position ScoreTeam OppositionVenue Date
177 IrelandSri LankaGrenadaApr 18, 2007
278 BermudaSri LankaPort of SpainMar 15,2007
391IrelandAustraliaBridgetownApr 13,2007
494BermudaBangladeshPort of SpainMar 25,2007
599 ZimbabwePakistanKingstonMar 21,2007

The Cricket ODI World Cup 2007, held in the West Indies, proved to be a disappointing one for Ireland and Bermuda. The two teams registered two of the lowest team totals in the edition. While Ireland got bundled out for 77 in a clash against Sri Lanka, Bermuda could make only 78 runs against the same Lankan side during a run-chase.

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Lowest team totals at ODI World Cup 2011

Position ScoreTeam OppositionVenue Date
158Bangladesh West IndiesMirpur4 Mar 2011
269Kenya New ZealandChennai20 Feb 2011
378Bangladesh South AfricaMirpur19 Mar 2011
4112West Indies PakistanMirpur23 Mar 2011
5112KenyaPakistanHambantota23 Feb 2011

Co-host of the ICC Men’s 2011 ODI World Cup, Bangladesh registered the lowest team total of the tournament when they were skittled out for only 58 runs at home in Mirpur against the West Indies. Bangladesh’s batting lineup once again faltered during their clash against South Africa. The Bangla Tigers got all out against the Proteas in Mirpur once again for 78 runs.

Lowest team totals at ODI World Cup 2015

Position ScoreTeam OppositionVenue Date
1102U.A.E.IndiaPerth28 Feb 2015
2123EnglandNew ZealandWellington20 Feb 2015
3130ScotlandAustraliaHobart14 Mar 2015
4133Sri LankaSouth AfricaSydney18 Mar 2015
5142AfghanistanAustraliaPerth4 Mar 2015

The ICC ODI 2015 Cricket World Cup didn’t witness many low scores. The tournament, which was held in Australia and New Zealand, saw every team breach the 100-run mark in each innings of the World Cup.

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UAE recorded the lowest score of the competition when they were bundled out for 102 against India in Perth. England, meanwhile, were rocked by a 7-wicket haul from Tim Southee and were bowled out for 123 in Wellington.

Lowest team totals at ODI World Cup 2019

Position ScoreTeam OppositionVenue Date
1105PakistanWest IndiesNottingham31 May 2019
2125AfghanistanSouth AfricaCardiff15 June 2019
3136Sri LankaNew ZealandCardiff01 Jun 2019
4143West Indies IndiaManchester27 June 2019
5152AfghanistanSri LankaCardiff04 June 2019

Similar to the 2015 ODI World Cup, the mega event in 2019 also didn’t have any team total of below 100. Pakistan scored the lowest score in the competition when they were jolted for 105/10 in their first match against the West Indies in Nottingham. The Sophia Gardens in Cardiff produced three of the five lowest scores at the 2019 World Cup.