Lowest Score in Cricket History

Cricket has witnessed some outrageous games over the years and in here, we look at a list of lowest score in cricket history.

Maldives Women hold the record for the lowest score in the history of cricket. In the South Asian Games match against Bangladesh Women back on December 5, 2019, Maldives were bowled out for 6 in 12.1 overs at the Pokhara Rangasala.  

After being put in to field first, Maldives made a brilliant start as they reduced their opponents to 19 for 2 in 2 overs. Sumayya Abdul ran out Shamima Sultana while Shamma Ali got the wicket of the other opening batter, Sanjida Islam.

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From there on, it was one-way traffic in favor of Bangladesh. Nigar Sultana Joty and Fargana Hoque Pinky put on 239 runs for the third wicket in 18 overs. Both batters scored hundreds and Bangladesh racked up a humongous score of 255 for 2 in 20 overs.

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Joty scored 113 runs off 65 balls with 14 fours and 3 sixes. Pinky was even more fluent as she scored 110 runs off 53 balls with 20 fours. Shamma Ali was the pick of the bowlers for Maldives after she finished with figures of 4-0-38-1.

All the other bowlers leaked runs at an economy rate of above 10. Kinaanath Ismail had an off day after she leaked 60 runs off 4 overs and failed to pick up a single wicket.

The run-chase turned out to be equivalent to a nightmare for Maldives Women. Their batters struggled to find any clue about how to tackle the Bangladeshi bowlers. Shamma Ali was their top scorer after she scored 2 runs off 12 balls before Salma Khatun dismissed her.

Out of the 6 runs that Maldives scored, 2 runs came from extras (1 wide and 1 no ball). Nine of their batters bagged ducks. Ritu Moni was the pick of the bowlers for Bangladesh after she finished with unreal figures of 4-3-1-3.

Khatun also got three scalps and bowled at an economy rate of 0.63. Puja Chakraborty and Nahida Akter accounted for one scalp apiece. Bangladesh won the match by 249 runs and it was Nigar Sultana Joty, who won the Player of the Match award for her stupendous knock.

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Isle of Man, Sydney Thunder in lowest T20 scores

Isle of Man hold the record for the lowest score in T20s. Back on February 26, 2023, Isle of Man were bowled out for 10 in 8.4 overs against Spain at the La Manga Club Bottom Ground. Spain chased down the target with 118 balls left in their innings.

Mohammad Kamran and Atif Mehmood were the pick of the bowlers for Spain as they picked up 4 wickets apiece. Lorne Burns accounted for 2 scalps. Awais Ahmed hit Joseph Burrows for 2 sixes in the first over of the run-chase to take Spain over the finishing line.

Back in December 2022, Sydney Thunder had set the record of the lowest scoring during their Big Bash League (BBL) match against Adelaide Strikers at the Sydney Showground Stadium.

After opting to bat first, the Strikers huffed and puffed their way to scoring 139 for the loss of 9 wickets. Chris Lynn and Colin de Grandhomme scored 36 and 33 runs respectively. Fazalhaq Farooqi picked up 3 wickets while Gurinder Sandhu, Daniel Sams and Brendan Doggett accounted for 2 wickets apiece.

Thereafter, it took the Strikers only 5.5 overs to bowl the Thunder out for 15 and win the match by 124 runs. Henry Thornton ripped through the opposition batting lineup with figures of 2.5-1-3-5. Thornton got the wickets of Rilee Rossouw, Jason Sangha, Alex Ross, Oliver Davies, and Brendan Doggett. Alex Hales, Matthew Gilkes, Sangha, Chris Green, and Sandhu failed to open their accounts.

West Indies U19 and Zimbabwe in lowest List A scores

West Indies U19 hold the record for the lowest score in List A cricket. After opting to bat first, they were bowled out for 18 in 14.3 overs in a KFC Cup match on October 27 against Barbados at the Blairmont Sports Club Ground in Blairmont, Guyana.

Left-arm pacer Pedro Collins was the star of the show after he finished with figures of 7.3-2-11-7. Fidel Edwards also picked up 2 wickets for 4 runs in 5 overs. Barbados won the match by 8 wickets after chasing down the target in 5.5 overs.

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Zimbabwe hold the record for the lowest score in ODIs. Back in 2004, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 35 in 18 overs against Sri Lanka at the Harare Sports Club. None of the home team’s batters managed to get into double digits.

Chaminda Vaas the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka after he picked up 4 wickets for 11 runs. Farveez Maharoof and Dilhara Fernando picked up 3 and 2 wickets respectively. Sri Lanka won the match by 9 wickets after chasing down the target in 9.2 overs.

Lowest Test and first-class scores

The Bs hold the record for the lowest score in first-class cricket. Back in June 1810, The Bs were bowled out for 6 against England in the England Domestic Season at the Lord’s Old Ground in London. England won the match by 6 wickets. John Hammond picked up 5 wickets in the second innings. Chasing a target of 44, England romped home.

In Test cricket, New Zealand hold the record for the lowest score. Back in March 1955, the Black Caps were bowled out for 26 in 27 overs at the Eden Park in Auckland. England went on to win the match by an innings and 20 runs.


After batting first, the Kiwis scored 200 in 88.4 overs. John Reid batted brilliantly as he scored 73 runs. England scored 246 runs in their first innings on the back of skipper Leonard Hutton’s knock of 53. Alex Moir finished with figures of 25.1-3-62-5.

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Trailing by 46 runs, the Black Caps crumbled and ended up getting bowled out in no time. Barring their opener, Bert Sutcliffe, none of their batters got into double digits.

Bob Appleyard picked up 4 wickets and was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand. Brian Sthatham, Frank Tyson and Johnny Wardie got 3, 2 and 1 wickets respectively.


Rohit is an experienced cricket writer based in India