England is known to be the country of origin of cricket. It has many achievements in the game, as expected. As a part of the game, it is no surprise that they had bad performances too. Getting all out with a small score is one of such terrible performances for a well-established team like England. Especially in a format like T20, it is often a standard that the score should be more than the number of balls. England has a share of such scores too. Let’s look at their lowest 10 of such team totals in T20Is.
1. 127 (vs. India [202/6], 2017)
During the 3rd T20I in England’s tour of India in 2017, England had to feel the wrath of Yuzvendra Chahal, who took a 6-wicket haul. India batted first and scored 202/6 in 20.0 overs, with a decent performance from Suresh Raina and M.S. Dhoni. England, who were to chase the target, initially scored 50+ runs in the powerplay. After which, spinners took the wickets of England’s batsmen. Chahal was awarded as The Man Of The Match, with bowling figures 4-0-25-6.
2. 121 (vs. India [170/8], 2022) & (vs. West Indies [123/4], 2009)
England had yet another lowest T20I score against India in 2022. India scored a total of 170/8 in 20.0 overs. All the batsmen played pretty well. Ravindra Jadeja (46*) stayed not out. England had a tough start. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar sent the opener to the pavilion on the very first ball. He took the wicket of the other opener too. All the bowlers bowled well and ended England’s innings at 121/10 in 17 overs.
In 2009, England lost a low-scoring match against West Indies. England scored a total of 121/10 in 19.1 overs. West Indies chased the target in 18 overs, losing just four wickets.
3. 120 (vs. Ireland [14/1], 2010)
Rain saved a terrible loss for England in a league match during ICC World T20 in 2010. England, who batted first, could score only 120/8 in 20.0 overs. Eion Morgan (45) was the top scorer. The weather didn’t promote Ireland’s batting, and the innings were paused just within 15 minutes. Both the teams were given 1 point each.
4. 118 (vs. South Africa [119/3], 2012)
The first match of South Africa’s tour of England in 2012 recorded one more lowest scores of England. Decent bowling from South African pacers like Dale Steyn made the English batsmen struggle. Having scored very few boundaries and taking time to connect the shots, they could only score 118/7 in 20.0 overs. In the second Innings, South Africa started losing more wickets too. Jacques Kallis (48*) played slow and steady and easily chased the target.
5. 117 (vs. Bangladesh [120/6], 2023)
In their homeland, Bangladesh won against England in the second T20I match of England’s tour of Bangladesh. Mehidy Hasan Miraz shined with the ball and took four wickets with an economy of 3. Wicketkeeper Das stumped out crucial batsmen. Bangladesh struggled to make runs too. Archer’s performance wasn’t enough for England to stop Bangladesh. Mehidy also managed to hit the only sixes for their innings. He was the Man Of The Match with 20 of 16 balls & bowling figures of 4-0-12-4.
6. 111 (vs. South Africa [114/3], 2009) & (vs. Australia [195/6], 2014)
This was England’s lowest score during ICC World T20, 2009. South Africa’s outstanding bowling limited England’s score to just 111/10 in 19.5 overs. Jacques Kallis’ 2 wickets and Albie Morkel’s Maiden over wicket put South Africa’s top scorers on the bench. England’s other batsmen couldn’t cross single-digit scores. Jaques Kallis (57*) led South Africa to victory.
In 2014, Australia beat England by 84 runs in the 3rd T20I of England’s tour of Australia. Captain George Bailey’s (49*) raged with a strike rate of 245, leading the Aussies to a total of 195 in 20.0 overs. All Aussie bowlers took wickets and restricted England to 111/10 in 17.2 overs.
7. 103 (vs. West Indies [104/1], 2022)
England’s batsmen were dominated by Jason Holder on the first T20I of England’s tour of West Indies in 2022. England batted first and lost both the openers within two overs. Despite Chris Jordan’s effort, England lost ten wickets in 19.4 overs, scoring 103. West Indies chased the target with ease in 17.1 overs, losing only a wicket. Jason Holder, with bowling figures of 3.4-1-7-4, was the Man Of The Match.
8. 101 (vs. South Africa [191/5], 2022)
After setting up a good target, South Africa was able to take down England under 17 overs, winning by 90 runs. Although one of the openers was back to the pavilion for a duck, other batsmen took the show. Reeza Hendricks (70) and Markram (51*) gave a good foundation. Captain Miller gave a finishing touch, and South Africa scored 191/5 in 20.0 overs. England chasing the target, could only score 39 runs in the powerplay with a loss of two wickets. Tabraiz Shamshi restricted the English Batsmen from scoring further. With Shamshi’s 5-wicket haul (4-0-24-5), England was all-out for 101 in 16.4 overs.
9. 88 (vs. West Indies [113/5], 2011) & (vs. Netherlands [133/5], 2014)
The Oval Stadium was the venue for England’s lowest score on home grounds. England failed to chase the target after restricting West Indies to 113 runs. No batsman could stay on the ground for long. Garey Mathurin’s (4-0-9-3) extraordinary bowling made it difficult for English batsmen to take any chance to hit. England lost all wickets in 16.4 overs, scoring just 88.
During the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh, England scored the season’s low score against the Netherlands. Batting first, the Netherlands put up a score of 133/5. Netherlands’ bowlers did a great job defending the target. Mudassar Bukhari and Logan van Beek took three wickets each and ended England’s innings at 88 runs in 17.4 overs.
10. 80 (vs. India [170/4], 2012)
The lowest T20I score ever for England was recorded in a World Cup match against India in 2012. England elected to field first, and India scored 170/4 in 20 overs. Rohit Sharma scored a half-century after opener Gautam Gambhir provided a base for the innings. On the other side, England lost an opener for 0 in the very first over. By the end of the power play, England scored 39 runs for a loss of 3 wickets. Harbhajan Singh was hailed for bowling two maiden overs and taking four wickets. Irfan Pathan and Piyush Chawla took two wickets each. Harbhajan Singh was undoubtedly awarded the Man Of The Match for his outstanding bowling figures 4-2-12-4. India won by a massive 90 runs, leaving England with a bitter experience and their lowest T20I team total to date.