There have been only two matches in IPL over the 12 seasons that the margin of victory has been just a run. The first match was IPL 2017 final between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant. The second match was IPL 2019 clash between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Both these matches have been engaging and entertaining. And of course, some amazing coincidences that are too good to be true.
Cricwizz takes a look at 5 amazing coincidences between the two matches.
Parthiv Patel effected the last-ball run-out in both the IPL matches
Mumbai Indians in a winning mode in IPL 2017. Parthiv Patel effected the last-ball run-out in the final.
On both occasions, Parthiv Patel effected the run-out to steal a one-run win for his team. Playing for MI in 2017 IPL final, Parthiv ran-out Washington Sundar to eke out a 1-run win. In the 2019 IPL clash, Patel, playing for RCB, ran-out Shardul Thakur. Both the batsmen were run out for 0.
Dhoni, Thakur only two players to end up on the losing side both the times
MS Dhoni, Shardul Thakur were the only two players to end up on the losing side both the times, first for RPS and second for CSK. Interestingly, both the batsmen were at the crease when the last ball was bowled in the RCB vs CSK clash in IPL 2019.
The captains of the losing side on both occasions were the top-scorers of the match
In the IPL 2017 final, RPS ended up on the losing side. RPS captain Steve Smith was the top-scorer of the match with 51. In the 2019 IPL clash, CSK were on the losing side, with their skipper MS Dhoni being the top-scorer of the match with 84*.
The man of the match winners in both the matches were southpaws
In the 2017 IPL final, left-hander Krunal Pandya was the man of the match for his knock of 47. In 2019 IPL clash between CSK and RCB, left-hander Parthiv Patel was named man of the match for his innings of 53.
9 wickets taken by pacers in both the IPL matches
In both the matches, pacers took exactly 9 wickets. In IPL 2017 final, pacers took a total of 9 wickets out of total 14 wickets to fall in the match. In IPL 2019 clash, pacers also took 9 wickets out of total 15 wickets to fall.