Indian Premier League, since its inaugural, has managed to produce many, edge of seat thrillers. In this league, we’ve witnessed glorified batting knocks, magnificent bowling spells, exceptional fielding displays, and also some stunning run chases. IPL is a huge platform where many teams and players succumb to pressure in crunch situations. In this case, IPL didn’t disappoint the fanatics and witnessed breath-taking finishes while chasing huge targets. The world’s biggest cricket carnival has produced many successful run chases in 14 years. Here, let’s discuss the top 10 successful run chases in IPL history.
10. CSK VS KKR (205/5 CHASING 203), 2018
Initially, KKR posted a total of 202/6 with the help of Andre Russell’s unbeaten 88*(36). In response, openers Rayudu and Watson helped Chennai Super Kings get off to a flyer by scoring 75/1 odd runs after the power-play. Later CSK lost wickets in quick succession, then arrived the man of the moment Sam Billings who scored a quickfire 56(22) and departed. With six balls to spare and 17 runs to score, Jadeja and DJ Bravo finished the job quite comfortably.
9. KKR VS RCB (206/5 CHASING 206), 2019
RCB posted a total of 205/3, where the likes of Kohli, de Villiers, and Stoinis rose to the occasion. In reply, KKR scored 59/1 in the first 6 overs. Lynn and Uthappa steadied KKR’s innings and then the big man Russell took over. He scored an astonishing 48*(12) and took KKR over the line. He ripped apart RCB’s bowling attack and smashed the ball all over the ground.
8. PBKS VS CSK(206/4 CHASING 206), 2014
CSK posted a massive total of 205 with Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum scoring 66 and 67 respectively. Led by the dynamic duo Glenn Maxwell (95) and David Miller (54), PBKS chased down a massive target of 206 with ease.
7. CSK VS RCB (207/5 CHASING 206), 2018
After de Kock and de Villiers scored 53(37) and 68(30) each, RCB had put up a colossal total of 205/8, with the help addition of Mandeep and Sundar’s cameos. In the second innings, CSK got off to a shaky start but, Rayudu played a responsible knock of 81(52) and stitched a 101 run partnership with MS Dhoni. Dhoni took the responsibility of finishing the innings by scoring a vital 70(34)* with the help addition of a quick cameo from DJ Bravo at the end.
6. CSK VS RCB (208/5 CHASING 206), 2012
RCB started on a high note with their openers Mayank 45(26) and Gayle 68(35), giving them a quick start and beautifully supported by Kohli’s 57(46) knock. They posted a total of 205/8. While chasing, Faf du Plessis scored a fast 71(46) and gave an excellent start. Then the skipper, MS Dhoni scored 40(24). Then, it was Morne Morkel’s mayhem 28(7), which took the match away from RCB along with, DJ Bravo’s 25(15) at the end.
5. PBKS VS SRH (211/4 CHASING 206), 2014
SRH posted 205/5 on the board with the help of Naman Ojha’s blistering 79*(36). KXIP chased the target of 206 with ease. Wridhiman Saha has scored a quickfire 54(26), with Vohra and Maxwell adding crucial runs.
4. DC VS GL (214/3 CHASING 209)
Gujarat Lions had posted a mammoth total of 208/7 for the Delhi capitals to chase. The Delhi boys replied in style by chasing the target of 209 with 15 balls to spare. Rishab Pant scored a sensational 97(43), and Sanju Samson scored a well-made 61(31) to snatch the victory in a high-scoring game.
3. RR VS DC (217/7 CHASING 215), 2008
Deccan Chargers posted a gigantic total of 214/5, where Andrew Symonds joined the party by scoring a massive 117*. In reply, Rajasthan Royals chased it down in 19.5 overs. Smith scored a crucial 71, backed by Yusuf Pathan’s 61. The match went down the wire and was one of the most edge-of-the-seat-thrillers in the competition.
2. MI VS CSK (219/7 CHASING 219), 2021
CSK posted a spectacular total of 218/4, where Ambati Rayudu went all guns blazing against MI by scoring 72(27)*. Moeen Ali and du Plessis played their part by scoring half-centuries. In the second innings, Mumbai Indians got off to a good start but lost wickets in quick succession. Then, it was the big man Kieron Pollard, who scored a mighty 87*(34), and took Mumbai Indians over the line. This innings can be described as one of the finest T20 knocks while chasing.
1. RR VS PBKS (226/6 CHASING 224), 2020
PBKS posted an epic total of 223/2 on the board. Mayank Agarwal scored a magnificent 106(50) to start the proceedings while KL Rahul scored a well-made 69(54). Coming out to chase a mammoth total, RR lost their opener Buttler early. Sanju Samson joined the party and smashed every ball that was in his arc. But due to the pressure created by the other end batsman by playing dot balls, Sanju departed after scoring a tremendous 85(42). Rahul Tewatia struggled to score runs was on 14*(21) at this stage. He then showcased his hitting prowess by scoring 30 runs in an over and turned the match in Rajasthan’s favor in just six balls. It was then etiquette that RR finished the game by chasing the highest target in the history of IPL. Without a matter of doubt, this is one of the best T20 matches of all time.