The Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen some exhilarating individual and collective batting performances over the course of last ten years and continues to enthrall cricket lovers across the globe. We bring forth to you the top 5 highest totals set by teams in IPL history, featuring Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Ahead of the upcoming edition of the IPL 2018, we continue this series where we go down the memory lane and list down all the IPL records which have been amassed, broken and accumulated over the last decade.
Five highest totals recorded by teams in Indian Premier League:
1. Royal Challengers Bangalore 263/5 vs Pune Warriors in 2013
The quintessential one man show – Chris Gayle smashed records, with an unbeaten 175 off just 66 balls against a hapless Pune Warriors bowling attack to help the Royal Challengers Bangalore post the highest ever team total in the history of IPL. Gayle ended his knock unbeaten with 17 sixes – worth a total of 102 runs – and a further 13 fours. The onslaught to reach his century came off just 30 deliveries.
In reply, the battered Pune side could only manage a measly 133/9 and ended up losing the game by a massive 130 runs. Gayle was rightfully named the Man of the Match, with his captain Virat Kohli stating that no words could describe the innings. “I’m privileged that I watched this innings live,” he said. Worthy of landing on the top of the list of highest totals in IPL?
2. Royal Challengers Bangalore 248/3 vs Gujarat Lions in 2016
The 2016 season of the IPL was a near-perfect tournament for the Royal Challengers Bangalore where they within a whisker of claiming the title. If a team managed to get past the might of Chris Gayle early, they always had Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, two modern maestros, waiting in the wings. When Kohli or De Villiers brings the entire force of his batting might to bear on an opposition, the result is a particularly brutal form of carnage. When both do so in the same innings, the devastation is nuclear.
Such was the case on May 14, 2016 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The two batsmen made near-perfect centuries to power Royal Challengers Bangalore to 248 and set up a 144-run victory – a record margin in the IPL – over the shell-shocked Gujarat Lions. While Kohli scored a 55-ball 109, De Villiers was even more brutal in his assault as he made his way to 129 runs in just 52 deliveries. The RCB have two of the five highest totals in IPL to their name. Talk about firepower.
3. Chennai Super Kings 246/5 vs Rajasthan Royals in 2010
After making it to the final in the inaugural edition in 2008, MS Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings finally laid their hands on the coveted IPL trophy in 2010. In the process, in Match no. 32 of the tournament, Chennai also amassed the third highest total ever recorded in the history of the league. Riding on opener Murali Vijay’s sublime 56-ball 127 at the top, the MS Dhoni-led side posted a mammoth total of 246/5 in their stipulated quota of 20 overs.
Shane Warne’s Rajasthan team gave a more than decent account of themselves in the run-chase as they managed 223/5 in reply but ultimately fell short by 23 runs.
4. Chennai Super Kings 240/5 vs Kings XI Punjab in 2008
MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings and Yuvraj Singh’s Kings XI Punjab produced a classic in the first ever Indian Premier League season’s second match. Batting first, CSK posted 240 runs on board – still the fourth highest team total in the history of the tournament. Australian star Michael Hussey scored a brilliant century and was ably supported by Matthew Hayden, Suresh Raina and S Badrinath.
A point worth noting here is that CSK managed this score against a Punjab bowling line-up which included proven international bowlers like Brett Lee, Irfan Pathan, S Sreesanth, James Hopes and Piyush Chawla.
5. Royal Challengers Bangalore 235/1 vs Mumbai Indians in 2015
AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli did to Mumbai Indians in the 2015 edition what they did to Gujarat Lions a year later in IPL 2016. Having lost Chris Gayle to a false shot early in the innings, the duo combined to take the game away from Mumbai in spectacular fashion. AB de Villiers, slinking menacingly around a flat Wankhede pitch, set about a vicious sustained attack on the hapless Mumbai bowlers, reaping 133 runs at a strike rate of 225.42 to effectively bat his team to a win in the match.
Skipper Virat Kohli was in sublime form himself, but his 82 from 50 balls from the other end was little more than a sidelight, as a rapturous Mumbai crowd suspended regional loyalty to chant de Villiers’ name. The pair remained unbeaten at the close of the innings, having hit a T20-record 215 in each others’ company. Royal Challengers’ 235 for 1 was also the highest score of the 2015 season.