In match 5 of the Indian Premier League 2022, the Sunrisers Hyderabad created an unwanted record for themselves. They entered the list of the top 10 lowest powerplay scores in the IPL. The powerplay overs are the first six overs of a T20 game, when only two fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle. This makes it easier to go for the big shots. But there have been instances when the batsmen have struggled to get runs even in the powerplay overs. Let’s look at the list of the top 10 lowest powerplay scores in the IPL.
Rajasthan Royals – 14 for 2 vs RCB in 2009
The lowest powerplay score in IPL history was recorded by the Rajasthan Royals in 2009. Chasing 134 set by RCB, they managed only 14 runs in the powerplay before being bowled out for 58 runs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad 14 for 3 vs RR in 2022
In match 5 of IPL 2022, the Sunrisers Hyderabad were chasing 211 to win when they mustered only 14 runs in the powerplay and also lost three wickets. They eventually lost the game by 61 runs.
Chennai Super Kings 15 for 2 vs KKR in 2011
Chennai Super Kings scored only 15 runs in the powerplay against KKR in 2011. They went on to score 114 in their 20 overs which they were unable to defend.
Chennai Super Kings 16 for 1 vs DC in 2015
CSK scored only 16 runs in the powerplay overs against Delhi in 2015 but didn’t lose any wickets till the last ball of the sixth over. They finished with 119 runs which was an easy chase for the opponents.
Chennai Super Kings 16 for 1 vs RCB in 2019
For the second time, CSK matched their own record of scoring 16 runs in the powerplay overs. Chasing just 70 to win, CSK collected only 16 runs in six overs but went on to win the game.
Kolkata Knight Riders 17 for 4 vs RCB in 2020
In 2020 against RCB, KKR scored 17 runs in the powerplay before being bundled out for 85 runs and losing the game comprehensively.
Mumbai Indians 17 for 3 vs KXIP in 2015
Mumbai Indians scored 17 runs in the powerplay when chasing a total of 178 set by the Punjab Kings in 215 and eventually lost the game. The three wickets that fell in the first six overs were that of Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare and Aaron Finch.
Royal Challengers Bangalore 17 for 1 vs CSK in 2014
Another team that has scored 17 runs in the powerplay is RCB. Chasing just 139 to win in 2014, RCB managed only 17 runs in the powerplay despite having a good opening over in which they collected nine runs. The game went down to the wire before RCB eventually went over the line.
Rajasthan Royals 17 for 4 vs KKR in 2021
The Sanju Samson-led side scored 17 runs in the powerplay while playing against KKR in 2021 and they also lost four wickets within the first six overs. They were bundled out for just 85 runs and KKR won the game by 86 runs.
Rajasthan Royals 18 for 1 vs MI in 2011
In the fourth edition of the IPL, Mumbai Indians set RR a target of merely 95 runs. But Rajasthan scored only 18 runs in the first six overs but some good hitting in the middle overs helped them win the game by seven wickets.