The second leg of IPL 2021 is currently underway in the United Arab Emirates. The first leg of the tournament was held in India before it was put to hold in May due to Covid-19 cases being reported in different bio-bubbles.
Delhi Capitals have booked their place for the playoffs, while Chennai Super Kings are just one win away from confirming the same. Kolkata Knight Riders have made a blistering start to their second leg as consecutive wins have helped them climb to number four position. Teams like RCB and MI are yet to win a single game in the second leg.
Due to the slowness of the surface, the teams have struggled to put on big scores on the board. Be it the wicket at Sharjah, Abu Dhabi or Dubai, the ball hasn’t come on nicely to the bat and batsmen have struggled to get going right from the onset.
One could assess the pitches by looking at how the teams have started their innings so far in IPL 2021. There haven’t been a lot of games when the teams have made a blistering start to their innings. The openers have at times struggled to get their team to a great start and on that note let’s take a look at the lowest powerplay totals in IPL 2021:
5 Lowest Powerplay Totals in IPL 2021
25 runs- Kolkata Knight Riders vs RR at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
The fifth lowest powerplay total in IPL 2021 was actually scored at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. It was the 18th match played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals. Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill opened the innings for KKR in the first innings. Jaydev Unadkat and Chetan Sakariya bowed at the right areas and gave just 14 runs in the first three overs before Muztafizur Rahman came into the attack in the fourth over.
He also bowled the sixth over and gave away just one run. Shubman Gill also got run out in that over. Both Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill didn’t found a way to score a lot of boundaries in the first six. Only two boundaries were scored in the first 36 balls.