Most sixes by a team in a single IPL match

Six hitting is what the IPL is all about but which team has scored the most sixes in a single innings and which one match has seen the most sixes hit between both teams? Here we list the games that have witnessed some of the most destructive six hitting in the history of the IPL. Bowlers look away now…

Most sixes by a team in a single IPL innings

Below is the list of the 5 teams who have scored the most sixes in a single innings in the IPL

RCB, 21 sixes v Pune Warriors, 2013

This match is famous enough for the six hitting of Chris Gayle who broke all sorts of records including the highest individual score and the most sixes by a batsmen in an innings (17) plus 2 of his sixes on that fateful day feature in the top 10 biggest sixes in IPL history. Between them the RCB batsmen did manage to hit another 4 sixes taking the team total for a single innings to 21 sixes, the most in IPL history.

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RCB, 20 sixes v Gujarat Lions, 2016

Another example of RCB raining down destruction upon an opposition bowling attack leading to them recording the 2nd most sixes hit by a team in a single IPL match. This time it was Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers who did the damage hitting all 20 sixes for the team between them in a partnership of 239 against a hapless Gujarat Lions bowling line-up.

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Delhi Daredevils, 20 sixes v Gujarat Lions, 2017

Poor old Gujarat Lions were on the receiving end again as this time Delhi Daredevils hit the equal 2nd most sixes by a team in an innings in the IPL. The six hitting was fairly well distributed amongst 4 Delhi batsmen who feasted on some more wayward bowling on their way to recording 20 sixes as team in the match.

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RCB, 18 sixes v KXIP, 2015

RCB’s 3rd appearance on the list of most sixes hit by a team in a single innings in the IPL. It’s not a great surprise that they appear so regularly on account of some of the destructive batsmen that they have had over the years but also due to the fact that their home ground, the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, sits at a 1000m above sea level meaning that the ball sails over the boundary with the upmost of ease.

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Rajasthan Royals, 18 sixes v KXIP, 2021

Sanju Samson was instrumental in helping Delhi in the match noted above and he was at it again 4 years later, this time for Rajasthan Royals as the team combined for 18 sixes in a single innings on their way to beating KXIP. Rahul Tewatia also chipped in including 5 sixes in an over to make this the most recent addition to the list of most sixes by a team in an IPL innings.

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The IPL match with the most sixes hit by both teams

Here we look at the 5 single IPL matches that have seen the most sixes hit by both teams in total.

33 sixes in the match, RCB v CSK, 2018

RCB were at it again at the their home ground and they must have thought the 16 sixes that they hit vs CSK would have been enough to seal victory in this fixture. However, CSK and in particular MS Dhoni had different ideas with the legendary finishing hitting 7 sixes in a blistering knock to compliment the 8 sixes that Ambati Rayudu had early scored. CSK finished their innings with 17 maximums and this one match in total saw a whopping 33 sixes!

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33 sixes in the match, Rajasthan Royals v CSK, 2020

Sharjah, used as a neutral venue for IPL 2020, saw its fair share of big scores but this one game in particular went to extremes with the Royals and CSK hitting 33 sixes between them in the match. RR had gotten off to a blistering start thanks to Sanju Sampson and Steve Smith but it was arguably the hitting of Jofra Archer who whacked 4 sixes from 8 balls at the end of the innings that really ensured this game entered the record books. In reply, CSK made a valiant attempt to chase down the target, hitting 16 sixes themselves before coming up just short.

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31 sixes in the match, Delhi Daredevils v Gujarat Lions, 2017

We’ve already noted that Delhi hit 20 sixes themselves in this match but Gujarat Lions pushed them pretty hard scoring 11 sixes themselves and undoubtedly thinking they had set the Daredevils an insurmountable target. However, they hadn’t reckoned with the awesome power of the Delhi batsmen and in particular Rishahb Pant who ensured one of the single most entertaining matches in IPL history finished with a combined total of 31 sixes.

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31 sixes in the match, CSK v KKR, 2018

KKR kicked things off in this match by scoring 17 sixes with the big Jamaican Dre Russell crunching 11 of them of his own bat. While CSK didn’t quite have that brute strength in scoring just 14 sixes in their reply, their six hitting was far more spred out with all 7 batsmen used contributing at least 1 maximum to the cause. CSK would ultimately go on to win a thriller of an IPL match.

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31 sixes in the match, KKR v KXIP, 2018

2018 was some year when it came to six hitting with this the 3rd instance of a game from that year appearing on the most sixes hit by both teams in a single IPL match. KKR wracked up 245 in their first innings which included 15 sixes and while KXIP managed to go one better in the six hitting stakes with 16 in total, they still finished well adrift of the home team’s mammoth score.

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