As if IPL matches weren’t tense enough already, the super over at the end of a tied game provides an extra thrill. Here we consider the highest scores made in a super over in the IPL and the teams that achieved them.
In total, there have been 13 matches decided by super overs in the IPL. Below are the 2 highest scores in super overs in the IPL.
SRH, 20 runs in the super over vs RCB, 2013
The highest score in a super over in the IPL was made by Sunrisers Hyderabad who made 20 runs from their 6 balls against RCB in IPL 2013.
Given that we are talking about the highest scoring tie break in the history of the competiton it’s strange to think that in general this was a low scoring match with the 2 sides both limping to 130 runs from their initial 20 overs.
All that changed however when it came time for the super over and things started badly for RCB as Vinay Kumar bowled a high full toss first up which was called a no ball. If there was to be a silver lining to the delivery it was that at the very least the single the batsmen took ensured that the big hitting Sri Lankan Thisara Perera was off strike. However, at the other end lurked Australian Cameron White who took Vinay for 17 runs including 2 massive sixes in the super over.
Readers of this blog may remember that Vinay Kumar’s name has appeared before for the wrong reasons at the back end of a match and 5 years after conceding the highest score in a super over in the IPL he was hit for 19 off the final over of a match, the 8th most runs scored to win off a final over in the IPL.
Having conceded the highest score in a super over in IPL history, RCB made a fair go at chasing it down with Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli scoring 14 runs off the first 5 balls. A six off the final ball would have taken it to a 2nd powerplay but Dale Steyn held his nerve and Gayle could only manage a single as RCB fell short despite hitting an impressive 15 runs themselves in the super over, a total that only just sees them miss out on this list of highest scores.
Rajasthan Royals, 18 runs in the super over vs KKR
This game witnessed not only the 2nd highest super over score in the IPL but it was also the first super over in the competition’s history full stop.
KKR will look back on the match as one that got away, with the Knight Rider’s needing just 7 runs from the final over and Sourav Ganguly at the crease. The target was reduced to 2 from 2 balls before Kamran Khan offered up a short wide delivery to Ganguly which 99 times out of a 100 you’d see him flail to the boundary. However, on this occasion he nicked it behind and Ishant Sharma was then run out off the final ball while attempting a 2nd run to take the match to a super over.
KKR batted first in the super over and they must have thought they had a better than average chance of winning as Gayle and McCullum combined to hit 15 runs from their 6 balls.
However, Rajasthan Royals and in particular Yusuf Pathan had other plans. The writing was perhaps already on the wall given that Pathan had already clubbed 42 from 21 balls during his inital at bat and during the super over he set about reeking similar destruction by blasting 18 runs from just 4 balls including 2 sixes and a four making it the highest successful chase in a super over in the IPL. To add to that record, Pathan’s 18 runs in the most by an individual batsmen in a super over.
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