After the high of shocking Ireland to enter the main round of the ICC World T20, Netherlands were given a serious reality check by Sri Lanka, who bowled the minnows out for the lowest score ever in the history of the ICC World T20. Netherlands managed only 39 with Tom Cooper the only batsman to reach double figures. Angelo Mathews and Ajantha Mendis claimed three wickets each. A look at other low scores in the event.
68: Chasing 139 against West Indies, Ireland were shot out for 68 in a group game at Guyana during the 2010 ICC World T20. Extras were the top scorer for Ireland with 19; Ravi Rampaul and Darren Sammy picked up three wickets each.
69: Hong Kong were cleaned up for 69 against Nepal, chasing 150, in a qualifying match of the ongoing edition at Chittagong. Babar Hayat top scored with 20 for Hong Kong while Basant Regmi and Shakti Gauchan claimed three wickets each.
72: Afghanistan were all out for 72 against Bangladesh in the first round match of the present edition at Mirpur. Gulbadin Naib top scored with 21 while Shakib Al Hasan grabbed 3 for 8 for Bangladesh.
73: Kenyawerecleaned up for73againstNew Zealand in a group match of the 2007 edition at Durban. Collins Obuya and Thomas Odoyo made 18 each. Mark Gillespie finished with 4 for 7.
80: Afghanistan were bowled out for 80 chasing 197 against England at Colombo in 2012. Gulbadin Naib smashed 44 off those runs in 32 balls. Four England bowlers claimed two wickets each.
80: Afghanistan it were again who were cleaned up for the score against South Africa at Barbados in the 2010 edition. They were chasing 140 to win the contest but Morne Morkel’s 4 for 20 blew them away. Mirwais Ashraf top scored with 23.
80: England folded up for the paltry score against India at Colombo in the group match of the 2012 edition. India had posted 170 batting first, after which Harbhajan Singh ran through the English batting, finishing with figures of 4 for 12.
81: Scotland were cleaned up for 81 against South Africa at the Kennington Oval in London in a group game of the 2009 edition. South Africa had posted a massive 211 for 5 courtesy AB de Villiers’ smashing 79 not out off 34 balls. Kyle Coetzer blasted 42 from 32 balls, but no one else contributed as four South African bowlers picked up two wickets each.
83: Bangladesh succumbed to the low scorechasing 148 against Sri Lanka at Johannesburg in a group match of the 2007 edition. Aftab Ahmed and Shakib Al Hasan made 18 each. For Sri Lanka, Vaas, Dilhara Fernando and Jayasuriya picked up two wickets each.
--By A Cricket Analyst