Now that the tenth edition of the IPL is in the books, we take a look at some of the key stats from the season past.
Highest Total: 230-3
The Kings XI Punjab recorded the highest team total of the IPL season when they scored 230-3 against eventual champions the Mumbai Indians. Wicketkeeper-batman Wriddhiman Saha was the top-scorer, with 93 off 55 balls (11 fours, three sixes). KXIP scored a mind-boggling 72 runs in fours and a further 72 runs in maximums. Though the Mumbai Indians ran the Kings XI close, the KXIP emerged with a seven-run victory.
Lowest Total: 49
The Royal Challengers Bangalore’s season hit rock-bottom when they slumped to 49 all-out against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Not only was it the lowest score of the tournament, but it was also the lowest score in IPL history, eclipsing the 58 scored by the Rajasthan Royals against, ironically, RCB in 2009. The score was made all the more embarrassing by the presence of the phenomenal power-hitting trio of AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli. RCB had made a mess of the innocuous 132-run target, falling 82 runs short.
Most runs by a South African: 420
Hashim Amla was South Africa’s leading run-scorer at this year’s IPL. His 420 runs came in ten innings at an average of 60. His fantastic season was highlighted by two centuries. Strangely enough, both centuries were scores of 104 off 60 balls against the Mumbai Indians and the Gujarat Lions respectively. He complemented these sensational knocks with the addition of two other fifties.
First Century: Scorecard
Second Century: Scorecard
Most wickets by a South African: 18
Having initially not been bought during the players auction, Imran Tahir proved the coup of the tournament for Rising Pune Supergiant. The world’s No 1 T20 and ODI bowler spun a web around batsmen with his array of different deliveries. He finished the tournament second on Supergiant’s wicket charts with 18 scalps, behind only Jaydev Unadkat who took 24 scalps. His best outing was against countryman De Villiers’ RCB where he captured 3-18 and led RPS to victory.
Tournament Sixes: 703
There were 703 maximums struck in the tenth edition of the IPL. Over the 60 matches, this works out to an average of 11.72 sixes per game. The total of runs scored in sixes was 4 218.