The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) is set to get underway from September 19, with the finals being played on 8th November in UAE.
Over the years, fans have witnessed some extraordinary display of cricket, some of which are too unreal to be true.
However, with T20 cricket heavily favouring the batsmen, there have been many instances when bowlers have been taken to the cleaners. In this article, we look at three of the most expensive overs in IPL history.
3. Chris Gayle and Manoj Tiwary vs Ravi Bopara (33 runs)
Over: 1, 6, 6, 6, 6, wd + 4, wd + 1, 1
During Chris Gayle’s stint with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) his performances were outstanding and he entered the IPL recordbooks with some incredible knocks. In the 7th match of the season, KKR faced Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).
After KXIP scored 203/3 in their 20 overs, KKR found themselves at 89/1 after 12 overs. Manoj Tiwary took a single off the first ball of Ravi Bopara’s over and gave strike to Gayle. The southpaw recorded four back-to-back sixes and put Bopara under tremendous pressure.
That was not all, he once again bowled a wide, and the batsmen scampered for a bye. Luckily for Bopara, Tiwary could only manage a single off the last ball to finish the over with 33 runs.
2. Suresh Raina vs Parvinder Awana (33 runs)
Over: 6, 6, 4, 4, nb + 4, 4, 4
IPL 2014 was one of those seasons that did not see the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) reaching the finals.
Batting second and chasing mammoth 227 runs, CSK lost their first wicket on the second ball and in came Suresh Raina. KXIP pacer Parvinder Awana bore the brunt of the aggression.
In the sixth over the innings, Awana was smacked by Raina for two sixes and five fours. After conceding two sixes and two fours, Awana bowled a high full toss and had to pay heavily for it. KXIP were lucky that Raina was dismissed off the next ball he faced.
1. Chris Gayle vs Prasanth Parameswaran (37 runs)
Over: 6, nb + 6, 4, 4, 6, 6, 4
Swashbuckling Caribbean opener Chris Gayle is a terror for bowlers and has shattered a host of records with his big-hitting. Known for decimating any bowling lineup on his day, Gayle in his first season with the RCB franchise in 2011 smashed 37 runs in one over bowled by Prasanth Parameshwaran.
The first ball was a six followed by another one-off a no-ball and the next two was dispatched for fours with the last three balls went for a six, six and a four. Conceding more than 37 runs in an over is very tough to be broken and scoring 36 in one is equally difficult.