Chennai Super Kings played a thriller against Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur in IPL 2019 on Thursday. CSK were down and out at 24/4 in powerplay while chasing 152 for a win. However, a stand of 95 runs between Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni resurrected CSK’s innings. But the real drama happened in the last over of the chase.
An over-waist ball was ruled not a no-ball after, initially, the pitch umpire has signalled it so. Dhoni, who fell in the last over, came out to discuss the no-ball with the umpires, but it was ruled a legitimate ball.
An angry Dhoni walked out of the field. But Mitchell Santner, who played out that beamer, had the last laugh. Santner smacked the last ball from Ben Stokes to long on for a six to seal the win.
On numerous occasions, an IPL match has been won on a last-ball six. Cricwizz lists out 5 IPL matches that were won by a last-ball six.
Rohit Sharma hits last-ball six, DC beat KKR in IPL 2019
It was those times when Rohit Sharma was plying his trade for now-defunct Deccan Chargers in IPL 2009. KKR had set a competitive target of 167 at Johannesburg. The equation has boiled down to 21 runs off 6 balls.
And KKR skipper Brendon McCullum handed the ball to Bangladesh bowler Mashrafe Mortaza.
Rohit was batting on10 then. The first ball was dispatched to fence by Rohit off a no-ball as only three fielders were in the inner circle.
Rohit cracked a six on the third ball as it boiled down to 8 off 3. Rohit smacked a four on the fifth ball to level the scores.
Only 1 run was needed off 1 ball. Rohit could have just stolen a single. But Rohit went for the big shot and sealed it with a six. Rohit was man of the match for his 13-ball 32 with 3 fours and 2 sixes.
Rayudu hits a six on last ball, MI beat KKR in IPL 2011
It was the last group match of the competition. KKR and MI were already into play-offs. But a win for KKR would have sealed a second spot in points table due to better net run-rate. But KKR lost the last group match in dramatic fashion.
KKR had set a target of 176 to MI. KKR had reduced MI to 137/5 in 17.3 overs. MI then needed 39 runs off 15 balls. MI found an unlikely hero in James Franklin.
It boiled down to 21 runs off 6 and KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir handed over the last over to L Balaji.
Balaji sprayed it all over. Franklin smashed four consecutive fours to make it 5 off 2. Franklin took a single next ball, making it four off 1. And Ambati Rayudu then did a Javed Miandad, smacking a full toss for a six to seal the win. Franklin remained unbeaten on 23-ball 45 with 5 fours and 1 six.
KKR was relegated to fourth. They lost the Eliminator again to MI. CSK went on to defend the title.
Saurabh Tiwary hits last-ball six, RCB beat PWI in IPL 2012
The now-defunct team Pune Warriors India had set a stiff target of 183. But RCB were up for the chase, with opener Chris Gayle going hammer and tongs. Gayle was single-handedly leading the chase, scoring a brisk 48-ball 81 with 4 fours and 8 sixes before he fell at 127 in 15.4 overs.
RCB needed 56 runs off 26 balls then. AB de Villiers and Saurabh Tiwary took RCB home.
In the final over, RCB needed 21 runs off the last over bowled by Ashish Nehra. Tiwary took a single off the first ball and gave the strike to ABD.
The 360-degree cricketer then showed his range of shots, striking 4, 6, 6 to bring down the equation to 4 off 2.
ABD managed just a single next ball to give Tiwary to do the honours. Tiwary slammed it over long on for a six to seal the win.
Dwayne Bravo hits last-ball six, CSK beat KKR in IPL 2012
KKR were favourite for the title. They scored a competitive 158/6 on a slow Eden Gardens wicket. Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay set the platform for the chase with an opening stand of 97 in 10.2 overs.
But CSK lost their way in the second half of the innings as KKR fought back with Sunil Narine’s twin strikes to send the openers back.
It boiled down to 9 runs off 6 balls and it was still a CSK game with MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo at the crease.
But Rajat Bhatia bowled a tight over, dismissing Dhoni bowled on the second ball. The pressure was on CSK, especially on Bravo.
It came down to 5 runs off the last ball with Bravo at the crease. Bravo made the best use of a low full-toss off the last ball, hoicking it over long for a six to seal the win. CSK players ran to embrace Bravo post the win.
The two teams met again in final, but a Manvinder Bisla’s heroic saw CSK end second best.
Dhoni hits a last-ball six, RPS beat KXIP in IPL 2016
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 was back 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.