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Stats: Five wickets in six overs and other sorry Chennai Super Kings tales

There was joy for Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah, who played the wreckers-in-chief

Bharath Seervi
The Mumbai Indians won the toss in Sharjah on Friday, asked the Chennai Super Kings to bat, and within two overs, the scoreboard read 3 for 3. Then 3 for 4, 21 for 5, 30 for 6… Here's a look at the dismal batting performance in numbers.
3 for 4 - The Super Kings' score after 2.5 overs. Only once has a team been four-down for a lower score: the Kochi Tuskers Kerala were four-down for two runs against the Deccan Chargers in 2011. The Super Kings' previous lowest score at four-down was 13, also against the Mumbai Indians, at Wankhede Stadium in 2013.
3 - Runs scored by the Super Kings' top-four batsmen in the collapse, the lowest for any team in an IPL innings. The previous lowest was four runs by the Kochi Tuskers' top four against the Chargers in 2011.
5 - Five wickets lost by the Super Kings in the powerplay, which is the first such occasion for them in the IPL. They have lost four wickets in the first six overs several times, including twice last year. Only once has a team lost more wickets in the powerplay - the Kochi Tuskers against the Chargers. The Royal Challengers Bangalore had once lost seven wickets in five overs, but that was only a five-over match because of rain.
3 - Number of times the Mumbai Indians have picked up five wickets in the first six overs in the IPL. The first two instances had come in 2017, both against the Delhi Daredevils. They had taken four wickets in the first six overs against the Super Kings twice before, both in 2013 including the final that year.
10 - Wickets for Trent Boult in the powerplay overs this IPL, including three in this match. He has taken three wickets more than any other bowler has in powerplays so far.
1 - It was the first time Jasprit Bumrah struck twice in an over in the powerplay in the IPL. Before this game, he had taken two wickets in an over 13 times in the IPL, but those were all in the second half of the innings.
3 - Instances of five of the Super Kings' top-six batsmen getting out for single-digit scores in the IPL. Incidentally, all of them have come against the Mumbai Indians. The previous two instances were at the Wankhede in 2013 and in Chennai in 2019.

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo @SeerviBharath