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As Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) gear up for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 final, Abhijit Banare sheds light on previous six IPL finals, statistics and interesting trivia.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) take on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 final on June 1 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The teams finished as the top-two in the IPL 7 group stages. This is the seventh IPL final. Let us take a look at some statistics from the previous six finals in the IPL.
Total runs: 1,928 runs in 239.4 overs at the loss of 80 wickets. No team has ever been bowled out in an IPL final.
No team has been bowled out in an IPL final. Every team in an IPL final has faced 20 overs except for Kolkata Knight Riders who chased down Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK’s) target of 191 in 19.4 overs in the 2012 final.
Kings XI Punjab are the third team to qualify for the finals after losing the first qualifier ever since the rule came in 2011. Except for Delhi Daredevils, all the teams from the inaugural season in 2008 have qualified for the final at least once.
If Punjab win the IPL 7 final, Laxmipathy Balaji will be the first player to win the IPL for three different teams.
Quite obvious from the table that this is the second instance where Chennai Super Kings have not qualified for a final. In 2009, they couldn’t go beyond the last four.
||Man of the Match
||Man of the Series
||CSK vs RR
||RCB vs DC
||CSK vs MI
||CSK vs RCB
||KKR vs CSK
||MI vs CSK
Toss: Four out of six times, the team winning the toss has opted to bat first. ‘Win toss and chase’ has been the most preferred option this season. Teams winning the toss have won the match on four occasions. Four times, the team batting first has won the match.
Highest & Lowest totals
Ironically, both these records are held by Chennai Super Kings. In the 2011 IPL final, CSK hammered 205 for five batting first against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). And in the 2013 IPL final, CSK were restricted to 125 for nine in 20 overs chasing Mumbai Indians’ 149.
KKR’s 192 in the run-chase of IPL 2012 final is the second highest total whereas the lowest total in an IPL final in a winning cause is by Deccan Chargers when they defended 143 against RCB in 2009.
Murali Vijay has the highest score with his 52-ball 95 in the IPL 2011 final against RCB.
||CSK vs RCB, 2011
||KKR vs CSK, 2013
||KKR vs CSK, 2013
||CSK vs MI, 2013
||CSK vs RCB, 2011
Anil Kumble’s 4-0-16-4 is the best bowling across the IPL finals. Interestingly, Kumble is the only player to have won the Man of the Match award from a losing side.
Fours and Sixes: 135 fours and 74 sixes
Murali Vijay has hit most sixes in an innings with six sixes in his 52-ball 95 in IPL 2011 final. Manvinder Bisla and Suresh Raina have hit five sixes each in the IPL 2012 final. MS Dhoni has the same record in the IPL 2013 final followed by Yusuf Pathan with four sixes in the IPL 2008 final.
Bisla has hit the most boundaries with eight in his innings of 89 in the IPL 2012 final against CSK. Jacques Kallis has seven in the same final and Sachin Tendulkar hit seven against CSK in IPL 2011. Kieron Pollard struck seven in the IPL 2013 final.
The least number of fours hit by a team in an innings was by CSK with just seven fours but their team total is the highest in IPL finals with 205. On obvious lines, they scored their runs in sixes. They have hit the most number of sixes in an innings with 13. The least number of sixes hit by a team is four sixes by Deccan Chargers in the 2009 IPL final. They also have the second lowest fours in an innings with nine.
Venues: Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore is the fifth venue of an IPL final. Chennai and DY Patil in Mumbai have hosted the IPL final twice and the Eden Gardens and New Wanderers have hosted once each.
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(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)