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6 Times A Team Failed To Cross 100 After Batting Full 20 Overs in IPL

Last night, the Royal Challengers Bangalore registered a thumping victory on the 39th game of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Kolkata Knight Riders fell prey to the fine bowling performance by the former en route to a loss by 8 wickets. They could not even cross the 100-run mark during their innings in this IPL battle.

The teams locked horn at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Prior to the game, both the sides were featuring in the top four of the points table. Hence, they were in search of securing an edge over the other from this game.

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Contest between RCB and KKR has always been cracking

The Match

As it turned out, a fierce Mohammed Siraj rattled the KKR batting in the powerplay itself. Siraj picked up wickets of KKR top order batsmen Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana and Tom Banton. Moreover, he became the first bowler to deliver two maiden overs in an IPL game. Siraj stood at 2-2-0-3 at the end of fourth over of the KKR innings. He completed his quota with a defining figure of 3/8 that broke the spine of the stable Kolkata batting lineup.

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Mohammed Siraj turned out to be the standout performer for RCB

Well supported by Siraj and fellow bowlers Yuzvendra Chahal (2/15), Navdeep Saini (1/23) and Washington Sundar (1/14), RCB restricted KKR to 84/8 after their allotted 20 overs. Consequently, they chased the target down at a loss of just two wickets with 39 balls left. Mohammed Siraj was adjudged as the Man of the Match for his stellar performance with the ball.

The Record

On the process, KKR registered an unfortunate record in IPL history. Their first innings score of 84/8 happened to be the lowest team total when a team batted throughout twenty overs without getting all out. It also appeared as the sixth occasion when an IPL team failed to cross the 100-mark after batting 20 overs. Also, Knight Riders turned out to be the fifth team to touch this feat of embarrassment.

Following is a compilation of all the 6 occasions when an IPL team failed to cross the 100-mark after batting a full innings:

Kings XI Punjab 92/8 vs Chennai Super Kings, 2009

The 2009 edition of IPL was hosted in South Africa to avoid clash with the general elections in India. Kings XI Punjab under the captaincy of Yuvraj Singh needed a win in their final league stage game for qualification. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings of MS Dhoni needed a win to strengthen their spot in the top 4.

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These teams met at Durban on 20 May 2009 for a head-on. Some spirited bowling performance from the KXIP did not let CSK go past 116 in the first innings. However, coming to chase 117, KXIP batsmen choked badly in front of pressure created by the CSK spinners. Muttiah Muralitharan (2/8) led the charge, assisted by Ravichandran Ashwin (2/13) and part-timer Suresh Raina (2/17). As a result, Punjab could manage to score 92 only at the loss of 8 wickets, losing the game by 24 runs. Hence, KXIP became the first IPL team on the list that failed to score even 100 runs despite 20 overs in an innings.

As a result, KXIP missed their chance to qualify into the semifinals. Muralitharan was adjudged as the performer of the match.

Mumbai Indians 94/8 vs Rajasthan Royals, 2011

Rajasthan Royals have always been the surprise package of IPL. After securing the first ever IPL title, they have never even reached the finals in any further season. However, they once stunned the Mumbai Indians batting in a 2011 contest at Jaipur.

Led by Shane Warne, the Royals won the toss and asked Mumbai of Sachin Tendulkar to bat first. After a decent start in the powerplay, Mumbai faced a horrible batting collapse. Royals spinner Johan Botha (3/6) broke their middle order while young spinner Ashok Menaria came up with 2/14 including the precious wicket of Tendulkar. Medium pacer Amit Singh added on with 2/20 to restrict Mumbai to 94/8 after twenty overs. The brilliant Royals bowling restricted Mumbai below 100 despite batting full 20 overs, for the second time in IPL history.

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Consequently, a Johan Botha innings of 45 steered the Royals to 95/3 in 18.1 overs to register a dominating victory. Without a doubt, Botha was declared as the star of the game for his all-round performance.

However, Rajasthan ended up 6th in that season. On the other hand, Mumbai reached till the second qualifier against Royal Challengers Bangalore, before bowing out to a Chris Gayle masterclass.

Pune Warriors India 99/9 vs Kings XI Punjab, 2013

Pune Warriors had been one of the least successful teams in IPL history. In the three seasons they appeared, Pune could win a handful of matches only. In 2013, they went through a tougher time with lack of form among almost all its star players.

Following the retirement of Sourav Ganguly, the captain from 2012 edition of the tournament, PWI had a tough time finding a perfect leader. Starting the season with Angelo Mathews, Ross Taylor and Aaron Finch replaced each other in order for this role.

On 7 April 2013, Pune met the Kings XI Punjab led by Adam Gilchrist. Electing to bat first winning the toss, they collapsed to 53/6 thanks to some wonderful bowling from Praveen Kumar (2/31). Later, Azhar Mahmood (2/19) also joined in and Pune finished at 99/9 after 20 overs. Abhishek Nayar top scored the innings with unbeaten 25 off 26 deliveries. For a difference of just 1 run Pune joined the unfortunate list of teams unable to cross 100 runs after playing a full IPL innings.

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In response, KXIP took only 12.2 overs to chase down the meager target. Punjab top order batsman Manan Vohra top scored with 43*(28) and bagged the Player of the Match award.

Kings XI Punjab 95/9 vs Chennai Super Kings, 2015

Australian cricketer George Bailey was in the charge of captaincy for Kings XI Punjab in 2015. On 25th April, KXIP met Chennai Super Kings at Chennai for their first leg match. Batting first, CSK amassed a huge total of 192/3. Brendon McCullum scored 66(44) before skipper MS Dhoni smashed 41*(27) with two sixes in that innings.

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In response, KXIP lost opener Virender Sehwag on the very first over. After that, a steady partnership between Murali Vijay and Shaun Marsh propelled them to 35/1 after 5 overs. Thereafter, the CSK spin duo Ravichandran Ashwin (2/14) and Ravindra Jadeja (3/22) wrecked havoc on the KXIP batting lineup. Utimately KXIP finished at 95/9 at the end of 20 overs, losing the game by 97 runs! In this way, KXIP became the only team in IPL history to register sub-100 total despite playing 20 overs for the second time.

McCullum was honored as the Man of the Match for his standout innings with the bat.

Royal Challengers Bangalore 96/9 vs Rising Pune Supergiant, 2017

The Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals franchises were banned for two years for alleged involvement of its owners in illegal match fixing activities. To fill the void, two new franchises were formed with amalgamation of star members from the banned sides. While CSK vice captain Suresh Raina got a chance to lead a fresh team in IPL with the Gujarat Lions, skipper MS Dhoni was appointed in charge of the Rising Pune Supergiant. However, a poor run in the first season of this franchise forced a change in captaincy. Australia skipper Steve Smith took over the leadership of this franchise in 2017. Later, it turned out to be a pretty successful season for RPSG with finishing as runners to Mumbai Indians.

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In this season, Royal Challengers Bangalore led by Virat Kohli, met RPSG at Pune on 29 April. They put RPSG to bat first and received a target of 158 to chase. Kohli came to open the innings with Travis Head as a young RPSG pacer Deepak Chahar started with the new ball.

Head got bowled off a Jaydev Unadkat delivery and this triggered the ensuing collapse. AB de Villiers fell for 3, Kedar Jadhav for 7 and none except Kohli managed to score in double digits! RPSG pacer Lockie Ferguson returned with 2/7 and spin bowler Imran Tahir with 3/18. On the other hand, Kohli went on to play a lone warrior knock of 55(48) before falling to Dan Christian. RCB finished at 96/9 after twenty overs, losing the match by 61 runs. Ferguson received the Man of the Match award for his brilliant bowling performance.

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Kolkata Knight Riders 84/8 vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 2020

Kolkata Knight Riders have had an indifferent season this time at Dubai. Starting with Dinesh Karthik, later England skipper Eoin Morgan took over the responsibility of captain of this side. On the 39th match of IPL 2020, KKR met a consistent Royal Challengers of Virat Kohli at Abu Dhabi.

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After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, KKR top order found no answer to some fierce pace bowling from Mohammed Siraj (3/8) and Navdeep Saini (1/23). Later, spinners Washington Sundar (1/14) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2/15) joined in to make it more pensive for the KKR lineup. After 12.3 overs. the Knight Riders were struggling at 40/6. However, a steady 34-ball-30 from skipper Morgan and an unbeaten 19 from Lockie Ferguson took them to 84/8 at the end of 20 overs.

RCB openers Devdutt Padikkal (25) and Aaron Finch (16) gave a decent start to the chase before skipper Kohli (18 not out) and Gurkeerat Mann Singh (21 not out) finished the job in 13.3 overs.

During the IPL 2017, KKR humiliated RCB to an infamous 49 all out at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. It is still the lowest ever total in the history of the league. In words of ecstatic Bangalore fans on Twitter, this match happened to be the perfect revenge for that embarrasment.

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  1. Gautam Chatterjee

    Resham, your discussion about the captaincy contender is good to read. Carry on your good work.

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