It was a “super” Sunday at the Dream 11 IPL as we witnessed three super over on the same day for the first time in the history of IPL. KKR and KXIP edged past SRH and MI in their respective encounters. The drama just doesn’t seem to end here in the UAE and this edition of IPL just keeps getting better and better. Till now, there have been 13 super overs in IPL – 4 of which have taken place in IPL 2020 itself.
Here is a walk down the memory lane to relive top 5 thrilling super-over finishes-
Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals (April 21, 2015, Ahmedabad)-
Batting first, Rajasthan Royals posted a humongous total of 192 on the board and looked in full command for the majority of the game as they managed to reduce KXIP for 120/4 at the end of 15 overs. With 72 required off 30 deliveries and all of their top 4 batsmen back in the pavilion, it seemed like a mounting task for Punjab to win the game. But David Miller put up a brilliant fight and took the game deep before getting out in the 18th over. With 14 required off the last over, it was Axar Patel who hit a boundary on the very last ball of the innings to ensure a super over. Batting first, Punjab made 15 runs in the super over with the help of three consecutive 4s off Shaun Marsh’s bat after losing Miller on the very first ball. Rajasthan needed 16 runs to win the game but fell short in front of a brilliant Mitchell Johnson who wrapped up the game on the fourth ball of the over after conceding 5 runs and picking up two wickets. Playing his first-ever IPL game, Shaun Marsh was adjourned as the man of the match.
Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab ( March 21, 2010, Chennai)-
After opting to field first, Chennai’s bowlers did remarkably well to restrict Punjab at a paltry total of just 136 runs. While chasing, Chennai were 96-1 after 12.2 overs and it seemed like a cakewalk for them. With the required run-rate under 6 and nine wickets in hand, CSK looked all set to register a thumping victory. But Punjab made an unbelievable comeback into the game which resulted in a CSK collapse as they managed to creep to just 136-7 in their 20 overs. Chennai managed to score only 9 runs against Theron in the super over and Punjab chased it with the utmost ease. Juan Theron was adjourned the man of the match.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils ( April 16, 2013, Bangalore)-
After being asked to bat first, Delhi Daredevils put up a subpar total of 152 on the board. RCB lost its first 2 wickets in just 26 runs but that was followed by a record-breaking 103 runs partnership for the third wicket between Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. They were looking all set on 129/2 before losing de Villiers on the final ball of the 16th over. They went from 129/2 to 138/7 losing 5 wickets for 9 runs in a matter of just 17 deliveries. Bangalore needed 12 off the last over and Ravi Rampaul and Vinay Kumar held on to their nerves to score 11 runs ensuring a super over. RCB scored 15 runs off their super over with the help of two sixes from AB de Devilliers before Ravi Rampaul sealed the game for them picking up both the wickets and conceding just 11 runs. Virat Kohli was adjourned the man of the match for his brilliant 65-run knock.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals (April 29, 2014, Abu Dhabi)-
Rajasthan Royals set a target of 153 runs after winning the toss and opting to bat first. KKR looked very comfortable throughout the chase and with 16 required off 12 deliveries and 7 wickets in hand, KKR seemed all set for a cruising victory. But James Faulkner had other plans. He bowled a sensational 19th over giving away just four runs and picking up 3 wickets. He overturned the tide in Rajasthan’s favour. KKR now needed 12 runs in the final over but managed to score just 11 resulting in a super over. Batting first, Kolkata scored 11 runs in their super over. With 12 required to win, Rajasthan’s batsmen struggled to score against Naraine and could only get 11 from his six deliveries which resulted in the second tie of the match. Rajasthan Royals were declared the winners on the basis of the boundary- count rule. James Faulkner was rightfully adjourned the man of the match.
Mumbai Indians vs Gujarat Lions (April 29, 2017, Rajkot)-
Batting first, Gujarat Lions managed to put up a decent looking total of 153/9 on the board. Mumbai Indians had a complete hold on the run chase and were cruising towards a victory with 15 required off last two overs with 5 wickets in hand. Everybody had written Gujarat off at this point. But it was Basil Thampi’s stunning 19th over that completely changed the game in Gujarat’s favour. He gave away just 4 runs and picked up 3 wickets in the penultimate over- pushing MI under huge pressure. It was Jadeja’s heroics in the field that restricted Mumbai to just 10 runs. Jadeja got two batsmen run-out in the final over with two direct hits. A six and a four off Pollard’s bat helped MI get 11 runs in the super over. The momentum was now with Gujarat but their celebrations were cut short by a brilliant over by Bumrah who choked them in a 12-run chase. Krunal Pandya was declared the man of the match.