Top 10: Lowest Scores Successfully Defended in SA20 – CricIndeed

Rodney P

T20 is a format of scoring big runs, and the fireworks from the bat give everyone wholesome entertainment. But at the same time, the balancing act between the bat and the ball is the aspect that makes cricket an unpredictable game.

Yes, there will be games that largely favour the batters, and runs will come aplenty, but there will be fixtures that test the skill of the batsmen. Usually, the second type of game sees the chasing side being put under a lot of pressure.

Chasing, as we all know, is an art, and many a time these games turn into an edge-of-the-seat thriller. This results in not-so-high totals (in accordance with the modern T20 game) being successfully defended and it has happened quite a few times in the brief history of SA20.

So here is the list of lowest scores successfully defended in SA20.

Lowest Scores Successfully Defended in SA20

Winning TeamBatting 1st ScoreOppositionBatting 2nd ScoreVenueDate
MI Cape Town142/9Paarl Royals129/6Paarl21 Jan 2023
Durban’s Super Giants 145/8Joburg Super Kings108/9Durban15 Jan 2024
Pretoria Capitals153/8Paarl Royals124Johannesburg8 Feb 2023
Joburg Super Kings160/6Sunrisers Eastern Cape136/9Johannesburg5 Feb 2023
Paarl Royals160/7Pretoria Capitals133/7Paarl12 Jan 2024
Joburg Super Kings168/6Pretoria Capitals162Johannesburg17 Jan 2023
Paarl Royals169/6Durban’s Super Giants159/8Paarl17 Jan 2023
Pretoria Capitals182/8MI Cape Town130Cape Town23 Jan 2023
Joburg Super Kings189/6MI Cape Town113Johannesburg6 Feb 2023
Joburg Super Kings190/6Durban’s Super Giants174/5Durban11 Jan 2023

(You can check out other stats related to SA20 here.)

Key Stats

143: This is the lowest defended score in the history of SA20 in the 2 seasons combined and it was achieved by MICT when they successfully defeated Paarl Royals by 13 runs in the latter’s pursuit of 143.

4: Joburg Super Kings appear in the top 10 a record 4 times. However, all these 4 successful defences happened when their first innings scores were over 150.

Also, Johannesburg is the venue that has appeared most times in this list (4) followed by Boland Park in Paarl (3 times). So it is evident these venues suit sides batting first more often than not.

2: Only 2 scores of below 150 have been successfully defended in SA20 history. While one was achieved by MICT, the 2nd one came in the 2024 contest between DSG and JSK.

15: There were 15 instances of a side defending the total successfully out of the 31 completed games in the first season.

Paarl Royals and Pretoria Capitals have had a habit of defending low scores against one other in the inaugural edition. While the Royals did it at their home in a group stage fixture, the Capitals reversed the result in a Semi-final clash later in the tourney.

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