It was a night of sheer horror for almost every pace bowler when MS Dhoni’s Chennai locked horns with Rohit Sharma’s Team Mumbai on Saturday. Right from an experienced campaigner like Trent Boult to an in-form Deepkar Chahar, every pacer went for over eight runs per over, of course barring the Man of the Match, Kieron Pollard.
In a game where Jasprit Bumrah registered his worst ever bowling figures of his T20 career, Chennai’s Lungi Ngidi was at the receiving end of a similar carnage. The South African fast bowler ended up conceding 62 runs in four overs without picking up a single wicket.
|Most runs conceded in an innings by a Chennai bowler|
|Lungi Ngidi||4||62||0||15.5||Mumbai||Delhi||1 May 2021|
|Mohit Sharma||4||58||0||14.5||Hyderabad||Hyderabad||2 May 2015|
|Sam Curran||4||58||1||14.5||Kolkata||Mumbai||21 April 2021|
|Palani Amarnath||4||57||1||14.2||Mumbai||Chennai||23 April 2008|
|Harbhajan Singh||4||57||3||14.2||Punjab||Mohali||5 May 2019|
The aforementioned figure is the most runs conceded by a bowler in the 2021 Indian T20 League. Additionally, this is also the first time that a Chennai bowler - Lungi Ngidi - has given away more than 60 runs in his spell. Overall, this is the third most expensive spell by an overseas player in the Indian T20 League.
|Most runs conceded by an overseas bowler in an Indian T20 League innings|
|Mujeeb Ur Rahman||4||66||0||16.5||Punjab||Hyderabad||Hyderabad||29 April 2019|
|Michael Neser||4||62||0||15.5||Punjab||Bangalore||Mohali||6 May 2013|
|Lungi Ngidi||4||62||0||15.5||Chennai||Mumbai||Delhi||1 May 2021|
|Shane Watson||4||61||0||15.2||Bangalore||Hyderabad||Bengaluru||29 May 2016|
|Tim Southee||4||61||0||15.2||Bangalore||Kolkata||Bengaluru||5 April 2019|
Out of the 62 runs that Ngidi conceded, a whopping 50% came off Kieron Pollard’s bat. The hard-hitting West Indies all-rounder scored 31 off just 11 balls against Ngidi and this included two fours and three sixes. Krunal Pandya scored 17 off seven while Rohit Sharma hit eight off three against the South African.
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