Smallest Margin Win in T20 World Cup

Last Modified May 29, 2024 17:05 IST
PosWinnerTargetMarginOppositionGroundMatch Date
1South Africa1291 runNew ZealandLord's9 Jun 2009
2New Zealand1341 runPakistanBridgetown8 May 2010
3India1531 runSouth AfricaColombo (RPS)2 Oct 2012
4India1471 runBangladeshBengaluru23 Mar 2016
5Zimbabwe1311 runPakistanPerth27 Oct 2022
6South Africa1712 runsNew ZealandChattogram24 Mar 2014
7England1543 runsIndiaLord's14 Jun 2009
8South Africa1973 runsEnglandChattogram29 Mar 2014
9West Indies1433 runsBangladeshSharjah29 Oct 2021
10India1585 runsPakistanJohannesburg24 Sep 2007


One of the biggest highs for any cricket team is wheni it defends a low total and manages to scrap a victory by the barest of margins. Over the course of the last eight editions of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, we have seen several teams snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat.



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The Proteas hold the record for scripting the lowest-margin victory in the history of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. The South Africans achieved the feat at Lord’s in 2009 when they successfully defended 129 runs and managed a one-run victory.


A year later, the Kiwis did the same, as they defended 134 against the then world champions Pakistan in Bridgetown and won by a run.



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The Men in Blue have achieved one-run victory twice in T20 World Cups. The then MS Dhoni-led unit defended 153 against South Africa in 2012 and 147 against Bangladesh in 2016 to eke out one-run victories.


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The Zimbabweans round-up the top five, thanks to their magical one-run heist over the eventual runners-up, Pakistan, at the Perth Stadium in 2022 T20 World Cup.

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