Stats: Lowest totals defended in the IPL history

Stats: Lowest totals defended in the IPL history

Chennai had defended the lowest total in the history of the IPL.

IPL teams
CSK. (Photo Source: BCCI)

The shortest version of the game is considered mostly for the batsmen, but bowlers do have a big role to play in it. Over the years, we have seen incredible performances with the ball and low scores being defended superbly. In these kinds of matches, the credit completely goes to the bowlers and the fielders who give their all to restrict a team to the lowest total possible.

So if we need to take a look at the lowest total ever defended in the Indian Premier League we have to roll back to the year 2009 when the league was held in South Africa due to the elections scheduled in India. It was an exciting match between the Chennai Super Kings and the Kings XI Punjab that produced the highest level of entertainment.

Having won the toss Chennai elected to bat first but could not extract much out of the pitch. They had a decent opening stand of 40 runs between Parthiv Patel and George Bailey but wickets fell one after the other once Bailey was removed. Parthiv Patel top-scored for the Chennai franchise with 32 runs to his name but no other player could get the much-needed runs. As a result, the Chennai innings came to an end with 116 runs on the board and everybody thought that it would be a cake walk for Preity Zinta’s men.

But things do not always go according to our thinking and the Kings XI Punjab batters faltered right from the start. Their openers were dismissed within no time leaving the tough task for the middle order. But players like Yuvraj Singh and Kumar Sangakkara turned out to be equally poor with the willow which marked more concern for their team. Only two players in their innings could reach double figures as their joy was cut short following a score of 92 from 20 overs.

So let’s take a look at the top 10 lowest totals ever defended in the IPL:

Team Score Opposition Score Year
CSK 116/9 KXIP 92/8 2009
KXIP 119/8 MI 116/7 2009
SRH 119/8 PWI 108/10 2013
MI 120/9 PWI 119/6 2012
RCB 126/8 CSK 112/8 2008
SRH 126/6 PWI 104/10 2013
PWI 129/9 MI 101/9 2012
DC 129/7 KTK 74/10 2011
KXIP 132/9 KKR 109/10 2014
KTK 132/7 KKR 126/9 2011

*Stats updated till 17th April, 2017