Record-breaking Sunrisers prevail in high-scoring thriller with RCB


Sunrisers Hyderabad shattered their own IPL record for the highest total, piling up 287-3 against Royal Challengers Bengaluru, surpassing the 277-3 they made against Mumbai Indians on March 27, 2024.

The new IPL record is the second highest total in all T20s, just behind Nepal’s 314-3 against Mongolia on September 27, 2023. Sunrisers’ 22 sixes is also the new IPL record for maximums in an innings.

Australian Travis Head scored his maiden IPL ton, a brilliant 102 off 41 balls, before the in-form Heinrich Klaasen muscled 67 off 31 with seven sixes.

Abdul Samad put the finishing touches on the innings with 37 not out off 10, while opener Abhishek Sharma made 34 off 22 and Aiden Markram an unbeaten 32 off 17.

Lockie Ferguson (2-52) and Reece Topley (1-68) were the expensive wicket-takers for RCB.

That RCB fell just 25 runs short of the target spoke of how conducive conditions were for batting. Dinesh Karthik slammed 83 off 35 and skipper Faf du Plessis 62 off 28. Virat Kohli made 42, with Pat Cummins taking 3-43 and Mayank Markande 2-46.

IPL action continues on Tuesday with Kolkata Knight Riders versus Rajasthan Royals from 10:00h.

What the numbers say (Source: ESPNcricinfo)

287 for 3 – Sunrisers Hyderabad’s total against Royal Challengers Bengaluru is the highest in the history of the IPL, bettering the 277 for 3 they posted against Mumbai Indians three weeks ago.

– Number of men’s T20 totals higher than Sunrisers’ 287 for 3. The only one higher is 314 for 3 by Nepal against Mongolia in the Asian Games.

549 – Runs scored by Sunrisers and Royal Challengers on Monday at the Chinnaswamy Stadium – the most for any T20 match. The previous highest match aggregate for a T20 game was 523 runs between Sunrisers and Mumbai Indians earlier this season in Hyderabad.

22 – Sixes hit by the Sunrisers’ batters against RCB are the most by any team in an innings in the IPL. They broke the record held by Royal Challengers for their 21 sixes against Pune Warriors in 2013, also in Bengaluru.

81 – Boundaries hit by both teams on Monday, also the joint-most for a T20 match, equalling the record held by South Africa and West Indies in Centurion in 2023.

262 for 7 – Royal Challengers’ total against Sunrisers is now the highest in a losing cause by any team in T20 cricket. The previous highest was 258 for 5 by West Indies against South Africa in Centurion in 2023.

39 – Balls Travis Head needed for his hundred is the fourth-fastest in the history of the IPL. Chris Gayle’s 30-ball century at the same venue in 2013 against Pune Warriors is the fastest-ever.

4 – All four pace bowlers of RCB conceded 50-plus runs in Sunrisers’ innings – Reece Topley (68), Yash Dayal (51), Lockie Ferguson (52) and Vijaykumar Vyshak (64). It is the first-ever instance of four players conceding 50-plus runs in the same innings in men’s T20 cricket. In the IPL, before this game, no more than two bowlers had conceded 50-plus runs in the same innings.

7 – Number of fifty-plus partnerships in total on Monday in Bengaluru. No T20 match had had more than five 50-plus stands previously.

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