IPL 2020 has given us some memorable collapses, unlikely defenses, powerful individual performances, and some stunning comebacks in the second innings to win or get close to winning.
IPL 2020, Kings XI Punjab vs. Rajasthan Royals
KXIP made 223 runs in the first innings thanks to a century from Mayank Agarwal.
The highest run-chase achieved till this match was 217 by Rajasthan.
They set out with a giant run chase but were dented early with Butler’s wicket.
Samson and Smith built a good and aggressive partnership keeping Rajasthan in the game.
The Royals were on par with the required rate when Smith got out for fifty.
The Royals then went onto make an interesting decision, which probably turned a player’s career around.
They sent Rahul Tewatia in at four when players like Robin Uthappa and Jofra Archer were waiting in the dugout.
Rahul Tewatia’s role was to take on the spinners in the side, but he struggled to get himself going.
He played a string of dots and put lots of pressure on his partner, Sanju Samson.
He was at eight of 19 balls when he hit his first six.
His six was followed by another three sixes from Sanju Samson the next over. The rate climbed up, and Samson was dismissed in the 17th over.
His dismissal took all the hopes away as Samson was going well.
Fifty-one runs were needed off the last three, and it seemed unlikely with Rahul Tewatia struggling.
The 18th over, however, changed Rahul Tewatia’s innings and was probably a tournament defining innings.
He hit five sixes of Sheldon Cottrell, making thirty runs in the over. Heavily criticized, Rahul Tewatia turned the game around and repurchased the momentum to Rajasthan.
The game was well in their control, and they completed the chase with two balls to spare.
It was a roller-coaster ride for the side, and in particular, Rahul Tewatia faced both criticism and praise throughout his innings.
IPL 2020, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Mumbai Indians
Bangalore batting first and put up 201 runs batting first in Dubai.
The Mumbai Indians came into bat but lost two both Rohit Sharma and Surya Kumar Yadav in the powerplay. Their chase was further hit with the wickets of Quinton De Kock and Hardik Pandya leaving the side, 78-4 in the 12th over.
Pollard joined Ishan Kishan, and the two of them started rebuilding the innings.
They took an over to get themselves in and began the launch when 104 was needed of 36 balls.
104 off 36 went on to become 80 of 24. With 20 an over required, it seemed as though the game was over.
Adam Zampa bowled the 17th over, in which Pollard got 27 runs.
The overbought life back into the game as the pair made another 22 runs Chahal’s over, leaving the side with 31 to chase off the last around.
It went down to 19 off the last over, and Ishan Kishan was dismissed for 99 off the penultimate ball.
With five needed off the final ball, Pollard hit a boundary taking the game into a super-over.
Though the Mumbai Indians lost in the super over, the tie seemed very unlikely given their situation.
They lost early wickets and were far behind the run-rate but managed to tie the match with some big overs towards the end.
It was a great run-chase, but the side couldn’t get over the line.
IPL 2020, Rajasthan Royals vs. Sunrisers Hyderabad
Match 26 of IPL 2020 got to see more heroics from Rahul Tewatia.
Tewatia, who announced himself as a finisher against Punjab, showed against the Sunrisers that he is not a single innings player and can sustain his form well.
Chasing 159, Rajasthan Royals lost Stokes, Smith, and Butler early and were in deep trouble.
They needed a win to keep their campaign going and were in a bad situation early in the chase.
Uthappa and Samson managed to rebuild a little, but neither could play for long as the team was left with 78 on the board after losing half their side.
Rahul Tewatia joined Riyan Parag, with 81 needed off 48.
There was still an over of Rashid Khan left, and a win looked unlikely despite the heroics from Tewatia earlier in the season.
The pair scored 16 in the next three overs, and 65 was needed off the last five.
Twenty-nine runs in the next two overs took it to 36 off 18, which still seems unlikely with Rashid Khan bowling the 18th.
Rashid Khan, the threat to the run chase, was handled exceptionally well by Rahul Tewatia.
Tewatia scored three boundaries in the over and showed that he is a finisher.
Fourteen runs were scored, and the Rashid threat was seen off well.
They made another 14 runs in Natarajan’s over, leaving them with eight to get off the last over.
Khaleel Ahmed bowled a tight last over but conceded a six off the fifth ball, sealing the game for the Royals.
Riyan Parag was the one who hit a six and finished the game for the Royals.
He and Rahul Tewatia steered the chase well from an unlikely position, and the performance also helped Rahul Tewatia push himself as an MVP candidate for IPL 2020.
IPL 2020, Rajasthan Royals vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore
Match 33 of IPL 2020 belongs entirely to AB De Villiers.
There have been many new talents and finishers in IPL 2020, but AB De Villiers against the Royals proved why he is the best.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore got off to a decent start and were 102 for two when ABD walked in. He lost his captain the next over, and the job to see the chase through fell on him.
Bangalore needed 74 off 36, with bowlers like Archer still to come.
Archer bowled the 16th over off the innings when 64 were needed off 30.
De Villiers, who took singles and rotated the strike so far, opened up in this over.
Facing one of the best bowlers globally, Ab hit a six and took ten off the over.
Bangalore was still behind the required rate and had a challenging task on hand.
They had Unadkat and Karthik Tyagi, one of the best bowlers this season, to contend with Jofra Archer.
They took nine of the 17th and ten off Karthik Tyagi on the 18th.
Thirty-five needed off the last two overs, Unadkat was called to bowl the 19th. A debatable call as the best bowler usually takes up the 19th, and in this case, Archer didn’t.
The move went wrong as De Villiers showed his class hitting the first three balls for sixes.
Twenty-five runs were taken in the over, and Jofra Archer was left with ten to defend.
Ten of Jofra Archer is still a tough ask, but De Villiers continued to show his class and finished the game with two balls.
He hit another six of one of the fastest bowlers and completed a chase that seemed unlikely at one point.
He was supported well by Gurkeerat Singh, who made 19 runs with some crucial boundaries.
IPL 2020, Chennai Super Kings vs. Kolkata Knight Riders
Chennai Super Kings came into this game with no possibility of qualifying for the playoffs, while Kolkata needed a win to keep their playoff chances in IPL 2020 in their hands.
Bowling first, Chennai gave 172 runs in their 20 overs.
Gaikwad, who made a fifty against Bangalore, got the side off to another good start while Rayudu played an aggressive inning in the middle overs.
Cruising in the chase, the Super Kings were hit by the wickets of Rayudu and MS Dhoni.
They went onto lose Gaikwad as well, with 34 needed off three overs.
The game was very similar to the first match played between the two teams earlier the season.
In that match as well, CSK got off to a good start but failed to close out.
A repeat seemed likely as CSK could only get four runs in the 18th over.
Ferguson bowling with 30 needed off 12 seemed a tough ask with Jadeja and Sam Curran in the middle.
Jadeja has been CSK’s best finisher in IPL 2020 and continued his run of form, taking 20 off the over.
His attack left Nagarkoti with just ten to defend in the final over.
The game continued to twist, with Nagarkoti doing well to tie Curran down. Curran faced a dot and then took three off the next two balls.
With seven needed off three, Nagarkoti bowled another dot ball and shifted the game back to the Knight Riders.
Though the game was in Kolkata’s control, Ravindra Jadeja showed why he is one of the best finishers and hit two sixes to complete another nail-biting chase in IPL 2020.
The chase seemed unlikely at one point as the Super Kings failed to cross the line from a similar stage earlier in the tournament.
The defeat is a crucial one to the Knight Riders as the best they can get is now 14 points, while they have a low net run-rate.
Their playoff hopes have been poorly dented and now require a win against the Royals while other results need to go their way if they are too qualify.
IPL 2020 is at its business end and all the teams, barring Chennai Super Kings, have a strong chance to qualify.