60 games. 47 days. 13 venues in 10 different states. 8 teams. Finally all down to one winner – Mumbai Indians. They have been crowned champions for the second time at Eden Gardens in the night of 24th May 2015. They beat Chennai Superkings – the same team they beat at the same venue two years before to earn their maiden title then. Mumbai Indians lost 4 out their first 5 games before climbing up the ladder.  Sunrisers’ skipper David Warner won the Orange Cap this season scoring 562 runs and thereby being the fourth left-handed Australian opener to do so. As the trend goes, it’s again an opening batsman winning the Orange Cap yet again. Chennai Superkings’ Dwayne Bravo won the purple for a record second time with 26 wickets. Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Rajasthan reached the final four and perhaps the premature exit of Kolkata was the only surprise thrown to us. Let’s now go through the numbers to see who did well and who all missed out.

 

Overall run distribution

  Balls % of balls Runs % of runs
Dots 5038 38.19% 0 0
1s 4927 37.35% 4927 28.30%
2s 880 6.67% 1760 10.11%
3s 46 0.35% 138 0.79%
4s 1607 12.18% 6428 36.92%
5s 1 0.01% 5 0.03%
6s 692 5.25% 4152 23.85%
Total 13191   17410

 

Distribution of runs scored by each team

Team 0s 1s 2s 3s 4s 5s 6s Runs Balls
CSK 811 714 124 10 249 0 96 2564 2004
DD 632 621 88 3 188 0 84 2062 1616
KKR 508 550 83 3 208 1 64 1946 1417
KXIP 641 605 105 8 144 0 79 1889 1582
MI 732 663 125 5 235 0 124 2612 1884
RCB 581 527 98 3 211 0 101 2182 1521
RR 545 608 137 6 187 0 65 2038 1548
SRH 588 639 120 8 185 0 79 2117 1619
Total 5038 4927 880 46 1607 1 692 17410 13191

 

Distribution of runs conceded by each team

Team 0s 1s 2s 3s 4s 5s 6s Runs Balls
CSK 784 768 140 6 212 0 98 2502 2008
DD 584 560 115 6 161 0 71 1878 1497
KKR 591 571 71 4 173 0 90 1957 1500
KXIP 585 566 98 8 210 0 91 2172 1558
MI 685 726 132 7 256 0 89 2569 1895
RCB 573 612 94 4 189 0 85 2078 1557
RR 665 553 129 9 222 0 85 2236 1663
SRH 571 571 101 2 184 1 83 2018 1513
Total 5038 4927 880 46 1607 1 692 17410 13191

 

 

Run rates of teams at various stages

  Powerplay (1-6) Mid overs (7-15) Slog overs (16-20) Overall
  RR Wkts RR Wkts RR Wkts RR
DD 7.17 18 7.74 30 9.82 28 8.03
KXIP 7.27 29 7.53 42 9.13 32 7.81
KKR 8.37 15 8.50 36 9.94 27 8.77
SRH 8.21 19 7.57 30 9.51 32 8.22
RR 7.35 13 8.10 34 9.63 32 8.25
RCB 8.11 16 8.93 35 11.60 28 9.21
CSK 9.54 25 7.76 38 9.21 41 8.59
MI 7.73 23 8.48 29 12.03 34 9.14

 

Economy rates of teams at various stages

  Powerplay (1-6) Mid overs (7-15) Slog overs (16-20) Overall
  ER Wkts ER Wkts ER Wkts ER
DD 7.06 20 7.42 23 9.98 31 7.91
KXIP 8.23 16 8.44 28 10.73 26 8.86
KKR 7.83 20 8.08 33 10.25 26 8.53
SRH 7.81 12 7.92 42 10.44 25 8.44
RR 7.57 23 7.76 24 11.46 26 8.60
RCB 7.81 19 8.29 47 9.27 37 8.34
CSK 7.44 27 7.30 40 9.06 46 7.76
MI 7.79 21 8.28 37 10.23 37 8.6

 

 

 Kings XI Punjab

KXIP got off to the worst possible starts almost every time. They lost 29 wickets in the Powerplay – 7 more than the next placed team at the end of the league stage. Opener Murali Vijay didn’t score off 118 balls or 51.75% of the balls he faced, the second worst by anyone who batted 100 balls or more, often causing the slow starts to the innings. On the other hand they took just 16 wickets in the Powerplay and leaked runs at 8.23 per over. Apart from Miller none other from KXIP scored above 300 runs in the tournament. KXIP batsmen scored the least number of fifties – 5 (none by an Indian player) and least number of fifty partnerships -7 and converting none of them to a century stand.

 

Delhi Daredevils

Despite not having a stable opening combination they fared reasonably well in Powerplays thanks to their leading run scorer Shreyas Iyer. The scored well below the tournament average in Powerplay overs but lost just 18 wkts. Iyer along with Duminy was their mainstay in the batting order. Their main problem was the middle order trio of Yuvraj, Mathews and Jadhav. The former two ate up 40% of the franchisee’s total spend in auction but had disappointing returns in the season. Yuvraj’s dot % of 43.81 is the 5th worst for anyone who faced 150+ balls in IPL 2015. This meant farming the strike in the middle overs became very difficult. Duminy was the key player in the middle overs. He scored 50.79% of his runs from singles, doubles & triples, the most for anyone with 250 or more balls faced. He also scored 20 maximums highlighting his ability to change gears as the situation demanded. But the weak lower middle order meant they were unable to finish close games.

Daredevils has been good with the new ball mainly due to Coulter-Nile. He took 15 wickets from the 11 matches he played in. They were particularly poor in the middle overs taking just 23 wickets – the least by any team. Imran Tahir was impressive, especially in the start of the tournament but lack of support from Indian bowlers meant opposition worked out Daredevils in the middle overs to set a platform for the final assault in the last five. Daredevils leaked runs in the final 5 overs at 9.84 per over though they took 31 wickets in the league stage which was lesser only to CSK. Both Coulter-Nile and Zaheer feature in the top 5 in the highest dot % (min 120 balls).

 

Kolkata Knight Riders

Like Daredevils, Knightriders was one team which scored runs at a better pace (8.77) to conceding (8.53). They crossed the fifty run mark in the Power Play (first 6 overs) in 8 off their 11 games. They were second fewest in the no. of fifties (8). Their top six in the batsmen played all the matches throughout the tournament but none of them scored over 400 runs – Uthappa (364 runs), Gambhir (327), Russell (326) & Pathan (312). The young Indian duo of Manish Pandey and Suryakumar Yadav were largely inconsistent with no scores of fifty or more in the 25 innings between them. None of their bowlers featured in the top ten list for wicket takers and their trump card Narine had a forgettable season with just 7 wickets at 33 and an economy of 7.31. The 44-year old veteran Brad Hogg impressed in the few outings he got taking 9 wickets at 16. And an economy rate of just 6.85 Their biggest impact player was undoubtedly Andre Russell – 326 runs at an impressive strike rate of 193 and he was also their leading wicket taker with 14 wickets.

 

Sunrisers Hyderabad

For a bowling line that starred Dale Styen, Trent Boult, Bhubaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar and Karan Sharma, it was a poor season considering just one off their bowlers in the top ten list for wicket takers. The ploy of relying on too few players paved the way for their disaster. Warner (562 runs with 7 fifties at 43), Henriques (211 runs at 41 & 11 wkts at ER of 6.32) and Bhuvi (18 wkts at 22.61) stood tall among ruins. They had five 50-partnerships between Dhawan & Warner. The lack of batting depth hit them considerably hard as just 3 of their batsmen scored over 200 runs in the tournament. Like Royals and Knightriders, the Indian middle order was the weak link for Sunrisers too. Their Indian contingent in the middle order consisted of KL Rahul, Naman Ojha, Ashish Reddy and Hanumana Vihari. They scored 391 runs between then at 17.77 and a strike rate of 120. Sunrisers took 42 wickets in middle ovets which was the most by any team and 12 and 25 wickets in the first 6 and last 5 overs respectively which was the least. Their run rate in the death overs (16-20) was on the higher side at 10.44, this especially after Bhubaneshwar Kumar was prolific in the death. Senior pace man Ishant Sharma just played 4 games and he leaked runs at well over 11.

 

Rajasthan Royals

After 5 wins in as many games at the start it went all down to the penultimate day of the league phase for Royals to confirm a place in the last four. The cream of Royals batting was their top 3 – Rahane, Watson & Smith. Yet their starts were more steady than spectacular except in the last league game against Knightriders when Watson opened up. They crossed 50 only twice in Powerplay and had a run rate of 7.35. The failure of the trio of Sanju Samson, Karun Nair and Start Binny in the middle overs gave away the solid start by the openers in many games. The trio crossed 30 just twice in 33 innings combined. Rahane (540 runs), Watson (347) & Smith (293) were the chief run scorers but with Faulkner ineffective with the bat Royals missed someone like a Russell down the order to finish the innings. Royals’ bowlers were very good in Powerplay taking 23 wickets, second only to CSK who bowled in 3 more innings than Royals. Morris and Kulkarni provided early breakthroughs more often than not. The failure of Faulkner and Tambe to take wickets and contain opposition in the middle overs was huge blow for Royals. Faulkner averaged 53 runs per wicket and conceded 9.5 an over.  Royals leaked at 11.46 runs per over in the last five overs and taking just 26 wickets – both among the lower half of the table.

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers – is a top three that would scare any bowling line up in the world. They were ranked  4th, 5th and 6th in the batting charts for runs and all three averaged above 40. They had three bowlers in the top 7 leading wicket takers. Still it was a case of so near yet so far for RCB for seven seasons in a row. Their overall run rate of 9.21 is the best for any team. A top heavy batting line up meant a fragile middle order and lower middle order. The fourth highest in terms of runs was Mandeep Singh with 157 runs, 334 behind the sixth placed Gayle. The trio accounted for 69%of the total runs RCB scored with the bat. RCB accelerated in the middle overs at a run rate of 8.93, well ahead of the other teams and were brutal in the last 5 overs of the innings having a scoring rate of 11.60. They scored 88 off the last five against MI at Wankhede – the highest by any team in the tournament. They bowled well in overs 16-20 especially because of Mitchell Starc. He conceded above 30 only in two of the 12 games he bowled and conceded the first six of him off the 186th ball he bowled. His economy rate of 6.76 is the best for a pacer in this IPL with minimum 10 innings bowled.

 

Chennai Superkings

Superkings has been by far the best team in the Powerplay. Their run rate of 9.54 is way ahead of the rest with KKR coming next with 8.37. Superkings posted the highest score in Powerplay this season – 90 against MI at Wankhede. They also registered the lowest score in a Powerplay – 17 vs Daredevils at Delhi.  McCullum at the top of order was excellent scoring 436 runs at a strike rate of 156.  He forged a successful opening partnership with Dwayne Smith who had a reasonably quiet tournament. Smith’s main issue was getting stuck at one end – he faced 183 dot balls (54.63%). The strong middle order comprising of Raina, Du Plessis and Dhoni were more solid than spectacular. All three scored above 350 runs in the tournament but crossed fifty just four times in the 47 innings combined together. Dhoni’s strike rate was below 100 in 6 out of the 17 innings – something really unusual considering his record in IPL over the years. The lower order failed to produce the big hits consistently as the run rate in the last five overs slumped. Dwayne Bravo might have been the purple cap holder but Ashish Nehra was undoubtedly their star in the bowling line up. The 36-year old picked up 22 wickets at an impressive 20.40 per over. Ashwin and other spinners put breaks on scoring in the middle overs as their economy rate of 7.30 suggests. Superkings took 46 wickets in the last five overs with Bravo bagging a majority of those. CSK looked a good team all-round the season but once McCullum left they lacked that fire power at the top which eventually led to twin failures against Mumbai in the last leg.

 

Mumbai Indians

After 5 games, Mumbai Indians slate read: Won 1; Lost 4. Eventually they went on book a berth the finals before anyone. After eight long seasons Mumbai sorted out one of their biggest worries – a settled opening combination. Lendyl Simmons and Parthiv Patel – both were not a part of the squad initially – forged together a partnership which laid out a strong platform for the big hitters coming later on. Mumbai’s run rate of 12.03 in the last five overs in the best among all teams. Of the most runs in the final five overs – Mumbai has three. Pollard, Rohit, Rayadu, Pandya, Harbhajan – all had tournament strike rates of above 140. Malinga was once again leader of the pack in bowling with 24 wickets at 18.50, well supported by McClenaghan (18 wickets at 21.44) and Harbhajan (18 wickets at 24.77).  Mumbai found some raising their hands at every crisis which eventually lead them being the title winners.

 

 

STATS

 

 

BATTING RECORDS

Highest Team Score

Team Score RR Vs Ground Date
RCB 235/1 11.75 MI Mumbai 10-May-15
RCB 226/3 11.3 KXIP Bangalore 6-May-15
CSK 209/4 10.45 SRH Chennai 11-Apr-15
MI 209/7 10.45 RCB Bangalore 19-Apr-15
MI 202/5 10.10 CSK Kolkata 24-May-15

 

Most runs

Player Mat Inns Runs HS Ave SR 50 4s 6s
D Warner 14 14 562 91 43.23 156.54 7 65 21
A Rahane 14 13 540 91* 49.09 130.75 4 53 13
L Simmons 13 13 540 71 45.00 122.44 6 56 21
AB de Villiers 16 14 513 133* 46.63 175.08 2 60 22
V Kohli 16 16 505 82* 45.9 130.82 3 35 23

 

Highest Individual Scores

Player Runs Balls SR Team Vs Ground Date
AB de Villiers 133* 59 225.42 RCB MI Mumbai 10-May-15
C Gayle 117 57 205.26 RCB KXIP Bangalore 6-May-15
S Watson 104* 59 176.27 RR KKR Mumbai (BS) 16-May-15
B McCullum 100* 56 178.57 CSK SRH Chennai 11-Apr-15
R Sharma 98* 65 150.76 MI KKR Kolkata 8-Apr-15

 

Run distribution

1 2 3
Dots Lendyl Simmons 201 Dwayne Smith 183 Chris Gayle 156
1s Ajinkya Rahane 164 Virat Kohli 153 Rohit Sharma 146
2s Ajinkya Rahane 43 Virat Kohli 34 David Warner 29
3s Faf du Plessis 5 Parthiv Patel 4 Murali Vijay 4
4s David Warner 65 AB de Villiers 60 Lendyl Simmons 56
5s Robin Uthappa 1
6s Chris Gayle 38 Keiron Pollard 28 V Kohli/ B McCullum 23

 

Run distribution – percentage wise

Qualification: 100 balls

1 2 3
Dots Dwayne Smith 54.63 Murali Vijay 51.75 Glenn Maxwell 47.32
1% Axar Patel 51.72 Ravindra Jadeja 50.00 Ravi Bopara 49.17
2% George Bailey 10.53 Ajinkya Rahane 10.41 Karun Nair 10.34
4% Andre Russell 20.71 AB de Villiers 20.48 Parthiv Patel 19.11
6% Chris Gayle 11.41 Andre Russell 11.24 Keiron Pollrad 10.94
(1-3)% Ravi Bopara 59.17 Ravindra Jadeja 58.73 George Bailey 57.37
(4-6)% Andre Russell 31.95 AB de Villiers 27.99 Brendon McCullum 26.43

 

Fastest fifties

Player Team Vs Balls
H Singh MI KXIP 19
A Russell KKR KXIP 19
D Warner SRH CSK 20
M Henriques SRH RCB 20
K Pollard MI CSK 21

 

Fastest centuries

Player Team Vs Balls
C Gayle RCB KXIP 46
AB de Villiers RCB MI 47
B McCullum CSK SRH 56
S Watson RR KKR 57

 

 

BOWLING RECORDS

Most wickets

Player Mat Inns Overs Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 4-fer
D Bravo 17 16 42.2 426 26 3/22 16.38 8.12 12 0
L Malinga 15 15 60 444 24 4/23 18.05 7.40 15.0 1
Y Chahal 15 14 46.5 415 23 3/40 18.04 8.86 12.2 0
A Nehra 16 16 62 449 22 4/10 20.40 7.24 16.9 1
M Starc 13 12 43 291 20 4/15 14.55 6.76 12.9 1

 

Best bowling in an innings

Player Overs Runs Econ Team Vs Ground Date
A Nehra 4 4/10 2.5 CSK RCB Bangalore 22-Apr-15
RA Jadeja 4 4/11 2.75 CSK RR Chennai 10-May-15
MA Starc 4 4/15 3.75 RCB KXIP Bangalore 6-May-15
JP Duminy 3 4/17 5.66 DD SRH Visakhapatnam 18-Apr-15
SP Narine 4 4/19 4.75 KKR KXIP Kolkata 9-May-15

 

Best economy rates

Qualification: 25 overs

Player Matches Runs Overs ER
R Ashwin  14 228  39  5.84 
Moises Henriques 9 158 25 6.32
Zaheer Khan 7 156 24.1 6.45
Mitchell Starc 12 291 43 6.76
Brad Hogg 6 144 21 6.85

 

Run distribution

1 2 3
Dots Ashish Nehra 174 Lasith Malinga 149 Sandeep Sharma 148
1s Dwayne Bravo 148 Harbhajan Singh 147 Lasith Malinga 133
2s Mohit Sharma 32 James Faulkner 30 Amit Mishra 28
3s Tim Southee 4 Mohit Sharma 3 Harbhajan Singh 3
4s Umesh Yadav 50 Ashsih Nehra/ Anureet Singh 48 Lasith Malinga 47
5s B Kumar 1
6s Yuzuvendra Chahal 28 Karan Sharma 22 Axar Patel 21

 

Run distribution – percentage wise

Qualification: 60 balls

  1 2 3
Dots D Muthuswami 55.95 Zaheer Khan 52.41 Stuart Binny 51.3
1% Yusuf Pathan 55 Keiron Pollard 51.32  Suresh Raina 48.61 
2% Karanveer Singh 14.29 Albie Morkel 12.5 Keiron Pollard 11.84 
4% Varun Aaron 22.12 Hardik Pandya 20.51 Dale Steyn 20.18
6% Jaspreet Bumarh 14.29 Glenn Maxwell 13.33 Abu Nechim Ahmed 12.16
(1-3)% Keiron Pollard 63.16 Yusuf Pathan 56.67 Karan Sharma 56.07
(4-6)% Ishant Sharma 30.59 Varun Aaron 28.85 Jaspreet Bumarh 27.47

 

 

PARTNERSHIPS

Highest partnerships for each wicket

Wkt Runs Batsman 1 Batsman 2 Team Vs Ground Match Date
1st 144 A Rahane S Watson RR CSK Ahmedabad 19-Apr-15
2nd 215* V Kohli AB de Villiers RCB MI Mumbai 10-May-15
3rd 113 AB de Villiers M Singh RCB RR Pune 20-May-15
4th 131* R Sharma C Anderson MI KKR Kolkata 8-Apr-15
5th 92* K Pollard H Pandya MI KKR Mumbai 14-May-15
6th 95 Y Pathan A Russell KKR KXIP Pune 18-Apr-15
7th 100 J Suchith H Singh MI KXIP Mumbai 12-Apr-15
8th 37* S Binny C Morris MI SRH Mumbai (BS) 7-May-15
9th 25 S Al Hasan U Yadav KKR RR Mumbai (BS) 16-May-15
10th 23 A Patel S Sharma KXIP RCB Bangalore 6-May-15

 

Highest partnerships – by runs

Batsman 1 Batsman 2 Runs Wkt Team Vs Ground Date
V Kohli AB de Villiers 215* 2nd RCB MI Mumbai 10-May-15
S Iyer JP Duminy 154 2nd DD MI Delhi 23-Apr-15
A Rahane S Watson 144 1st RR CSK Ahmedabad 19-Apr-15
R Sharma C Anderson 131* 4th MI KKR Kolkata 8-Apr-15
S Dhawan D Warner 130 1st SRH KKR Visakhapatnam 22-Apr-15

 

Fastest fifty partnerships

Player 1 Player 2 Team Vs Balls
J Suchith H Singh MI KXIP 19
R Bopara E Morgan SRH RR 19
R Sharma U Chand MI RCB 20
AB de Villiers C Gayle RCB KXIP 22

 

Fastest century partnerships

Player 1 Player 2 Team Vs Balls
J Suchith H Singh MI KXIP 36
D Smith B McCullum CSK MI 43
D Warner M Henriques SRH RCB 43
K Pollard C Anderson MI RR 54
R Uthappa A Russell KKR CSK 55

 

 

FIELDING & WICKET KEEPING

Most dismissals as a wicket keeper

Player Inngs Catches Stumpings Total
Dinesh Karthik 15 14 4 18
Wridhiman Saha 14 11 3 14
Robin Uthappa 13 7 5 12
MS Dhoni 17 8 3 11
Parthiv Patel 14 7 3 10

 

Most catches

Player Inngs Catches
Dwayne Bravo 17 13
Ravindra Jadeja 17 13
Suresh Raina 17 11
Ambati Rayadu 15 9
Keiron Pollard 16 9
Dwayne Smith 16 9

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS

# Most runs by a batsman off a single bowler – 46 runs by Lendyl Simmons off Ashish Nehra

# Most dots by a bowler to an individual batsman – 20 dot balls by Ashish Nehra to Lendyl Simmons

# Most balls without hitting a four – Anureet Singh (31 balls)

# Most balls without hitting a six – Hanumana Vihari (35 balls)

# Most balls without hitting a four or a six – Darren Sammy (18 balls)

# Most balls without conceding a four – Shreyas Gopal (13 balls)

# Most balls without conceding a six – Jayant Yadav (42 balls)

# Most balls without conceding a four or a six – Virat Kohli (11 balls)

# Highest score in the Powerplay – 90 by CSK vs MI at Wankhede

# Most ducks in the tournament – Dwayne Smith (3)

# Slowest fifty of the tournament – R Sharma (46 balls vs KKR) & A Rahane (46 balls vs SRH)

# Slowest fifty partnership of the tournament – R Sharma & C Anderson (off 55 balls vs KKR at Kolkata)

# Slowest century partnership of the tournament – R Sharma & C Anderson (off 77 balls vs KKR at Kolkata)

# Most front foot no-balls – Ishant Sharma (4)