MS Dhoni was the first batsman in IPL history to have been out LBW © IANS (File Photo)
MS Dhoni was the first batsman in IPL history to have been out LBW © IANS (File Photo)


Who faced the first ball in IPL? Who took the first hat trick in IPL? Who bowled the first Maiden in IPL? Who faced the first free hit in IPL? Who bagged the first Golden Duck in IPL? Bharath Seervi takes a look at all the firsts of the Indian Premier League (IPL).


Here is everything of that occurred very first in IPL History!


(Note: Those which were achieved in the very first match are not mentioned with match numbers, others have the match number. And those which were not achieved in the first edition are mentioned with the year)


First Match: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

First Venue: Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

First Toss won: RCB




First Run: Sourav Ganguly off the first ball in IPL — a Leg Bye


First Run by a Batsman: a four by Brendon McCullum in the eighth delivery of the match (before the first legal run, three extras were scored: two leg-byes and a wide)


First Four: McCullum, see above


First Six: McCullum, tenth ball by Zaheer Khan


First Batsman Dismissed: Ganguly, 32nd ball by Zaheer Khan, caught by Jacques Kallis


First Duck: Balachandra Akhil, 50th ball of RCB innings by Ajit Agarkar, caught by Ricky Ponting


First Golden Duck: Chaminda Vaas, Deccan Chargers (DC) vs KKR, off Agarkar, caught by Ganguly


First Free hit faced: Matthew Hayden, bowled by Brett Lee, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)


First batsman Caught: Ganguly, caught by Kallis off Zaheer (see above)


First batsman Bowled: Rahul Dravid, bowled by Ishant Sharma


First batsman Run Out: Ashley Noffke, run out by Agarkar/Wriddhiman Saha


First batsman LBW: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, off James Hopes, CSK vs KXIP


First batsman Stumped: Robin Uthappa, by Mark Boucher off Akhil, Mumbai Indians (MI) vs RCB


First 50: McCullum


First 100: McCullum


First 150: McCullum




First Delivery: Praveen Kumar to Ganguly


First Wicket: Zaheer dismissed Ganguly


First Maiden: Glenn McGrath, Delhi Daredevils (DD) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR)


First three-wicket haul: Agarkar (three for 25)


First four-wicket haul: McGrath (four for 29)


First five-wicket haul: Sohail Tanvir (six for 14)


First six-wicket haul: Tanvir


First hat-trick: Lakshmipathy Balaji (dismissed Irfan Pathan, Piyush Chawla and VRV Singh)


First bowler to concede 40 or more runs in a match: Noffke (40)


First bowler to concede 50 or more runs in a match: James Hopes (53)


First bowler to concede 60 or more runs in a match: Varun Aaron (63); he is the only bowler to concede 60 or more runs in a match




First extra: leg-bye off Praveen Kumar to Ganguly in first ball of the IPL


First leg-bye: off Praveen Kumar to Ganguly in first ball of the IPL (see above)


First bye: Ponting off Kallis


First wide: Praveen Kumar


First No Ball: Lee to Hayden




First 50-run partnership: Ganguly and McCullum, added 61 for the opening wicket, first IPL match


First 100-run partnership: Gautam Gambhir and Shikhar Dhawan, DD vs RR, added 112* runs for the 2nd wicket


First 150 runs partnership: Adam Gilchrist and VVS Laxman, DC vs MI, added 155* runs for the opening wicket


First 200-runs Partnership: Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh, KXIP vs RCB, added 206 runs for the second wicket




First team to score 200 runs in a match: KKR vs RCB, KKR scored 222 for three


First team to be dismissed in less than 100 in a match: RCB vs KKR, RCB dismissed for 82


First team to score over 200 runs while chasing: CSK 240 for five, KXIP 204 for seven


First team to successfully chase a target of 150 or more: MI 165/6, RCB 166/5 (19.4)


First team to successfully chase a target of 200 or more: DC 214/5, RR 217/7 (19.5)




First match to be tied: KKR vs RR, 2009, RR 150 for six, KKR 150 for eight. RR won by Super Over


First match won by one run: KXIP vs MI, 2008


KXIP set a target of 190 and MI needed 19 from the last over and 2 runs of the last ball


First match won by 2 wickets: RCB vs CSK, 2009 (No team won a match by one wicket yet)


CSK 129 (19.4), RCB 132 for eight (19.4)


First match won by 10 wickets: DC vs MI


MI 154 for seven, DC 155 for no loss (12)


First match won by a team at the last ball while chasing: CSK VS DD, 2008


CSK chased down 188 with 15 needing of the last over and 1 run needed off of the last ball




First catch: Kallis to dismiss Ganguly, KKR vs RCB (see above)


First run out: Agarkar/Saha to dismiss Noffke, KKR vs RCB (see above)


First fielder to take three catches in a match: Abhishek Nayar, MI vs RCB


First fielder to take four catches in a match: Sachin Tendulkar, MI vs KKR




First Man of the Match: McCullum


First Player of the Tournament: Shane Watson


First Orange Cap: Shaun Marsh


First Purple Cap: Tanvir


First Rising Start of the Tournament: Shreevats Goswami


First Fair Play Award: CSK


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(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at He can be followed on Twitter at and on Facebook at