It was a one-sided Saturday as both matches were comfortably won by Mumbai and Hyderabad respectively. Here are the major statistical highlights from those games:
Second lowest Powerplay score in IPL 2020
The recklessness shown by the Delhi Capitals openers is one of the reasons why they are in a situation they shouldn’t be in. Against Mumbai Indians as well, they lost a wicket in the first over of the innings. In 13 matches this season, seven times they have lost a wicket in the first over of the innings. This is one of the major factors that is affecting them in the first six overs. Today, DC managed to score only 22 runs and lost two wickets in the Powerplay. This is the second-lowest Powerplay score this season.
Rishabh Pant registers 2000 runs for Delhi Capitals
One of the most exciting and explosive prospects of late, has been Rishabh Pant. Rishabh made his debut in 2016, but came into the limelight after the 2018 season of IPL when he racked up close to 700 runs. He followed it up with yet another decent season in 2019. However, in IPL 2020, he hasn’t been at his best. Still, the Delhi lad brought up his 2000th IPL run, against MI. Hence, Rishabh became the third DC batsman to 2000 IPL runs. He reached the 2000-run mark in 64 innings, which is the third-quickest among Indians in IPL.
Most wickets in a season of IPL
MI have been one of the deadliest sides to counter in IPL 2020. The leader of this domination has been their ace bowler Jasprit Bumrah with 23 wickets. With a better economy than Kagiso Rabada, Bumrah now has the purple cap. In every phase of the innings, Bumrah has more than five wickets this season. This has certainly been Bumrah’s best season of IPL. He went past his tally of 20 wickets in 2017, which was his best, prior to this season.
Third lowest total of IPL 2020
With a start as poor as 22/2 in the first six overs, DC's batsmen fell apart against an exceptional bowling line up. The back-to-back centurion, Shikhar Dhawan was packed off in the first over and was handed a back-to-back duck. Apart from skipper, Shreyas Iyer and Pant, none of their batsmen could cross the 15-run mark. Due to a dismal batting display, DC managed to post 110 runs on the board for the loss of nine wickets. This score of 110 is the lowest first innings total in Dubai and the third-lowest total overall in IPL 2020.
Sandeep Sharma’s bunny
Prior to the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sandeep had dismissed Virat Kohli in six innings out of 11. Those six were the joint-most times a bowler has dismissed Kohli in IPL. In the 12th innings, Sandeep emerged as the winner once again when he got Kohli for the seventh time. Hence, Sandeep became the bowler to get Kohli the most times in IPL.
50 wickets inside the Powerplay
With the ability to move the ball both ways, Sandeep is one of those bowlers who bag a majority of their wickets in the Powerplay. Against RCB, when Sandeep bowled Devdutt Padikkal in the third over, he registered 50 wickets in the Powerplay. In IPL, only two bowlers have bagged more than 50 wickets inside the first six overs. Zaheer Khan was the first and Sandeep is the second. With 51 wickets to his name in this phase, he is one wicket behind Zaheer for most wickets in the Powerplay in IPL.
Lowest Powerplay score for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020
In a must-win match, it is very important to get a head start. This is where it went wrong for RCB when they were sent in to bat by Sunrisers Hyderabad. The pitch at Sharjah had slowed down a bit, which made it difficult for the RCB top-order batsmen to score runs freely even with the new ball. Moreover, SRH bowlers do not have the pace factor in their bowling line-up, which made it more difficult for RCB. As they lost two wickets, they crawled to a score of 30 in the first six overs. This was their lowest Powerplay score this season. In Match 25 against Chennai Super Kings, they had registered a score of 36/1 in the first six overs which was their lowest then.
Second biggest margin of victory
Though SRH do not have the number of wins required, they have made sure that they haven’t lost by big margins. This is one of the reasons why they are one of the teams who will qualify if they win against MI in their last match with 14 points. Chasing a small target of 121, SRH batsmen made sure they boosted their net run-rate with a 35-ball margin win. This win is their second-biggest win in IPL in terms of balls left. Their biggest win in IPL came against DC in their inaugural season (2013), when they won by 6 wickets and 37 balls remaining.