Indian Premier League has provided some great entertainment over the past 12 seasons. It has seen numerous wins by 1 run, and by 1 wicket. Cricwizz takes a look at few memorable wins in IPL on the last ball with the margin being just a run or a wicket.
1) 2017 IPL final between MI and RPS
Mumbai were staring at defeat in the final over of 2017 IPL final, with Rising Pune Supergiant skipper Steve Smith leading the chase. With 7 runs needed off 4 balls, Smith hit it straight to sweeper cover to Ambati Rayudu for 51. It all boiled down to 4 off the final ball, but Daniel Christian could manage just 2 runs for RPS to lose the final by just a run.
2) 2019 IPL final between MI and CSK
MI saw again defending a low total in another final. But this time they were up against a determined CSK, with Shane Watson leading a valiant effort. With CSK needing 5 runs off 3 ball, Watson was run-out going for the 2nd run to retain the strike. He made a classy 80 but couldn’t see the team across the finish line.
Shardul took two in the next ball to bring it down to 2 runs off 1 ball. But Thakur was LBW on the last ball to hand Mumbai Indians another final win by just a run.
3) RCB beat CSK by 1 run in IPL 2019
With CSK needing 26 runs off last 6 balls, MS Dhoni went into top gear, slamming 4, 6, 6, 2, 6 off Umesh Yadav of RCB to leave 2 runs to get off 1 ball. Dhoni missed the last ball and ran for a bye to tie the match, but Shardul Thakur failed to reach his ground before RCB keeper Parthiv Patel broke the stumps. RCB won a thriller by a run off the last ball.
4) SRH won by 1 wicket against MI in 2018 IPL
SRH were cruising to an easy target of 148 when they required 22 runs off 16 balls, with Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda in the middle. But MI quickly pulled back things, with Jasprit Bumrah taking 2 successive wickets, and Mustafizur Rahman taking 2 wickets in his next over to slump SRH to 9 wickets down, requiring 11 runs off the final over.
Hooda slammed the first ball for six to narrow it down to 1 run off 1. Billy Stanlake slammed a four off the final ball to win the match by just a wicket – a first and only instance when a team has won by a wicket off the final delivery of the match.
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