IPL 2008 champions, Rajasthan Royals still hold the record for the highest successful run chase in the tournament.
An adrenaline-heavy competition that the IPL is, the tournament has always had us at the edge of our seats with tense climaxes and terrific twists in games. In the tournament’s history, as many as ten games have been decided with a margin of just one run. In fact, IPL is witness to some of the most memorable T20 matches ever.
Of the memorable matches, run-chases take a special mention in the list, especially those involving high targets. It is no secret that high-scoring run-chases impress us with the ability of teams to exhibit pluck against all the odds, and also with the pure willow mastery on display.
Out of the 764 IPL matches that have occurred until now, only twelve games include successful run-chases of above 200. On that note, we discuss five such games which stand at the top of the list in terms of of the highest successful run chase in the IPL history.
#5: Chennai Super Kings (207/5) vs RCB || IPL 2018
The revival season for the Chennai Super Kings, and the most recent encounter of the lot, CSK’s performance in this match showed us why experience still matters in this format. Despite constant obstacles, the team showed immense maturity in chalking out an improbable victory.
RCB, as had been the norm then, set up a decent target of 206 for arch-rivals CSK to chase. MS Dhoni’s men had a tough time dealing with the proceedings, as, within ten overs, they were reeling at around 80 with 4 wickets down. While Rayudu was set, he needed a strong companion, and it was then that MS Dhoni came into the crease.
MS looked comfortable right from the start, and this helped Rayudu milk runs off some bad bowling by RCB. Although the chips looked still in favour of RCB with 30 balls left in the game, Dhoni needed only a few deliveries to overturn the tide.
Dhoni was brutal against the likes of Corey Anderson and Mohammed Siraj, as the short boundaries of Chinnaswamy were dwarfed even smaller by MS Dhoni. Eventually, with two balls remaining, CSK completed a handsome victory in the South Indian-derby.
#4: Chennai Super Kings (208/5) vs RCB || IPL 2012
Well, this game is remembered for one of the most outrageous decisions ever by a bowling team in IPL. Virat Kohli, who was making a mark in World Cricket then bowled the notorious 19th over of the innings to Albie Morkel, and as you may well know, the rest is history.
Batting first, CSK restricted the RCB to 205. Chasing the stiff target, the boys from Chennai started well with quality knocks by Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina. The middle overs, though, were firmly in favour of RCB. They picked up crucial wickets to leave CSK with a lot to do in the final overs.
It was then that the lower middle-order of the team stepped up. Albie Morkel and Dwayne Bravo contributed with fine cameos before Ravindra Jadeja gave the perfect climax to the thriller with a final-ball boundary. This way, the tournament was served with one of the best games ever.
#3: Kings XI Punjab (211/4) vs SRH || IPL 2014
One of the most productive seasons for Kings XI Punjab, everything that the team touched turned to gold in the 2014 edition. Be it individual performances or complete team show, KXIP aced everything in 2014. In the chase that we are talking about, it was the latter that was on display.
After struggling to contain SRH’s Naman Ojha, KXIP gave themselves a tough target of 206. However, the form that they were in, the score appeared achievable. Although Sehwag’s early dismissal did dent the team’s hopes, an honest performance by other team members helped KXIP get close to the destination.
While Wriddhiman Saha scored a fifty, Manan Vohra and Glenn Maxwell came up with good cameos before captain George Bailey completed the formalities with a 19-ball 35. It was a neat and satisfactory performance by one of the best teams that KXIP has ever fielded in IPL.
#2: Delhi Daredevils (214/3) vs GL || IPL 2017
The 42nd match of IPL 2017 is the game that turned the fortunes of Delhi Capitals from being a struggling team to a squad that is now a potent one. The reason being, it was in this game that the team’s pivot, Rishab Pant, truly arrived at the scene.
Delhi’s top 5 had almost zero international experience. Despite this, them reaching the huge target set by Gujarat Lions is indeed extraordinary. The chase was built on the 143-run stand between Sanju Samson and Pant.
While Sanju got out at 61, Pant blasted himself through the game, registering nine sixes and six boundaries. Although he agonizingly fell short of three runs from scoring a century, he had done enough for Shreyas Iyer and Corey Anderson to close the game with 15 balls to spare. This game will be remembered long for the fearless display by Pant on his home ground.
#1: Rajasthan Royals (217/7) vs DC || IPL 2008
We have to go twelve years back, to season one, to talk about the highest successful run-chase in IPL. There are many reasons why this run-chase is special. Firstly, it was 2008, and at that time, 160+ was a par-score and one that was challenging to pursue.
Furthermore, the team in question is Rajasthan Royals, a squad that was then brim with newbies and uncapped players. Introspecting all the factors, the fact that this run-chase still resides at the peak of the table is remarkable.
After Symond’ masterclass that helped DC post a target of 215, RR came into bat with almost nothing to lose. While they lost experienced Kamran Akmal quickly, the chase was set up by the Graeme Smith-Yusuf Pathan partnership. The latter was the aggressor, and the Proteas captain held the innings together.
After their 98-run stand ended, RR yet again went backfoot with multiple wickets. However, quickfire cameos from Mohammed Kaif and captain Shane Warne helped the Jaipur-based franchise cross the line with just one ball to spare. All of this happened against a strong bowling lineup comprising Chaminda Vaas, RP Singh, and Shahid Afridi, and hence, this game is distinctive.
So, these have been the highest successful run-chase in the history of IPL.
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