IPL 2020 is nearing its end, and it has provided some great thrillers so far. It is probably one of the most entertaining IPL seasons so far. There have been some goosebumps moments in this edition of IPL season. Cricwizz takes a look at those thrilling moments in IPL 2020 season.
5) Rahul Tewatia butchers Sheldon Cottrell's bowling
Tewatia of Rajasthan Royals was struggling to put bat to ball initially, scoring just 8 runs off his first 19 balls, at a strike rate of 42 in a tall chase against Kings XI Punjab. When everyone has given up on Royals, Tewatia found his timing suddenly and blasted an over from Sheldon Cottrell for 5 sixes. In his next 12 balls, he scored 45 runs with 7 sixes to end up with 53 runs off 31 balls and take his team to a record IPL chase of 224 runs.
4) Punjab beat SRH in thriller
SRH were coasting to an easy win against Punjab, with 27 runs required off 24 balls with seven wickets in hand, and the settled pair of Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar was looking set to finish off the chase. But Punjab came back spiritedly to take the last 7 wickets for 14 runs, and bag the match by 12 runs. It was a finish that not even a die-hard fan of cricket thought about, but as they said anything can happen in cricket and IPL.
3) Punjab beat MI in second super over
This was a match that no one was willing to lose. Both Punjab and Mumbai fought tooth and nail to tie the match. And if that was not enough, Punjab came back strongly to defend a target of 6 runs in the following Super Over to tie it as well. Punjab then coasted home in the second super over, as Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal finish off a target of 12 runs with ease.
2) Thrilling boundary saves/catches
IPL 2020 has seen some thrilling boundary saves and catches. Nicholas Pooran of Punjab has set an example of fielding standards in this IPL season. In the match against RR, Pooran dived full length to pouch a catch outside the boundary line but threw the ball back in time into the field.
In another match, Mayank of KXIP jumped high in the air at the boundary line to pouch a catch and threw it back into the field to save four runs in the 2nd super over against MI. It's no surprise that Punjab's fielding coach is Jonty Rhodes who rewrote fielding in his prime.
But even veteran players showed their fielding talent, with Faf du Plessis of CSK repeatedly taking rejig boundary catches with ease.
1) Siraj's 3/8
When underdogs succeed, it makes for a great story. And Mohammed Siraj of RCB, who was deemed a flop in IPL, turned it around with the spell of his life, taking 3/8 in 4 overs against KKR. In fact, he created a few records on the way, posting 2 maidens and taking three wickets without conceding a run. It was one of the best bowling spells of this season – something that was not expected from Siraj.