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The advent of T-20 cricket has seen big hitting taken to stratospheric levels and the IPL is no different. With run rates of 8 and 9 per over becoming the norm, bowlers have been reduced to bowling machine levels. The IPL has seen numerous big scores above 200 in its short life so far and the trend can only continue upwards. In the second game in the history of the tournament, the then existent Chennai Super Kings (CSK) racked up a massive 240/5 against the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).
That, though, is just the third highest team score. So what is the highest? Read ahead to find out the top 10 IPL team scores to date:
5. Kings XI Punjab 232/2 vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Dharamsala, 17th May 2011
Violence in the land of monks is how one could describe the assault that Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh laid onto the RCB bowlers. In a throwback to his glory days, Gilly launched a fearsome tirade of boundaries which included nine sixes en-route 106.
Marsh too was not to be kept quiet and in the form of his life, carted a poor Johan van der Wath for 30 runs in an over to continue the carnage after Gilly departed. It would prove too much for RCB, with Gayle and Kohli’s failures condemning them to a massive loss.
4 Royal Challengers Bangalore 235/1 vs Mumbai Indians (MI), Mumbai, 10th May 2015
ABD! ABD! ABD! After listening to these cheers, one would be forgiven to think the match was being played in Cape Town; or Bangalore at best. But the sporting Mumbai crowd dumped loyalties and cheered every shot the South African maestro played as he demolished the MI attack.
On a flat Wankhede strip, De Villiers’ innings was carnage combined with the audacious, scoring an unbeaten 133 at a paltry strike rate of 225.42. That Virat Kohli (82* off 50 balls) was just support cast, displays the dominance of AB.
Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard of MI provided some entertainment for the home fans but it was just academic. MI fizzled out 39 runs short.
3. Chennai Super Kings 240/5 vs Kings XI Punjab, Mohali, 19th April 2008
In the second match of the IPL, spectators were treated to what was soon to be the norm. Coming off a brilliant Big bash league, Michael Hussey hammered a scintillating unbeaten 116 to take CSK to a massive 240/5.
Scoring just seven runs behind the wicket, Hussey followed orthodox cricket strokes, scoring at will, taking apart even his compatriot Brett Lee. KXIP did all they could to chase down the total but despite the best efforts of James Hopes and Kumar Sangakarra, they lost by 33 runs.
2. Chennai Super Kings 246/5 vs Rajasthan Royals (RR), Chennai, 3rd April 2010
CSK were the dominant side in the IPL and their presence twice in the top 3 in this list just underlines the fact. In a match more reminiscent of stick cricket or book cricket (take your pick), the RR bowlers were toyed with.
Courtesy a whirlwind knock of 127 by Vijay Murli, CSK plundered 155 in the last ten overs and 76 in the last five to end on a gigantic 246/5. Naman Ojha and Shane Watson, seemingly unperturbed by the drubbing they received, gave CSK a taste of their own medicine but Doug Bollinger’s unrealistic 2/15 made sure that Chennai held on for a victory.
This was the highest score in IPL history for 3 years and 20 days till.
1. Royal Challengers Bangalore 263/5 vs Pune Warriors (PW), Bangalore, 23rd April 2013
Cometh the hour, cometh the man! Fastest century (30 balls), highest individual T20 score (175*) and most number of individual sixes (17), Chris Gayle did it all. In a mind-numbing assault on the Pune Warriors bowlers, Gayle launched RCB to the highest ever IPL total of 263/5.
The Warriors skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and that was the last thing to go right for PW. He elected to bowl. After a quiet first over, it began to rain. Even after the rain vanished, it continued to rain on the field. Rain sixes and fours that is.
Like a military bomber destroying and airbase, Ali Murtaza for 18, Mitch Marsh went for 28 and Finch himself for 29. In the 9th over of the innings, Gayle reached his own century after which, by his own standards, he slowed down.
If 75 runs for a single player in less than 11 overs is called slowing down, then yes. ABD continued the carnage carting 31 off 12. Pune could as well as have not bothered turning up. They missed the target by just 130 runs.