RR falls one short of IPL record!

A statistical glance at the fortnight gone by in the Indian Premier League.

The Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur has been Rajasthan Royals’ ‘fortress’. The team notched up a winning streak of nine matches here before a defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders broke it on April 18, 2018.   -  AFP

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The number of successive IPL matches won by Rajasthan Royal at its “fortress” — the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur since April 2013. However, its seven-wicket defeat to the Kolkata Knight Riders on April 18, 2018 at this venue, means that it just fell one short of the IPL record for the most successive victories at a venue, which is 10! The table below provides all the details.

Successive IPL victories at a single venue by a team:

Mts

Venue

Home team

From

To

10#

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Mumbai Indians

9 Apr 2013

6 May 2014

10

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Chennai Super Kings

22 Apr 2013

4 May 2015

9

Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Rajasthan Royals

8 Apr 2013

11 Apr 2018

8

Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Rajasthan Royals

21 Apr 2008

7 Apr 2010

7+

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Chennai Super Kings

8 Apr 2011

18 May 2011

Notes:

#From April 9, 2013 to May 25, 2014, MI has won 12 games out of 13 at the Wankhede Stadium. Its only loss came against CSK after it had won 10 in a row!

+ From March 31, 2010 to May 18, 2011, CSK had won 11 games out of 12 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Its only loss came against DD after it had won four in a row!

2

The number of centuries registered in this year’s IPL. Interestingly, both the centuries were made by veteran batsmen (Shane Watson and Chris Gayle) on successive days (April 19 and 20). This also makes them two of the oldest to register a three-figure score in IPL history. The table below has the details.

Oldest to register an IPL century:

Age

Batsman

Runs

Balls

For

Agst

Venue

Date

Rslt

39y-184d

Adam Gilchrist

106

55

KXIP

RCB

Dharamsala

17 May 2011

Won

38y-318d

Sanath Jayasuriya

114*

48

MI

CSK

Mumbai WS

14 May 2008

Won

38y-210d

Chris Gayle

104*

63

KXIP

SRH

Mohali

19 Apr 2018

Won

37y-356d

Sachin Tendulkar

100*

66

MI

KTK

Mumbai WS

15 Apr 2011

Lost

36y-307d

Shane Watson

106

57

CSK

RR

Pune

20 Apr 2018

Won

2

The number of occasions Sunrisers Hyderabad has managed to successfully defend totals of 120 or less in IPL since its debut in 2013, five years ago! It remains the only side to do it twice and also the only side to do it three times while defending totals of 130 or less. The table below lists sides defending low totals of 120 or less.

IPL sides successfully defending low totals of 120 or less (in non-truncated games)

Winning total

Ov

Winning side

Losing total

Ov

Losing side

Venue

Date

Result won by

Winning captain

116/9

20

CSK

92/8

20

KXIP

Durban

20 May 2009

24 runs

MS Dhoni

118/10

18.4

SRH

87/10

18.5

MI

Mumbai WS

24 Apr 2018

31 runs

Kane Williamson

119/8

20

KXIP

116/7

20

MI

Durban

29 Apr 2009

3 runs

Yuvraj Singh

119/8

20

SRH

108/10

19

PWI

Pune

17 Apr 2013

11 runs

Cameron White

120/9

20

MI

119/6

20

PWI

Pune

3 May 2012

1 run

Harbhajan Singh

33

The number of sixes hit in the game between RCB and CSK in Bengaluru, now the most ever hit in any T20 game on Indian soil. The table below has the details.

6s

Team1

6s

Team2

6s

Venue

Date

Won By

34

Otago

18

Central Districts

16

New Plymouth

21 Dec 2016

Otago

33

Colts CC

14

Colombo CC

19

Colombo, NCC

21 Jan 2016

Colts

33

RC Bangalore

16

Chennai SK

17

Bangalore

25 Apr 2018

CSK

32

West Indies

21

India

11

Lauderhill

27 Aug 2016

WI

32

New Zealand

18

Australia

14

Auckland

16 Feb 2018

Aus

This week in 2008

 

On 10 May:

  • Chennai Super Kings’ right-arm pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji, playing in only the second IPL game of his career, claimed the tournament’s first-ever hat-trick, during his 5/24 in his four overs against Kings XI Punjab in Chennai. Interestingly, Balaji was the sixth bowler to be used in the innings by skipper M. S. Dhoni. Balaji’s three wickets came in the 20th over off the third, fourth and fifth deliveries and his victims were Irfan Pathan, Piyush Chawla and Vikram (VRV) Singh! Incidentally, it was the first-ever five-wicket haul by an Indian bowler in the IPL!

Queries Corner

There were two maiden overs by CSK bowlers in RCB’s total of 205 in the Bengaluru IPL match. Is this the maximum in an innings of 200+?

— V. Venkataraman, Chennai

This, indeed, is the first occasion when a 200+ total had two maiden overs. The previous highest was 175/7 when two Rajasthan Royals bowlers (Tim Southee and Shane Watson) bowled a maiden each against Delhi Daredevils in Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium, in May 2015.

How often have 20 wickets fallen in an IPL match?

— Ajay Kumar, Delhi

This has now occurred on three occasions. The details are given below.

Team1

Total

Overs

Team2

Total

Overs

Venue

Date

Result

RR

159/10

19.5

DC

157/10

19.5

Nagpur

5-4-2010

RR won by 2 runs

KKR

131/10

19.3

RCB

49/10

9.4

Kolkata

23-4-2017

KKR won by 82 runs

SRH

118/10

18.4

MI

87/10

18.5

Mumbai WS

24-4-2018

SRH won by 31 runs

Note: For the record, on eight occasions 19 wickets have fallen in an IPL match!

In the IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chris Gayle scored 104 not out that had only one boundary (four). Has there been any T20 century without a boundary? Does this score by Gayle have the biggest difference between sixes and fours? (11 sixes - 1 four = 10)

— T. Ajit Krishnan, Chennai

It is indeed unique for a batsman to hit just one four and at the same time blast 11 sixes as Chris Gayle did in Mohali recently while scoring a century. South African batsman Nicky van den Bergh, while batting for North West in Potchefstroom on March 22, 2014, hit 101 that had just one four but 12 sixes!

If you recall, Chris Gayle, representing Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League, had made 146 not out that included five fours and 18 sixes in the final on December 12, 2017. Also, Sri Lankan Dasun Shanaka, in January 2016, for the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo, hit 123 with just two fours, but his knock had 16 sixes!

What is the most number of runs scored by an IPL side during a Power Play?

— Keshav Anand, Hubli

KKR’s openers Chris Lynn (49* in 20b) and Sunil Narine (54* in 16b) made 105/0 in the first six overs while chasing RCB’s modest total of 158/6 in Bengaluru on May 7, 2017, the highest score by any IPL side during the power play. They made their runs as follows: 14 (1st over), 6 (2nd over), 14 (3rd over), 25 (4th over), 26 (5th over) and 20 runs (6th over). KKR won the game by six wickets, with 29 balls to spare!

Note: All figures are updated as on April 28, 2018.