July 25, 2020, 7:19 PM IST
The 13th edition of the IPL is all set to be staged in the UAE, September 19, and November 8. Let us go back in history and have a look at some numbers from the 2014 edition when the UAE hosted the first leg of the tournament. (Image: Network18 Graphics)
THE THREE VENUES: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi (7 IPL matches), Sharjah Cricket Stadium (6 matches), and the Dubai International Cricket Stadium (7 matches) were the three venues that hosted the 20 matches held in the UAE in 2014. Dubai has a capacity of about 25,000 and has hosted 109 international matches. Sharjah, the oldest of the three grounds, was established in 1982 and has witnessed 263 encounters while 103 matches have been held in Abu Dhabi, the capital city. (Image: Network18 Graphics)
MI HAS NEVER WON IN UAE, KXIP NEVER LOST: This is perhaps the most amazing statistic which emerges from the 20 matches in the UAE. MI, the four-time IPL champions, have not won a single match in UAE yet. KXIP, which has the second-lowest win percentage (in history) amongst the 8 teams in IPL 2020, has amazingly won all their 5 matches in UAE. (Image: Network18 Graphics)
HIGHEST SCORES, AVERAGE TOTALS AND POWERPLAY
206 for 4: Highest Team Score (KXIP) vs CSK at Abu Dhabi.
SRH’s 184 vs DD is the highest score in Dubai while it was again KXIP who top-scored in Sharjah scoring 193 for 3 against RR and 193 for 6 against SRH.
70 All Out: Lowest Team Score (RCB) vs RR at Abu Dhabi.
411: Highest Match Aggregate (CSK vs KXIP) at Abu Dhabi.
The highest aggregate in Dubai is 364 (SRH vs DD) while in Sharjah it is 384 (RR vs KXIP). (Image: Network18 Graphics)
MAXWELL MAGIC – THE MOST IMPACTFUL BATSMAN IN UAE: Glenn Maxwell produced three scintillating match-winning performances with the bat in the UAE. His 95 off 43 deliveries in Abu Dhabi – the joint-highest score in UAE, which included 15 fours and 2 sixes, helped SRH chase down CSK’s 205/4 by 6 wickets with 7 balls to spare. He followed this with two smashing innings in Sharjah. Just a couple of days after (on the 20th of April) his exploits in Abu Dhabi, coming in to bat at 10 for 2, chasing 192 against RR, Maxwell put together a century stand with Cheteshwar Pujara, hammering 89 off 45 deliveries. Incidentally, he smashed another 95 also off 43 deliveries in Sharjah on the 22nd of April against SRH. This time he preferred clearing the stands and his knock included 9 towering sixes! Maxwell started the tournament with a bang – three Man of the Match performances taking his team to victory in the first three matches for KXIP of the season! (Image: Network18 Graphics)
BALAJI TWIN BLOWS, ASHWIN’S ECONOMY AND MISHRA GOES FOR A FEW; Lakshmipathy Balaji got rid of Finch and Warner in the same over within the powerplay in KXIP’s encounter against SRH at Sharjah. The latter, chasing a mammoth 194, could never recover from these twin blows and were folded for 121. Balaji returned with 4-13 in 4 overs – the best bowling figures in the UAE in the IPL. R Ashwin conceded just 3 runs in his 2 overs for CSK against DD in Abu Dhabi. These are the most restrictive bowling figures in an innings in the UAE (min. 2 overs). On the other end of the spectrum is Amit Mishra who went for 56 in his 4 overs for SRH against KXIP in Sharjah – the most expensive spell in the UAE till date. Incidentally, it was Mishra again who went for 54 in his 4 overs for SRH against MI in Dubai a few days later – the second-most expensive figures in the UAE. (Image: Network18 Graphics)