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Lowest innings totals in Indian Premier League history

On Sunday at Kolkata's Eden Gardens, Royal Challengers Bangalore laid claim to an unwanted record after being shot down for a paltry 49 - the lowest innings total in Indian Premier League's 10-year history - against Kolkata Knight Riders. The fast bowling trio of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Woakes and Colin de Grandhomme picked up three wickets each in a combined effort to defend 131, guiding KKR to 82-run win.

In a team boasting of the batsmen of the calibres of Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, chasing down 132 shouldn't pose much of a challenge. But on April 23, the same day when in a different era Gayle blasted a record-breaking 175 and De Villiers struck his maiden IPL century, RCB were shot down for a humiliating 49 in 9.4 overs to lose by 82 runs. Not one batsman from their team managed a double-digit score. In fact, their highest was 9 by Kedar Jadhav. The talismanic trio of Gayle (7), De Villiers (8) and captain Kohli (0) combined for a total 15 runs.

Due to General Elections in India, the IPL moved to South Africa for its second edition. And in the second match of the IPL 2009, Rajasthan Royals were shot down for an embarrassing 58 while chasing 134 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Cape Town. That RCB were able to post 133/8 was thanks to Rahul Dravid's 48-ball 66 and captain Kevin Pietersen's 32. Rest six combined for a meagre 35. Another India stalwart stepped up as spinner Anil Kumble, the wrecker-in-chief, finished with excellent figures of 5/5 in 3.1 overs with RR hurtling down to an embarrassing loss and becoming the holder of the lowest total in IPL history - a record that they had to carry for the following eight seasons before RCB overtook them.

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