Punjab Kings break record for highest run chase in T20: List of records set by PBKS in stunning assault on KKR | Cricket

Punjab Kings etched their name in T20 history with a stunning display of batting prowess, completing the most successful run chase in the shortest format on Friday. Their monumental feat came against Kolkata Knight Riders, as they surged past the daunting target of 262 runs with remarkable ease, securing an emphatic eight-wicket victory.

Jonny Bairstow and Shashank Singh of Punjab Kings celebrate the team's victory against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League 2024 (IPL-X)

Led by an explosive shot from the first game Johnny Bairstowwho remained unbeaten with a brilliant 108 from just 48 deliveries, Kings of Punjab showcased their explosive batting performance in an incredible display at the Eden Gardens. Bairstow's innings, interspersed with eight towering fours and nine sixes, provided the impetus needed for PBKS to claim victory, with Impact player Prabhsimran Singh also playing a crucial role with a total of 54 from 20 balls to give the tone from the start.

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The team's monumental total of 262-2 also constitutes its highest innings total in the initial loading, further cementing their place in history and marking a remarkable turnaround after a string of disappointing performances. Moreover, the Kings' spectacular chase also equaled the highest score in IPL history for a team batting second, matching Royal Challengers Bangalore's 262-7 achieved earlier in the season.

With this resounding victory, Punjab Kings were catapulted to eighth place in the IPL table, securing their first win in five matches and amassing a crucial six points from nine matches, thereby reviving their campaign.

Records galore

PBKS broke South Africa's record by recording the most successful run chase in T20 history; the Proteas had created the record last year by chasing West Indies' 258-run score.

Here is the updated list of best T20 chases in history:

  • 262 – Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Kolkata, IPL 2024
  • 259 – South Africa v West Indies, Centurion, 2023
  • 253 – Middlesex v Surrey, The Oval, T20 Blast 2023
  • 244 – Australia v New Zealand, Auckland, 2018
  • 243 – Bulgaria v Serbia, Sofia, 2022

Highest targets successfully pursued in IPL history:

  • 262 – Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 2024
  • 224 – Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings, 2020
  • 224 – Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 2024
  • 219 – Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings, 2021

Punjab Kings also broke the record for most sixes in an IPL innings. PBKS batters smashed 24 sixes during the 262-run chase; of these, Prabhsimran Singh hit 5, Jonny Bairstow smashed 9, Rilee Russouw cleared the ropes twice, while Shashank Singh, who remained unbeaten on 68, hit 8.

Here is the list of most sixes in an IPL innings:

  • 24 – PBKS vs. KKR, 2024
  • 22 – SRH vs RCB, Bangalore, 2024
  • 22 – SRH vs DC, Delhi, 2024
  • 21 – RCB v PWI, Bangalore, 2013

The match between KKR and PBKS saw a total total of 523 runs scored, which is the third highest in an IPL match. Interestingly, the two best overall scores were also achieved in the current season.

Here is the detailed list:

  • 549 – RCB vs SRH, Bangalore, 2024
  • 523 – SRH vs MI, Hyderabad, 2024
  • 523 – KKR vs PBKS, Kolkata, 2024
  • 469 – CSK v RR, Chennai, 2010
  • 465 – DC v SRH, Delhi, 2024
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