We belong to a country of cricket fanatics. We ‘Bleed Blue’, and this exhilaration multiplies with every IPL T20 series. As a decade of this exciting series draws close, it’s time to revisit some of the most invigorating moments that drove every one of us to the edge of our seats.
#6 KKR v. RCB (Match 11, 2014)
Royal Challengers Bangalore had the match in their grasp, with Kolkata Knight Riders averaging 150 runs. KKR bowler, Vinay Kumar bowled the final over bringing the match to six runs off three deliveries. With Chris Lynn diving backward and taking a stellar catch to drive AB De Villiers out of the run, Kolkata Knight Riders came out victorious and Lynn was elected Man of the Match.
#5 KXIP v. CSK (Match 54, 2010)
Chennai Super Kings faced Kings XI Punjab to enter the semi-finals. Shaun Marsh along with Irfan Pathan led KXIP to a score of 192 runs, giving the yellow brigade a challenge especially after losing their openers at 27 for 2. Chennai Super Kings required 16 runs off the last over. Dhoni’s expert batting against Irfan scored him two sixes and one boundary leading the Chennai Super Kings to win with a grand flourish.
#4 CSK v. RCB (Match 13, 2012)
Continuing their winning streak from 2010, the Chennai Super Kings defied a staggering score of 205 runs made by the Royal Challengers Bangalore. CSK required 43 runs in the last two overs when Virat Kohli decided to bowl. Albie Morkel got three sixes and two boundaries averaging at 28 runs. The match drew to a close with Dwayne Bravo scoring the rest off Vinay Kumar’s bowling, leading CSK to another win and Faff du Plessis to bag the Man of the Match.
#3 MI v. RPSG (Final, 2017)
In a must-win match between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant, MI had a stumbling start with mere 129 runs. With only a total of 11 runs required by RPS, Mitchell Johnson bowled remarkably restricting the opposition at 10 runs. The Mumbai Indians won the match with a beautiful throw- right on the stumps driving Daniel Christian out of the game.
#2 KKR v. RR (Match 10,2009)
The first match to draw towards a super over, with Shane Warne’s remarkable fielding restricting Ishant Sharma to only score one run. The Knight Riders scored 15 runs off the super over bringing the Rajasthan Royals to make 16 runs off six deliveries. Man of the Match, Yusuf Pathan stepped in with his excellent batsman-ship to score 15 runs off the first four deliveries, leading Knight Riders to win the match.
#1 MI v. RR (Match 56, 2014)
After a brilliant score of 189 for 4 by Rajasthan Royals, and loss of a wicket in form of a run-out on delivery by the Mumbai Indians, the match was tied and one of the biggest twists in the IPL history ensued. The Mumbai Indians could qualify for the playoffs if they managed to score a boundary on the last delivery. Aditya Tare smashed James Faulkner’s final delivery for a six, winning the match for his team against the Rajasthan Royals.