IPL 2020: Anrich Nortje, Jofra Archer spills fire with a fast bowling masterpiece

South Africa Anrich Nortje bowled the fastest delivery in the history of Indian Premier League with his ball clocking 156.22 kph.

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Anrich Nortje (L) and Jofra Archer (R)

The fans were in an absolute paradise during the Delhi Capitals’ clash against Rajasthan Royals. Speedsters from the sides, Anrich Nortje and Jofra Archer constantly bowled over 150 kph during that match. The former even went on to bowl the fastest delivery in the history of the tournament, clocking 156.22 kph. With this, he went past his countryman Dale Steyn’s eight-year-old record where he bowled at 154.4 kph.

Nortje and Archer now also rule when it comes to the top 10 fastest deliveries of this season. Moreover, the Proteas bowler even occupies the top 5 spots of that swashbuckling chart.

Here are the top 10 fastest balls of IPL 2020:

S.No.BowlerTeamSpeed (kph)
1Anrich NortjeDelhi Capitals156.22
2Anrich NortjeDelhi Capitals155.21
3Anrich NortjeDelhi Capitals154.74
4Anrich NortjeDelhi Capitals154.21
5Anrich NortjeDelhi Capitals153.72
6Jofra ArcherRajasthan Royals153.62
7Jofra ArcherRajasthan Royals153.36
8Jofra ArcherRajasthan Royals153.23
9Jofra ArcherRajasthan Royals152.55
10Anrich NortjeDelhi Capitals152.54

Coming to the top 5 fastest deliveries in the IPL history, the South Africa bowlers are run-away winners. Besides Nortje and Steyn, the 25-year old Kagiso Rabada also finds a place in that list.

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Here are the top 5 fastest balls of IPL history:

S.No.BowlerTeamSpeed (kph)
1Anrich NortjeDelhi Capitals156.22
2Anrich NortjeDelhi Capitals155.21
3Anrich NortjeDelhi Capitals154.74
4Dale SteynDeccan Chargers154.40
5Kagiso RabadaDelhi Capitals154.23

Nortje’s reaction after bowling the record-breaking delivery

Anrich Nortje

Anrich Nortje looked surprised after hearing about his 156 kph delivery from the commentator. 

“Really? No idea. Hearing it for the first time,” Nortje said during the post-match presentation ceremony. “[I’ve] been feeling it the last few days. Nice to see some results. Buttler played them really well. Maybe I was a touch too full. Didn’t expect him to go for a six first ball. Maybe he was expecting something else of that delivery. Stuck to my strength and paid off. Didn’t expect the second ramp!

“Luckily I stuck to it. We’ve got a good coach in Ryan. Lovely working with KG. Tushar has been working in the nets. Enjoying my experience with them. Doesn’t look like it but it’s nerve-wracking. Better to be on the field than on the other side,” he stated.

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