IPL 2018 has seen a lot of thrillers. There have been quite a few close matches that could have gone either way. Chennai Super Kings posted two last-over thrillers, while they just failed to cross the line against Kings XI Punjab. Mumbai Indians, however, are the most unlucky teams in the tournament, losing all the three matches in the last over. There have been few mistakes that could have been easily avoided. So, what went wrong in last-over finishes in IPL 2018?
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Umesh Yadav’s 27 runs in last over against Rajasthan Royals
Umesh Yadav had two decent outings against KKR and KXIP, bagging man of the match for his 3 wickets against Punjab. But against Royals, he had a forgettable outing, leaking as many as 59 runs in 4 overs. He gave away 27 runs in last over, and that took Royals’ total to 217/4. RCB were restricted to 198/6 and rued the 27 runs given in last over that cost the team the match.
CSK keeping a lot of runs late for the death overs against KXIP
CSK endured a defeat against KXIP by just four runs. Only if they had showed more urgency before the death overs, they would have less runs to chase in the last few overs. MS Dhoni, the greatest finisher of the game, could not take the team across the finish line and he regretted the extra runs his teams conceded while fielding that cost them the match. Dhoni said that the team needs to improve ahead of tougher games in IPL 2018.
KXIP not making full use of 20 overs against RCB
The RCB vs KXIP clash was closer than what the eventual result will imply. KXIP did not last their full 20 overs and they were short by 10, 20 runs. If they had those runs, it would have been Punjab’s game. RCB manage to sneak in the win in the last over. Punjab, however, gave a good fight and would rue failing to last the 20 overs and not scoring those few vital runs.
Mumbai Indians not finishing things off, thrice
If luck had gone their way, Mumbai Indians would have won all the three matches, and taken the top spot in points table. But they are now at the bottom of points table, still looking for their maiden win in the tournament. All the three matches came in the last over of the match, two of them came by one-wicket loss.
That would have really hurt Mumbai Indians. Rohit Sharma and his men did not learn from their mistakes in the clash against Chennai Super Kings. An injured Kedar Jadhav smacked a six and four to seal the match. In the clash against SRH, they let the opposition away with a wicket loss. And again, in the clash against DD, they lost on the last ball. Mumbai failed to finish thing off, thrice.