Riding on quick-fire 50s by Sunil Narine and skipper Dinesh Karthik, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) registered a convincing 31-run win over R Ashwin-led Kings XI Punjab in the 44th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore, on Saturday.
Here are the stats from Saturday’s match:
1- KKR scored 245 runs – the highest total in IPL 2018.
2- KKR’s 245 against KXIP is also the highest total scored by any team against Punjab in IPL ever. The previous record (240 runs) was made by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL 2018 at Mohali.
3- It is also the highest total by Kolkata in IPL ever, surpassing 222 for 3 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2018.
4- It is also the fourth highest total by any team in the history of IPL. The first and second slot in this list is held by RCB – 263 for 5 against Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) and 248 for 3 against Gujarat Lions (GL). CSK are at in the third spot with their 246 for 6 against Rajasthan Royals (RR).
5- On Saturday, total 459 runs were scored at the Holkar stadium. This was the second highest scoring match in IPL after the IPL 2010 match played between RR and CSK at Chennai in which 469 runs were scored.
6- A total of 67 boundaries (36 fours and 31 sixes) were struck in yesterday’s match – the second most in IPL match ever. The match between CSK and RR in IPL 2010 had seen 69 boundaries being hit.
7- Six KKR batsmen (Sunil Narine – 208.33, Dinesh Karthik – 217.39, Andre Russell- 221.43, Nitish Rana 275, Shubman Gill- 200 and Javon Searles – 600) had a strike rate of 200 or more during Kolkata’s innings. It has happened for the first time in IPL. The previous record was held by batsmen from Mumbai Indians (MI), five of whom maintained a strike rate of 200 or more against RR during their match at Wankhede in IPL 2014.
8- On 12 May, Sunil Narine got hit for four sixes by KL Rahul – the most the West Indian spinner has ever conceded in an IPL match. In IPL 2014, Wriddhiman Saha had hit three sixes off Narine’s bowling at Bengaluru.