IPL 2020 DC vs RR: Anrich Nortje bowls the fastest ball in IPL history, Steyn’s 8 year old record broken

Delhi Capitals pacer Anrich Nortje created Indian Premier League (IPL) history on Wednesday. Nortje set the record for the fastest delivery in the history of IPL as he clocked the speed of 156.22 kmph against Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2020 match in Dubai.

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Interestingly, the South African speed merchant bowled the second and third-fastest delivery in IPL as well after recording a pace of 155.21 and 154.74 respectively.

Nortje clocked 156.22 kmph against RR opener Jos Buttler in the third over of the Royals’ run-chase, which was scooped for a four by the right-hander. That is the fastest delivery recorded in IPL history since a speed gun was introduced in the tournament.

Despite getting hit for a boundary, the pacer bowled another 155+kph delivery and this time he knocked Buttler’s timber after to draw first blood for Delhi Capitals.

Interestingly, Nortje’s fastest delivery shattered an eight-year-old record of his compatriot Dale Steyn (154.4 kmph). The veteran fast bowler had set the record while playing for Deccan Chargers in 2012.

Fastest Balls in the history of IPL:

  1. Anrich Nortje – 156.2kmph
  2. Anrich Nortje – 154.8kmph
  3. Dale Steyn – 154.4kmph
  4. Anrich Nortje – 154kmph
  5. Kagiso Rabada – 153.9kmph

 

TOP 10 FASTEST BALLS IN IPL 2020

POS PLAYER Speed (km/h)
1
Anrich Nortje
156.22
2
Anrich Nortje
155.21
3
Anrich Nortje
154.74
4
Anrich Nortje
154.21
5
Anrich Nortje
153.72
6
Jofra Archer
153.62
7
Jofra Archer
153.36
8
Jofra Archer
153.23
9
Jofra Archer
152.55
10
Anrich Nortje
152.54

 

Notably, it is Nortje’s maiden IPL season and he was roped in by the Delhi franchise as a replacement for England all-rounder Chris Woakes ahead of the start of the season. The 26-year-old has proved to be a brilliant signing for DC so far and he has cemented his spot in the playing XI. Interestingly, Nortje has formed a lethal partnership with his countryman Kagiso Rabada in the Delhi Capitals’ pace attack.

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Talking about the match, Nortje bagged two wickets while giving away 33 runs in his 4 overs, as Delhi defeated Rajasthan by 13 runs to go on top of the points table.