The Indian Premier League is considered one of the most prestigious T20 leagues and the shortest format requires the best hard-hitters. It is no doubt that most part of the game is decided by the openers who with their batting can ease the nerves of the team.
With so many young talents taking over now and most of the matches having a flying start. Cricwizz, takes a look at the Top 5 batsman with the highest strike-rate in the powerplay.
1) Chris Lynn (145.62)
The Australian hard-hitter starts from the word go. He seldom takes time to set himself up and once he is in the zone he is someone who is unstoppable. He was one of the regulars in the KKR team from the year 2014 and frequently provided the breezy start for the team.
The new Mumbai Indians recruit has opened the innings on 39 occasions and scored 766 runs in 526 balls he faced at an amazing strike-rate of 145.62. He has played 41 matches in the IPL and managed to score 1280 runs at an average of 33.68 and strike-rate of 140.66.
2) Virendar Sehwag (144.16)
The synonyms for fearless, the former Indian Opener is the one of the best openers the world has seen in the sport and apart from laying a very good foundation at the top order his ability to score them at a rapid pace has made him one of the most feared batsman in the game.
The former Delhi Daredevils captain has opened the innings on 103 occasions and scored 1593 runs in the 1105 balls he faced at a strike-rate of 144.16.
The 41-year old has played 104 matches in the IPL and scored 2728 runs at an average of 28 and strike-rate of 155.44. He has 16 half-centuries and 2 centuries to his name with a high score of 122.
3) David Warner (138.99)
The Australian Opener and Captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad is undoubtedly the best foreign player in the league. The two times orange cap winner is one of the few who can take away the game from opposition in the first few overs itself with his amazing slogging ability.
The 33- year old has opened the innings on 118 occasions and scored 2299 runs in the 1654 balls he has faced at a brilliant strike-rate of 138.99. He has played 126 matches in the IPL and amassed 4706 runs at an jaw-dropping average of 43.17 and strike-rate of 142.39.
Warner has 44 half- centuries and 4 centuries to his name with a high score of 126.
4) K.L Rahul (135.96)
The current KXIP captain grabs the 4th spot on our list. The 28-year old has turned out to be one of the most reliable batsmen for Team India and his maturity in the game gave him the added responsibility of leadership. The flamboyant opener has opened the innings on 47 occasions and scored 828 runs in the 609 balls he faced at a strike-rate of 135.96.
The Wicket-keeper Batsman has played 67 matches in the IPL scoring 1977 runs at a spectacular average of 42.06 and strike-rate of 138.16. He has 16 fifties and 1 century to his name with a high score of 100.
5) Wriddhiman Saha (135.65)
The current SRH player is one of the go-to wicket-keeper batsman for Team India. The 35-year old is one of the few batsmen who is comfortable in batting in most positions. He has opened the innings on 46 occasions scoring 605 runs in the 446 balls faced at a strike-rate of 135.65.
The Right-hander has played 120 matches in the IPL scoring 1765 runs at an average of 24 and strike-rate of 131.12. He has 6 half-centuries and 1 century to his name with a high score of 115.
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