IPL 2008 champions, Rajasthan Royals still hold the record for the top 2 highest successful run chase in the tournament.
“Please note, the article has been updated after the recent record highest chase by Rajasthan Royals against Kings XI Punjab”.
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 more than 750+ IPL matches that have occurred until now, only thirteen 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 (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.
#4: 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.
#3: 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.
#2: Rajasthan Royals (217/7) vs DC || IPL 2008
We have to go twelve years back, to season one, to talk about the second-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.
#1: Rajasthan Royals (226/6) vs KXIP || IPL 2020
The most recent of the encounters, and we have the same team, Rajasthan Royals breaking their own record which they set in IPL 2008. This is from the Arabian country, UAE as Rajasthan Royals did the unimaginable by chasing 224 in desert storm city, Sharjah on September 27, 2020.
Chasing 224, Rajasthan Royals, all eyes were on the man returning to the squad, Jos Buttler, but to everyone’s surprise, Buttler fell early to a casual shot. However, men-in-form, Steve Smith and Sanju Samson carried on from where they left against CSK as runs started flowing freely.
With score 100/1 at the end of 9 overs, Steve Smith lost his wicket. Tewatia, who joined Sanju in the middle was having a horrid time in the middle. But, Sanju carried on his stunning form as Rajasthan Royals reached 161 at the end of 16 overs.
Needing 62 off 24 balls, RR lost Sanju Samson, and it felt as if KXIP should easily win it. But, what followed next was simply outstanding. Tewatia, who was not able to time the properly, and was bating on 17(23) smashed 5 sixes off the bowling of Cottrell to almost seal it for Rajasthan Royals.
With 21 needed off the last two, Jofra Archer’s smashed two sixes off Shami. Tewatia then smashed another six to help RR clinch the highest successful chase in the history of IPL.
So, these have been the highest successful run-chase in the history of IPL.
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