Stats: Shortest completed innings in T20 cricket

RCB's completion of the innings in 9.4 overs is now second in terms of the shortest completed innings and is the only team from IPL to feature in the top 10 of the list

Virat Kohli Nathan Coulter-Nile
Nathan Coulter-Nile dismissed Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: BCCI)

T20 cricket is a game of flashing blades and more often than not, the batsmen dominate. But on a few occasions, the bowlers step up and inflict a collapse in the batting order and within a blink of an eye, the whole team gets out.

One such incident happened in the ongoing season of IPL. Royal Challengers Bangalore were bowled out for 49 in just 9.4 overs against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens Kolkata. It was a shocking incident as the star-studded line-up of RCB fell like nine pins.


KKR, after batting first had put a score of a meager 131 and they were all out in the last over. There was a bit of rain before the start of the game which meant that there was something in the pitch for the bowlers. The target of 132 looked like a walk in the park at the halfway stage for the strong line-up of RCB.

But what transpired in the second innings left everyone in shock. Virat Kohli departed off the third ball for a duck which opened the floodgates and one after the other, batsmen kept following each other back to the pavilion. For KKR, whichever bowler was introduced into the attack, picked up at least a wicket.

None of the batsmen could go past the double figure mark and Kedar Jadhav was the highest scorer with 9 runs. Coulter-Nile, Woakes and de Grandhomme bagged 3 wickets apiece with Umesh Yadav picking up one.

RCB’s completion of the innings in 9.4 overs is now second in terms of the shortest completed innings and is the only team from IPL to feature in the top 10 of the list. The shortest ever in T20 cricket was by the team Mohammedan when they were bowled out for 45 in just 8.4 overs against Prime Bank in Sylhet.

Here is the list of 10 shortest completed innings in T20 cricket:

Team Score Overs Balls RR Inns Opposition Ground Match Date
Mohammedan 45 8.4 52 5.19 2 v Prime Bank Sylhet 26-Dec-13
RCB 49 9.4 58 5.21 2 v KKR Kolkata 23-Apr-17
Qalandars 59 10.2 62 5.7 1 v Zalmi Dubai (DSC) 12-Feb-17
Essex 82 10.3 63 7.8 2 v Somerset Chelmsford 15-Jun-11
Netherlands 39 10.3 63 3.71 1 v Sri Lanka Chittagong 24-Mar-14
Namibia 55 10.4 64 5.15 2 v Scotland Windhoek 05-Oct-11
Titans 44 10.4 64 4.12 1 v Riders Dhaka 10-Nov-16
Tripura 30 11.1 67 2.68 1 v Jharkhand Dhanbad 20-Oct-09
Kent 91 11.4 70 7.8 2 v Surrey The Oval 28-Jun-06
Mountaineers 59 11.5 71 4.98 2 v Eagles Harare 19-Feb-10