NEW DELHI: Cricket’s biggest extravaganza, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has produced some heart-stopping clashes over the past 12 editions. From last ball finishes to super overs, the level of competition in the IPL has been very high.
But while there have been numerous nail-biters in the tournament’s history, there have also been a few matches that have turned out to be completely lop-sided encounters.
With one team just completely over-powering the opposition on a given day, cricket fans around the world have also witnessed matches that have pretty much all been one way traffic.
TimesofIndia.com here takes a look at five matches with the largest victory margins (by runs) in the IPL:
Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Daredevils (2017) – 146 runs
On May 6, 2017 at their home venue, the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi (formerly Feroz Shah Kotla), the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) batting line-up completely imploded while facing heavyweights Mumbai Indians in a league match. The hosts eventually lost the encounter by a mammoth 146-run margin. The biggest one-sided encounter in the history of the IPL saw Daredevils concede one of their biggest ever defeats, surrendering against the now four-time title holders. Chasing a big total of 213, Delhi were shot out for 66 in a mere 13.4 overs. Under huge pressure of a big chase, the Delhi batting order crumbled like a pack of cards, as the Mumbai bowlers, in coordinated strikes, tore apart the hosts. With only three players managing scores in double digits, Delhi were handed a hollow defeat. The resounding win in that match also ensured that Mumbai, in the 2017 season, became the first team to qualify for the play-offs. Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah struck for Mumbai to bring down the Delhi batting order. The victory margin of 146-runs for Mumbai tops the list of biggest victories (by runs) in the IPL’s history.
Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Gujarat Lions (2016) – 144 runs
The star-studded team of Royal Challengers Bangalore might have not been able to win a single title in the IPL yet, but the one thing that has always been a huge talking point about the team is their famed batting line-up, which on numerous occasions has completely overpowered the opposition. One such instance when RCB displayed their supreme batting prowess in the IPL was on May 14, 2016, when their skipper Virat Kohli and Mr. 360 AB de Villiers punished the Gujarat Lions (now defunct) bowlers at their home venue, the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. RCB in that match scored one of the highest totals of 248/3 in tournament’s history. Riding on sensational tons from Kohli and De Villiers, RCB posted such a gigantic total that the opposition succumbed to the scoreboard pressure, surrendering on 104 in 18.4 overs. With just three Gujarat batsmen scoring in double digits, the visitors were handed an embarrassing 144-run defeat — the second biggest in IPL history (by runs). After the heroics of Kohli and De Villiers, Chris Jordan (4/11) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3/19) did the heavy lifting with the ball, not allowing the Lions to launch an attempt to chase down the total. AB de Villiers (52-ball 129* at a strike rate of over 248) was rightfully adjudged Man of the Match in that game.
Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (2008) – 140 runs
Although the first ever IPL clash was all about the blitzkrieg by New Zealander Brendon McCullum, that match also saw one of the biggest ever victory margins in the history of the tournament. On April 18, 2008, McCullum put up a show-stopper performance, tonking an unbeaten 158 vs RCB, riding on which KKR, in their opposition’s den, M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, scored a towering 222/3. Surprised and stunned by the assault, RCB never really recovered from the beating they had taken, which of course reflected in their batting, as they lost the match by 140 runs. Even with a heavyweight batting line up, Bangalore, that day just raised the white flag in the chase, being bundled out for 82 in 15.1 overs. With only tailender Praveen Kumarr managing to get to double digits for RCB in the chase, that match till date haunts RCB fans, as one of their worst performances in the competition. After McCullum’s masterclass (158*), a combined bowling effort from Ajit Agarkar (3/25), Ashoke Dinda (2/9), Sourav Ganguly (2/21), Laxmi Shukla (1/12) and Ishant Sharma (1/7) helped KKR achieve one of the biggest and most memorable victories.
Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kings XI Punjab (2015) – 138 runs
The M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru has on most occasions been a happy hunting ground for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. While the hosts’ batting order has fully exploited the short boundaries, putting up big totals, the familiarity of the venue and understanding of the pitch have made their bowlers pounce on the opposition, limiting their scoring. And on one such occasion on May 6, 2015, RCB displayed an all-round performance against Kings XI Punjab to earn a big 138-run win. Riding on a Chris Gayle century (117) and an unbeaten cameo from AB de Villiers (24-ball 47), RCB posted a massive 226/3. In reply, Punjab could only get to 88 in just 13.4 overs, as RCB wrapped up an impressive home win. After displaying their batting supremacy, RCB bowlers Mitchell Starc (4/15) and Sreenath Aravind (4/27) wreaked havoc, as only a couple of Punjab batsmen could score runs in double digits. A phenomenal ton from Gayle that helped RCB earn an effortless win saw the Jamaican deservedly earn the Man of the Match award in that clash.
Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Pune Warriors (2013) – 130 runs
Chris Gayle, on numerous occasions single-handedly took Royal Challengers Bangalore to victories in IPL. The swashbuckling left-hander, over the years, played some of the most sensational knocks in the IPL for RCB, which were just too hot to handle for the opposition. And one such knock by the Jamaican was scored in Bangalore on April 23, 2013, when Gayle scored the highest ever score by a batsman in the IPL — 175* (off 66 balls) against Pune Warriors (now defunct). Riding on the all-out assault from Gayle, RCB, in that match scored 263/5, which is also the highest ever innings total till date in the IPL. Chasing an unprecedented total, a hapless Pune outfit was restricted to 133/9, which meant a 130-run victory for RCB. After Gayle’s massacre, RCB bowlers bowled beautifully in tandem to restrict Pune in the chase, helping the hosts earn a massive win. The Pune team combined were not even able to surpass Gayle’s individual total, helping Bangalore earn one of their biggest wins. Galye, thanks to his juggernaut knock in that match — the highest ever individual score in the IPL, was deservedly adjudged the Man of the match.