It is vital for the team to make a strong start in the power play so they can achieve a strong total and set the tone for the batters to follow. If, on the other hand, the openers or top-order batsmen have trouble getting their bats going in the opening overs, it might be detrimental to the success of the team.
There have been teams who have scored more than 70 runs over the first six overs, while others have lost wickets at an alarming rate and have not been able to put up a respectable total.
The following narrative examines the history of some of the worst (lowest) powerplay scores in the IPL. These 8 teams are featured as they suffer the most catastrophic starts to their innings in the history of the competition.
The bowlers took their performances to a new level under favorable conditions that elevated the performance of the bowlers. Below we have brought you the lowest powerplay scores ever recorded in the IPL:
- KKR scored the fifth-lowest powerplay total in IPL history against RCB on Wednesday.
- Mohammed Siraj bowled an unplayable spell in the first innings.
Lowest Power Play Runs by the IPL Franchises
Throughout the history of the Indian Premier League, we have looked at five of the lowest totals recorded after the opening six overs.
1. Rajasthan Royals 14/2 v RCB, 2009 – Lowest Power Play Scored
It is true that the Rajasthan Royals won the Indian Premier League in 2008, but the team hasn’t been able to repeat that feat since then. In the following year, as well as in their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore they dealt the visitors a blow, restricting them to a score of 133/8. On the other hand, Rajasthan struggled to get going in the Powerplay, scoring just 14 runs and losing 2 wickets in the process.
This match was a miserable flop for the top 3 of Graeme Smith, Swapnil Asnodkar, and Niraj Patel. As much as they would have liked to chase down that target after their poor performance during the Powerplay, it was Kumble’s brilliance (5/5) that bundled them out for the lowest score in the tournament.
2. Chennai Super Kings- 15/2 vs Kolkata Knight Riders
In all of the history of the association, the Chennai Super Kings have been the most reliable team. In general, they are known to start their innings a little conservatively, so be sensitive to that. During the Powerplay in Kolkata in 2011, Brett Lee and Iqbal Abdullah were able to tie their scoring rate down. Abdullah took Murali Vijay’s wicket, whereas Yusuf Pathan took the wicket of Suresh Raina within the first six overs of the match itself. Despite the fact that CSK are only likely to manage 114 runs within the 20 overs, KKR has won the game by 10 runs [DLS Strategy].
3. Chennai Super Kings 16/1 v Delhi Daredevils
The match took place at the stadium of Raipur against Delhi Daredevils (now known as Delhi Capitals). As a result, they scored 16 runs in exchange for one wicket, becoming the 3rd lowest team score in IPL history.
4. Chennai Super Kings- 16/1
It was the fourth time in history that Chennai failed to score at more than three runs per over in the Powerplay overs. In 2019, a match was played against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chepauk in the opening match of the season. On a turning track, the CSK team rolled over RCB for a total of 70 runs in the first inning.
However, they also took their time in chasing the target down as well. Yuzvendra Chahal was introduced in the Power Play in order to slow down the scoring rate, as he took the wicket of Shane Watson in a bid to slow down the scoring rate. The Chennai team was able to chase the target with 14 balls to spare in the end.
5. Kolkata Knight Riders- 17/4
Kolkata Knight Riders became the team with the lowest Powerplay score for the entire IPL 2020 campaign during the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Abu Dhabi. During the first innings, Hyderabad pacer Mohammed Siraj caused a ruckus by taking 3 wickets in just 3 overs for just 2 runs. Saini delivered a four and a six to Tom Banton in his over, but Siraj got his wicket in the over following that.
Saini picked up a wicket as well as Morris effectively stopped the flow from one end of the field. At the end of the 20 overs, KKR scored 84/8 in 20 overs and ultimately lost by eight wickets.It was Muhammad Siraj who ran through KKR in his latest of many examples of a very low powerplay total on this list.
As a result, Mohammed Siraj did the damage for KKR who slipped to their lowest powerplay score in the IPL history
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