The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is well and truly alive. There has been non-stop riveting action right from the first match of the season. Nine matches have been completed and it hasn’t disappointed with the RR vs KXIP game on Sunday proving to be a sensational one.
Match number 9 (RR vs KXIP) was even bigger and better with Rajasthan Royals (RR) coming back from the dead to register a remarkable win over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). It was one of the best chases in the history of the IPL. In fact, they needed 51 runs in the last three overs and they ended up winning the game. It was among the most runs scored in the last three overs of a run-chase ever in the IPL.
RR vs KXIP – 2020: 51 runs
Mayank Agarwal’s stupendous hundred and skipper KL Rahul’s 69 helped KXIP reach 223. Even on a small Sharjah ground, the score looked slightly beyond RR’s reach. However, the 2008 IPL champions came out all guns blazing. Steve Smith scored a quickfire fifty but it was Sanju Samson who drove the engine. He kept going from his end and kept smashing sixes.
Rahul Tewatia was sent in at No. 4 to counter the leg-spinners but he just couldn’t get going. He was 8 off 19 balls at one stage after Steve Smith and Sanju Samson hit blazing fifties. Thus, the pressure kept mounting. However, with 51 needed off the last three overs, Tewati just switched gears and the tide turned. He smoked Sheldon Cottrell for five sixes in the 18th over to turn the game on its head. Robin Uthappa was dismissed on the first ball of the 19th over. Jofra Archer walked out and nailed a couple of sixes straightaway. Tewatia hit another six before he was dismissed on the last ball of the penultimate over. With just two needed off the last over, Tom Curran finished it off. Tewatia ended with 53 which included seven sixes.
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CSK vs RCB – 2012: 52 runs
Remember Virat Kohli to Albie Morkel? This is that very game. After an impressive start from Mayank Agarwal (46), Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli hit fifties to drive RCB to 205. In reply, Faf du Plessis scored 71 and Dhoni scored 41 as well. But with 50 needed in the last three overs, it seemed out of reach.
CSK got just seven runs and lost Dhoni in the 18th over. Kohli had bowled a decent over until then and with Raju Bhatkal having gone for runs, Daniel Vettori turned to Kohli to bowl the penultimate over. 42 runs were required and Albie Morkel just teed off. He smashed Kohli for 28 runs before Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja completed the chase in the final over on the last ball.
KKR vs RCB – 2019: 53 runs
It was the Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers show in Bengaluru in the early stages of the 2019 IPL. RCB racked up 205. KKR were behind the eight-ball for most part of the game. They needed 66 off the last four overs before reducing it to 53 in the last three.
Andre Russell had played just two balls till the 18th over before he cut loose and he just tore apart the RCB attack. He smoked 23 runs in the 18th and 29 runs in the 19th to kill the game. Russell smashed 48 in a mere 13 balls and his innings included one four and seven sixes.
KKR vs SRH – 2019: 54 runs
It was just the second game of the 2019 season as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) faced Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). David Warner’s 85 and Vijay Shankar’s unbeaten 40 propelled SRH to 181 in their 20 overs. In reply, Nitish Rana batted well and gave a solid foundation with 68. However, no other batsman really got going and it eventually came down to 59 runs from the last 27 balls when Rana got out and then 53 were needed off the last three overs.
Andre Russell was batting on 9 and that’s when he switched the trigger. The big Jamaican went all out and smashed 40 runs in the next two overs before Shubman Gill finished it off with a couple of excellent sixes. It was the most runs scored in the last three overs of a successful run chase.