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Lowest Targets defended in T20 World Cups

South Africa now holds the record of defending the lowest target in the history of the T20 World Cup. The Proteas defended 113 runs against Bangladesh in New York.

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Abishek Goswami
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South Africa celebrate a tough win against Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup 2024

South Africa celebrates a tough win against Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup 2024 | Image: Getty

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South Africa defended 113 runs against Bangladesh at the Nassau Cricket County Stadium in New York during a Group D match in the T20 Cricket World Cup 2024. Bangladesh were restricted to just 109 runs. Previously the record had been held by Sri Lanka. India matched them after beating Pakistan on Sunday but now the owner of this record is South Africa. The T20 World Cup have seen some incredible matches where teams have successfully defended low targets. So, let's look at the teams who have defended the lowest targets in the T20 World Cups.

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Lowest Targets defended in T20 World Cups (Top Five)

South Africa (113 vs Bangladesh, 2024)

T20 World Cup 2024: South Africa registered a close 4-run victory against Bangladesh
South Africa registered a close 4-run victory against Bangladesh | Image: Getty

South Africa holds the record for the lowest score defended in T20 World Cup history. The 2024 T20 World Cup match between South Africa and Bangladesh was a thrilling contest. After electing to bat first, South Africa could only put up 113 runs on the scoreboard, thanks to Heinrich Klaasen's 46. During Bangladesh's chase, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje took 2 wickets each while Keshav Maharaj bowled a brilliant spell of 3/27 as South Africa won the contest by 4 runs.

Sri Lanka (119 vs New Zealand, 2014)

Sri Lanka restricted New Zealand to 60 while defending 119
Sri Lanka restricted New Zealand to 60 while defending 119 | Image: Getty

Sri Lanka successfully defended 119 runs against New Zealand in the 2014 T20 Cricket World Cup at Chattogram. Despite chasing a small total, New Zealand struggled a lot and were all-out for 60 runs. Rangana Herath took 3/5, making it the lowest target defended in T20 World Cup history.

India (119 vs Pakistan, 2024)

India defended 119 runs against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2024
India defended 119 runs against Pakistan | Image: CREIMAS

India now have become the joint first on the list of the lowest defended totals in T20 Cricket World Cups. But, they are in second place because Pakistan scored way more than New Zealand in the run chase. Put into bat first, India were dismissed for 119 runs in 19 overs. Rishabh Pant was the top-scorer with 42 runs. Jasprit Bumrah (3/14) and Hardik Pandya (2/24) delivered a brilliant bowling performance as the Pakistan Cricket Team was restricted to 113 runs, falling short by just 6 runs.

Afghanistan (123 vs West Indies, 2016)

Afghanistan players celebrate their historic win
Afghanistan players get together to celebrate their close win | Image: AP

The 2016 T20 World Cup saw a historic upset when underdogs Afghanistan beat West Indies. Batting first, the Afghans could only manage to score 123 runs. But, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi made the chasing difficult for the West Indies batters and restricted them to 117 runs. Afghanistan won the match by 6 runs, creating a huge upset in the tournament.

New Zealand (126 vs India, 2016)

New Zealand registered a 47-run win over India in the 2016 T20 Cricket World Cup
New Zealand registered a 47-run win over India in the 2016 World Cup | Image: AFP

New Zealand is third on the list of lowest defended total in T20 Cricket World Cups. Electing to bat first, New Zealand could only score 126 runs. The spin trio of Mitchell Santner (4/11), Ish Sodhi (3/18), and Nathan McCullum (2/15) delivered a clinical performance to stop India from chasing the target. India were dismissed for 76 runs, with only three batters reaching the double-figure mark.

Lowest Targets defended in T20 Cricket World Cups (Top Ten)

Rank Team Score Against Opponent Score Venue Year
1 South Africa 113/6 Bangladesh 109/7 New York 2024
2 Sri Lanka 119 New Zealand 60 Chattogram 2014
3 India 119 Pakistan 113/7 New York 2024
4 Afghanistan 123/7 West Indies 117/8 Nagpur 2016
5 New Zealand 126/7 India 79 Nagpur 2016
6 South Africa 128/7 New Zealand 127/5 Lord’s 2009
7 South Africa 130/5 India 118/8 Nottingham 2009
8 Zimbabwe 130/8 Pakistan 129/8 Perth 2022
9 Netherlands 133/5 England 88 Chattogram 2014
10 New Zealand 133/7 Pakistan 132/7 Barbados 2010
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