IPL 2018: Basil Thampi records worst bowling figures in IPL history

The Kerala pacer had a night to forget at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Basil Thampi struggled to hit the right lengths and was punished by the RCB batsmen.   -  SPORTZPICS/IPL

Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Basil Thampi registered the worst ever bowling figures in the history of IPL by conceding 70 runs off four overs in the 51st match of IPL 2018, against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

This unwanted record was previously held by Ishant Sharma, who, while playing for Sunrisers as well, conceded 66 runs off four overs against Chennai Super Kings in the 2013 edition of the tournament.

Having replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the playing XI, Thampi had a forgettable night at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, where, on a sluggish pitch, he sprayed the ball all over and got carted to all corners of the ground.

Thampi, who is capable of hitting the blockhole at will, failed to nail his yorkers (the attempted ones either landed as half-volleys or were full tosses at the right height for the batsman) and the slowness of the pitch meant that whenever he hit the deck, the batsmen had ample time to hit him square of the wicket on either side.

He went for as many as five fours and six sixes, constituting 80 per cent (56) of the runs he conceded on the night.

AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali, who was promoted up the order, took a particular liking to Thampi, again because of the lengths he bowled.

His first over went for 19 runs, Ali welcoming him into the attack with back to back sixes off his first two deliveries: one over long-off and the next over deep mid-wicket. His second went for 18 runs, the fourth ball was, in typical AB de Villiers fashion, cross-batted over the square-leg boundary and out of the ground. His third and fourth overs went for 14 and 19 runs respectively.

Thampi alone conceded 32.11 per cent of the runs scored by RCB!