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IPL by numbers: Record-breaking Rahul and raining sixes in Chennai

The 2018 Indian Premier League is just a week old but records have already fallen...

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14

KL Rahul wasted no time in getting his tournament underway, smashing the IPL's fastest ever fifty as King's XI Punjab beat Delhi Daredevils by six wickets.

Rahul unleashed his assault, hitting six fours and four sixes, reaching a half-century from just 14 deliveries.

The opener moved from 27 to 50 in five deliveries, taking 24 from Amit Mishra's first five deliveries. He took a single to finish the over and the explosive knock was brought to an end by Trent Boult two ball asfter the half-century was reached.

Rahul's effort surpassed that of Sunil Narine who punched a 15-ball fifty for Kolkata Knight Riders in 2017.

Only Yuvraj Singh and Chris Gayle have hit faster fifter in T20 cricket - both with 12-ball half-centuries to their names. Marcus Trescothick hit a 13-ball fifty for Somerset in 2010.

49

Mark Wood's first four overs of the IPL did not go to plan. The England and Durham bowler finished with figures of 4-0-49-0.

His first over promised much, conceding just three runs with the destructive Krunal Pandya taking a liking to his bowling. Wood conceded 36 from his final two overs.

Wood was subsequently dropped for Chennai's next game.

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12

With Yorkshire duo Liam Plunkett and David Willey making their moves to the IPL - to Delhi and Chennai respectively - the England player contingent in this year's showpiece has risen to 12.

They join Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Wood.

88*

Andre Russell holds this highest score in this year's competition so far. Russell blasted 88* from 36 deliveries - hitting one four and 11 sixes - for Kolkata against CSK in a losing cause.

After the innings, Russell said: "Special knock for me. I've been doing some work with Jacques. All he told me to do is stay still, so 'just stay still, and you'll be more focused on the ball'. Bravo's my team-mate, a good friend, but I enjoyed the shot that went over the roof. I've learnt a lot since my one-year absence. I've learned how to build an innings. It's a good wicket - ok, not the best wicket, but we have some good discussions in the team meeting. We'll defend this if we stick to our plans.”

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105

Not only has Russell hit the highest score and most sixes (12) of the tournament so far, he has also hit the the biggest six, registering at 105 metres.

To be safe, Russell is No.2 on the list too, with a six registering 97 metres.

31

Russell's 11 sixes contributed to a total of 31 in the match, the joint most ever in an IPL game, matching the 31 hit between Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils in 2017.

Sam Billings opened his tournament by hitting 53 from 26 for Chennai in the same match.

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