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IPL 2024: SRH break franchise T20 record again in Sunrisers Hyderabad v Royal Challengers Bangalore

Sunrisers Hyderabad have broken the runs record for a franchise T20 innings – four games after they first smashed the best-ever total in their second IPL 2024 match.

Having reached 277 on their way to victory over the Mumbai Indians on March 27, SRH put themselves in an imperious position for another home win by rocketing to 287/3 against Royal Challengers Bangalore with the help of 102 off 41 balls for Travis Head.

Australian Head hit eight sixes along the way, while England bowler Reece Topley endured the concession of 68 runs in four overs, representing the third-most expensive bowling return ever in the IPL.

SRH’s 41 boundaries came at a rate of one every 1.76 balls, with in-form wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen contributing 67 from 31 deliveries.

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Their 22 sixes established an average of one every 3.8 balls, which is also the finest ever recorded in the competition.

Abdul Samad was unbeaten on 37, while Abhishek Sharma added 34 and Aiden Markram hit 32 not out.

Highest ever T20 score

The feat is the second-highest runs total in the history of T20, eclipsed only by Nepal’s 314-3 against Mongolia at the Asian Games in China in September 2023.

Nepal remain the only team to score 300 in a men’s T20 match. Their 273-run win on that occasion is the record margin of victory.

One team has hit more boundaries in an IPL match: Royal Challengers went one better with 42 against Pune Warriors in 2013.

Faced with a near-impossible seeming task, RCB reached 187/6 with 30 balls remaining at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, including 62 for captain Faf du Plessis.

Fellow opener Virat Kohli was bowled for 42 off 20 balls and the legendary batsman would surely have sensed there was little chance of his team chasing the record down.

SRH began the day fourth in the table with three wins from five matches. RCB were bottom, having lost five of their first six.

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