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Top ten highest team totals in IPL

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is soon to enter its 14th year as the extravaganza begins by 9th April in as many as six Indian venues.

With the auction being done, the teams have chosen the best of the players to feature respectively for them in the 14th edition of the world’s cash-richest league.

Since the time it started, many big and record-breaking performances have been seen. The number of records will take days to mention.

Along with the highest individual scores in IPL, we have also seen the highest team totals in IPL history. Since 2008, more than hundred 200+ scores have been registered by every team.

Here are the top ten highest team totals in IPL history written in order.

Here are the top ten highest team totals in IPL history:

Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors, IPL 2013:

Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors, IPL 2013

Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors, IPL 2013

IPL 2013 was the first season when the Royal Challengers Bangalore were playing under Virat Kohli’s leadership. The captain and the co came up with numerous inspiring performances but failed to clinch the trophy.

Many records were registered by the RCB, who were yet to win an IPL title and the hunt still continues. Chris Gayle, the West Indies-based terrific batsman, registered his highest score of the T20 format that still remains his highest and among the IPL history too.

Nobody has crossed the Universe Boss is making 175 runs that came against the Pune Warriors in IPL 2013. Then, RCB had the highest IPL history score that still remains the highest in the 14-year old long tenure.

Playing at the Bengaluru Stadium vs Warriors, RCB registered 163 runs losing only 5 wickets on 120 balls with the help of Gayle’s unbeaten 175. The 8-year old record of Chris Gayle is still top on the list of highest individual scores in IPL.

Not only this but seeing overall twenty-twenty cricket records, Gayle’s 175 vs Warriors stays the first as Finch’s 172 vs Zimbabwe comes next.

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RCB won that encounter by a huge margin of 130 runs as Warriors fell short of wickets and balls on just 133 runs. Although they had the tenth man in hand to chase, 264 runs on 120 balls were not a piece of cake.

Royal Challengers Bangalore against Gujrat Lions, IPL 2016:

Royal Challengers Bangalore against Gujrat Lions, IPL 2016

Royal Challengers Bangalore against Gujrat Lions, IPL 2016

The second-highest score in the history of IPL once again belongs to the Kohli-led Bangalores. AB De Villiers, the South African RCB-owned batsman, stunned, registering his second-highest score in the IPL history.

He smashed 129, staying not out in the Bengaluru stadium as RCB commenced to face the Gujrat Lions in IPL 2016. The team total on batting first was 248, but the Lions could not bear it up as they lose the struggle on 104 runs.

Kohli was the next top-scorer from RCB after De Villiers as he slammed 109 runs on just 55 balls. As usual, the RCB captain rotated bowlers, and as many as ten bowlers delivered the 20 overs.

The strategy worked out luckily as Chris Jordan, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Sachin Baby remained supercilious with four, three, and two wicket-hauls sequentially. Aravind could pick one while the remaining bowlers contributed with T20 supported economies.

Notably, Kohli was the player with the highest economy as he bowled an over, conceding an economy of 13.00 as a result of two no-balls.

Chennai Super Kings against Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2010:

Chennai Super Kings  against Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2010

Chennai Super Kings  against Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2010

In the third edition of the Indian Premier League, Chennai Super King’s made 246 runs against the Rajasthan Royals. The score then was the highest-ever score made by any team since 2008 (CSK made the highest IPL team total in IPL 2008 that got broken by their own in 2010, as discussed in this paragraph). Later on, the record got broken in 2013 as the Kohli-led team became the one with the highest IPL team total and are yet.

Consequently, CSK’s total vs RR was considered the second-highest IPL total until RCB once again slammed another wider score of 248 to slid CSK 246/5 down to the third spot.

Notably, the Dhoni-led team’s 246 team total is considered the third-highest team totals in IPL as of now, the teams are yet to cross the margin of 246 runs.

Murali Vijay of CSK became the man of the match on his breathtaking inning of 127 runs at a strike rate of 121.87. The Royals could have declared a triumph, but they fell short off 23 runs.

Naman Ojha and Shane Watson put a hundred percent of their efforts to chase with 94* and 60 runs, respectively, but it went fruitless as the number of balls ended with 22 runs needed for a super over or 23 for conquering.

Kolkata Knight Riders against Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2018:

Kolkata Knight Riders against Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2018

Kolkata Knight Riders against Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2018

The Kolkata Knight Riders produced the fourth highest team total in the history of the Indian Premier League in IPL 2018. Whilst playing the Kings XI Punjab again at Indore Ground, KKR, commanded by Dinesh Karthik, proceeded with a target of 246 for the Kings in 120 balls.

It could have been possible, but the struggling team suffered a 31-run shortage having two wickets in hands.

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Sunil Narine of KKR was the man of the match for his 75 off 36 balls. Karthik reached 50, while the other players contributed averagely with the bat.

Andrew Tye’s four-wicket-haul went effortless for the Kings as they could not sustain the win. The losing team’s batter tried hard as KL Rahul was dominant with 66 runs, whereas Ashwin hurled 45.

Chennai Super Kings against Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2008:

Chennai Super Kings against Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2008

Chennai Super Kings against Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2008

Michael Hussey of CSK remained not out on 116 runs by 54 balls – this is what helped the Daddy Army to grasp the victory. CSK added a total of 240 runs which became the fifth-highest total in the history of IPL.

The other yellow batters contributed somehow with average scores to put a sharp target of 241 for KXIP to win in IPL 2008’s 2nd match. IPL 2008, being the first-ever IPL edition, had this score as the first-highest, and it remained for two years as they broke their own record in 2010, making a team total of 246 runs.

Royal Challengers Bangalore against Mumbai Indians, IPL 2015:

Royal Challengers Bangalore against Mumbai Indians, IPL 2015

Royal Challengers Bangalore against Mumbai Indians, IPL 2015

It was RCB’s second-highest team total in IPL as they went on to register their third in the 2016 edition of the cash-rich league. Facing Mumbai Indians in Mumbai, the Kohli-led team made a target of 236 runs for the Rohit Sharma-led men.

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The men in red lost only 1 wicket making 235 runs on 120 balls. Despite the keen struggle, the MI lost the race by 39 runs as they had no ball left to cover up.

Kings XI Punjab against Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2011:

Kings XI Punjab against Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2011

Kings XI Punjab against Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2011

In the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League, the KXIP declared 232 runs and lost only two wickets. The chase turned out to be super challenging for the RCB as the Kings won by 111 runs.

Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh of the Kings XI remained superintendent with 106 and 79* runs, respectively. De Villiers of the RCB remained top-scorer by their end with 34 runs on 27 balls.

Kolkata Knight Riders against Mumbai Indians, IPL 2019:

Kolkata Knight Riders against Mumbai Indians, IPL 2019

Kolkata Knight Riders against Mumbai Indians, IPL 2019

Considering now, KKR’s 232/2 is the eighth-highest score in the history of IPL as they slammed against the Sharma-led army in 2019.

The Dinesh Karthik men’s top three batsmen played an absolute role with 76, 54, and 80* runs, but Sharma and co almost collapsed as they had no bowl remaining on reaching 198 runs.

Hardik Pandya’s 91 off 34 balls were of no use after the balls were not utilized, hitting maximum boundaries to grasp the chase.

Delhi Daredevils against Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2011:

Delhi Daredevils against Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2011

Delhi Daredevils against Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2011

In IPL 2011, the Daredevils team recorded 231 runs losing 4 wickets in the first innings of the 26th match. The opponent Kings XI Punjab were nearby as they could reach 202 runs but fell short on wickets.

David Warner and Virender Sehwag of Daredevils scored 77 and 77 runs on 48 and 35 balls sequentially.

42 and 95 runs of Gilchrist and Marsh remained fruitless as KXIP could not chase and lost by 29 runs.

Kings XI Punjab against Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2014:

Kings XI Punjab against Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2014

Kings XI Punjab against Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2014

We saw one more highest team total in IPL that is counted last in the top ten highest team totals in IPL.

Kings XI Punjab, led by George Bailey in 2014, came up with 231 runs, losing 4 men. It turned out to be challenging for the Daddy Army on Cuttack’s pitch as they got defeated by 44 runs.

Dhoni and the men collapsed with four men to spare and fell short of balls on 187 runs. You can also check the top ten highest individual scores in IPL here.

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