IPL 2018: 5 most dramatic turnarounds in history
- Some of the most incredible turnarounds in IPL matches, where results were rescripted owing to individual brilliance
It is the essence of T20 cricket that no game is over till it is actually over. This is why the shortest format of the game attracts interest and results in thrilling finishes with heart-stopping moments.
IPL is no different, and over the years, we have been treated to some incredible comeback victories from situations where teams had almost lost the match. A combination of pressure-induced mistakes and individual brilliance led to the scripts of these matches being rewritten.
Let us relive 5 such instances when the near impossible was achieved.
#5 Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (Chennai, 2012)
Royal Challengers Bangalore set up a massive run chase, scoring 205 in the first innings on the back of half-centuries from Chris Gayle (68) and Virat Kohli (57).
In pursuit, Chennai Super Kings were off to a steady start, as Faf Du Plessis (71) held the innings together while Suresh Raina (23) and MS Dhoni (41) made aggressive, but inadequate contributions around him.
Muttiah Muralitharan (3/21) ensured that CSK could never cease the advantage in the middle overs, and when Zaheer Khan dismissed Dhoni off the last ball of the 18th over, 43 were still needed to win with Dwayne Bravo unbeaten on a 10-ball 13 and Albie Morkel yet to face a ball.
Even the most enthusiastic CSK supporters were probably doubting their chances.
RCB captain Daniel Vettori turned to Kohli for the penultimate over due to lack of better options and a decent eight-run over earlier bowled by him.
Morkel smashed 28 runs off the over, including three huge sixes and two edged boundaries as CSK stormed their way back into the match, leaving 15 to win from six balls.
The first two balls of the last over yielded just one run at the loss of Morkel's wicket, but Vinay Kumar failed to keep up the good work as he followed it up with a chest-high full toss, subsequently called a no-ball, which was pulled by Bravo for a four.
The next three balls went for a six, a dot and a single to set up a last-ball equation of three to win. Ravindra Jadeja outside-edged a four to the third man boundary to complete a scarcely believable win as RCB conceded a game they had bossed for the first 38 overs.
Chennai Super Kings (208/5 in 20 overs) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (205/8 in 20 overs) by 5 wickets