The first of more than 50 centuries in the IPL came in the opening match of the tournament itself. It was Kolkata Knight Riders’ Brendon McCullum, who opened the century account by smoking an unbeaten 158 off 73 deliveries against Royal Challengers Bangalore, which also resulted in a victory. Since then, several batsmen have reached three figures, but not all have come in a winning cause.
A ton by one of the batsmen reaches a long way for the team to set a formidable total for the opposition. However, there exists no dearth of slam-bang batsmen and their self-belief in IPL hence, especially while chasing, hardly any score seems enough. The wickets in the tournament also favour batsmen most of the times, which at times makes some centuries seem futile.
We take a look at top five highest individual scores in IPL in a losing cause:
Hashim Amla – 104*:
It was Hashim Amla’s second year in the cash-rich league. Hashim Amla managed only 157 runs in 2016 but yielded rich returns in the subsequent season. Amla recorded his first IPL century against the Mumbai Indians in Indore. His 60-ball unbeaten hundred contained eight fours and six sixes, catapulting Kings XI Punjab to 198 in 20 overs.
However, another right-hander in Jos Buttler overshadowed Amla’s century. The English wicketkeeper-batsman smashed 77 off 37 balls followed by Nitish Rana’s explosive 62 that sealed Mumbai’s win in less than 16 overs with eight wickets to spare. Amla proceeded to clatter one more century in a losing cause with the season’s aggregates amounting to 420 runs in 10 games.