Playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Yuvraj Singh (83 off 38 balls) posted a career-best score in Twenty20 against Rajasthan Royals at Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday. Yuvraj's seventh fifty in the India Premier League and his second in the present edition was not enough to prevent a five-wicket defeat against Rajasthan. (Loss vs Rajasthan Hurts: Yuvraj)
Yuvraj's 83 is the highest for Bangalore versus Rajasthan in the IPL. Yuvraj's strike rate of 218.42 is the highest by a Bangalore batsman in this edition of the IPL. Yuvraj is the first all-rounder to post an innings of 80 and capture four wickets in the same IPL match. His 4/35 was Yuvraj's second four-wicket haul in the IPL - his best being four for 29 versus Delhi Daredevils at Mumbai on April 17, 2011. (Kohli Blames Bowlers For Loss)
Overall, Yuvraj is the first all-rounder to register 50 or more and capture four wickets in the same IPL match twice -- the first instance being 66 and four for 29 for Pune Warriors versus Delhi at Mumbai (DY Patil) on April 17, 2011. Paul Valthaty and Kieron Pollard have performed the all-round feat of 50 and four wickets once each. (Rajasthan Steal Yuvraj's Thunder)
Yuvraj struck seven sixes and as many fours in his 83 on Sunday. The leading six-hitters in the IPL are - Chris Gayle (187), Suresh Raina (120), Rohit Sharma (119), Yusuf Pathan (99), MS Dhoni (97) and Yuvraj (97).
(With inputs from Rajesh Kumar)