Lowest Totals Defended In The History of IPL

Are you looking for some of the most exciting and nail-biting matches in the history of IPL? Do you want to know which teams have defended the lowest scores ever in the IPL, and how they did it? In this article, we will reveal the list of the lowest scores ever defended in the IPL, and give you some insights into the amazing performances that made these low scores possible.

Here are the five lowest totals that have been defended in the IPL. Many times, teams have surprised everyone by defending low scores they could have easily chased. In some of the low-scoring matches, bowlers have been able to come out on top in both innings. 

 Lowest Totals Defended In The History of The Tournament
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Lowest scores defended in IPL History

1.) 116 Runs Defended By Chennai Super Kings Vs Punjab Kings, 2009

CSK holds the record for defending the lowest total in the history of the Indian Premier League. The team posted 116/9 in 20 overs following the innings, with Parthiv Patel making 32 runs off 23 deliveries. Putting the Punjab side under pressure from the start, Punjab was put under pressure by this modest total. 

However, they only managed to score 92/8 in 20 overs and lost the match by 24 runs. It was a comfortable win for CSK after they picked up two wickets each from four bowlers in the team.

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2.) 118 Runs Defended by Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 2018

The Sunrisers Hyderabad pulled off a stunning victory over the Mumbai Indians in one of the most surprising outcomes in IPL history. The SRH bowlers put on a brilliant display to restrict the MI batsmen to just 87 runs, chasing a target of 119.

Yusuf Pathan was the top scorer for SRH in the first innings with 29 runs. Siddarth Kaul, Rashid Khan, and Basil Thampy were the stars of the SRH bowling attack, picking up two wickets each.

MI had reached 61/3 at one stage, but they collapsed in the latter half of their innings, losing their last seven wickets for just 26 runs.

The SRH victory was a testament to their strong bowling attack and their ability to defend low totals.

3.) 119 Runs defended By Punjab Kings  Vs Mumbai Indians, 2009

The Punjab Kings pulled off a thrilling victory over the Mumbai Indians in the 2009 IPL edition, defending a modest total of 119/8 in 20 overs. Kumar Sangakkara was the top scorer for Punjab with 45 runs.

The Mumbai Indians were unable to chase down the target, scoring only 116/7 in their 20 overs. JP Duminy was the top scorer for Mumbai with 59 runs, but his slow knock (off 63 deliveries) ultimately cost his team the match.

The Punjab Kings’ victory was a testament to their strong bowling attack and their ability to defend low totals.

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4.) 119 Runs defended by Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Pune Warriors , 2013

The Sunrisers Hyderabad, known for their ability to defend low totals, did it again in the 2013 IPL edition, defending 119 against the Pune Warriors.

David Warner and his side struggled with the bat, managing only 119 runs in 20 overs. Biplab Samantray and Amit Mishra were the only two batsmen to contribute decently, scoring 37 and 30 runs respectively.

Despite their low score, the Sunrisers were able to win the match thanks to their outstanding bowling attack. Amit Mishra was the star of the show with four wickets for 19 runs. Thisara Perera also played a crucial role, picking up three wickets.

5.) 120  Runs defended By Mumbai Indians Vs Pune Warriors India, 2012

IPL 2012 saw one of the best lowest score defended in the history of the IPL between the Mumbai Indians and the Pune Warriors India. Mumbai Indian captain Harbhajan Singh won the toss and chose to bat after winning the toss. Mumbai managed only 120 runs for the loss of 9 wickets after Pune restricted the Mumbai batsmen’s run flow.

Mumbai bowlers scored some excellent bowling to put Pune out of the game. Pune could not get going with their batting. The team was carried by Mithun Manhas until the last over and Bhuvneshwar needed four runs from the last ball, but it went for two runs so Mumbai Indians won by one run.

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Lowest Defended Score in IPL

Sr. No.TeamTotal defendedOppositionDate
1Chennai Super Kings116Kings XI Punjab20 May 2009
2Sunrisers Hyderabad118Mumbai Indians24 Apr 2018
3Kings XI Punjab119Mumbai Indians29 Apr 2009
4Sunrisers Hyderabad119Pune Warriors India17 Apr 2013
5Mumbai Indians120Pune Warriors India03 May 2012

These are some of the lowest totals that have been successfully defended in the history of the IPL. Such matches showcase the competitive nature of the tournament and the importance of every run in T20 cricket.

What is the lowest score defended in IPL?

Chennai Super Kings defended 116 against the Yuvraj Singh-led Kings XI Punjab side in 2009.

Which is the lowest total in IPL?

Royal Challengers Bangalore was bowled out for 49 against the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2017.

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