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Top 5 Best Matches in the history of IPL

By Arjit - 2023-04-05 18:55:01
Top 5 Best Matches in the history of IPL

IPL best matches: IPL is one of the biggest league in the world, and IPL is the most watched league in the world, every year there have been many exciting matches in this league, today we will talk about the top 5 best matches in IPL History.

List of Top 5 Best Matches in IPL History

Teams Year Stadium
Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals 2014 Wankhede Stadium
Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders 2014 Final M.Chinnaswamy Stadium
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings 2012 Final MA Chidambaram Stadium
Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings 2019 Final Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium
Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings 2020 Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Best Matches in IPL History

Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings - 2020 36th Match

The 2020 match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) in Dubai saw the likes of which no IPL match had seen till then, a double Super Over. The rule to allow the match to go into a second Super Over was introduced by the ICC after the World Cup 2019 final was tied and was to be decided by boundary count.

Quinton de Kock's 53 and Kieron Pollard's 12-ball 34 helped Mumbai score 176 for 6. Punjab managed to tie the match with the help of their skipper KL Rahul's 77 and late contributions from Deepak Hooda and Chris Jordan. The match went into the first super over and Jasprit Bumrah bundled out Punjab for just five runs.

Mohammed Shami also stopped Mumbai for five runs in his Super Over. Mumbai batted first in the second Super Over, where Punjab's Chris Jordan made sure he restricted Mumbai to just 11 runs. Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle chased down the target to witness one of the most dramatic matches ever in the IPL.

Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings - 2019 Final Match

Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings arrive in IPL 2019 having won three titles each. And both the teams met in the final in Hyderabad with hopes of winning their fourth title. Failing to muster any momentum in their innings, Mumbai posted 149 for 8 thanks to a late flourish by Kieron Pollard, who scored a 25-ball 41.

Deepak Chahar of CSK took 3 wickets for 26 runs. But when it came to chasing the target, Chennai got a bit nervous. Shane Watson held one end by scoring 80 runs in 58 balls. In the last over, Chennai needed nine runs to win. Mumbai Indians legend Lasith Malinga was tasked with winning it for them for the fourth time.

Five runs were needed from three balls, Watson was run out trying to take the second run. The next man in Shardul Thakur took two runs off the final ball to reduce the equation to two runs. Malinga bowled what he was known for, the death yorker at middle stump. The ball hits Thakur's pads and hits the middle stump. He was given out LBW as Mumbai won their fourth title. This was Malinga's last ball in the IPL.

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings - 2012 Final Match

Chennai Super Kings had won consecutive seasons in 2010 and 2011, and came into the final as favourites. Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, were playing their first final. As the match was being played in Chennai, the home team clearly had the advantage. Michael Hussey (54 off 43 balls) and Murali Vijay (42 off 32 balls) got off to a flying start.

Suresh Raina played an inning of 73 runs in 38 balls to make Chennai score 190 for 4 wickets. He attacked Sunil Narine, Kolkata's biggest force till then that season. No team had chased such a target in an IPL final. And, Kolkata fans' hopes fell short as their skipper and leading run-getter Gautam Gambhir was dismissed in the very first over.

But, KKR was able to find an unlikely hero in Manvinder Bisla, who counter-attacked the CSK bowlers and smashed 89 off 48 balls. Once he was dismissed, Jacques Kallis took charge, scoring 69 off 49 balls. But, it all happened in the last over as KKR needed nine runs. Manoj Tiwary hit two fours off the third and fourth balls to help his team overcome line and script history.

Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders - 2014 Final Match

Punjab Kings, then Kings XI Punjab, reached the final after losing their last two matches against Kolkata Knight Riders. One of them was the first qualifier in the playoff which was played less than a week ago. But, Punjab brought their best game for the final. It was Kolkata native Wriddhiman Saha, who smashed 115 off 55 balls. He was equally supported by Manan Vohra, who scored 67 off 52 balls.

Punjab ended at 199 for 4. KKR lost Orange Cap holder Robbie Uthappa at the start of the innings that season. But Manish Pandey, a resident of Bangalore, played the innings of his life. However, he scored 94 off 50 balls as KKR were bowled out for 179 for 6. With 21 needed from three overs, he had set up the match but did not finish.

Then, the drama and pressure of the final. Piyush Chawla hit a six off Mitchell Johnson in the last over to bring KKR to the brink of victory. After this, he gave victory to his team by hitting a four on the third ball of the last over. With this win, Kolkata lifted the trophy for the second time and also the last time they won the match.

Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals - 2014 56th Match

The last league match of IPL 2014 was full of drama. Rajasthan Royals arrived at the Wankhede Stadium to play Mumbai Indians, who had almost sealed their place in the playoffs. The 2008 champions had won seven matches till then while Mumbai had six. The equation was simple enough for Mumbai, chasing whatever Rajasthan had put on the board, but in 14.3 overs.

The only problem was that the Royals were 189 for 4. Sanju Samson played a blistering knock of 74 while Karun Nair smashed a 27-ball 50. an impossible one. But, Mumbai got off to a great start.

Rajasthan restricted the hosts to 108 for 4 in 9.2 overs. Ambati Rayudu's 10-ball 30 and some serious hitting from Corey Anderson ensured Mumbai were within sight of the target. And then, Rayudu was dismissed at 14.3. Anderson was stranded at the other end after scoring 95 off 44 balls. The Royals thought they had pulled it off and sealed a playoff spot. But, Aditya Tare hit a six off the next ball to take their total to 195 for 5 in 14.4 overs and Mumbai qualified on net run rate of 0.035, beating Rajasthan.

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