Best Powerplays in the IPL

Best Powerplays in the IPL

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The Indian Premier League or IPL is the primary domestic T20 cricket league in India. It is one of the most attended and watched sporting events in the entire world and is also the most popular domestic T20 cricket league across the major cricket-playing regions. There are several rules and regulations that come into play during this Twenty20 league, one of which is “Powerplays.” A Powerplay is the duration of the initial six overs of the game in the T20 cricket format that only allows a maximum of two fielders outside the 30-yard circle. This is to favor the batting side to score more boundaries. Let us take a look at the top 5 teams who have made the best powerplay score in IPL history.

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Top 5 Highest Scores in IPL Powerplay with a Brief

Here are the 5 teams with the best Powerplay score in IPL history;

1. Kolkata Knight Riders - 105/0

Kolkata Knight Riders have the best Powerplay score in IPL of all time. This took place during the IPL 2017, in a match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Following RCB’s first innings, KKR was chasing a total of 159 runs and the whole world was surprised when bowler Sunil Narine came out to open in partnership with Chris Lynn, and what happened next is truly exceptional.

Both Chris Lynn and Narine started smashing every oncoming delivery with sheer commitment. Lynn made 14 runs in the first and the third over of the Powerplay. On the other hand, Narine scored 26 runs off of the fourth over alone. At the end of this Powerplay, Sunil Narine reached his half-century, that is 54 runs in 16 balls, while Lynn was on his 49-run strike out of 20 deliveries. This 105 runs strike with the loss of no wickets remains the highest IPL Powerplay score.

2. Chennai Super Kings - 100/2

The second-highest powerplay score in IPL was scored by the league favorites, Chennai Super Kings. It happened during the 2nd qualifying play-off against Kings XI Punjab at the IPL 2014. While chasing a target of 233 runs in 20 overs, CSK lost a few wickets during the Powerplay. However, the boat started to steer towards the right path once CSK’s Suresh Raina started handling the situation. He scored 87 runs in just 25 deliveries of the Powerplay overs to keep in team afloat. CSK’s 100/2 runs Powerplay score was the IPL best Powerplay score of that time.

3. Chennai Super Kings - 90/0

Following their creation of the best Powerplay score in IPL, back in 2014, CSK once again proved their worth in the following season, which is during IPL 2015. This time they were up against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. CSK openers Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum were on the crease during the Powerplay, and they smashed every ball in quest of runs. Especially during the fourth, fifth, and sixth overs of the Powerplay round, the CSK duo struck the deliveries from Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, and J Suchith and made 61 runs off of them. CSK finished the Powerplay with 90 runs with no wicket lost, which remains one of the best Powerplay in IPL.

4. Kochi Tuskers Kerala - 87/2

The fourth name on this list is Kochi Tuskers Kerala, who were newly added to the IPL scene back in 2011. They were up against Rajasthan Royals in their final game, and Kerala restricted RR for just 97 runs by claiming all their wickets. Kerala attained the target of 98 that day in just 7.2 overs. Most of the runs for Kerala came during the Powerplay overs, which read 87/2. It was the highest run in IPL in Powerplay as of 2011, a record that was later broken.

5. Kings XI Punjab - 86/1

The fifth best Powerplay score in IPL history was achieved by Kings XI Punjab during their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the IPL 2014. While chasing 205 runs down set by SRH, KXIP faced an early loss of a wicket during the Powerplay, which was of Virender Sehwag.

However, that was not enough to break the team morale down as the duo of Manan Vohra and Wriddhiman Saha went on full blast in vengeance for runs. In the Powerplay over, Saha achieved his half-century and scored 52 runs off 23 deliveries, whereas his partner Manan Vohra made 29 runs from 11 balls. By the end of these six overs, KXIP scored a total of 86/1, a scoreline that helped the team down the line to catch up to the target chase with 8 ball remainings, eventually winning the game.

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