Smallest Test Score by India
The Day Night Test match played in Adelaide was recorded in the pages of history. Team India made their smallest test score in this match.

The Indian cricket team lost by 8 wickets in the first match of the four-match Test series against Australia on Saturday 19 December. In the second innings, the entire Indian team collapsed for just 36 runs. This was India’s smallest score in Test history. According to records, on this date India holds the record for making its biggest score in Test history.

The day-night Test match played in Adelaide between India and Australia was recorded in the pages of history. India lost the match by 8 wickets and hosts Australia took a 1-0 lead in the series.

On the day, the Indian batting was completely exposed by the extra bounce generated by Australian pacers, who bowled every delivery on the off-middle channel after landing on the seam.

In an inexplicable collapse, India’s much vaunted batsmen fell like nine pins with not a single one able to reach double figures.

Once nightwatchman Jasprit Bumrah (2) was out in the first over, the home pacers, led by Josh Hazlewood (5-3-8-5) and Pat Cummins (10.2-4-21-4), literally decimated the tourists and also caused lasting damage to their already bruised egos.

The likes of Mayank Agarwal (9), Cheteshwar Pujara (0) and Ajinkya Rahane (0) were all out in similar fashion.

All the deliveries were almost identical, angled in, which forced the batsmen to jab at them and just bounced a wee bit more. They deviated a shade taking outside edges to Tim Paine behind the stumps.

Skipper Virat Kohli (4) was dismissed in the manner he used to get out in England back in 2014, trying to drive a delivery on the fifth stump and caught at gully.

What Indian batsmen didn’t factor in was the pitch suddenly becoming more livelier with extra bounce.

India made the Highest Test Score on December 19

India made their highest score in Test cricket on 19 December 2016. Playing against England in Chennai, the Indian team had set a record score on 19 December thanks to the triple century of Karun Nair. The Indian team declared the innings by scoring 759 runs at the loss of 7 wickets on the fourth day of the match. This match was won by India by a big margin of innings and 75 runs.

India made the Smallest Test Score on 19 December

India scored the smallest score in their Test history on December 19 in 2020. On the third day of the match, they started playing by 9 runs for 1 wicket and the entire team was all out for just 36 runs. Not a single batsman of the team could reach even the double figures. India’s highest score in the second innings was 9 runs, which was made by opener Mayank Agarwal.

‘Summer of 42 and aftermath’ – The Indian team’s lowest score in the Test was 42

46 years ago on 24 June 1974, The Indian cricket team collapsed against England at Lord’s ground. The Indian team’s score in the Test was 42. Then Chris Old of England took five and Geoff Arnold took four wickets. Both had wreaked havoc on the green pitch with a swing. Just like this, Josh Hazlewood took five wickets and Pat Cummins took four wickets in this match. Both of them destroyed Team India with seam bowling on a bouncy pitch. Madan Lal, a fast bowler who was involved in Team India 46 years ago, does not want to miss that experience.

Sunil Gavaskar in his book Sunny Days has written that Arnold started with two outswingers and then added inswinger. The ball hit Farukh Engineer’s pad. Ajit Wadekar was bowled by Old and Vishwanath’s wicketkeeper Alan Knott caught a brilliant catch.

Brijesh Patel succumbed to the rising ball which touched his glove and went to the keeper. The innings was settled by the time Gavaskar arrived. Solkar had a brilliant six off Old ball. Gavaskar wrote that Solkar came to the wicket at the end of the over and asked me to stay at the crease and save the match but that could not happen because I got lbw.

Madan Lal and Abid Ali had also played by the time I landed the leg guard. And by the time we got some sense, we were reduced to 42 runs. England won the match by an innings and 285 runs. And the series also took its name. After the match, the Indian team and captain Ajit Wadekar had to face a lot of insult. Despite being called to the party, the Indian High Commissioner asked the team to leave. The High Commissioner later hugged Ajit and apologized for being angry.

Team India never made a poor batting – Virat Kohli

On this poor performance of Team India, Indian captain Virat Kohli said, “I don’t think we have ever done a worse batting performance.” So we can only move forward from here and you will see that the players are making a move in this direction. The Indian captain tried his best to defend the team but it was difficult to defend the batting after the team scored less than 250 in the sixth consecutive Test innings abroad this year.

Virat Kohli said that to be honest, it is strange. There was not much movement in the ball but we did not show the courage to take the match further. When the Indian innings was reduced to just 21.2 overs, he said that everything happened so quickly that no one could understand anything. Except for the 2018 Australia tour under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, the Indian innings has been badly scattered at times. This is the sixth consecutive innings after New Zealand this year when the team failed to score big.

Captain Kohli said that there is nothing to worry about it. He said, I do not think there is anything worrying in this and we can sit here and make sesame palm, but it is about seeing all the things properly. Indian batting has been dealt cheaply in nearly 15 innings in South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia but the Indian captain remembers only six such innings in the last eight-nine years. He said that if I am not mistaken, AAP talked about disintegrating batting only five or six times in eight-nine years. This is not possible again and again and we have to accept our mistake and see which aspect to work on and move forward.

Smallest Test Scores in Records

Lowest totals
Team Score Overs RR Inns Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
New Zealand 26 27.0 0.96 3 v England Auckland 25 Mar 1955 Test # 402
South Africa 30 18.4×5 1.91 4 v England Port Elizabeth 13 Feb 1896 Test # 47
South Africa 30 12.3 2.4 2 v England Birmingham 14 Jun 1924 Test # 153
South Africa 35 22.4×5 1.84 4 v England Cape Town 1 Apr 1899 Test # 59
South Africa 36 23.2 1.54 1 v Australia Melbourne 12 Feb 1932 Test # 216
Australia 36 23.0 1.56 2 v England Birmingham 29 May 1902 Test # 70
India 36 21.2 1.68 3 v Australia Adelaide 17 Dec 2020 Test # 2396
Ireland 38 15.4 2.42 4 v England Lord’s 24 Jul 2019 Test # 2352
New Zealand 42 39.0 1.07 1 v Australia Wellington 29 Mar 1946 Test # 275
Australia 42 37.3×4 1.66 2 v England Sydney 10 Feb 1888 Test # 27
India 42 17.0 2.47 3 v England Lord’s 20 Jun 1974 Test # 740
South Africa 43 28.2×4 2.26 3 v England Cape Town 25 Mar 1889 Test # 32
Bangladesh 43 18.4 2.3 1 v West Indies North Sound 4 Jul 2018 Test # 2310
Australia 44 26.0×5 2.03 4 v England The Oval 10 Aug 1896 Test # 52
South Africa 45 31.3 1.42 3 v Australia Melbourne 12 Feb 1932 Test # 216
England 45 35.3×4 1.88 1 v Australia Sydney 28 Jan 1887 Test # 25
New Zealand 45 19.2 2.32 1 v South Africa Cape Town 2 Jan 2013 Test # 2069
England 46 19.1 2.4 4 v West Indies Port of Spain 25 Mar 1994 Test # 1257
New Zealand 47 32.3 1.44 2 v England Lord’s 19 Jun 1958 Test # 455
South Africa 47 47.1×4 1.49 2 v England Cape Town 25 Mar 1889 Test # 32
West Indies 47 25.3 1.84 3 v England Kingston 11 Mar 2004 Test # 1687
Australia 47 18.0 2.61 3 v South Africa Cape Town 9 Nov 2011 Test # 2016
Pakistan 49 29.1 1.68 2 v South Africa Johannesburg 1 Feb 2013 Test # 2072
England 51 33.2 1.53 3 v West Indies Kingston 4 Feb 2009 Test # 1906
Zimbabwe 51 28.5 1.76 2 v New Zealand Napier 26 Jan 2012 Test # 2033
West Indies 51 19.1 2.66 4 v Australia Port of Spain 5 Mar 1999 Test # 1448
England 52 42.1 1.23 1 v Australia The Oval 14 Aug 1948 Test # 303
England 53 50.0×4 1.59 2 v Australia Lord’s 16 Jul 1888 Test # 28
West Indies 53 25.3 2.07 4 v Pakistan Faisalabad 24 Oct 1986 Test # 1055
Pakistan 53 24.5 2.13 3 v Australia Sharjah 11 Oct 2002 Test # 1617
Australia 53 22.3×5 2.81 1 v England Lord’s 22 Jun 1896 Test # 50
New Zealand 54 32.2 1.67 3 v Australia Wellington 29 Mar 1946 Test # 275
Zimbabwe 54 31.2 1.72 1 v South Africa Cape Town 4 Mar 2005 Test # 1737
West Indies 54 26.4 2.02 3 v England Lord’s 29 Jun 2000 Test # 1503
India 58 21.3×8 2.03 2 v Australia Brisbane 28 Nov 1947 Test # 290
South Africa 58 26.1 2.21 1 v England Lord’s 10 Jun 1912 Test # 122
India 58 21.4 2.67 2 v England Manchester 17 Jul 1952 Test # 353
England 58 20.4 2.8 1 v New Zealand Auckland 22 Mar 2018 Test # 2299
Australia 58 12.3×8 3.51 4 v England Brisbane 4 Dec 1936 Test # 255
Pakistan 59 31.5 1.85 1 v Australia Sharjah 11 Oct 2002 Test # 1617
Zimbabwe 59 29.4 1.98 2 v New Zealand Harare 7 Aug 2005 Test # 1759
Australia 60 29.2×4 3.05 3 v England Lord’s 16 Jul 1888 Test # 28
Australia 60 18.3 3.24 1 v England Nottingham 6 Aug 2015 Test # 2175
England 61 31.2 1.94 2 v Australia Melbourne 5 Mar 1904 Test # 82
West Indies 61 26.2 2.31 3 v England Leeds 17 Aug 2000 Test # 1508
England 61 15.4 3.89 2 v Australia Melbourne 1 Jan 1902 Test # 66
England 62 47.0×4 1.97 4 v Australia Lord’s 16 Jul 1888 Test # 28
Bangladesh 62 25.2 2.44 1 v Sri Lanka Colombo (PSS) 3 Jul 2007 Test # 1838
Pakistan 62 21.2 2.9 2 v Australia Perth 13 Nov 1981 Test # 909
Australia 63 80.0×4 1.18 1 v England The Oval 28 Aug 1882 Test # 9
Zimbabwe 63 47.0 1.34 4 v West Indies Port of Spain 16 Mar 2000 Test # 1490
England 64 27.3×8 1.75 4 v New Zealand Wellington 10 Feb 1978 Test # 817
New Zealand 65 37.6×8 1.29 1 v England Christchurch 25 Feb 1971 Test # 681
England 65 38.5 1.67 2 v Australia Sydney 1 Feb 1895 Test # 45
Australia 65 22.4 2.86 4 v England The Oval 19 Aug 1912 Test # 129
India 66 34.1 1.93 4 v South Africa Durban 26 Dec 1996 Test # 1347
Australia 66 25.3 2.58 4 v England Brisbane 30 Nov 1928 Test # 176
New Zealand 67 59.1 1.13 1 v England Leeds 3 Jul 1958 Test # 456
New Zealand 67 37.1 1.8 3 v England Lord’s 24 Aug 1978 Test # 830
India 67 24.2×8 2.07 3 v Australia Melbourne 6 Feb 1948 Test # 295
England 67 27.5 2.4 2 v Australia Leeds 22 Aug 2019 Test # 2357
Australia 68 60.2×4 1.68 2 v England The Oval 12 Aug 1886 Test # 24
Zimbabwe 68 30.1 2.25 2 v South Africa Port Elizabeth 26 Dec 2017 Test # 2290
New Zealand 68 22.3 3.02 4 v England Lord’s 16 May 2013 Test # 2088
New Zealand 70 39.2 1.77 1 v Pakistan Dhaka 7 Nov 1955 Test # 415
Australia 70 31.1×4 3.36 3 v England Manchester 30 Aug 1888 Test # 30
England 71 32.5 2.16 2 v West Indies Manchester 8 Jul 1976 Test # 779
Sri Lanka 71 28.2 2.5 1 v Pakistan Kandy 26 Aug 1994 Test # 1267
South Africa 72 50.1×8 1.07 4 v England Cape Town 1 Jan 1957 Test # 435
South Africa 72 33.4×8 1.61 4 v England Johannesburg 24 Dec 1956 Test # 434
Pakistan 72 39.3 1.82 1 v England Birmingham 6 Aug 2010 Test # 1969
England 72 36.1 1.99 4 v Pakistan Abu Dhabi 25 Jan 2012 Test # 2032
Pakistan 72 31.3 2.28 4 v Australia Perth 16 Dec 2004 Test # 1726
England 72 29.1 2.46 3 v Australia Sydney 1 Feb 1895 Test # 45
New Zealand 73 30.2 2.4 2 v Pakistan Lahore 1 May 2002 Test # 1600
South Africa 73 28.5 2.53 4 v Sri Lanka Galle 12 Jul 2018 Test # 2311
Sri Lanka 73 24.5 2.93 3 v Pakistan Kandy 3 Apr 2006 Test # 1796
New Zealand 74 62.2 1.18 1 v West Indies Dunedin 3 Feb 1956 Test # 421
New Zealand 74 50.3 1.46 3 v England Lord’s 19 Jun 1958 Test # 455
Australia 74 46.0 1.6 1 v England Birmingham 27 May 1909 Test # 101
Pakistan 74 33.0 2.24 2 v England Lord’s 26 Aug 2010 Test # 1971
South Africa 75 44.4 1.67 4 v England Leeds 29 Jul 1907 Test # 94
England 75 40.1 1.86 1 v Australia Melbourne 29 Dec 1894 Test # 43
Australia 75 28.4×8 1.97 2 v South Africa Durban 20 Jan 1950 Test # 320
India 75 30.5 2.43 1 v West Indies Delhi 25 Nov 1987 Test # 1080
England 76 36.3 2.08 1 v South Africa Leeds 29 Jul 1907 Test # 94
West Indies 76 36.3 2.08 2 v Pakistan Dhaka 6 Mar 1959 Test # 471
New Zealand 76 36.2 2.09 3 v Australia Brisbane 18 Nov 2004 Test # 1721
Australia 76 31.2 2.42 2 v West Indies Perth 9 Nov 1984 Test # 997
India 76 20.0 3.8 1 v South Africa Ahmedabad 3 Apr 2008 Test # 1871
West Indies 77 45.1 1.7 4 v New Zealand Auckland 9 Mar 1956 Test # 424
Pakistan 77 44.5 1.71 3 v West Indies Lahore 7 Nov 1986 Test # 1056
England 77 42.3 1.81 1 v Australia Lord’s 19 Jun 1997 Test # 1370
England 77 55.0×4 2.1 4 v Australia The Oval 28 Aug 1882 Test # 9
England 77 30.2 2.53 2 v West Indies Bridgetown 23 Jan 2019 Test # 2342
England 77 39.1×4 2.94 3 v Australia Sydney 14 Mar 1885 Test # 20
West Indies 78 29.6×8 1.96 2 v Australia Sydney 25 Jan 1952 Test # 347
Australia 78 33.4 2.31 2 v England Lord’s 20 Jun 1968 Test # 638
New Zealand 79 46.3×8 1.27 2 v South Africa Johannesburg 29 Jan 1954 Test # 381
New Zealand 79 47.0 1.68 3 v Pakistan Rawalpindi 27 Mar 1965 Test # 585
Zimbabwe 79 43.3 1.81 4 v Sri Lanka Galle 12 Jan 2002 Test # 1585
South Africa 79 33.1 2.38 2 v India Nagpur 25 Nov 2015 Test # 2189
England 79 28.2 2.78 4 v Australia Brisbane 7 Nov 2002 Test # 1623
Australia 80 90.3×4 1.32 1 v England The Oval 13 Aug 1888 Test # 29
Australia 80 53.1 1.5 1 v Pakistan Karachi 11 Oct 1956 Test # 430
South Africa 80 32.0 2.5 4 v Australia Melbourne 31 Dec 1910 Test # 112
Australia 80 23.7×8 2.51 2 v England Sydney 18 Dec 1936 Test # 256
Pakistan 80 29.0 2.75 4 v England Nottingham 29 Jul 2010 Test # 1967

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