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BBL|12: ’15’ – Sydney Thunder break record for all-time lowest score from an all-out Adelaide Strikers attack

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Sydney Thunder’s 15 runs on Friday night was a new T20 world record for the lowest all-time score.

Hosted at Spotless Stadium against the Adelaide Strikers, the Thunder were left to do the run-chasing of 140 after they lost the toss and were told to head out to field first.

Fazalhaq Farooqi (3/20) and Daniel Sams (2/23) were the best bowlers for Sydney after their four overs while Chris Lynn (36 runs) and Colin de Grandhomme (33) help set the target.

In an amazing spectacle – not so for Thunder fans – the Sydney eleven faced only 35 balls in their innings, with bowler Brendan Doggett scoring the highest with four runs.

Adelaide bowlers Wes Agar (4/6) and Harry Thornton (5/3) dominated from the first ball, preventing Strikers star Rashid Khan a chance to take some polls.

There was a total of five ducks for the Thunders.

Commentators and supporters were all in disbelief at what they were watching, which left legendary Australian cricketer Brett Lee gobsmacked.

“I’ve never seen a game of cricket like this ever,” Lee said.

“Daffy Duck’s going to get a cramp here! He’s been working hard all night – another duck.

“I haven’t seen a performance like that – it’s appalling for the Sydney Thunder.

“15, really? I’m speechless. (The Strikers) haven’t even warmed up.

“I’ve never seen anything like it.”

 Another commentator, Dan Ginnane, likened the humiliating performance to that of juniors.

“This is like an under 10s score … it ain’t a misprint,” Ginnane said. 

What is the lowest BBL score ever?

Sydney Thunder’s embarrassing efforts on Friday night resulted in them easily taking the cake for the lowest score in the Big Bash League.

The record was previously held by the Melbourne Renegades, who in 2015 scored 57 runs in 12.4 overs.

According to ESPNcricinfo, the Renegades held the two lowest tallies until now.

Team Score Overs Date
Sydney Thunder 15 5.5 16/12/2022
Melbourne Renegades 57 12.4 3/1/2015
Melbourne Renegades 60 10.4 13/12/2020
Melbourne Stars 61 11.1 5/12/2021
Adelaide Strikers 68 14.2 15/1/2021
Perth Scorchers 69 15.2 12/12/2012
Brisbane Heat 73 16.4 18/1/2018
Sydney Sixers 74 13.4 10/2/2019

What is the lowest T20 score ever?

Not only is at an all-time low in the BBL, the Thunder’s score of 15 is also the lowest T20 total in the world. 

The record was previously held by Turkey, who scored 21 runs against Czech Republic in 2019, according to ESPNcricinfo.

Team Score Overs Date
Sydney Thunder 15 5.5 16/12/2022
Turkey 21 8.3 30/8/2019
Lesotho 26 12.4 19/10/2021
Turkey 28 11.3 29/9/2019
Thailand 30 13.1 4/7/2022


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