Delhi Capitals (DC) quick bowler Anrich Nortje smashed the IPL velocity information in a fiery opening spell towards Rajasthan Royals (RR) on the Dubai Worldwide Stadium on Wednesday. His quickest supply was timed 156.2 kmph that shattered an eight-year-old report of Dale Steyn (154.four kmph).
The South African bowled DC’s third over, which was additionally his first of the day, and began off with a supply that clocked 148.2 kmph. It was hit by Jos Buttler for a six. He then bowled two deliveries that have been timed 152.three kmph and 152.1 kmph, after which got here his slowest ball of the over at 146.four kmph.
Nortje, 26, then despatched the fifth ball at a scarcely plausible 156.2 kmph that shattered the report for the quickest ball of all time within the IPL, held by his illustrious compatriot Steyn. The veteran quick bowler had set the report whereas enjoying for Deccan Chargers in 2012. Buttler, nevertheless, ramped the supply effective for a 4.
Taking part in in his first IPL season, Nortje then bowled a 155.four kmph supply, which pushed Steyn’s 2012 ball to 3rd on the checklist of all-time quickest balls within the event historical past. Buttler went for a extra orthodox shot down the bottom and the ball ended up flashing previous him and hit the center stump.
The opening overs of the RR innings, who have been chasing a goal of 162, featured an engrossing contest during which openers Ben Stokes and Buttler obtained their staff off to a fast begin. Buttler had scored 22 of 9 balls whereas Stokes made 15 off as many when Nortje supplied DC the breakthrough.
Nortje then pushed Steyn right down to fourth by beginning the fifth over with a full supply that clocked 154.74 kmph.
South African Kagiso Rabada, who was within the XI together with Nortje on Wednesday, had come closest to breaking Steyn’s report within the 2019 season when he despatched in a supply that clocked 154.23 kmph.