Top 5 IPL performances that went in vain
3. James Faulkner (RR) vs SRH
The Aussie medium-pacer, also known for his useful contributions with the bat in the lower-middle order, has often delivered with the ball for the Rajasthan Royals and has steered them to victory numerous times. However, on the 17th of May, 2013, at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur, his bowling figures of 5-16 in four overs, at a phenomenal economy rate of 4.00 against the Sunrisers Hyderabad came, quite surprisingly, in a losing cause.
His scalps, which included those of Shikhar Dhawan, Parthiv Patel, and Darren Sammy, were unfortunately not good enough to take the Royals home, as a poorly planned chase led to the men in blue falling short of the target by 23 runs.
2. Yuvraj Singh (RCB) vs RR
For many years, Yuvraj Singh has been the poster-boy of Indian cricket. His aggression in batting is widely renowned and fans would definitely remember his six sixes in a single over against England at the T20 WC, 2007. His slow left-arm orthodox bowling is also useful in choking batsmen in the middle overs.
In possibly one of the best all-round displays in the history of the IPL, Yuvraj, playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), struck a blistering 38-ball 83, and took 4 wickets for 35 runs in his 4 overs at the M Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore, against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in 2014. However, as fate would have it, the RR batsmen were in top-notch form, and chased down the imposing target of 191 with 5 wickets in hand, thanks to quickfire 40s from Steven Smith and James Faulkner.
1. Suresh Raina (CSK) vs KXIP
Suresh Raina has been one of the most successful T20 batsmen of all time. He has the most number of runs in IPL history, and provides great strength to the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) top-order. Coming in at one-down, Raina’s explosive, yet strokeful batting is a delight to watch. However, for the UP lad, the saying – Fortune favours the brave – couldn’t have been further from the truth on 30th May, 2014, in the IPL 2014 semifinal played at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai between CSK and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).
After a magnificent century from Sehwag, CSK was set an imposing target of 227 with the additional pressure of a semi-final looming over the chase. After CSK lost Faf du Plessis in the second ball of their innings, Suresh Raina walked towards the crease and began bludgeoning the bowling attack.
Having scored 87 off just 25 deliveries, Raina looked well set to achieve the near-impossible feat of chasing a 200+ score in an Eliminator. In a bizarre and untimely turn of events, however, Raina was run out and this left CSK with an uphill task. Eventually, the batting order crumbled and KXIP celebrated a 24-run victory which took them to the final of the IPL.