Delhi Capitals, formerly known as the Delhi Daredevils, are a franchise cricket team based in Delhi and currently playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The team is owned by GMR Sports Pvt. Ltd., a GMR Group enterprise. The Delhi Capitals have participated in twelve IPL seasons and have been one of the most consistent teams in the tournament.
Throughout their run in the IPL, they have never won the title, but have always kept a constant presence in the top four and have qualified for the playoffs in five of their twelve seasons. However, despite their recent successes, DC has also been on the receiving end of some of the lowest scores in IPL history. In this article, we will look at the top 10 DC lowest scores in IPL history and analyse they happened.
Top 10 DC Lowest Scores in IPL
|S.No||DC Score (Runs)||Opposition||Date||Stadium||Run rate|
|1.||66||Mumbai Indians||06 May 2017||Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi||4.82|
|2.||67||Kings XI Punjab||30 April 2017||Mohali, Chandigarh||3.90|
|3.||80||Sunrisers Hyderabad||04 May 2013||Uppal, Hyderabad||4.17|
|4.||83||Chennai Super Kings||18 April 2013||Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi||4.74|
|5.||84||Chennai Super Kings||21 April 2014||Abu Dhabi||5.36|
|6.||87||Rajasthan Royals||30 May 2008||Wankhede Stadium||5.38|
|7.||95||Royals Challengers Bangalore||26 April 2015||Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi||5.18|
|8.||95||Mumbai Indians||10 April 2011||Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi||5.37|
|9.||98/8||Victoria||09 October 2009||Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi||4.90|
|10.||98||Kolkata Knight Riders||10 April 2016||Eden Gardens, Kolkata||5.54|
66 Against Mumbai Indians (2017)
DC has also had some of the lowest scores in IPL history. They were bowled out for a paltry 66 runs against Mumbai Indians in 2017, when Delhi captain Zaheer Khan requested the Mumbai Indians to bat first after winning the toss. The Indians batted magnificently to score a whopping 212 runs. The Delhi hitters dropped like a bag of pins. Only one of the three batters who reached double figures and the 10-run threshold did so.
67 Against Kings XI Punjab (2017)
The second lowest score for DC is against Kings XI Punjab. This time, the game took place in Mohali. After winning the toss, Glenn Maxwell requested that the Delhi Capitals bat first. Again, just three batters reached double figures, but nobody was able to score 20 runs, and they were bowled out for 67 runs. With the ball, Sandeep Sharma caused most of the damage. He took four wickets while only giving up 20 runs.
80 Against Sunrisers Hyderabad (2013)
In IPL 2013, Mahela Jayawardene, the captain of Delhi, chose to bat first against Sunrisers Hyderabad after winning the toss. He and Virender Sehwag were both let go early as a result, which proved to be devastating. Again, no batter was able to reach the 20-run threshold, as only four batters reached double figures. With six overs and one ball left, Hyderabad successfully surpassed the goal.
83 Against Chennai Super Kings (2013)
DC’s 4th lowest total came against Chennai Super Kings in 2013. The game was held at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. CSK won the toss and decided to bat first. They scored 169 runs because of opener Michael Hussey’s strong outings. The Capitals were expected to put up a fight. Instead, they instead fell apart like a house of cards. Only three hitters managed to reach double digits. The greatest run scorer for DC at the time was Kedar Jadhav, who scored 31 runs. The most effective bowler for the Chennai Super Kings was Mohit Sharma. He secured three wickets.
84 Against Chennai Super Kings (2014)
This episode happened in Abu Dhabi a year later against Chennai Super Kings. After winning the toss, CSK captain MS Dhoni chose to bat first. Initially, Delhi was excellent with the ball, but Suresh Raina and Mahendra Singh Dhoni helped CSK get back into the match. As CSK reached 177, Suresh Raina scored a half-century. The Capitals’ batter was unable to engage the CSK bowlers in contact. James Neesham led DC to score with 22 points as they bowled them out for only 84 runs.
87 Against Rajasthan Royals (2008)
The Delhi Capitals’ 6th-lowest team score in IPL history is 87 runs against the Rajasthan Royals. Rajasthan Royals, after batting first, put up a total of 192 runs on the board in the semi-final of the 2008 IPL season. In response, DC experienced a bad start, and only three players managed to hit double digits before they were knocked out for 87 runs.
95 Against Royal Challengers Bangalore (2015)
On April 26, 2015, at Feroz Shah Kotla, the Delhi Capitals were dismissed for just 95 runs in 18.2 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore. DC’s batter couldn’t get off to a good start, and eight of the team’s 11 players scored less than ten runs. In response, RCB won the game by 10 wickets with 10 overs remaining.
95 Against Mumbai Indians (2011)
The Delhi Capitals scored the same number of runs as the Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore, putting them in the lowest scoring category. The Delhi Capitals’ 95 runs against Mumbai Indians rank as their 8th-lowest team score in IPL history. They were defeated by the Mumbai Indians on April 10, 2011, at Feroz Shah Kotla, scoring just 95 runs in 17.4 overs.
98/8 Against Victoria (2009)
Delhi Capitals faced Victoria in the 2009 Champions League T20, which they never want to remember. DC, after batting first, was bowled out for only 98 runs, in which eight players managed to score below ten runs. Only three players touched the double-digit mark.
Victoria won the game easily by 7 wickets.
98 Against Kolkata Knight Riders (2016)
Delhi Capitals’ 98 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders rank as their 9th-lowest team score in IPL history. On April 10, 2016, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, they decided to bat first and collapsed like a house of cards. Only four players managed to hit double-digit and even with 12 extras, they still couldn’t manage to touch the 100 mark. In response, Robin Utthapa and Gautam Gambhir batted well, and KKR won the game by 9 wickets.
Overall, DC has been one of the most consistent teams in the IPL. DC lowest scores in the IPL tournament is a testament to the strength of their batting and bowling line-ups. The team is sure to be a major factor in the IPL for many years to come and would add some silverware to their kitty.