The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) started their journey in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 with a victory against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). However, they weren’t lucky enough to repeat the performance in their previous encounter against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Despite a ‘supernatural’ knock played by Andre Russel, MS Dhoni’s yellow army managed to register a magnificent victory following a nail-biting finish.
Well, what happened in Chepauk has become a part of history now. Dinesh Karthik & Co. are all set to play the current table toppers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, at home. It is known how lethal the knights can be in their home ground. But before their third match in this tournament, let’s walk down memory lane and revisit some of the records set by KKR, in the inaugural season of the IPL that are yet to be broken.
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1. Lowest Team Total
On May 16, 2008, KKR played Mumbai Indians (MI) in Mumbai. Under the leadership of then skipper Sourav Ganguly, the knights could only put 67 runs on the scoreboard. Sachin Tendulkar made a record with four catches in an inning and forced Kolkata to end their inning with their lowest IPL total. That score still remains KKR’s lowest total.
2. Lowest Runs Scored In A Match
In the same MI vs KKR match, a total of 135 runs were scored by both the teams. This figure remains the lowest number of runs scored in a single IPL game in the last decade.
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3. Largest Victory With Most Number Of Balls To Spare
In order to chase the target of 68, then MI skipper, Sachin Tendulkar along with Sanath Jayasuriya came to open the innings. Though Tendulkar was dismissed for a duck, but that was the only reason to cheer for the KKR. Thanks to Jayasuriya’s 17-ball 48, which finished the game in just 5.3 overs which means 87 balls to spare. This remains a record to date.
4. Highest Team Total
Kolkata Knight Riders is the first team in the history of the IPL to go past the 200 figure. In the inaugural match of the tournament, Brendon McCullum scored a magnificent 73-ball 158 and took the team total to 222. This figure remains their highest total ever in this tournament till date. Though they have crossed the 200-barrier 4 times, but have never come close to this figure.
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Dinesh Karthik & Co. would never like to repeat the record mentioned in point number 1. However, with the current batting line-up, surpassing their highest team total is not a big deal. Let’s see if KKR can do it in their next match.