The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League is set to get underway in the United Arab Emirates on September 19 with plenty of drama in store.
Much of that drama invariably occurs in the final over of an innings and it helps to have one of the top run-scorers over those six deliveries at the crease.
Here are the IPL’s top five scorers in the ultimate over.
A surprise entry at number five, Harbhajan Singh has 185 runs, launching 15 sixes. The off-spinner has featured for both Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings during his time in the league but has opted out of the 2020 edition.
His average of 13.2 in the final over is modest but with an impressive strike-rate of 172.8, he’s proved to be a handy contributor at the death.
A T20 specialist of sorts, Dwayne Bravo has scored 186 runs from just 89 balls. The all-rounder has a stellar reputation with the ball but can be an effective batsmen in the lower order/
An average of 26.6 proves as much and a total of 14 sixes contributes to a strike-rate of 208.8.
The Hitman himself ranks third with 248 runs and a staggering strike-rate of 281.7. Despite being an opener, the Mumbai Indians skipper is renowned for his big scores that can carry through to the end of an innings.
With a whopping 23 maximums and only 11 dismissals, he’s able to boast a healthy average of 22.5 over the last six balls.
Another Mumbai Indians stalwart comes in second with 272 runs. Kieron Pollard can be a little hit and miss with the bat but when he’s on song, few are capable of delivering the sort of fireworks he can.
Pollard’s brute force has sent 21 strikes over the ropes, resulting in a strike rate of 209.2.
With twice as many sixes and nearly double the runs as anyone else on this list, Mahendra Singh Dhoni does justice to his reputation as the game’s ultimate finisher.
He’s scored 554 runs in 227 balls, boasting an average of 29.2. In the IPL, Dhoni is unrivalled when it comes to batting in the final over.
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