Aussies star as 38 sixes smashed in IPL madness

Aussies star as 38 sixes smashed in IPL madness

Aussie batter Travis Head was the star as records tumbled in a crazy Indian Premier League clash.

Batting records tumbled as Hyderabad Sunrisers recorded a 31-run win over Mumbai Indians with a record-breaking 523 total runs being scored in a Twenty20.

Hyderabad reach 3-277, the highest total in IPL history, after an electrifying unbeaten 80 off 34 balls by Heinrich Klassen. Head (62) and Abhishek Sharma (63) set the tone with blistering half-centuries.

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Hyderabad’s beefy total is the third highest in the history of men’s T20 and broke Royal Challengers Bangalore’s IPL record of 5-263 scored against Pune Warriors in 2013.

The teams combined to hit a T20 world record 38 sixes.

Head reached his half century in just 18 deliveries.

“Feeling good, nice to get a go,” Head told the broadcast afterwards.

“The batting team’s done an exceptional job the last two games, so nice I could contribute and get a go tonight.

“There’s so much power in that group, tonight we showed that and it was very enjoyable.”

Mumbai top-order batters were ruthless in the run chase by the halfway stage with little cameos before Hyderabad came back strongly through skipper Pat Cummins (2-35) and Jaydev Unadkat (2-47) in the second half and restricted the five-time champion to 5-246.

Rohit Sharma (26) and Ishan Kishan (34) raised Mumbai’s half-century in the first three overs before both fell in successive overs while looking for big shots.

Top-scorer Tilak Varma, who made 64 off 34 balls, and Naman Dhir (30) then rattled an 84-run partnership before Unadkat and Cummins pulled the reigns with both batters miscuing their big shots.

Tim David made an unbeaten 46 off 22 balls, but Hyderabad was always in control during the death overs in a game where bowlers were punished for plenty.

Earlier, 17-year-old South African fast bowler Kwena Maphaka made his IPL debut with expensive figures of 0-66. Maphaka’s countryman Gerald Coetzee (1-57) was also hit as Hyderabad batters dominated the pacers from the onset.

Mumbai’s ploy to hold back its ace fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah (0-36) didn’t work out well as Head smashed a half-century and then Sharma raised the bar when he compiled his 50 off just 16 balls on a perfect batting wicket.

South African pair of Klassen and Aiden Markram (42 not out) then continued the acceleration with an unbeaten stand of 116 off just 55 balls as Klassen plundered boundaries at will, smashing seven sixes and four boundaries in his powerful knock and set the stage for Hyderabad’s first win of the season.

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