IPL 2017 — a season for records

Teams and players in the 2017 IPL seem to have taken very seriously, the cliché that “Records are meant to be broken”. Here are five records created or equalled this season, some of them not desirable.

KKR’s Sunil Narine equalled the IPL record for the fastest fifty.   -  K. Murali Kumar

1. Fastest fifty: Sunil Narine scored a fifty off 15 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore, thus equalling the IPL record, and helping Kolkata Knight Riders chase down the target of 159 with almost five overs to spare.

Fastest Fifties in IPL

Sunil Narine15KKRRCBBengaluru2017
Yusuf Pathan15KKRSRHKolkata2014
Suresh Raina16CSKKXIPMumbai2014


2. Biggest margin of victory: Mumbai Indians posted a massive score of 212 against the Delhi Daredevils, and then skittled it out for 66 runs to achieve the biggest ever win in IPL history, by a margin of 146 runs.

Biggest Margin of Victory in IPL

MI146 runs213DDDelhi2017
RCB144 runs249GLBengaluru2016
KKR140 runs223RCBBengaluru2008


3. Lowest score in IPL history: Royal Challengers Bangalore was bowled out for 49 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders, making it the first instance of a team being bowled out for less than 50 runs in the IPL. Delhi Daredevils was also bowled out for a couple of low scores in this IPL, 66 and 67, which means that three of the four lowest IPL scores have come in 2017.

Lowest Score in IPL

RR5815.1RCBCape Town2009


4. Lowest match aggregate: Kings XI Punjab bowled out Delhi Daredevils for a paltry 67 and then chased down the target with more than 12 overs to spare, making the 135 runs that were scored in that match the joint-fewest ever in an IPL game.

Lowest Match Aggregates in the IPL

Team 1Team 2RunsVenueMatch Date
RRRCB141Abu Dhabi2014


5. Most hat-tricks in an IPL season: Three bowlers — Samuel Badree, Andrew Tye and Jaydev Unadkat — have already taken hat-tricks in this season’s IPL, thereby equalling the record for the most hat-tricks in a season. The 2017 IPL could well hold the sole record by the end of this season.

Most Hat-Tricks in an IPL Season



  • We have seen how hat-tricks are much more common in T20s than other formats. Can you please prove this using numbers?
  • — Anirudh Iyer, India
  • I suppose your observation is based on the spurt of hat-tricks in the current IPL. In the absence of publicly available data for domestic cricket across the world, let us carry out this analysis with respect to international cricket. There have been 42 hat-tricks from 2260 Tests, 41 hat-tricks from 3865 ODIs and 5 hat-tricks from 610 T20Is. This means the rate of hat-tricks is actually the highest in Tests (54 Tests per hat-trick), followed by ODIs (94) and the lowest in T20Is (122). However, the frequency in the IPL has been quite high, with 17 hat-tricks being taken from 624 matches, which means a hat-trick has been taken every 37 matches, which is more frequent than in Tests, ODIs or T20Is.
  • Misbah-ul-Haq made two scores of 99 in the Test series against West Indies. He also scored 99 and 0 in the second Test of that series in Bridgetown. Are both these incidents uncommon in Test cricket?
  • — Ajit Krishnan, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  • Misbah-ul-Haq is the first batsman to make two scores of 99 in the same Test series, and is also the first batsman to make scores of 99 in successive Tests. However, his scores of 99 and 0 in the second Test are not as rare. In fact, there have been four previous instances of a batsman making 99 and 0 in the same Test — Pankaj Roy (v Aus, 1959), Mushtaq Mohammad (v Eng, 1973), Geoff Boycott (v Aus, 1979) and Andrew Hall (v Eng, 2003).
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore (“RCB”) recently posted the lowest total across seasons of the IPL. What is the lowest total across all T20s? Also, what are the highest scores?
  • — Chetan Badiger, Shimoga, Karnataka
  • RCB’s score of 49 all out was the lowest in IPL history and the 10th lowest in all T20s. The lowest ever score in a T20 is by Tripura — 30 all out, versus Jharkhand in 2009. The second lowest score is 39, by Netherlands against Sri Lanka, in 2014. The highest score in T20 cricket is also, in fact, by RCB — 263/5 versus Pune Warriors in the 2013 IPL season. Australia has also scored exactly 263/3 in T20I, versus Sri Lanka in 2016.
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