The IPL is off to a strong start with a fascinating contest between bat and ball so far. There have been brilliant chases, great spin bowling and amazing hitting of the ball. The IPL opener was off to a one-sided contest between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore as MS Dhoni-led side chased down a target of 70 with ease.
But it was the second match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders that lived up to its billing. Sunrisers Hyderabad were cruising to a win before Andre Russell’s big hitting saw them home.
The match saw KKR chased down 53 runs in last three overs of a match successfully, marking just the first instance in IPL.
Cricwizz takes a look at few instances when a team chased down most runs in last three overs of a match.
RR chase down 43 from 18 balls against MI in IPL 2008
Mumbai Indians had set a modest target of 146 to Rajasthan Royals. But the Shane Warne-led side made a heavy weather of the chase. They were reduced to 77/5 by 12th over, needing 70 runs from 8 overs with only Ravindra Jadeja and bowlers for the company.
But an unknown batsman in Niraj Patel rose to the occasion and played the innings of his life and guided RR home in the company of Jadeja.
RR needed 43 runs from 18 balls and Mumbai were on top with international bowlers Ashish Neha and Dilhara Fernando to bowl two of those overs.
Niraj and Jadeja played sensibly, hitting the bad balls for the boundary and running hard to convert ones into twos. They took 11 runs off the 18th over, bowled by Neha. It boiled down to 32 off 12 balls.
Jadeja hit the first ball off the 19th over by Rohan Raje for a six to bring it down to 26 runs off 11 balls. That over gave 17 runs to RR.
With 15 required off the last over, Niraj Patel hits a six on the third ball bowled by Fernando. It came down to 2 runs off 1. And RR romped home with Mumbai buckling down under pressure.
CSK chased down 50 runs from 18 balls against RCB in 2012 IPL
This was a thriller between the two teams. RCB won the toss and chose to bat first on a flat deck. Mayank Agarwal was in great touch, he scored 45 in an opening stand of 53 with Chris Gayle. Kohli and Gayle then build on the momentum, putting up a 109-run stand for the second wicket in 11 overs. RCB made 205/8 with Gayle 68, Kohli 57 notching up half-centuries.
CSK gave a strong reply but were never up to the required run-rate. Faf du Plessis anchored the innings with 46-ball 71. At 128/3, CSK needed 78 runs in 33 balls. Dhoni gave a fight, making a 24-ball 41 before he was dismissed in the 18th over. It boiled down to 50 runs off the last 18 balls.
With 43 runs needed off 12 balls, the match was RCB to lose. In a bizarre move, RCB skipper Daniel Vettori handed over the ball to part-timer Virat Kohli to bowl the second-last over with big hitter Albie Morkel at the crease. Morkel tore apart Kohli’s freebies and smacked his over for three sixes, and two fours and a two to take 28 runs off the over.
The equation boiled down to 15 runs off 6 balls. Morkel departed on the second ball, but Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja took CSK home. With 2 needed off 1, Jadeja got an edgy four to win the match for CSK. But not Morkel, Faf was named the man of the match.
RPS chase down 44 runs off 18 balls against KXIP in 2016 IPL
RPS were already out of the race for play-offs, but the ever-fighting MS Dhoni never gave up in an inconsequential tie against Kings XI Punjab in 2016 IPL. They were asked to chase 173 for a win and were reduced to 129/5 in the 17th over. They needed 44 runs off 18 balls for a win. Dhoni as always took the game to the last over where he can then dictate the terms. He even refused singles, believing in himself to do the job for his team.
It boiled down to 23 runs from 6 balls. Axar Patel was handed the last over. He bowled a dot ball first ball. He then bowled a wide. On the next legitimate ball, Dhoni swung to hoist the ball over long on for a six.
Target boiled down to 16 runs off 4 balls. Axar Patel then made a comeback, bowling a dot ball. Pressure on Dhoni. It came down to 16 runs off 3 balls.
The stage was set for Dhoni to win it for his team. He smacked a four, a six and a six to seal a consolation win for RPS.
But those heroics did not help him retain captaincy in the next season for RPS. Steve Smith led RPS in IPL 2017 and they lost to Mumbai Indians by 1 run in the final.
CSK chase down 45 runs from 18 balls against RCB in IPL 2018
RCB had made a big total of 205/8 at their home ground and had a chance of breaking their losing run against CSK. MS Dhoni-led side were reduced to 74/4 in 9 overs and required 132 runs off 11 overs at a required run-rate of 12 runs per over.
Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu steadied the ship. It boiled down to 45 runs off 18 balls. And RCB’s poor death-overs bowling came back to haunt them. CSK managed 15 runs off the 18th over but lost Rayudu for 82.
Mohammed Siraj, bowling the 19th over, lost his composure and bowled three straight wides, and conceded 14 runs off the over, including a six by Dhoni.
In the last over, needing 16 runs to win, Dwayne Bravo came to the party, hitting a four and a six, before Dhoni sealed it with a six.
KKR chase down 53 runs off 18 balls against SRH in IPL 2019
The match looked in SRH’s bank after KKR were reduced to 129/4 by 17th over, needing another 53 runs from 18 balls, and chase down 182 for a win. SRH had an over each from death-overs specialists Siddarth Kaul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
But Andre Russell was not affected by it. He went after the two bowlers, scoring 4 sixes and three fours in the 18th and 19th over. Kaul conceded 19 runs in the 18th over, while Bhuvi gave away 21 runs in the 19th over.
Shubman Gill then sealed the fate of SRH with two sixes in the last over off Shakib Al Hasan. Russell scored 49* off 19 balls with 4 fours and 4 sixes.