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Sixes soar in a record chase at the Eden Gardens

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Stats highlights from Punjab Kings’ historic heist at the Eden Gardens.

262 is the highest successfully chased target in a T20 game. Punjab Kings surpassed the 259 chased down by South Africa against West Indies in Centurion. The previous highest successfully chased score in the IPL was 224 by Rajasthan Royals, who chased that total on two separate instances – against Punjab Kings in Sharjah in 2020 and against KKR in Kolkata earlier this year.

Highest successful chases in T20s

Target Team Against Tournament Venue Year
262 PBKS KKR IPL Kolkata 2024
259 SA WI T20I Centurion 2023
253 Middlesex Surrey T20 Blast The Oval 2023
244 Aus NZ T20I Auckland 2018

523 The aggregate of 523 runs by the two teams combined is the joint second-most in a T20 game, only second to the 549 runs between SRH and RCB in Bengaluru earlier in the season. This was the third instance of 500+ runs aggregate in an IPL match, all three coming in this IPL 2024 edition.

Highest aggregate in a T20 match

Aggregate Team 1 Team 2 Tournament Venue Year
549 SRH RCB IPL Bengaluru 2024
523 SRH MI IPL Hyderabad 2024
523 KKR PBKS IPL Kolkata 2024
517 WI SA T20I Centurion 2023

7 250+ scores in IPL 2024 – the most ever in a single T20 series or tournament. There were only two such scores in the first 16 years of the IPL. The 2022 and 2023 seasons of England’s T20 Blast saw three 250+ scores each.

42 sixes hit in this match is the most ever in a T20 game, surpassing the 38 struck in the SRH vs MI game in Hyderabad as well as the SRH vs RCB game in Bengaluru, both in IPL 2024. 24 maximums by Punjab Kings is the second-most in an innings by a team, behind Nepal’s 26 hits over the ropes against Mongolia in Hangzhou in the Asian Games last year. The previous IPL record for sixes hit in an innings was 22 by SRH, who did it twice this season – against RCB in Bengaluru and against DC in Delhi.

Most sixes in a T20

Sixes Team 1 Team 2 Tournament Venue Year
42 KKR PBKS IPL Kolkata 2024
38 SRH MI IPL Hyderabad 2024
38 SRH RCB IPL Bengaluru 2024
37 Balkh Legends Kabul Zwanan APL Sharjah 2018
37 SKNP JT CPL Basseterre 2019

400 runs scored in boundaries in the match: KKR scored 196 (22 X 4s & 18 X 6s) and Punjab Kings 204 (15 X 4s & 24 X 6s) – the joint-most in a T20 match. The RCB vs SRH contest in Bengaluru earlier in the season also had as many boundary runs (43 X 4s & 38 X 6s).

 PBKS' chase witnessed three 75+ partnerships - a first in T20 cricket.

PBKS’ chase witnessed three 75+ partnerships – a first in T20 cricket. ©BCCI

15.16 the economy rate for seamers in the match – the worst ever in an IPL game. Between the two sides, seamers bowled 23.4 overs and conceded 359 runs for four wickets. Among those who bowled at least one over of seam, the only bowler with a sub-15 economy rate was Arshdep Singh (11.25). The previous worst rate of runs leaked by seamers in an IPL match was 14.06 in the match between SRH and RCB in Bengaluru in 2024 (7/422 in 30 overs).

1 This was the first instance of all four openers scoring 50+ in the same IPL match and the 11th such instance in all T20 cricket. The four openers cumulatively hit 24 maximums between them – the joint-most by openers in a T20 contest, alongside the 24 struck in a contest between China and Japan in Mong Kok in 2024.

93/1 by Punjab Kings is the fourth highest Powerplay score in IPL and the highest ever for the team surpassing the previous best of 86/1 against SRH in Hyderabad ten years ago in IPL 2014. The aggregate of 169 runs in Powerplay by both sides combined is the third-most in an IPL game, behind 213 between SRH and DC in Delhi last Saturday and 170 between Punjab Kings and CSK at the Wankhede Stadium in IPL 2014.

3 Partnerships of 75+ in Punjab Kings innings: 93 off 36 between Prabhsimran & Bairstow, 85 off 39 between Bairstow & Rossouw and 84* off 37 between Bairstow & Shashank. It is the first such instance in T20 cricket.

with additional inputs from Roshan Gede

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