26 IPL games into IPL 2019, it’s clear that this edition of the Indian Premier League isn’t just about the bowlers getting an equal slice of the pie. There have already been several last-over (and even last-ball) thrillers that have kept the tournament alive and kicking.
Match 2: SRH v/s KKR
The second match of this season produced a stone-cold thriller. Andre Russell stole one of many games from under the noses of an unsuspecting SRH bowling attack. Russell and Shubman Gill combined in the end to slam more than 53 off the last 3 overs; they won with two balls to spare after giving the crowd the pleasure of witnessing a masterful chase of 183.
Match 5: DC v/s CSK
With CSK chasing down a paltry total of 147, it didn’t seem like they would take it to the last over. But Dhoni and Jadhav took their time, scoring at less than a run a ball in their peaceful partnership. In the end, CSK won the match with two balls to spare. It wasn’t exactly a thriller, but it was too close for comfort.
Match 7: MI v/s RCB
With both teams losing their first game, it became imperative for one of them to make a statement. With RCB heading towards an easy AB-inspired victory in a chase of 187 at the Wankhede, Jasprit Bumrah reminded the world why he is the best. He stifled the batsmen, dismissing Kohli and choking AB’s partners till Lasith Malinga defended 15 in the final over. RCB lost by 6 runs in the end, with AB stranded at the non-striker’s end. This had never happened before.
Match 10: DC v/s KKR
DC lost their way at 173/3 despite chasing 186, and ended with a level score after Prithvi Shaw was dismissed for 99. Rabada won them the Super Over contest, but this was one of the most unexpectedly exciting games in IPL history.
Match 22: SRH v/s KXIP
KL Rahul batted through the KXIP innings despite a low-scoring chase of 151. His 71 was crucial as the Kings hunted down the score with a ball to spare, with 11 runs to get off the final over.
Match 24: KXIP v/s MI
Kieron Pollard led MI and he then led the match in devastating fashion. A KL Rahul century took KXIP to 197, but one sensed it was a par score. MI had pretty much lost the plot by the time Pollard promoted himself to 4. With 133 needed off the final 10 overs, his 83 came off 31 balls. He holed out in the final over, but West Indian teammate Alzarri Joseph kept his cool with a crucial 15, managing the 2 needed off the last ball with a calm push to long-on. MI had done the impossible, and had won 3 on the bounce by now.
Match 25: RR v/s CSK
Chasing 152, all hope was lost for CSK after the top order collapsed and left them at 24/4 in 6 overs. Rayadu and Dhoni joined forces and staged a remarkable recovery with a 95-run partnership till Rayadu perished in the deep. Dhoni perished in the last over while going for Ben Stokes, and the match seemed RR’s to lose again. Dhoni lost his cool and came back onto the field when an umpiring gaff left Jadeja and Santner 6 to get off the final 2 balls. But Stokes bowled a wide, leaving 5, before a double left Santner 3 to get off the final ball. Stokes, not for the first time, bowled length, and Santner smashed it for six over long-on. Thus ended the most explosive and controversy-laden game of IPL 2019. For more exciting games like this, book your CSK tickets on our website here: https://in.bookmyshow.com/sports/ipl-chennai-super-kings/ET00097727