IPL 2022 – Top 3 Successful run chases in the final over
T20 cricket has been able to reach out to a larger audience and has a greater appeal than other formats over the years. This is due to the shorter game format’s guarantee of close finishes and nail-biting moments. Despite the fact that the results on the last ball of the over have been consistent, die-hard fans of the game continue to yearn for more such games.
In this context, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has provided cricket fans with entertainment and kept them glued to their television sets until the very last ball of the match. Batters’ ability to score runs all over the field has kept bowlers on their toes throughout the game. Bowlers, on the other hand, are learning new skills to pick up wickets in crucial moments through their intelligence and variations.
In this article, we are going to talk about the top 3 successful run chases in the final over.
Number 1. Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata Knight Riders (Johannesburg 2009) – 21 runs
Following an underwhelming performance in 2008, the Deccan Chargers were clinical in winning the title in 2009. Match 48 against the Kolkata Knight Riders was one of the games that boosted their confidence in their ability to win in any situation. The Riders scored 160 runs, thanks to a strong start from openers Brendon McCullum (20) and Sourav Ganguly (33). However, in the middle order, the likes of Brad Hodge (48) and David Hussey (43) held the key for them.
The Chargers were up to the task of chasing 161 points, with openers Adam Gilchrist (43) and Herschelle Gibbs (28) laying the groundwork for the team. Then, T. Suman and Andrew Symonds collaborated quickly, allowing the team to close the gap on the opposition’s score.
The team needed 21 off six balls in the final over. Mashrafe Mortaza bowled a no-ball on the first ball of the over, which Rohit Sharma hit for a four. With two singles on the next two balls, Sharma smashed a six on the third ball of the game. The next ball was a wide, and the fourth ball resulted in two runs for the batting team. Sharma slammed a four and a six to secure a sensational victory for the Chargers, finishing with 32* off 13 balls.
Number 2. Gujarat Titans vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (Mumbai 2022) – 22 runs
Gujarat Titans (GT) faced Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in IPL 2022 match 40 at Wankhede Stadium. SRH batted first and posted a massive total of 195, thanks to Abhishek Sharma’s 65 and Aiden Markram’s 56, with a late flourish from Shashank Singh (25* off 6).
GT got off to a good start, thanks to a 69-run partnership between Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill, who was dismissed by a peach of a delivery from SRH pacer Umran Malik. Hardik Pandya and David Miller, the subsequent batters, were unable to replicate their previous performances. However, it was Saha’s fantastic innings of 68 from 38 balls that helped them get up and running in the final five overs.
Rahul Tewatia and Rashid Khan were at the crease with 22 needed off six balls. Tewatia went for a single after hitting a six on the first ball. Rashid hit a six in the next over, but then missed a bouncer in the fourth. However, he hit the next two balls for maximums, securing the team’s victory. This was the Gujarat franchise’s third last over in IPL 2022, with all three ending on a winning note.
Number 3. Rising Pune Supergiants vs Punjab Kings (Vizag 2016) – 23 runs
It was the Rising Pune Supergiant’s first season in the IPL. They were already out of playoff contention, but captain MS Dhoni worked his magic to give something back to his fans in their final league match. It all happened in IPL 2016 during Match 53 between Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and Kings XI Punjab (now known as Punjab Kings).
The Kings posted a total of 172, led by Hashim Amla’s 30 and half-centuries from Murali Vijay and Gurkeerat Singh Mann. Ravichandran Ashwin was the key bowler for Pune, finishing with figures of 4/34 off four overs. RPS responded with an average start, with openers Ajinkya Rahane (19) and Usman Khawaja (30) playing cautiously.
The middle-order didn’t help the team much, with George Bailey and Saurabh Tiwary failing to make significant contributions. However, it was a quick 58-run stand between Thisara Perera (23) and Dhoni that propelled the team to within striking distance of the opposition’s total. With 23 needed off the final over, Axar Patel was pitted against the finisher Dhoni. Patel began with a dot and a wide, but Dhoni followed with a six off the second ball. The third ball then returned a dot ball, increasing the pressure on Dhoni. In the subsequent balls, the former India captain performed heroics, hitting a four and two sixes to finish with 62* off 34 balls.