The group stage of IPL 2023 is nearing its conclusion, and soon we will discover the four teams that will advance to the playoffs. This year’s IPL has elevated the level of excitement and anticipation in Indian cricket. Each match of the tournament has captured attention and garnered headlines, particularly due to the outstanding performances of young talents representing their respective franchises.
These emerging stars have showcased their skills and made a lasting impression on fans and cricket enthusiasts alike. The power plays in every IPL game have consistently provided a thrilling and captivating aspect of the game. Indian cricket fans eagerly anticipate the boundary-hitting prowess displayed by the batsmen during this phase.
Simultaneously, they find intrigue in the mistakes made by batsmen under pressure to achieve a high score. The power play overs often set the tone for the rest of the match, creating an atmosphere of anticipation and excitement among fans as they witness the battle between bat and ball unfold.
The list of powerplay scores in the history of IPL.
1) KKR vs RCB – IPL 2017
The match that tops the list is between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. KKR won the toss and choose to bowl first and the decision turned out to be a positive one for the franchise. The bowlers restricted the RCB batters to 158 at a loss of 4 wickets. It was now time for KKR to come up with a solid batting performance and win the match. They did as expected and the opening duo Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine scored 105 in the powerplay and completely thrashed the RCB bowlers. KKR won the game by 6 wickets, while 4 overs were remaining to be bowled.
2) CSK vs PBKS – IPL 2014
This match will go down the history books of IPL because of two reasons. Virender Sehwag played a ferocious innings for Punjab Kings and scored 122 runs in 58 balls and was not out. Another reason was the memorable innings by Suresh Raine for Chennai Super Kings which changed the future of the player entirely. Raina scored 87 runs in just 25 balls. Overall, in the powerplay, 100 runs were scored and MS Dhoni also played a cameo by scoring 42 runs in 31 balls. Chennai Super Kings lost the game in the end as they were unable to chase the score successfully.
3) CSK vs MI – IPL 2015
Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are two of the most successful teams in the history of IPL and whenever they come face to face, the match is expected to give goosebumps. The same thing happened during a clash between the two in IPL 2015. MI won the toss and choose to bat first but their top order turned out to be a failure.
Their middle order handled the innings well and scored 183 runs at a loss of 7 wickets. CSK was prepared to face the MI bowling and the duo Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum did as they were expected. Smith scored his fifty in just 22 balls and McCullum scored 36 runs in 15 balls. Overall, 90 runs were scored during the powerplay and CSK won the match.
4) KTK vs RR – IPL 2011
Kochi Tuskers Kerela is now a defunct franchise in IPL but because of their exceptional performance in 2011, they have made it to the list. KTK bowlers overpowered the RR batters and the latter finished the innings at 97 runs. When KTK got their chance, they went with full force on RR bowlers. Brendon McCullum and Brad Hodge were in a hurry to finish the game and scored 87 runs during the powerplay. It was an easy win for KTK.
5) PBKS vs SRH – IPL 2014
Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad are two evenly matched teams who are unpredictable and always give tough competition in the tournament. In a clash during IPL 2014, Punjab Kings elected to field first and got a target of 206 from SRH. In reply, Punjab lost Virender Sehwag at a very early stage but Wriddhiman Saha and Manan Vohra handled the innings and made full use of the powerplay. The duo scored 86 runs during the powerplay and helped PBKS to score a win against SRH.