Mumbai Indians

Should either Mumbai or Kolkata win, they will become the first side in IPL history to take the title for the third time. © BCCI

The league phase of yet another exciting season of the Indian Premier League has come to an end. Unlike last year, the qualification scenario did not go down to the last match. Three of the qualifiers had been spotted by the penultimate day, the last one was decided in the penultimate game.

Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant, who had made their debut last year in unusual circumstances, are in their final appearance in the IPL, after they were brought in for just two years. It is commendable that both these have made the playoffs once each.

Gujarat topped the league table in 2016, while Pune finished second this year behind Mumbai Indians. Incidentally, the latter are making it to the last four stage for the seventh time. Only Chennai Super Kings have reached this stage on more occasions – in all eight seasons that they were a part of the IPL.

Sunrisers Hyderabad, the defending champions, and Kolkata Knight Riders, winners in 2012 and 2014, are the other two sides to qualify this year. The former set a new record last year by becoming the first side in IPL history to win all their three knockout games.

All in all, there have been 34 games played over the past nine seasons after the league stage. The first two seasons in 2008 and 2009 involved just straightforward knockouts – two semis and a final. In 2010, the losing semifinalists played an extra game to decide the third-placed team, who then qualified for the now defunct Champions League. From 2011, the eliminator concept ensured the top two teams got a second chance and thus were not knocked out after just one bad day of cricket.

History, however, beckons all the four sides. Should either Mumbai or Kolkata win, they will become the first side in IPL history to take the title for the third time. Sunrisers could become the second side after Chennai (2010 and 2011) to win two IPL titles in a row. Pune, in their last IPL, could go out with a bang.

Given below is a statistical roundup of the 34 knockout games since 2008.

Team results in the last four and in the final

IN S E M I S & P L A Y O F F S IN LAST FOUR I N   F I N A L
# Team   Mts Won Lost %win Occasions Mts Won Lost %win
8 Sunrisers Hyderabad SRH 4 3 1 75 3 1 1 100
1 Kolkata Knight Riders KKR 6 4 2 66.67 5 2 2 0 100
2 Rajasthan Royals RR 5 3 2 60 3 1 1 0 100
3 Chennai Super Kings CSK 17 10 7 58.82 8 6 2 4 33.33
4 Mumbai Indians MI 11 6 5 54.55 7 3 2 1 66.67
5 Deccan Chargers DC 4 2 2 50 2 1 1 0 100
6 Bangalore Royal Challengers RCB 11 5 6 45.45 5 3 0 3 0
7 Kings’ XI Punjab KXIP 4 1 3 25 2 1 0 1 0
9 Delhi Daredevils DD 4 0 4 0 3
10 Gujarat Lions GL 2 0 2 0 1
11 Rising Pune Supergiant RPS 1

Highest team totals

Score Wkts Overs For vs Venue Date Inns Result
226 6 20 KXIP CSK MumbaiWS 30-May-2014 1 Won
222 5 20 CSK DD Chennai 25-May-2012 1 Won
208 7 20 SRH RCB Bangalore 29-May-2016 1 Won in Final
205 5 20 CSK RCB Chennai 28-May-2011 1 Won in Final
202 5 20 MI CSK Kolkata 24-May-2015 1 Won in Final
202 7 20 CSK KXIP MumbaiWS 30-May-2014 2 Lost
200 7 19.3 KKR KXIP Bangalore 1-June-2014 2 Won in Final
200 7 20 RCB SRH Bangalore 29-May-2016 2 Lost in Final

Lowest team totals

Score Wkts Overs For vs Venue Date Inns Result
82 10 18.3 DC RCB MumbaiDYP 24-April-2010 1 Lost
87 10 16.1 DD RR MumbaiWS 30-May-2008 2 Lost
104 10 19.2 DC CSK MumbaiDYP 22-April-2010 2 Lost
109 10 19 RR RCB Pune 20-May-2015 2 Lost
112 8 20 KXIP CSK MumbaiWS 31-May-2008 1 Lost
125 9 20 CSK MI Kolkata 26-May-2013 2 Lost in final

Biggest victories

By runs
Margin Winner   Loser Venue Date
105 runs RR beat DD MumbaiWS 30-May-08
86 runs CSK beat DD Chennai 25-May-12
         By wickets          
Margin Winner   Loser Venue Date
9 wkts CSK beat KXIP MumbaiWS 31-May-08
9 wkts RCB beat DC MumbaiDYP 24-Apr-10
    Balls remaining          
Margin Winner   Loser Venue Date
37 balls RCB beat DC MumbaiDYP 24-Apr-10
31 balls CSK beat KXIP MumbaiWS 31-May-08


Narrowest victories

By runs
Margin Winner   Loser Venue Date
6 runs DC beat RCB Johannesburg 24-May-2009 in final
8 runs SRH beat RCB Bangalore 29-May-2016 in final
By wickets          
Margin Winner   Loser Venue Date
3 wkts RR beat CSK MumbaiDYP 1-June-2008 in final
3 wkts KKR beat KXIP Bangalore 1-June-2014 in final
3 wkts CSK beat RCB Ranchi 22-May-2015
Balls remaining          
Margin Winner   Loser Venue Date
Final ball RR beat CSK MumbaiDYP 1-June-2008 in final
1 ball MI beat RR Kolkata 24-May-2013
1 ball CSK beat RCB Ranchi 22-May-2015


Highest individual scores

Runs Balls S/r Batsman For vs Venue Date Result
122 58 210.34 Virender Sehwag KXIP CSK MumbaiWS 30-May-2014 Won
115* 55 209.09 Wriddiman Saha KXIP KKR Bangalore 1-June-2014 Lost in final
113 58 194.83 M Vijay CSK DD Chennai 25-May-2012 Won
95 52 182.69 M Vijay CSK RCB Chennai 28-May-2011 Won in final
94 50 188 Manish Pandey KKR KXIP Bangalore 1-June-2014 Won in final
89 48 185.42 Manvinder Bisla KKR CSK Chennai 27-May-2012 Won in final
93* 58 160.34 David Warner SRH GL Delhi 27-May-2016 Won
89 47 189.36 Chris Gayle RCB MI Chennai 27-May-2011 Won
87 25 348 Suresh Raina CSK KXIP MumbaiWS 30-May-2014 Lost
86* 58 148.28 Mike Hussey CSK MI Delhi 21-May-2013 Won
85 35 242.86 Adam Gilchrist DC DD Centurion 22-May-2009 Won
82* 42 195.24 Suresh Raina CSK MI Delhi 21-May-2013 Won

Quick individual knocks

Min 25 runs
S/r Runs Balls Batsman For vs Venue Date Result
348 87 25 Suresh Raina CSK KXIP MumbaiWS 30-May-2014 Lost
280 28* 10 Albie Morkel CSK RCB MumbaiWS 24-May-2011 Won
275 33* 12 Dwayne Bravo CSK DD Chennai 25-May-2012 Won
270 27 10 Kieron Pollard MI CSK MumbaiDYP 25-April-2010 Lost in final
260 39* 15 Ben Cutting SRH RCB Bangalore 29-May-2016 Won in final
255 51* 20 MS Dhoni CSK MI Bangalore 23-May-2012 Won
253.85 33* 13 Kieron Pollard MI RCB MumbaiDYP 21-April-2010 Won
245.45 27* 11 Bipul Sharma SRH GL Delhi 27-May-2016 Won


Leading run-getters

runs Batsman for M Inn NO HS Ave S/r 100 50s
636 Suresh Raina CSK/GL 19 19 5 87 45.43 163.50 0 7
397 MS Dhoni CSK 17 14 5 63* 44.11 139.79 0 2
388 Michael Hussey CSK/MI 11 11 1 86* 38.80 124.36 0 4
356 Dwayne Smith DC/MI/CSK/GL 12 12 0 73 29.67 144.13 0 4
338 M Vijay CSK 9 9 0 113 37.56 152.94 1 1
268 Kieron Pollard MI 11 11 2 60* 29.78 178.67 0 1
250 Chris Gayle RCB 7 7 0 89 35.71 140.45 0 2
231 Virat Kohli RCB 11 10 2 70* 28.88 125.54 0 2
227 AB de Villiers DD/RCB 8 8 2 79* 37.83 149.34 0 2
226 Yusuf Pathan RR/KKR 8 8 1 56 32.29 147.71 0 1
208 Manish Pandey RCB/KKR 6 6 0 94 34.67 138.67 0 1
201 Ambati Rayudu MI 11 11 1 40 20.10 116.86 0 0
200 Lendl Simmons MI 3 3 0 68 66.67 142.86 0 3
200 David Warner DD/SRH 6 6 1 93* 40 144.93 0 2
Most runs in finals: 209 runs by Suresh Raina in six innings, ave 41.80, S/r 163.28

Highest batting strike-rates

Min 5 innings
S/r Batsman for M Inn NO runs HS Ave 100 50s
178.67 Kieron Pollard MI 11 11 2 268 60* 29.78 0 1
177.78 Dwayne Bravo CSK/GL 12 9 3 144 33* 24 0 0
163.50 Suresh Raina CSK/GL 19 19 5 636 87 45.43 0 7
154.76 Harbhajan Singh MI 11 10 5 65 14 13 0 0
154.62 Virender Sehwag DD/KXIP 7 7 0 184 122 26.29 1 0
152.94 M Vijay CSK 9 9 0 338 113 37.56 1 1
149.34 AB de Villiers DD/RCB 8 8 2 227 79* 37.83 0 2
148.53 Robin Uthappa RCB/KKR 7 5 1 101 42 25.25 0 0

Batsman with most boundaries

Batsman with most sixes Batsman with most fours
6s Batsman Teams 4s Batsman Teams
39 Suresh Raina CSK/GL 43 Suresh Raina CSK/GL
21 Kieron Pollard MI 40 Dwayne Smith DC/MI/CSK/GL
19 MS Dhoni CSK 36 Michael Hussey CSK/MI
18 Chris Gayle RCB 30 M Vijay CSK
16 Dwayne Smith DC/MI/CSK/GL 26 MS Dhoni CSK

Best bowling performance in a match

Wkts Runs Ov Bowler For vs venue Date Result
4 13 4 Doug Bollinger CSK DC MumbaiDYP 22-April-2010 Won
4 14 4 Dhawal Kulkarni GL RCB Bangalore 24-May-2016 Lost
4 16 3.3 Anil Kumble RCB DC Johannesburg 24-May-2009 Lost in final
4 16 4 Anil Kumble RCB DC MumbaiDYP 24-April-2010 Won
4 29 4 Shane Watson RCB GL Bangalore 24-May-2016 Won
4 42 4 Dwayne Bravo CSK MI Kolkata 26-May-2013 Lost in final
4 54 4 Karanveer Singh KXIP KKR Bangalore 1-June-2014 Lost in final

Leading wicket-takers

Wkts Bowler for Mts Ov mdns runs Ave R/o best 4wkt
21 Dwayne Bravo CSK/GL 12 39.4 0 332 15.81 8.37 4-42 1
14 Harbhajan Singh MI 11 42 1 310 22.14 7.38 3-23 0
14 Albie Morkel CSK 12 41 0 312 22.29 7.61 2-12 0
13 R Ashwin CSK 14 48.5 1 334 25.69 6.84 3-16 0
11 Lasith Malinga MI 10 40 0 299 27.18 7.48 3-23 0
11 Shadab Jakati CSK/GL 9 34 0 305 27.73 8.97 2-21 0
10 Mohit Sharma CSK 7 26.4 0 239 23.90 8.96 3-42 0
10 Kieron Pollard MI 11 29 0 243 24.30 8.38 3-17 0
10 S Aravind RCB 7 24 0 186 18.60 7.75 2-20 0
10 Shane Watson RR/RCB 7 25.5 0 227 22.70 8.79 4-29 1
10 Dhawal Kulkarni MI/RR/GL 5 20 1 152 15.20 7.60 4-14 1
Most wickets in finals: 8 wickets by Dwayne Bravo in 4 matches in 13.4 overs, ave 17.75, R/o 10.39

Most economical bowlers

Min 10 overs (60 balls)
R/o Bowler for Mts Ov mdns runs Wkts R/o best 4wkt
4.58 Axar Patel KXIP 3 12 1 55 3 18.33 2-11 0
5.30 M Muralitharan CSK 5 20 0 106 6 17.67 2-39 0
5.58 Harmeet Singh DC 4 12 0 67 3 22.33 2-23 0
5.62 Andrew Symonds DC 4 13 0 73 4 18.25 2-18 0
5.92 Bhuvneshwar Kumar SRH 3 12 0 71 5 14.40 3-19 0
5.94 Anil Kumble RCB 4 15.3 0 92 9 10.22 4-16 2
6 Amit Mishra DD/SRH 3 12 1 72 6 12 3-19 0

Most matches

As captain
Captain For Mts W L %win Period
MS Dhoni CSK 17 10 7 58.82 2008-2015
Rohit Sharma MI 6 4 2 66.67 2013-2015
Gautam Gambhir KKR 6 4 2 66.67 2011-2016
Most as captain in finals: MS Dhoni – 6 matches (2 won, lost 4) from 2008 to 2015
As player
Player Mts For Period
Suresh Raina 19 CSK/GL 2008-2016
MS Dhoni 17 CSK 2008-2015
R Ashwin 14 CSK 2010-2015
Ravindra Jadeja 14 RR/CSK/GL 2008-2016
Rohit Sharma 13 DC/MI 2009-2015
Most matches in finals: MS Dhoni & Suresh Raina – 6 matches each from 2008 to 2015
The Youngest and the oldest
Youngest:  17y-205d Sarfaraz Khan RCB RR Pune 20-May-2015
Oldest:  40y-133d Rahul Dravid RR MI Kolkata 24-May-2013