IPL 2018: Top 5 successful run-chases in IPL history
In their second match of IPL 2018, KKR scored 202/6 after collapsing to 89/5 at the end of 10 overs. Andre Russel scored 88 off 36 deliveries with the help of 11 sixes, and led KKR to a good total of 203. CSK reached the target in the penultimate delivery of the match and ensured that the Chennai crowd would witness a thriller.
The openers, Shane Watson (42 off 19 balls) and Ambati Rayudu (39 off 26 balls) gave them the perfect start, scoring 75 runs in the powerplay overs.
After a blazing start, Chennai had a period of lull in the middle overs with the spin trio tightening the screws and not allowing Raina and Dhoni to break free. It was Sam Billings who brought them back into the game, scoring 56 runs from just 23 deliveries, hitting two fours and five sixes. Even though Billings got out in the penultimate over, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja took them home.
With 17 needed off the final over, their task was made a bit easy by Vinay Kumar as he started the over with a no-ball, which Bravo hit for a six. The target effectively came down to 10 runs off 6 balls and Jadeja finished the game by hitting a six on the penultimate delivery of the match, making the final score 205/5.
This is the sixth highest successful run chase in the history of IPL. Here are the top 5:
#5 206/4 Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings - Abu Dhabi, 2014
In this match, CSK were at the receiving end of a high run chase as they had to face the wrath of Maxwell and Miller. For Chennai Super Kings, it was their openers Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum who scored the bulk of the runs, scoring 66 (43) and 67 (45) respectively.
The two stitched a partnership of 123 runs and were crucial to Chennai's innings. Raina and Dhoni also contributed 24 and 26 runs to the total and helped CSK reach 205.
The Kings XI Punjab lost three batsmen, in Cheteshwar Pujara, Virender Sehwag and Axar Patel, and were at 52-3 in 5.1 overs. That did not deter the duo of Maxwell and Miller, who put on a partnership of 115 from 63 balls; the bulk of the scoring was done by Maxwell who scored 95 runs in 43 balls.
After the fall of Maxwell, Miller was joined by their captain, George Bailey, and the two took the side to a comfortable win with 7 balls to spare.
Result: Kings XI Punjab beat Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets