The IPL is a run-fest but even in the centerpiece of the cricketing calendar, fans have been treated to some performances that go well and beyond the ordinary. From a single player scoring enough runs to beat a teams total to a team coming together to create something incredible, the IPL has it all.
Here are the five highest scores a team has been able to accumulate in IPL history:
Royal Challengers Bangalore - 235/1 vs Mumbai Indians
The problem with facing RCB is that you don't have to worry about one player. While you can have a go at their bowling, their batting is something each and every team envies. Mumbai Indians found that out the hard way in 2015 in a group game. Chris Gayle got off the mark the only way he knows how to - with a clean hit over long on. Gayle was looking in good touch and Mumbai did themselves no favors by dropping Gayle and Virat Kohli off consecutive balls.
In came AB de Villiers, who took his time settling down and Mumbai would not be faulted
AB managed to finish his innings on an unbeaten 133 off just 59 balls while Kohli supported him well with an 82* off 50 deliveries. RCB eventually set Mumbai a target of 236 in 20 overs. However, it was Mumbai who had the last laugh, lifting the IPL trophy at the end of the year.
Chennai Super Kings - 240/5 vs Kings XI Punjab
On April 28th, 2008, KKR became the first team to score 200 runs in an IPL match in the very first game of the now famous tournament. Every cricket fan in India was surprised to see a team score 222 runs in the first match of the IPL. The excitement hadn't even died out completely when Chennai took the field against Punjab the next day. Even though the latter got a wicket in the third over Chennai looked comfortable with 53 runs off their power-play overs.
Over the next seven balls, Punjab made a comeback sending both Matthew Hayden and MS Dhoni packing. But in came Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina and the duo made sure that the run rate did not drop and took the score past 100 in just 11 overs. Even though he kept losing partners on the other side, Hussey continued the blitz raising the hopes that KKR's record was not safe. They managed to take the score to 215 with an over to go and that was a cue for S Badrinath to show off his batting prowess as he ensured that Chennai finished the innings with 240 on the board.
Punjab became the third team to go past 200 in the same game but
Chennai Super Kings - 246/5 vs Rajasthan Royals
After Chennai's 240 in the first season, it looked like the record would stand for quite a while with no team able to breach the 225-run barrier. Well, they say only a diamond can truly cut another diamond so the Super Kings took the matter into their own hands. Playing against the Rajasthan Royals, Chennai started off with a flurry of runs managing 66 runs in the power-play overs. But the Royals fought back allowing just 25 off the next four overs.
However, by this time Albie Morkel had settled himself and was beginning to play some big shots. Vijay and Morkel took the Rajasthan bowlers to the cleaners bringing up the 200 in the 17th over. It looked like the record would finally be broken as Vijay scored his first IPL century in the next over off just 46 balls. With one over to spare Chennai were just five runs of the record when Morkel was dismissed. But there were not going to be denied as Vijay went past the 240 with a massive six over extra cover. Eventually, he fell and so did Dhoni after him, but Chennai had bettered their record by six runs to finish with a final score of 246/5.
Like the previous game, Rajasthan put up a fight of their own and went past 200 but fell short by 23 runs at the end.
Royal Challengers Bangalore - 248/3 vs Gujarat Lions
There are some games that start and you know that you are about to witness something great. This was not such a game. With four overs gone, RCB had gotten off to a poor start scoring just 19 runs and had seen Gayle's cameo end with his stumps uprooted. In came AB de Villiers to join Virat Kohli at the crease and the duo took their own sweet time settling in at the crease. RCB looked to be headed to a modest score with 76 runs on the board after half their innings played.
However, what followed was absolute carnage of the Gujarat bowlers by the two most gifted batsmen of the era. Over the next 5 overs, they scored 60 runs. Over the next 5, 112! The 18th and the 19th overs alone went for 60 runs. It was the first and the only time that two batsmen from the same team had managed to score centuries in the same match. RCB finished with a score of 248/3 in their 20 allotted overs.
Gujarat, on the other hand, could only manage 104 without their captain Suresh Raina and walked into the history books for the biggest margin of defeat in the IPL.
Royal Challengers Bangalore - 263/5 vs Pune Warriors
Whenever this game is talked about, everyone will get a nostalgic recollection of exactly where they were when Chris Gayle showed his true colors. Anyone who has ever watched cricket knows what Gayle is capable of, but no one would have thought that even he could decimate an entire team the way he did. It had been three years since Chennai had broken their own record and it looked like the record would stay for a while. But on April 13, Chris Gayle walked out onto the Chinnaswamy pitch.
The first over yielded just 3 runs but Gayle made his intent clear as he struck two back-to-back boundaries on the first two balls of the second over. Then came the rain! After the interruption, Gayle started just as he had left off with three more boundaries in the over. He reached his fifty a few overs later off just 17 balls but the best was yet to come. The 'Gaylestorm' continued as he took RCB past 100 in the eighth over. In the next over he became the fastest centurion in the IPL getting to triple digits in just 30 balls.
But he wasn't done just yet. RCB reached their 150 in the 12th over and Gayle his in the 15th. De Villiers played a cameo of his own as well scoring 31 of eight balls but it was Gayle, whose unbeaten 175 took RCB to a mammoth score of 263/5. It has been almost four years since that day and still, no one has even come close to getting close to either Gayle or RCB in the IPL.
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