The way cricket has evolved over the years, no target seems impossible to chase down. Making 10-runs or more in an over is no longer a big-ask for chasing sides. IPL is perhaps the biggest testimony to that.
Indian Premier League has staged some breath-taking chases over the years. Teams have scored more than 15 runs an over in the last few overs of the innings. IPL has witnessed several thrilling targets being chased down in the death overs.
Here’s a look at the top 5 highest targets chased down in the last 4 overs:
5. Mumbai Indians- 62 against SRH, IPL 2013
The match between MI and SRH was witness to one of the best knocks played by Keiron Pollard in IPL. Batting first, SRH posted 168 runs in 20 overs. Mumbai Indians never looked like winning the chase until Keiron Pollard pulled off an unlikely victory.
Needing 62 runs off the final 4 overs, Pollard tore apart SRH’s bowling attack and scored 36 runs in seven deliveries to take MI home in the end. He scored 21 runs off Amit Mishra in the 18th over of the innings, which effectively sealed the game for the hosts.
4. Rajasthan Royals- 63 runs against Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2020
The match number 9 of IPL 2020 witnessed something that was never seen before. Rajasthan Royals chased down the highest-ever target in the history of the Indian Premier League.
Rajasthan Royals required 63 runs in the last 4 overs to win the match. Rahul Tewatia had started the innings slowly with 8 runs in 19 deliveries. But he brought back RR into the game when he smashed 5 sixes in one over of Sheldon Cottrell. Later Jofra Archer helped RR finish the match in the final over. The Royals won the game by 4 wickets.
3. Rajasthan Royals- 65 against RCB, IPL 2014
Rajasthan Royals pulled off an impossible victory against RCB in 2014.
Yuvraj scored 83 to help RCB notch 190 in 20 overs and then took 4 wickets to leave Rajasthan reeling at 106 for 5. RCB were on course to register a win until Smith and Faulkner joined hands to lit the stadium with boundaries all around the park.
Needing 65 runs off the final 4 overs, the duo struck 21 runs in the 17th over, 23 runs in 18th over and 21 in the 19th. Steve Smith scored 48 runs off 21 balls, while Faulkner amassed 41 off just 17 balls.
2. Chennai Super Kings- 65 runs against RCB, IPL 2012
The 13th match between CSK and RCB in 2012 is still fresh in the mind of most of CSK fans. 400-plus runs scored in the match, three half-centuries but the game will always be remembered for Albie Morkel’s heroics in the 19th over of the second innings.
Chasing a mammoth 205-run total, CSK required 65 off the final 4 overs and 43 runs in the last two. RCB had their noses in front until the start of 19th over of the second innings. South African all-rounder, Albie Morkel plundered 28 runs in the penultimate over and titled the match in CSK’s favour. CSK eventually chased down the total and won the game by 5 wickets.
1. Kolkata Knight Riders- 66 runs against RCB, IPL 2019
66- Kolkata Knight Riders hold the record for the highest target chased down in the death overs in IPL.
Cricket is a game of uncertainty and the game was a perfect example of that. Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers scored 84 and 63 respectively as RCB notched 205 in the first innings. RCB bowled pretty well until the 16th over and were confident of breaking their 4-match losing streak.
With 66 needed in the last 4 overs, an in-form Andre Russell made a mockery of RCB’s death bowling. A demonstration of unbelievable hitting, Russell hit sixes for fun. He made an unbeaten 48 off just 13 balls and helped his team win the game with 5 balls remaining in the end. Victory for KKR meant RCB’s suffered their fifth consecutive loss in the tournament.