There is no shortage of runs when an IPL game happens at M. Chinnaswamy and today was no different. A total of 444 runs were scored and astonishing 33 sixes were hit across two innings.
In the end, Chennai won by a close margin of just eight runs. There were plenty of stats from the game, and here is a list of a few:
An abundance of sixes and runs
M. Chinnaswamy and sixes are a match made in heaven. In the IPL since 2019, on average, the venue has witnessed 19 sixes in a game, the most among all venues.
Chennai hit 17 sixes in their innings in this game, the joint-most for them. On the other hand, Bangalore smashed 16 sixes. In total, 33 sixes were witnessed in this game. This is the joint-most sixes in a single IPL match.
In terms of runs, both teams scored 215 or more in their allotted 20 overs. Chennai posted 226/6, and Bangalore managed to hoist 215/8. Eventually, the game witnessed 444 runs, the highest aggregate for a match played at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Bangalore mauled in the middle-overs
Chennai posted 53/1 in the first six overs. By virtue of it, they became the first team in this IPL to post a 50+ total against Bangalore in this phase.
But the mauling started in the middle-over (7-15) phase. Chennai scored 112 runs in this nine overs phase. In any IPL innings, only once have they scored more runs between 7-15 (113), and that was against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2022.
25th 200+ total for Chennai
In the IPL, this was Chennai's 25th total of 200 or more, the most among all teams. Bangalore are just behind them at 24 - a rivalry indeed.
Furthermore, thanks to their middle-over solid performance and a sensational end, they posted 226 runs on the board. In the IPL, this is their highest total since 2011. Overall, this was their third-best total.
Maxwell goes berserk again
When Glenn Maxwell entered the arena, Bangalore were reeling at 15 for 2 in two overs. Despite the situation, Maxwell didn't get bogged down. He smashed a half-century off just 24 balls and eventually finished with 76 off 36 balls.
In his innings, he hit eight sixes, the joint-most for a Bangalore batter against Chennai in an IPL innings. AB de Villiers, in 2018, had also hit eight in his knock of 68 from 35 balls.
In the IPL, Maxwell now has a strike rate of 187.5 against Chennai, scoring 364 runs. Among batters with 200+ runs against the franchise, no other batter has a better strike rate than him.
Faf's best start in IPL
Alongside Maxwell, Faf du Plessis was at his best from the word go against his old team. In the first six overs, the Bangalore skipper hoisted 45 runs at a strike rate of 264.7.
In the IPL, the 45 runs he scored is the most, and his strike rate was also the personal best in an innings in the first six overs.
He notched up a half-century in just 23 balls, the fastest for Bangalore in this edition of the IPL. He has scored a fifty at a quicker pace just once: against the then Kings XI Punjab in 2014 (playing for CSK).
Bangalore waste a stupendous start
In the first ten overs of their chase, Bangalore were on course. They had posted 121, with Faf and Maxwell going strong. Though they lost this game, it was one of their best starts.
In the IPL, only against the now-defunct Pune Warriors (128/0) in 2013 have they posted more runs in the first half (a complete 20-over game). In this period, they smashed nine sixes, the joint-second most for them in this phase.
Few other stats
- In the first six overs (powerplay) of this innings, RCB batters hit six sixes. This is only the second time they have hit six sixes in this phase. The other instance was against PWI in 2012.
- The 126-run third-wicket partnership between Maxwell and Faf is the second-highest in a losing chase. Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey against RCB in 2018 forged a 135-run partnership and ended up on the losing side.
- The 62 runs conceded by Vyshak Vijaykumar in this innings is the second-most for a Bangalore bowler in IPL. Only Josh Hazlewood, against Punjab in 2022, conceded more runs (0/64).
- In the IPL, the total of 226 for 6 by Chennai is the highest for a visiting team (apart from Bangalore).