The IPL has drawn in huge crowds over the past decade, and the 2022 edition of the tournament is already shaping up to be a classic. Usually, there are plenty of fireworks as the fans are treated to some top-class T20 action. However, there are plenty of biggest margins of victory in IPL that every fan should know.
There have been plenty of records broken in terms of huge batting performances as well as superlative bowling displays.
One overriding theme is that the Royal Challengers Bangalore have been involved in many one-sided clashes too. So, with that in mind, we have decided to take a trip down memory lane and reminisce on five of the most comprehensive victories in the history of the competition.
Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Daredevils by 146 runs (2017)
- Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Daredevils by 146 runs (2017)
- Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Gujarat Lions by 144 runs (2016)
- Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 140 runs (2008)
- Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Punjab Kings by 138 runs (2015)
- Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Pune Warriors India by 130 runs (2013)
Let’s start with the biggest bludgeoning of them all. Five years ago, the Mumbai Indians overawed the Delhi Daredevils as they thrashed them by 146 runs. Lendl Simmons top-scored for the Mumbai Indians as he powered 66 runs from 43 deliveries, which included four sixes.
In response, the Delhi Capitals struggled, and they were bundled out for just 66 runs in 13.4 overs. It was a woeful display from the Delhi Capitals and one we will never forget!
Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Gujarat Lions by 144 runs (2016)
The Royal Challengers Bangalore were in cruise control against the Gujarat Lions. In their 20 overs, the Royal Challengers Bangalore rattled off 248 runs, and they enjoyed a 144-run victory thanks mainly to the exploits of AB de Villiers, who scored 129 not out from 52 runs as well as clinching two catches. It was simply spellbinding stuff!
Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 140 runs (2008)
This time, the Royal Challengers Bangalore were on the wrong side of the scoreboard. The Kolkata Knight Riders moved seamlessly through the gears as they lost just three wickets for 222 runs in their innings. Brendon McCullum was the standout player as he slashed 158 runs from 73 balls.
Unfortunately, nobody shone for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, as Rahul Dravid was bowled out for a mere two runs, while the normally reliable Jacques Kallis and Virat Kohli combined for nine runs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Punjab Kings by 138 runs (2015)
Once again, we find the Royal Challengers Bangalore on this list. They put the Kings away in an emphatic fashion as they smashed 226 runs from their innings. Chris Gayle top-scored with 117 runs, while De Villiers enjoyed an unbeaten stand of 47.
The Punjab Kings were always playing catch up, and they were skittled out for a mere 88. As has been the case over the years, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have been a formidable franchise, and they usually curry favor in the betting markets. Indeed, some of the top IPL betting sites, such as Parimatch, have made the Royal Challengers Bangalore the short-priced favorites, although they have lost on three occasions in the final.
Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Pune Warriors India by 130 runs (2013)
Rounding off the top five of our list of landslide victories is the usual suspects – the Royal Challengers Bangalore. In 2013, they stormed to a 130-run victory over the Pune Warriors. Gayle took center stage for the Royal Challengers Bangalore with an unbeaten knock of 175 runs from just 66 deliveries.
The Pune Warriors were simply outclassed, and in response, they could only manage 133/9, and they were always behind in their run chase. Steve Smith top-scored with 41 runs, but it was a game that the Warriors will have tried to eviscerate from their minds. And it is truly among the biggest margins of victory in IPL.