Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn added unbeaten 184 runs for opening partnership © BCCI
Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn added unbeaten 184 runs for opening partnership © BCCI

Riding on the batting heroics of Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) registered their 1st win in the 10th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) by beating Gujarat Lions (GL) by 10 wickets. Gambhir (76 off 48)* and Lynn (93 off 41)* did not let the cheerleaders rest from the word go, chasing 184 to win as GL had posted 183 for 4 after being asked to bat first. The victory also meant KKR’s first against GL in IPL as their previous meetings in IPL 2016 ended in GL’s favour. With this record-breaking victory by KKR, Abhishek Kumar presents some interesting statistical highlights from the match.

1st 10-wicket win for KKR and 9th overall. The last such instance also happened at Rajkot when Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) beat GL by chasing 136 in 2016. KKR also became the 9th team do so.

10-wicket margin victory in IPL

Winner

Versus

Venue

Season

Deccan Chargers

Mumbai Indians

Mumbai

2008

Delhi Daredevils

Kings XI Punjab

Cape Town

2009

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Rajasthan Royals

Bengaluru

2010

Rajasthan Royals

Mumbai Indians

Mumbai

2011

Mumbai Indians

Rajasthan Royals

Jaipur

2012

Chennai Super Kings

Kings XI Punjab

Mohali

2013

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Delhi Daredevils

Delhi

2015

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Gujarat Lions

Rajkot

2016

Kolkata Knight Riders

Gujarat Lions

Rajkot

2017

184 is now the highest total in T20 to be chased successfully with 10 wickets remaining. Previous record was by Perth Scorchers against Melbourne Renegades by chasing 171 without losing any wicket in December 2015 at Melbourne.

4,166 runs for Suresh Raina in IPL — the most by any player in the history of the tournament. Raina went past Virat Kohli‘s tally of 4,110 runs.

30th fifty-plus score for Raina in IPL — the joint 3rd-most by any batsman in the tournament. He also became the 5th batsman to have 30 or more fifty-plus scores in IPL after David Warner (34), Gambhir (32), Kohli (30) and Rohit Sharma (30).

12 fours by Gambhir during his unbeaten knock of 76 runs. This is the most number of fours hit by a KKR player in a single innings in IPL. Previous record was of 11 fours by Sourav Ganguly in 2008 against Deccan Chargers.

184 runs for 1st wicket stand by Gambhir and Lynn — the highest for opening partnership in IPL history. Previous record was of 167 by Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan in 2013 against Pune Warriors. Overall, this was 6th highest opening stand in T20s.

Highest opening stands in T20s

Partners

Runs

Team

Against

Date

Peter Ingram, Jamie How

201

Central Districts

Wellington

January 18, 2012

Lou Vincent, Shahriar Nafees

197*

Khulna Royal Bengals

Duranto Rajshahi

January 24, 2013

Kevin O’Brien, Hamish Marshall

192

Gloucestershire

Middlesex

June 26, 2011

David Malan, Paul Stirling

187

Middlesex

Sussex

May 29, 2015

Jason Roy, Aaron Finch

187

Surrey

Kent

July 29, 2016

Gautam Gambhir, Chris Lynn

184*

Kolkata Knight Riders

Gujarat Lions

April 7, 2017

19 balls taken by Lynn to complete his fifty, the joint-2nd fastest fifty by a KKR player in IPL. Andre Russell also scored 19-ball fifty in 2015 against Kings XI Punjab. The record is 15 balls by Yusuf Pathan in 2014 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

8 sixes hit by Lynn, the joint 2nd-most by a batsman in IPL in an innings of below 100 runs scored. The record is of 9 by Glenn Maxwell during his knock of 95 runs against SRH for Kings XI Punjab in 2014.

Most 6s in less than 100-run knock

Player

Runs

6s

Against

Season

Glenn Maxwell

95

9

Sunrisers Hyderabad

2014

Chris Gayle

88

8

Kings XI Punjab

2010

AB de Villiers

89*

8

Sunrisers Hyderabad

2014

Glenn Maxwell

90

8

Chennai Super Kings

2014

Chris Lynn

93*

8

Gujarat Lions

2017

0 number of bigger total by a team at Rajkot than KKR’s 184. Previous highest total in IPL at Rajkot was 182 by GL against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2016.

6th instance of 150 runs or above opening partnership in IPL. Previous such instance happened in 2013 between Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan.

150-run opening partnership in IPL

Partners

Runs

Team

Against

Year

Adam Gilchrist, VVS Laxman

155*

Deccan Chargers

Mumbai Indians

2008

Mike Hussey, Murali Vijay

159

Chennai Super Kings

Royal Challengers Bangalore

2011

Sachin Tendulkar, Dwayne Smith

163*

Mumbai Indians

Rajasthan Royals

2011

Mahela Jayawardene, Virender Sehwag

151

Delhi Daredevils

Mumbai Indians

2013

Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan

167

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Pune Warriors

2013

Gautam Gambhir, Chris Lynn

184*

Kolkata Knight Riders

Gujarat Lions

2017

32nd fifty-plus score for Gambhir in IPL, the most by an Indian player and 2nd-most overall after David Warner (34).

0 number of players to have more fifties than Gambhir without any hundred. Gambhir is yet to score a century in IPL. The second player after Gambhir with most fifties without hundred in IPL is Shikhar Dhawan with 25 fifties.