The Indian Premier League (IPL) has added entertainment to cricket fans and kept the thrill of T20 alive. Innovation is a significant part of batting whereas bowlers need to keep on picking new skills to sharpen their bowling skills and add variations.
The last over of any T20 league is important as it can make or break a game. Let’s have a look at the top 5 most successful chases of IPL in the 20th over.
1. 23 runs – Rising Pune Supergiant vs Kings XI Punjab, Vizag 2016
The Kings posted a score of 172 on the board. In response, RPS had an average start with the openers Ajinkya Rahane scoring 19 and Usman Khawaja pulling off just 30 runs. George Bailey and Saurabh Tiwary failed to contribute in the middle overs. A quick 58-run stand between Thisara Perera (23) and Dhoni changed the game. With 23 needed off the last over, youngster Axar Patel was bowling Dhoni. Patel started with a dot and a wide and Dhoni went for a six in the second ball. Then the third ball was gained a dot ball. In the subsequent balls, the former India captain had hit a four, and two sixes respectively, and finished with 64 unbeaten in 32 balls.
2. 22 runs – Gujarat Titans vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai 2022
SRH batted first and posted a mammoth total of 195 for GT all credits to Abhishek Sharma(65) and Aiden Markram (56). Shashank Singh contributed 25 in just 6 balls. 22 runs were needed from six balls, Rahul Tewatia and Rashid Khan were at the crease. After hitting a six on the first ball, Tewatia went for a single. In the next ball, Rashid smashed a six, and then missed a bouncer in the fourth ball. In the next two balls again he smashed sixes that sealed the deal.
3. 21 runs – Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Johannesburg 2009
The Riders posted a score of 160 on the board, with a fine start from their openers Brendon McCullum (20) and Sourav Ganguly (33). Openers Adam Gilchrist (43) and Herschelle Gibbs (28) had set up a proper getaway for the team. In the last over, the team required 21 off six balls. The first delivery was a no-ball in which Rohit Sharma smacked a four. With two singles on the next balls, Sharma smashed a six on the third ball of the innings. The next one was wide, and the fourth ball got the team two runs for the batting team. With five off two balls, Sharma smashed a four and a six to make the team win.
4. 21 runs – Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Kolkata 2011
Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) faced each other. Batting first, KKR scored 175 runs. Harbhajan Singh flaunted his batting skills after being promoted to the No.3 position and his 57-run stand with Sachin Tendulkar gave hopes but in the 8th over, he was dismissed for 30 off 29, and the team at 70/2 in the 9th over. After the dismissal of Pollard, the team was in a poor situation. 21 runs were needed off six in the last over, and Franklin hit four consecutive fours and gave a single to Rayudu, who smacked a six and helped the team win.
5. 21 runs – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Pune Warriors India, Bengaluru 2012
In 2012, the Pune Warriors India (PWI) were up against the mighty Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Pune posted a total of 182 on the board, with 69 from Robin Uthappa and 34 from Jesse Ryder. RCB had an average start, the partnership of Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle was fine but the team strived at 72/3 in the mid overs. Saurabh Tiwary had a 55-run stand with Gayle. In the 16th over, Ashish Nehra picked Gayle’s wicked. Eventually, the game went till the last over when RCB needed 21 off six balls. After a single in the first ball by Tiwary, AB de Villiers smashed a single four and two massive sixes to win the game.