Indian T20 League: Top five matches with highest run aggregates in history
T20 cricket is generally high-scoring affair as flats pitches are laid out. The Indian T20 League is no different even though it is played after the end of domestic season. In the last two seasons, the cash rich league has been played in the United Arab Emirates and India. In the UAE, the curators managed to prepare flat wickets even when the turnaround time for each venue was around two to three days.
In this listicle, we will discuss the Top Five games from the last 14 seasons where teams aggregated most runs a game
Top Five matches with most runs in one game
1. Chennai vs Rajasthan (2010)
Chennai won the toss and elected to bat first in front of their home crowd. Century from opener Murali Vijay (127), explosive 34 from his opening partner Matthew Hayden, and half-century from Albie Morkel (62) helped the team amass a towering total of 246/5. Rajasthan bowlers looked helpless as the lowest economy rate was nine and the highest was 20.50 among them. In response, Rajasthan tried well but could only get 223/5, with explosive innings of Michael Lumb (37), unbeaten 94 from wicketkeeper batter Naman Ojha and a 60-run knock from Shane Watson (60). The aggregate runs of this game is 469 runs.
2. Punjab vs Kolkata (2018)
Batting first, Kolkata plundered 245/6 at a small stadium of Indore. Half-centuries from Sunil Narine (75) and former skipper Dinesh Karthik (50) and useful innings from Chris Lynn (27), Robin Uthhappa (24), and Andre Russell (31) helped the team reach such a mounting total. Punjab bowling conceded over 10 to 16 runs per over. In reply, half-century from KL Rahul (66) and explosive innings from Aaron Finch (34) and former skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (45) couldn’t help the team chase down the target as they were restricted at 214/8. The aggregate of this game is 459.
3. Mumbai vs Punjab (2017)
In a must-win game, Punjab batted first after losing the toss against the hosts. The Men In Red and Grey amassed 230/3, with half-century from Wriddhiman Saha (93*) and explosive innings from Martin Guptill (36), former skipper Glenn Maxwell (47), Shaun Marsh (25), and Axar Patel (19*). In reply, the Rohit Sharma-led side tried their best with fifties from Lendl Simmons (59) and Kieron Pollard (50*) and useful innings from Parthiv Patel (38), Hardik Pandya (30), and Karn Sharma (19) but fell short by seven runs. The aggregate runs of this game is 453.
4. Rajasthan vs Punjab (2020)
In the ninth game of the season, Punjab plundered 223/2 in Sharjah. Former skipper KL Rahul (69), Mayank Agarwal (106) and finishing from Glenn Maxwell (13*) and Nicholas Pooran (25*) helped the team post a challenging total. In reply, half-centuries from former skipper Steve Smith (50) and Sanju Samson (85) meant that they were in the game. Their wickets at the different stages meant the team might not chase down he score with Rahul Tewatia struggled to hit the ball. However, his five sixes in an over against Sheldon Cottrell meant that the Men in Pink and Blue chased down the score with three balls to spare and four wickets in hand. The aggregate of this match is 449.
5. Punjab vs Chennai (2008)
In the second match of the inaugural season, Chennai batted first after winning the toss against the hosts. Century from Michael Hussey (116) and cameos from Suresh Raina (32) and S. Badrinath (31*) meant that the team posted 240/5. In reply, Punjab fell short by 33 runs despite half-centuries from James Hopes (71) and Kumar Sangakkara (54). The aggregate of this game is 447 runs.