Throughout IPL 2020, the team batting first has had the upper hand. There have also been some strong run-chases throughout this tournament and some collapses as well. We will be looking at three chases that could not be completed successfully among all the brilliant moments.
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Sunrisers Hyderabad’s collapsing against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
In-game three of this season, Royal Challengers batting first put up a competitive 163 on the board.
In response, the Sunrisers got off to a good start with Johnny Bairstow and Manish Pandey batting fluently through the middle overs. Manish Pandey, dismissed in the 11th over, was a crucial blow to a side with an unstable middle-order.
Following Pandey’s wicket, Bairstow did well to keep the ship steady and made an excellent half-century.
With the game poised well, Bairstow was out to Yuzvendra Chahal.
Following his departure, Vijay Shankar was gone the first ball to Yuzvendra Chahal. Shankar’s wicket was a little bit surprising as he is usually an outstanding spin player.
What followed was a series of panic-induced events. Priyam Garg dismissed, scooping the ball onto his stumps, and Abhishek Sharma was involved in a collision, resulting in a runout.
They were hit by Mitchell Marsh’s injury, which deprived them of a finisher as well. The middle-order lack of experience influenced a collapse that saw the Sunrisers falling short by ten runs.
With 42 required off 28, when Bairstow left the field, the game was evenly laid out. The lack of a calm head in the middle was a factor in the choke induced.
Kings XI Punjab failing to close out against the Kolkata Knight Riders
Two runs are what separated the Knight Riders and the Kings XI Punjab.
The Kings XI Punjab have already been on the wrong side of a close chase when they failed to make one run in three balls against the Capitals.
Against the Knight Riders, who had put up 162 runs on the board, Punjab was going at a steady pace and had the game in their hands.
They got off to a good start, with Agarwal and Rahul making half-centuries in a 115-run partnership.
Pooran had come in for Agarwal and kept finding the boundary at regular intervals during his stay. With 29 needed off 24 and later 22 off 18, the game was firm with the Kings XI Punjab.
There were two overs of Narine to contend with, but not many would predict what happened next with only seven an over required.
Pooran was dismissed in the 18th over, while Rahul was again playing the role of the anchor. Following the wicket of Pooran, the responsibility fell on Rahul, whose innings was suddenly looking slow.
Only two runs were conceded in the 18th over, and with 20 required in two overs, both Prabhsimran Singh and KL Rahul were dismissed.
The dismissal made Rahul’s steady innings a talking point, with him taking 58 balls for his 74 runs and questions raised about whether he took it too late.
In the space of two overs, the game went out of Punjab’s hand. Fourteen were required off the last over, bowled by Narine. Maxwell, who hasn’t had the best of seasons, did well, scoring two boundaries in the over. His second boundary was just short of a six, which completed an unlikely defeat for the Kings XI Punjab.
The defeat was unlikely because of their position and how they failed to close out the game.
Rajasthan Royals shook by Delhi Capitals bowlers.
Rajasthan had just pulled off a spectacular run-chase against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, with Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia centerstage.
They were made to bowl first again, against the Capitals. The Capitals got off to a decent start, but a struggle, in the end, restricted them to 161, which is still a competitive score.
The Royals started well, with Butler providing a fantastic start and Stokes playing a steady knock. They were cruising with 67 needed off 54 and later 39 off 30 deliveries.
Their top order collapsed, with Smith, Butler, Stokes, and Samson all dismissed, despite a good start.
Riyan Parag, who played a vital knock against the Sunrisers, was runout after a bad call by the out-of-form Robbin Uthappa.
Robin Uthappa and Rahul Tewatia were in together with the run rate under control.
With 39 needed off five overs, Ravichandran Ashwin pulled a brilliant over, giving away just two runs. His over applied more pressure, with the required rate suddenly looking higher.
Ashwin’s efforts were followed by a tight 18th over by Nortje in which only four runs had been made, while Robin Uthappa had also been dismissed.
The Capitals had pulled the game back with two tight overs and followed it up with a good 19th over where Rabada took Archer’s wicket and only gave three runs.
Rabada’s good over left the debutant Tushar Deshpande with 22 to defend off the final over.
Deshpande, who had bowled well throughout the match, did well to close out the innings and complete a thirteen-run victory for the Delhi Capitals.
The win was significant as the Rajasthan Royals were well set to win their second game in a row.
The victory would have been completed had it not been for a fabulous fightback from Ashwin, Nortje, and Rabada.
In particular, the two pacers bowled with tremendous pace and maintained tight lines throughout their spells, which disrupted Royal’s innings.
Another significant moment during death was a save by Rahane. Rahul Tewatia had hit played a shot over the covers, which seemed to be going for six. Rahane pulled off a smart save, pulling the ball into the boundary, protecting the six.
While he did well to save some runs, the Royals were not missed out on a chance taking only one run of that delivery.
A collapse that was close to being on the top three this season was Kings XI against the Delhi Capitals in game two.
Set a target of 158, the Kings XI Punjab had lost wickets at regular intervals. Mayank Agarwal played a magnificent innings to keep Kings XI Punjab in the game.
Despite the collapse around him and regular fall of wickets, Agarwal took the game deep and had the game at one needed of three balls at one point. He was out in the second last delivery, and a wicket in the last delivery took the game to a super over.
The game was never in Punjab’s control due to their middle-order collapse, but Agarwal kept them in the game and took it to a super over which they eventually lost.