Biggest chase, most sixes: Records galore with PBKS Down KKR in historic chase at Eden Gardens


Punjab Kings achieved a magnificent 8-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL 2024 match played at Eden Gardens on Friday.

PBKS reached the target of 262 runs with eight deliveries to spare as Jonny Bairstow bowled with a ton of invincibility to take the visitors beyond the finishing line.

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The match was notable for several reasons, including the fact that it was the most successful run chase ever in the history of T20 cricket. The match also saw a record 42 sixers across the two innings, an unprecedented feat in the annals of the shortest format of the game.

This run chase eclipsed South Africa's 259-run chase against West Indies in 2023, while the number of maximums scored in Friday's match surpassed that of the match between SRH and MI ago a few weeks.

Highest scores in a T20 chase

262/2 – PBKS vs KKR, Kolkata, IPL 2024

262/7 – RCB vs SRH, Bangalore, IPL 2024

259/4 – South Africa v West Indies, Centurion, 2023

254/3 – Middlesex v Surrey, The Oval, T20 Blast 2023

253/8 – Quetta Gladiators v Multan Sultans, Rawalpindi, PSL 2023

Most sixes in an IPL innings

24 – PBKS vs KKR, Kolkata, 2024

22 – SRH vs RCB, Bangalore, 2024

22 – SRH vs DC, Delhi, 2024

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21 – RCB v PWI, Bangalore, 2013

Punjab also broke the record for most sixers in a single innings by smashing an insane maximum of 24 out of the park, led by Bairstow's contribution of 108 runs, including 9 sixers.

Most sixes in a men's T20 match

42 – KKR vs PBKS, Kolkata, IPL 2024

38 – SRH vs MI, Hyderabad, IPL 2024

38 – RCB vs SRH, Bangalore, IPL 2024

37 – Balkh Legends v Kaboul Zwanan, Sharjah, APL 2018/19

37 – SKNP vs JT, Basseterre, CPL 2019

PBKS stand-in skipper Sam Curran put the hosts into bat first after winning the toss and KKR were given an electric start by Phil Salt and Sunil Narine, who put together an opening stand of 138 runs before the Windies all-rounder was scalped by Rahul. Chahar for 71 runs.

Salt made 75 runs before being castled by Curran's jaffa, while the home side had contributions of 39 runs from Venkatesh Iyer, 24 from Andre Russell and a quickfire 28 from skipper Shreyas Iyer as they posted a mammoth total of 261 points.

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  • PBKS started their run on a positive note as Prabhsimran completed a half-century in less than 20 deliveries, while Bairstow bided his time to settle down. When India's opener fell short, Bairstow took the initiative and went after KKR. a bowling attack crushing them all over the park.

    Rilee Russouw added 26 runs before being scalped by Narine, but an unbroken 84 runs stood between Shashank Singh, who was promoted up the order, and centurion Bairstow helped PBKS cross the line with 8 balls to spare in an amazing game of attacking cricket.

    first publication: April 27, 2024, 06:45 IST

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