Punjab v Bangalore, IPL 2011, Dharamsala May 17, 2011

Punjab's grand assault

An extraordinary batting display from Kings XI Punjab has significantly improved their chances of qualification. Here's a look at some of the stats highlights from the game

  • Punjab's total of 232 is the third-highest in IPL history. The two higher totals have both been scored by Chennai Super Kings - 246 against Rajasthan in 2010, and 240 against Punjab in 2008. (Click here for the highest totals in all Twenty20 matches.)

  • The victory margin of 111 runs is the second-highest in IPL history; the highest is 140, with Royal Challengers Bangalore at the receiving end on that occasion, too, against Kolkata Knight Riders in the first match of IPL's first edition.

  • The 206-run partnership for the second wicket between Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh is the highest in an Twenty20 game, and the first instance of a double-century partnership in this format. The previous highest had been 186 between Justin Langer and Cameron White in a Twenty20 Cup game for Somerset against Gloucestershire. (Click here for the full list.)

  • Punjab scored 202 runs in their last 14 overs, which is also a record in IPL history. The previous best had been 187 by Chennai against Punjab in 2008, when they finished with a total of 240. In this match Punjab scored more than ten runs in 12 of their last 14 overs. They only missed out in the 13th (seven runs) and 17th (eight).

  • Adam Gilchrist's 55-ball 106 is the sixth century of this IPL, and the third-fastest 100-plus innings: the two speedier ones were Chris Gayle's 49-ball 107 against Punjab - which Gilchrist responded to quite fittingly - and Virender Sehwag's 56-ball 119 against Deccan.

  • Punjab's thumping win pushes their net run rate to 0.271, and puts them in a much better position to qualify. Their NRR is already better than Mumbai Indians', which means they'll make the cut if they win their last game and if Mumbai lose their last two. The team under greater threat, though, is Kolkata: even if Punjab lose their last match by 20 runs, they could still make it if Kolkata lose their games by 20 and 25 runs. If Kolkata win one of their last two games, they could still be eliminated if Punjab win their last game by a reasonably big margin which will help them go past Kolkata's NRR.

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo