Australia was bowled out for its lowest score in T20 International cricket – a mere 62 against Bangladesh in Dhaka’s fifth and final T20I. It was a collapse of the highest order as Australia lost their last eight wickets for just 22 runs. This is Australia’s lowest score in T20 International cricket beating the 79 all-out against England in 2005.
While it does not happen every day, teams have fallen for a sub-100 score even in the 20-over format of the game. All T20s played between countries, irrespective of their rankings, are now recognised as international matches by the ICC.
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Lowest Score in T20 International cricket
If we talk about all internationals, Turkey’s 21 against the Czech Republic in 2019 is the lowest score in T20I history. In fact, the Turkey cricket team records the first three spots when it comes to the lowest score in T20I cricket – 21 all out against Czech (lost by 257 runs), 28 all out against Luxembourg (lost by 8 wickets) and 32 all-out against Austria (lost by 10 wickets).
This article will talk about the lowest score in T20 International cricket by only Full Member nations. You will be surprised to find out that even the best cricket nations have fallen well below the 100-run mark on occasions.
1) West Indies – 45 all-out vs England (March 2019)
The reigning T20 World Cup champions surprisingly hold the record for the lowest score in T20Is by a Full Member nation. In the 2nd T20I in Basseterre, back in 2019, England had slammed their way to 182/6 in 20 overs. The target was steep, but the hosts were expected to put up a good show Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran, in the dugout.
Instead, West Indies collapsed in a heap, with only two of their batsmen managing to reach double figures. England’s Chris Jordan was the star of the show as he picked up 4 wickets for just 6 runs in his 4 overs. England won the match by a mammoth 137 runs.
2) New Zealand – 60 all-out vs Sri Lanka (March 2014)
The second-lowest score in T20I cricket for Full Member nations is New Zealand’s 60 all out against Sri Lanka during the T20 World Cup in 2014. Batting first, Sri Lanka could only muster 119 in their first innings. A required rate of below 6 should have been easy, but Rangana Herath had other ideas.
The left-arm spinner weaved his magic around the New Zealand batsman, leaving them shell shocked. Kane Williamson scored 42, while the rest of the batsmen could cumulatively record only 16 runs. Eventually, New Zealand fell for 60 in 15.3 overs losing by 59 runs. Herath finished with astonishing figures of 5/3 in 3.3 overs which included 2 maidens.
3) West Indies – 60 all-out vs Pakistan (April 2018)
West Indies once again feature on this list of the lowest score in t20 cricket. Back in April 2018, in the 1st T20I, Pakistan amassed 203/5 in their 20 overs. It was a tall score with each of the Pakistan batsmen coming good. However, many would have expected West Indies to chase the total down on a placid Karachi surface.
What followed, though, was a listless show from the West Indies batters. All of the big guns failed as the men from the Caribbean collapsed to only 60 all-out in 13.4 overs. None of the batsmen got a start, with only of them managing to get into double digits.
Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Amir and Shoaib Malik picked two wickets each. Amir, in fact, finished with amazing figures of 2-0-3-2 as Pakistan won the game by a whopping 143 runs.
4) Australia – 62 all-out vs Bangladesh (August 2021)
A few years back, Bangladesh eking out a win against the mighty Australians in any format of the game would have seemed unimaginable. But 2021 has seen strange things.
Bangladesh has managed to win a match against Australia and a five-match T20I series 4-1. To top it all, they also resigned the Aussies to their lowest-ever T20I score – 62 all-out.
Batting first, Bangladesh managed to scrape through to 122/8. Shakib Al Hasan then turned up and how. He ran the Australian team ragged, claiming 4 wickets for 9 runs in 3.4 overs as Bangladesh won the game by 60 runs.
5) Ireland – 68 all-out vs West Indies (April 2010)
The fifth-lowest total involving the current Full Member nations came back in April 2010, when Ireland slid to 68 all-out against West Indies. Batting first, the Men in Maroon could only reach a par 138/9 in their first innings. Their bowlers, though, made sure Ireland could not get anywhere close to the target. Ravi Rampaul and Daren Sammy picked three wickets apiece as Ireland were bowled out for 68 in 16.4 overs. West Indies won the match by 70 runs.
Lowest T20 cricket by India
India’s lowest score in T20 cricket is 74 against Australia in Melbourne back in February 2008. Their second-lowest total in T20 cricket is 79 against New Zealand in Nagpur. During the 3rd T20I between India and Sri Lanka recently in Colombo, a depleted Indian side could only muster 81/8 in their 20 overs, their third-lowest score in T20I cricket.