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From Pant’s blinder to RCB-CSK epic – the IPL matches with the most sixes hit

From Pant's Blinder To The RCB-CSK Epic – Most Sixes In An IPL Match
by Wisden Staff 4-minute read

Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) opening encounter of the 2020 IPL against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) witnessed 33 sixes, equalling the record of the most sixes hit in an IPL match. But which other matches complete the top five of this list?

Chennai became the only team to feature in three of the five matches on the list of most maximums hit in an IPL match with their 16-run defeat on Tuesday. They also featured in the only other match of the tournament which saw 33 maximums being hit.

Three of the four below-mentioned matches were played in 2018 edition of the IPL.

Delhi Daredevils v Gujarat Lions, Delhi, IPL 2017 – 31 sixes

Sachin Tendulkar described Rishabh Pant’s knock in the match as “one of the best innings I have seen in the IPL & that includes all 10 seasons”. The wicketkeeper-batsman’s 43-ball-97 saw him hit nine maximums, facilitating DD’s chase of 209, which they completed with 15 balls to spare.

Pant was aided by Sanju Samson, who hit seven maximums in his knock of 61 off 31 deliveries while Shreyas Iyer and Corey Anderson chipped in with two each to make it 20 sixes for Delhi.

Gujarat, on the other hand, rode on captain Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik’s partnership of 133 for the third wicket, who hit a combined nine sixes before Ravindra Jadeja added a couple to take them to 208. This encounter set the record of the most sixes hit in an IPL match before falling down the order in the following season.

Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai, IPL 2018 – 31

11 of the 31 sixes in this encounter came from the blade of Andre Russell – the sixth-most by a batsman in an IPL innings. The all-rounder slammed 88 runs in 36 deliveries, powering KKR to 202-6 from a worrisome 89-5.

But CSK, unlike the recent defeat against RR, managed to chase down the total. Shane Watson started the onslaught, hitting three sixes in his 19-ball 42 before Sam Billings took over the six-hitting baton.

The Englishman sent the ball sailing over the rope on five occasions, adding 56 runs in 23 deliveries to see CSK through. All of the Chennai batsmen hit at least one maximum, adding 14 to KKR’s total of 17 sixes.

Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Indore, IPL 2018 – 31

KKR registered the fourth-highest IPL total ever in the encounter – 245-6, batting first. Sunil Narine contributed with the most maximums for KKR – four – followed by Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik, who hit three each. Chris Lynn, two, and one each from Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana and Javon Searles took their total to 15.

KL Rahul provided KXIP the much-needed impetus up top, scoring a quickfire 29-ball-66, laced with seven maximums. Aaron Finch and Ravichandran Ashwin showed intent, but regular wickets restricted them to 214.

The Punjab-based outfit crossed KKR in the sixes count, however, scoring 16 of them.

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings, Bengaluru, IPL 2018 – 33

Before RR and CSK equalled the record for the most sixes hit in an IPL encounter, this epic at the Chinnaswamy between two arch-rivals was the sole leader of the list. Batting first, the hosts posted a mammoth 206-run total.

Quinton de Kock’s 37-ball 53 featured four sixes while AB de Villiers hit eight maximums in his blistering 68 off 30. Mandeep Singh’s three and Pawan Negi’s one took RCB’s total to 16 maximums in the innings.

In reply, CSK hit 17 sixes as Dhoni completed an intense chase in trademark fashion – a six over long-on. Ambati Rayudu’s eight maximums coupled with Dhoni’s seven and one each from Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo took the match’s tally to 33 maximums.

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