Most wides in a match in the IPL

Our article here looks at the record for the most wides bowled in a match in the IPL both by teams and an individual bowler.

We’ve already covered the most wides bowled in an innings by an individual team, an unwanted record held by the Rajasthan Royals who sent down 13 wides in a match in 2015. However, the game doesn’t feature in our list here of the worst 3 IPL matches in terms of wides bowled.

Mumbai Indians v RCB, 2015, 20 wides

High scoring matches tend to lead to more wides being bowled no doubt as bowlers strive to keep the ball away from the hitting zone. This match was a perfect example of this as Mumbai Indians racked up 209 from their 20 overs with RCB bowling 8 wides in the process.

When it then came to RCB’s turn to bat Mumbai sent down what at the time was a record number of wides in an innings with 12 including 4 in row from Jasprit Bumrah to Chris Gayle. To this date, those 4 wides in a row remain the most by an individual bowler back to back with the 6th over of the innings lasting 10 deliveries!

Despite the 2 free overs that Mumbai Indians offered up, RCB fell 18 runs short of their target. View the full scorecard here

Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians, 2012, 19 wides

Mumbai were again involved in this one as they were guilty of bowling 10 wides in The Royals innings as the home side made 162. However, it didn’t come close to costing them as Mumbai Indians romped to a 10 wicket victory with Tendulkar and Dwayne Smith seeing them home. View the full scorecard here

Mumbai were helped in there pursuit of the target in no small part by the 9 wides that Rajasthan bowled which included a record 6 by Shaun Tait (see list of most wides by a bowler in a match in the IPL below)

Mumbai Indians v CSK, 2007, 18 wides

Yet another match involving Mumbai Indians that saw a lot of wide deliveries although in this game it was more CSK’s doing as they bowled 11 of them which at the time was a record number of wides in an innings of an IPL match.

Again, a stroke making batsmen, this time in the form of Sanath Jayasuriya, got going and left the CSK bowlers with very little idea of what line to bowl at him ultimately resulting in a whole heap of extras being conceded on their way to a 9 wicket defeat. View the full scorecard here

Rajasthan Royals v RCB, 2020, 18 wides

In a close fought game like this which was ultimately won with just 2 balls to spare, you’d imagine that either side would have been disappointed to have lost given the number of wide balls they gave up. In the end it was Rajasthan Royal who bowled 11 wides to RCB’s 7 who lost the game with just 2 balls to spare. View the full scorecard here

Most wides by a bowler in an IPL match

The most wides by a bowler in an IPL match is a record held jointly by 3 players who have sent down 6 wides during their allotted overs.

Shaun Tait has twice bowled 6 wides in an IPL match
Tait’s slingy action made him prone to bowling wides

Shane Harwood, Rajasthan Royals v KXIP, 2009 – The former Australian international only played a handful of IPL games including this one vs Kings XI where he actually bowled a fairly tidy spell of 0-26 from his 4 overs albeit that he ultimately sent down 30 deliveries. View the full scorecard here

Lasith Malinga, Mumbai Indians v KXIP, 2009 – Malinga is better known as the all leading wicket taker in the IPL but he also holds the unwanted record of having bowled the most wides in an innings with this effort also coming in the 2009 IPL. View the full scorecard here

Shaun Tait, Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians 2010 & v Mumbai Indians 2012 – The man known as ‘Wild Thing’ seems like an appropriate addition to a list of bowlers who have bowled the most wides in an IPL match. When he got it right, Tait could be a dangerous weapon but when he got it wrong he did have a habit of spraying it about as was the case on these 2 occassions both against Mumbai Indians. Scorecard 1 2

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