The two matches played on Saturday, April 22, went all the way down to the wire. However, both were contrasting last over thrillers. Here are a few stats from both encounters: Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) vs Gujarat Titans (GT) and Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Punjab Kings (PBKS).
MI vs PBKS
Punjab go berserk in the last five overs
At the end of the 15th over, PBKS had posted 115 runs at the loss of four wickets. Posting a total of 200+ looked way distant from the position they were in. However, what happened next was history.
-In the last five overs, PBKS scored 96 runs, the second most by a team in this phase in the IPL. Only Royal Challengers Bangalore, against now-defunct Gujarat Lions, achieved more.
-The menace started with a 31-run over against Arjun Tendulkar in the 16th over. In the IPL, only Daniel Sams (35) in 2022 against Kolkata Knight Riders conceded more in a single over for MI.
-In these five overs, PBKS batters smashed 17 boundaries, eight fours, and nine sixes, the second most in an IPL innings in the last five overs.
-PBKS batters accumulated 86 runs through boundaries in this stage, the second most. RCB, in their exploit against GL in 2016, had scored 100 runs from boundaries (4s/6s - 4/14).
MI pacers got thrashed
In this innings, all four pacers of MI were hit for 40 runs or above. Overall, their quicks had an economy of 12.3. This is their costliest outing in an IPL innings where their pacers have bowled 10+ overs. Before this match against KKR in 2019, their quicks had an economy of 11.53.
Adding salt to their wound, in the IPL, this was only the second instance of four pacers conceding over 40+ runs each, and both involved MI. Their other innings was against Delhi Capitals in 2019 at the same venue.
This match saw seven different bowlers concede 40+ runs in their spell, four from MI and three from PBKS. In an IPL match, it is the joint most. There have been three other games, CSK vs RR in 2010 and KKR vs PBKS twice in 2014 & 2018.
Rohit breaches the 250 and 150 six mark
Rohit Sharma hit three sixes in his innings of 44 off 27 balls. With those three maximums, he became the first Indian batter and the third in the IPL to hit 250 sixes. Only Chris Gayle (357) and AB de Villiers (251) are ahead of him.
As a captain, he was the third to hit 150 sixes in the IPL. MS Dhoni, with 214, leads the list, followed by Virat Kohli with 168. He is just one short of 200 sixes for MI.
LSG vs GT
Lucknow bottle a simple chase
After restricting GT to a low score of 135, it should have been a cakewalk for Lucknow. After the first ten overs, they should have finished the game with at least three overs to spare.
They needed 56 runs with nine wickets in hand in the last ten overs. However, they made a mess out of their chase. In the end, they fell short by eight runs. In the IPL, only one team has failed to achieve a lower target in the last ten overs (non-DLS matches).
KL Rahul is not the match-winner anymore
Only one person has to take the blame for their loss: their skipper Rahul. After reaching his 50 off 38 balls, Rahul slowed down so much that he only scored 18 runs in his next 23 balls—zero boundaries hit in this 18-ball stint.
In the IPL, this is the 26th time he has faced 50+ balls, the most by a batter, and only 12 of those have ended in a winning cause. Among batters who have faced 50+ balls 10-plus times, his win percentage of 53.8% is the worst.
His knock is the third-slowest 60+ball knock in the IPL. In 2009 against PBKS, JP Duminy scored 59 of 63 while chasing, the slowest.
Adding on, he played his seventh first-over maiden in T20s since 2015, the most by a batter.
Few other stats
- Suryakumar Yadav registered his fastest IPL half-century. He reached the landmark in 23 balls, a ball quicker than his previous best against SRH in 2021.
- Jitesh Sharma smashed four sixes in his seven-ball innings. In the IPL, that is the joint-most sixes hit by a batter in an inning of fewer than ten balls. Jofra Archer against CSK in 2020 & Dinesh Karthik in 2022 against SRH also had four.
- In the match between MI and PBKS, 25 sixes were hit, and four of them were 100m or above sixes.
- In both matches, Naveen-ul-Haq conceded 19 runs in his four-over spell. In the IPL, among pacers who have bowled eight overs in their first two IPL games, his economy is the third-best. Amit Singh (3.8) for RR and Lasith Malinga (4.3) for MI had better economies.
- With one wicket against GT, Amit Mishra (170) has now equalled Lasith Malinga's tally of 170 wickets. He is currently the joint-third highest wicket-taker overall and second-most for an Indian in the IPL.
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