# The Vijay-Rohit dot-ball link

We are at the halfway stage of the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League, and the competition is heating up for places in the top four.

Contrary to expectations, newbies Gujarat Lions are sitting pretty at the top of the table. Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils, currently in that order, occupy the rest of the top positions. Fancied teams Rising Pune Supergiants and Royal Challengers Bangalore, led respectively by Indian stars MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, are struggling for form and consistency, and are thus languishing in the bottom half of the table. Last year’s wooden-spooners Delhi appear to be peaking at the right time. All in all, an exciting couple of weeks of cricket will decide who makes the top four.

While there has not been the big hitting and huge scores this season that we have seen in the past, the trend that has emerged this year is of “bat second and win”. There has, however, been a fair share of excitement, with three quick-fire centuries, a hat-trick and a few last-ball finishes.

Given below is a detailed stats analysis of the tournament numbers till date.

**Batting**

**22 The most dot balls faced by a batsman in a match**: M Vijay during his 53 in 49 balls for Kings XI Punjab against Pune Supergiants in Mohali.

**34 The most singles run by a batsman in a match**: Virat Kohli during his 80 in 63 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Supergiants in Pune.

**11 The most twos run by a batsman in a match**: Dinesh Karthik during his unbeaten 50 in 39 balls for Gujarat Lions against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Rajkot.

**2 The most threes run by a batsman in a match**: Shikhar Dhawan during his unbeaten 53 in 41 balls for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Gujarat Lions in Rajkot Robin Uthappa during his 36 in 20 balls for Kolkata Knight Riders against Mumbai Indians in Mumbai.

**15 The most fours hit by a batsman in a match**: Quinton de Kock during his 108 in 51 balls for Delhi Daredevils against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore.

**8 The most sixes hit by a batsman in a match**: Chris Morris during his unbeaten 82 in 32 balls for Delhi Daredevils against Gujarat Lions in Delhi.

**17 The fewest number of balls taken by a batsman to reach an individual 50**: Chris Morris during his unbeaten 82 in 32 balls for Delhi Daredevils against Gujarat Lions in Delhi Kieron Pollard during his unbeaten 51 in 17 balls for Mumbai Indians against Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai.

**4****8 The maximum number of balls taken by a batsman to reach an individual 50**: M Vijay during his 53 in 49 balls for Kings XI Punjab against Pune Supergiants in Mohali Shikhar Dhawan during his unbeaten 56 in 53 balls for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Pune Supergiants in Hyderabad.

**48 The fewest number of balls taken by a batsman to reach an individual 100**: Quinton de Kock during his 108 in 51 balls for Delhi Daredevils against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore.

**63 The maximum number of balls taken by a batsman to reach an individual 100**: Virat Kohli during his unbeaten 100 in 63 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Gujarat Lions in Rajkot.

**5.88 Lowest percentage of dot balls faced by a batsman in a match**: Axar Patel during his unbeaten knock of 36 in 17 balls for Kings XI Punjab against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad. He faced just a single dot ball, while he took 10 singles and twi twos, and hit one four and three sixes. Also, **10.87** AB de Villiers during his 83 in 46 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Supergiants in Pune. He faced just five dot balls. And in the remaining 41 balls, he took 27 singles and four twos, and hit six fours and four sixes.

**87.50 Highest percentage of dot balls faced by a batsman in a match**: Shreyas Gopal faced 14 dot balls during his innings of 2 in 16 balls for Mumbai Indians against Pune Supergiants in Mumbai.

**91.43 Highest percentage of runs in boundaries scored by a batsman in a match**: Sarfaraz Khan during his unbeaten 35 for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Bangalore made 32 runs in boundaries. He hit five fours and two sixes in his 10 balls. His innings also had a dot, a single and a two each. Also, **86.27** Kieron Pollard during his unbeaten 51 in 17 balls for Mumbai Indians against Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai. He made 44 runs in boundaries. He hit two fours and six sixes. His innings also had four dots, three singles and two twos.

**25 The most number of balls faced by a batsman in a match without hitting a boundary (4/6)**: Wriddhiman Saha during his innings of 20 for Kings XI Punjab against Gujarat Lions in Mohali. His innings had seven dots, 16 singles and two twos.

**53 The most number of balls faced by a batsman in a match without hitting a six (6)**: Faf du Plessis during his innings of 67 for Pune Supergiants against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali. His innings had 15 dots, 25 singles, five twos, and eight fours.

**350.00 The highest batting strike rate by a batsman in a match**: Sarfaraz Khan during his unbeaten 35 in just 10 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Bangalore.

**12.50 The lowest batting strike rate by a batsman in a match**: Shreyas Gopal managed just two singles in 16 balls for Mumbai Indians against Pune Supergiants in Mumbai.

**60.61 The highest percentage of dot balls faced by a batsman in the tournament**: Shreyas Iyer for Delhi Daredevils has faced 20 dots out of his total 33 balls in five innings, while aggregating 22 runs. Also, **45.89** Parthiv Patel for Mumbai Indians has faced 67 dots out of his total 146 balls in eight innings, while aggregating 176 runs.

**21.18 The lowest percentage of dot balls faced by a batsman in the tournament**: Yusuf Pathan for Kolkata Knight Riders has faced just 18 dot balls of his total 85 balls in eight innings, while aggregating 146 runs.

**181.97 The highest batting strike rate by a batsman in the tournament**: Krunal Pandya for Mumbai Indians has aggregated 111 runs in 61 balls in five innings.

**90 The most number of dot balls faced by a batsman in the tournament**: Rohit Sharma for Mumbai Indians in his nine innings, while facing 279 balls.

**161 The most number of singles taken by a batsman in the tournament**: Virat Kohli for Royal Challengers Bangalore in his seven innings, while facing 316 balls.

**26 The most number of twos taken by a batsman in the tournament**: Virat Kohli for Royal Challengers Bangalore in his seven innings, while facing 316 balls. David Warner for Sunrisers Hyderabad in his seven innings, while facing 229 balls.

**3 The most number of threes taken by a batsman in the tournament**: Shikhar Dhawan for Sunrisers Hyderabad in his seven innings, while facing 169 balls.

**4****0 The most number of fours hit by a batsman in the tournament**: Virat Kohli for Royal Challengers Bangalore in his seven innings, while facing 316 balls.

**17 The most number of sixes hit by a batsman in the tournament**: David Warner for Sunrisers Hyderabad in his seven innings, while facing 229 balls.

**69 The most number of balls taken by a batsman without a single six in the tournament**: Wriddhiman Saha for Kings XI Punjab in his five innings, while scoring 68 runs.

**Bowling**

**17 The number of dot balls delivered by a bowler in a match**: Rajat Bhatia for Pune Supergiants against Mumbai Indians in Mumbai in his four overs, Zaheer Khan for Delhi Daredevils against Kings XI Punjab in Delhi in his four overs, Mustafizur Rahman for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Kings XI Punjab in Hyderabad in his four overs.

**81.25 Highest percentage of dot balls delivered by a bowler in a match**: John Hastings for Kolkata Knight Riders against Delhi Daredevils at Kolkata in his 2.4 overs. In 16 balls, he delivered 13 dots, conceding two singles and a four.

**20 The most number of singles conceded by a bowler in a match**: Krunal Pandya for Mumbai Indians against Delhi Daredevils in Delhi in his four overs.

**7 The most number of twos conceded by a bowler in a match**: Dhawal Kulkarni for Gujarat Lions against Kings XI Punjab in Rajkot in his four overs.

**2 The most number of threes conceded by a bowler in a match**: Chris Morris for Delhi Daredevils against Kings XI Punjab in Delhi in his four overs.

**8 The most number of fours conceded by a bowler in a match**: Mitchell Johnson for Kings XI Punjab against Mumbai Indians in Mohali in his four overs, Bhuvneshwar Kumar for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore in his four overs.

**6 The most number of sixes conceded by a bowler in a match**: Karn Sharma for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore in his four overs.

**57 The most number of runs conceded by a bowler in a match**: Karn Sharma for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore in his four overs.

**28 The most number of runs conceded in an over by a bowler in a match:** Bhuvneshwar Kumar for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore in the 19th over of the innings. Kedar Jadhav made five, while Sarfaraz Khan took 22 runs, and there was a no-ball too.

**90 The most number of dot balls delivered by a bowler in the tournament**: Mitchell McClenaghan for Mumbai Indians in his 34.3 overs in nine games.

**90 The most number of singles conceded by a bowler in the tournament**: Harbhajan Singh for Mumbai Indians in his 30 overs in nine games.

**30 The most number of twos conceded by a bowler in the tournament**: Dwayne Bravo for Gujarat Lions in his 31 overs in eight games.

**2 The most number of threes conceded by a bowler in the tournament**: By six bowlers.

**27 The most number of fours conceded by a bowler in the tournament**: Shane Watson for Royal Challengers Bangalore in his 26.3 overs in seven games.

**12 The most number of sixes conceded by a bowler in the tournament**: Mitchell McClenaghan for Mumbai Indians in his 34.3 overs in nine games.

**6.52 The lowest economy rate of a bowler in the tournament**: Chris Morris for Delhi Daredevils in 23 overs while conceding 150 runs in six games.

**149 The most number of balls delivered by a bowler without conceding a single six in the tournament**: Praveen Kumar for Gujarat Lions in eight games. He has, however, conceded 25 fours.

**55.00 The highest percentage of dots balls delivered by a bowler in the tournament**: John Hastings for Kolkata Knight Riders delivered 22 dots out of his total 40 balls in his two innings. Also, **48.55** Sandeep Sharma for Kings XI Punjab delivered 67 dots out of his total 138 balls in his seven innings.

**16.67 The lowest percentage of dots balls delivered by a bowler in the tournament**: Iqbal Abdulla for Royal Challengers Bangalore delivered just 11 dots out of his total 66 balls in his three innings.

**Team**

**3.5 The fewest number of overs taken by a team to reach 50:** Gujarat Lions (172/6 in 20 overs) against Delhi Daredevils in Delhi.

**8.6 The fewest number of overs taken by a team to reach 100:** Gujarat Lions (172/6 in 20 overs) against Delhi Daredevils in Delhi, Gujarat Lions (196/7 in 20 overs) against Pune Supergiants in Delhi.

**14.5 The fewest number of overs taken by a team to reach 150: **Royal Challengers Bangalore (227/4 in 20 overs) against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Bangalore.

**72 The most runs made by a side in the first six overs (power play) of an innings**: Gujarat Lions against Pune Supergiansts in Pune (without losing any wicket), Gujarat Lions against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Rajkot (lost one wicket).

**563 The number of runs scored in the 17th over of the innings – the most**

**375 The number of runs scored in the opening over of the innings – the fewest**

**39 The number of wickets that fell in the 20th over of the innings – the most**

**8 The number of wickets that fell in the seventh over of the innings – the fewest**

**10.72 The average runs made in the 17th over – the highest in the tournament**.

**5.91 The average runs made in the opening over – the lowest in the tournament**.

**34.97 The percentage of dot balls (2401) delivered in the tournament**

**48.47 The percentage of singles, twos and threes (3328) scored in the tournament**: In all, 2746 singles, 557 twos and 25 threes were recorded.

**16.56 The percentage of boundaries (4s, 5s, 6s) hit (1137) in the tournament:** In all 837 fours, 3 fives and 297 sixes were recorded.

**54 The most number of sixes hit by a side in the tournament**: Mumbai Indians in nine games.

**50 The most number of sixes conceded by a side in the tournament**: Mumbai Indians in nine games.

**50 The ground that has seen most sixes in the tournament:** M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore in three games. A six was hit every 14 balls!

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