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IPL stats: Top 5 lowest scores defended in the Indian Premier League

The Indian Premier League is known for huge scores and on several occasions teams have also gone on to chase them down. What’s rare to see is a low score being defended. The bowlers in the modern era have developed new strategies and it has worked on slow on low pitch conditions. The pitch tends to slow down in the second innings in an afternoon match which aids the bowlers.

Bowlers hold the key to defending low scores, as they restrict the opposing team’s run flow and take crucial wickets. With disciplined line, length, and pace variation, they put pressure on the batsmen and force them into making mistakes. In this article we will list out the lowest scores deended in the history of the Indian Premier League.

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List of lowest totals defended in the IPL

1. Chennai Super Kings – 116 runs

Chennai Super Kings tops the charts for the lowest scores defended in the Indian Premier League. It was in the year 2009, when Chennai Super Kings played against Kings XI Punjab. Chasing 117, the KXIP could only score 92/8 in 20 overs. It was a poor batting display by the Kings XI Punjab.

2. Sunrisers Hyderabad – 117 runs

Sunrisers Hyderabad take the second spot on the list, In 2018 against Mumbai Indians, they posted 118 on the board. In reply, chasing 119, MI were bowled out for 87. Suryakumar Yadav was the highest run-getter with 34 runs off 38 balls while the other struggled as they got bundled out.

3. Kings XI Punjab – 118 runs

Kings XI Punjab take the 3rd position on the list, They had a poor outing with the bat against Mumbai Indians in the 2009 season. Kings XI Punjab put 119 on the board at Durban, in South Africa. In reply, chasing 120, MI lost by three runs in a thrilling encounter. JP Duminy’s 59 runs off 63 balls went in vain as others failed on a sluggish pitch.

4. Sunrisers Hyderabad – 119 runs

Surisers Hyderabad takes the 4th spot as well, In the 2013 season of the Indian Premier League. Pune Warriors had a poor day with the bat, in a chase of 120 runs. they got bundled out for just 108 runs losing the match by 11 runs. Amit Mishra put in a man-winning performance of 4 wickets for 19 runs in his spell for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

5. Mumbai Indians – 120 runs

Mumbai Indians take the 5th spot on the list of the lowest totals defended. Mumbai Indians put up 120/9 while batting first, in reply the Sahara Pune Warriors could only muster 105 runs and lost the match by 15 runs.

IPL: Top 5 lowest scores defended in the Indian Premier League history

TeamScore defendedAgainstYear
Chennai Super Kings116 runsKings XI Punjab2009
Sunrisers Hyderabad117 runsMumbai Indians2018
Kings XI Punjab118 runsMumbai Indians2009
Sunrisers Hyderabad119 runsSahara Pune Warriors2013
Mumbai Indians120 runsSahara Pune Warriors2012

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