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Lowest scores defended in the Indian T20 League

Low scoring games have their own charm

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T20 is a format where the fans see a lot of boundaries and sixes. Thus, the biggest T20 league in the world, i.e. the Indian T20 league, has seen several high-scoring games. However, there have been many low-scoring thrillers as well. As a matter of fact, the games where small scores have gone on to be defended are remembered even today. Thus, today we shall be taking a look at the top five scores defended in the history of the Indian T20 league.

1) 116 by Chennai vs Punjab:

This was during the second edition of the Indian T20 league. Owing to Parthiv Patel’s 32 from 23, Chennai got to 116. They ended up defending this sub-par total, and restricted Punjab to 92-8 in their stipulated 20 overs. Four bowlers from the yellow army took two wickets.

2) 118 by Hyderabad vs Mumbai:

Hyderabad have a knack for defending low totals. However, this has to be one of their biggest heists ever. During the eleventh edition of the league, the Williamson-led side defended 118, and bundled the defending champions for just 87. Rashid Khan and Basil Thampi displayed brilliant skills with the ball. Despite being 61-3 at one stage, Mumbai still collapsed and lost the game.

3) 119 by Punjab vs Mumbai:

During the 2009 edition, the Punjab-based franchise won an absolute thriller against Mumbai. They scored 119/8 in 20 overs with Kumar Sangakkara hitting 45 runs off 44 balls. However, the Mumbai-based franchise struggled and were three runs short of the target. Duminy hit 59 runs for them but took 63 balls to get them.

4) 119 by Hyderabad vs Pune

Not once, but Hyderabad restricted the now-defunct Pune below 120 twice. While doing it the second time, they defended 119. This occurred during the sixth edition of the league. It was Amit Mishra who started with both, the bat as well as the ball. After scoring a 30 with the bat, he took a four-fer as well.

5) 120 by Mumbai vs Pune:

During the fifth edition of the league, Mumbai and Pune played an absolute thriller. After scoring 120-9 in the first innings, the five-time champions were too good with the ball in the second innings. They ended up beating Pune by just one run. Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh were absolutely sensational with the ball.

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