DAVID VS GOLIATH…………… SUCCESSFUL RUN-CHASES IN IPL

A successful run chase is similar to watching, Rocky Balboa or Sylvester Stallone, fight till the last minute and go guns blazing and defeat Ivan Drago in the very last round. During a run-chase, the fans from both the teams are under such high tension and stress, everyone is on the edge of their seats, nails all over the floor, arguments with the rival fans, and not to mention, the euphoria you get when your team has finally won the very anticipated match, is unmatched. Even the winning team will get that boost in confidence. Overall, watching a highly successful run-chase is extremely thrilling and I am sure it will be the same for the players as well.

Today, we will be looking at the teams that defied all odds and came back to win the match, so if you are on the edge of your seat, relax, the match is already over and you do not need to stress anymore.

SUCCESSFUL RUN-CHASES IN IPL

Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings 226/6 chasing 224 runs:

This battle between the two giants happened during the 2020 edition of the IPL. Rajasthan captain, Steve Smith won the toss and decided to bowl first. However, things didn’t go as he would have planned. All his bowlers were expensive and all of them conceded more than 30 runs in the overs they bowled. The Punjab batsmen looked like they were in control and they were certain in their decision to take home the victory. Mayank Agarwal scored a brilliant century in just 50 balls, hitting 10 fours and 7 sixes. He was supported by KL Rahul’s 69 in 54 balls and a brief cameo by Maxwell and Nicholas Pooran. They dominated the match and put an insane 223 on the scoreboard. I am certain, the Rajasthan fans would have lost all hope, but things went very differently.

After losing Jos Buttler in the second over, Steve Smith and Sanju Samson took control. Both of them batted brilliantly, with Smith scoring 50 in just 27 balls and Sanju scoring 85 in just 42 balls. Sanju was in extra form in that game, and the Punjab bowlers did not know how to stop him. However, Punjab got both of their wickets, and when the game looked finished, Rahul Tewatia stepped in and scored a brilliant 53 to seal the deal. A match both the teams will never forget.\

Rajasthan Royals vs Deccan Chargers 217/7 chasing 215:

Another masterclass by the Rajasthan players and this time it was against the Deccan Chargers in the inaugural edition of the IPL. Both the teams had star players, and it looked like anyone’s game in the beginning, but things quickly seemed to change.

Andrew Symonds took charge of the game and scored an insane 117 in just 53 balls. His masterclass included 7 sixes and 11 fours.  He was well supported by the rest of the players as well and together they managed to put a mammoth 214 on the scoreboard.  However, Rajasthan didn’t look fazed in the slightest bit and took control of the game. The interesting part of  Rajasthan’s innings was that no one player stared or had massive innings, all of them chipped in with the bat. However, among the batsmen, it was Yusuf Pathan and Graeme Smith that stole most of the show. They scored 61 and 71 respectively and steered Rajasthan to victory. Rajasthan not only went to win the game but also the trophy.

Delhi Daredevils vs Gujarat Lions 214/3 chasing 209:

This showdown was during the 2017 edition of the tournament. Delhi Captian, Karun Nair won the toss and put Gujarat to bat. Suresh Raina or “Mr. IPL” and Dinesh Karthik, two of the most experienced players in the team, stole the limelight. Raian scored a brilliant 77 and was supported by Karthik’s quick 65. Both of these player’s efforts allowed them to post a massive 208 on the scoreboard, and it looked like they had already won the game. But, Delhi had other plans.

Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant changed the entire direction of the game. Samson started to hit from the very first ball and he was soon joined by Rishabh Pant, who did not stop till he got out. Samson scored a brilliant 61 in just 31 balls and hit 7 massive sixes, however, this match was very much Rishabh’s. His insane 97 in just 43 balls, steered Delhi to victory. Rishabh and Sanju, still play like this and are some of the most feared batsmen of the tournament.

Punjab Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 211/4 chasing 206:

Sunrises Hyderabad, have had some of the most destructive batsmen ever, and they showed just that in this match. But, surprisingly it wasn’t Warner who caused this misery to the Punjab fans, it was Naman Ojha. Naman Ojha scored a massive 79 in just 36 balls, he hit 4 fours and 7 sixes and was in an altogether different zone. He was supported by Warner and Dhawan,  and altogether they were able to post 205 on the scoreboard.

Similar to Rajasthan in the game against Deccan Chargers, all the Punjab batsmen chipped in with the bat. Saha scored a brilliant 54, Manan Vohra and Maxwell bot registered 40 plus scores and there was a brief cameo from Bailey and Miller. Thanks to all of their efforts, Punjab was able to see the victory. A classic example of, “Dreamwork makes the teamwork”.

Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bnagalore 208/5 chasing 206:

RCB as we know has some of the deadliest batsmen in their squad, and this time it was Gayle and captain Kohli that stole the show.  Gayle scored a brilliant 68 in just 35 balls and was matched by Virat’s 57 in just 46 balls. Together they posted a solid 205.  However, CSK led by the brilliant Faf du Plessis, managed to steal the game from RCB’s hands and take home the victory. Faf scored a brilliant 71 and was supported by MSD’s 41. This match reminded everyone why CSK is considered to be one of the most feared and best teams in the IPL.

Let’s hope that we can see more run-chases like these. The adrenaline rush we get when our team wins is insane and also we can boast about it to our friends, something we all love to do.