IPL: Suryakumar, Rashid enter record books with blazing knocks

Mumbai Indians’ batter Suruyakumar Yadav and Gujarat Titans’ all-rounder Rashid Khan blazed their way to breathtaking knocks when the two teams met in an IPL 2023 match at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.
Rashid’s 32-ball 79 not out, which included 10 sixes, didn’t prove enough to take Gujarat past MI’s 218/5; and Surya’s unbeaten 103 off 49 balls, including 11 fours and 6 sixes, turned out to be the key in his side’s 27-run win.
On their way, both Rashid and Surya entered the record books. Here are those stats:

– It is the first IPL century by an MI player since IPL 2014. The previous one was scored by Lendl Simmons against Punjab Kings (formerly Kings XI Punjab) in May 2014.
– It is also the first time since 2011 that an MI player has hit a century at the franchise’s home stadium, Wankhede. Last time this happened was when the legendary Sachin Tendulkar smashed a 66-ball hundred against now-defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala back in April 2011.

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– The 10 sixes hit by Rashid are the joint second-most by a player during a run-chase in IPL history. The record is held by former MI batter Sanath Jayasuriya. He smashed 11 sixes while chasing against Chennai Super Kings in the 2008 season.
– Adam Gilchrist (for the erstwhile Deccan Chargers against Mumbai in 2008) and Kieron Pollard (for MI against Punjab Kings in 2019) have also hit 10 sixes during an IPL run-chase.

– Rashid’s 10 sixes are now also the most by a GT player in a single innings. This record was previously held by Shubman Gill, who had smashed seven sixes in his 94 not out against Lucknow Super Giants this season.
– Rashid’s 10 sixes are now also the joint-ninth highest in a single inning by a batter in T20 cricket. The most number of sixes hit in a single T20 inning came off the bat of Chris Gayle, who smashed 18 sixes in his knock of 146 not out for Rangpur Riders against Dhaka Dynamites in the Bangladesh Premier League.

(With agency inputs)

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