Top 5 Lowest scores in World Cup

Top 5 Lowest scores in World Cup

Top 5 Lowest scores in World Cup: The Cricket World Cup is the most prestigious tournament in the sport, where the best teams compete for the ultimate glory. However, sometimes things go horribly wrong for some teams, and they end up with embarrassingly low scores. In this blog post, we will look at the top 5 lowest scores in World Cup history, and see what went wrong for them.

Lowest scores in World Cup History

1.   Canada – 36 vs Sri Lanka, 2003

Canada returned to the World Cup after 24 years in 2003, but they had a dismal start to their campaign. They faced Sri Lanka in their first match, and were shot out for 36 runs in 18.4 overs, which is still the lowest scores in World Cup history. The Sri Lankan bowlers, led by Chaminda Vaas and Prabath Nissanka, took 7 wickets between them while Murali took 2. Only five Canadian batsmen managed to score more than one run, with Sanjayan Thuraisingam (9) being the top scorer. Sri Lanka chased down the target in just five overs, winning by nine wickets.

2.   Canada – 45 vs England, 1979

Canada made their first appearance in the World Cup in 1979, and they had a forgettable outing against England in their second match. They were bowled out for 45 runs in 40.3 overs, which is still the lowest score by any team in a full 60-over innings. The England bowlers, led by Chris Old and Bob Willis, took four wickets each, while one batsman was run out. Only Franklyn Dennis (21) showed some fight for Canada, who lost by eight wickets with more than 30 overs to spare.

3.   Namibia – 45 vs Australia, 2003

Namibia were another debutant team in the 2003 World Cup, and they faced the defending champions Australia in their third match. It turned out to be a nightmare for them, as they were bundled out for 45 runs in just 14 overs. The Australian bowlers, led by Glenn McGrath and Andy Bichel, shared nine wickets among them, while Brett Lee got one. Only Deon Kotze (10) reached double digits for Namibia, who recorded the lowest score by any team against Australia in ODIs. Australia won the match by a record margin of 256 runs.

4.   Bangladesh – 58 vs West Indies, 2011

Bangladesh hosted the World Cup for the first time in 2011, and had high hopes of making it to the quarter-finals. However, their campaign suffered a huge setback when they were skittled out for 58 runs by West Indies in their second match. The hosts were undone by the pace and bounce of Kemar Roach, who took six wickets for just 15 runs in his nine overs. Only Junaid Siddique (25) offered some resistance for Bangladesh, who were dismissed in 18.5 overs. West Indies cruised to a nine-wicket win in 12.2 overs.

5.   Scotland – 68 vs West Indies, 1999

Scotland made their World Cup debut in 1999, but it was not a memorable one. They faced a formidable West Indies team in their first match, and were bowled out for just 68 runs in 31.3 overs. The West Indies pacers, led by Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose, ripped through the Scottish batting line-up, taking eight wickets between them. Only Gavin Hamilton (24) and Asim Butt (11) reached double figures for Scotland. West Indies chased down the target in 10.1 overs, winning by nine wickets.


There are the top 5 lowest scores in world cup history. These were few instances where one team completely dominated the other at the grandest stage. Will these records be broken? Only time will tell us.

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