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27th October 2020

Closest Indian T20 league matches

We are 13 editions into the Indian T20 League and at a time when there are comparisons of its quality with that of international cricket itself, it's only fair to state that over the years, the league has produced some exceptional T20 matches. Here we look at five of the closest games.

Kolkata vs Rajasthan, 2009

The very first Super Over in the history of the league came in the second edition itself when Kolkata and Rajasthan played out a humdinger in Cape Town in South Africa where the tournament was conducted. Batting first, Rajasthan made 150, a total that Kolkata seemed to be breezing through when Sourav Ganguly was batting. But he fell in the penultimate over and the game was tied. In the Super Over, Gayle blasted three fours for Kolkata, but Yusuf Pathan chased down 16 in four balls to help Rajasthan win.

Mumbai vs Rajasthan, 2014

Mumbai had a terrible start to the 2014 season and were left with a massive target to overcome in their final league game against Rajasthan. A target of 190 had to be overhauled in 14.3 overs for Mumbai to qualify. Corey Anderson's blitz powered Mumbai on their way to overhauling the target and they reached a point where they needed 9 from 3 balls. However, even after three balls the scores were only level, but then it emerged that Mumbai could still qualify on net run-rate if they hit a boundary off the next ball. Aditya Tare turned hero as he smashed James Faulkner for a six off that ball for Mumbai to qualify. 

Pune Supergiant vs Punjab, 2016

The 2016 campaign was a poor one for Pune as they finished at the bottom of the points table. With the season done and dusted, Pune, and especially MS Dhoni, came out with the intention of showing they could be a force still. In the game against Punjab, Pune were chasing 173 and found themselves needing 23 in the last over bowled by Axar Patel. Dhoni refused a single off the first ball and a wide next ball made the equation 22 off 5 balls. Dhoni went on to hit three sixes and a four in the last five balls, including a sixes off the last two balls to take Pune home in an unbelievable finish.

Delhi vs Kolkata, 2019

A Super Over saw the greatest finisher in the league's history go up against one of the best death bowlers in world cricket - Andre Russell and Kagiso Rabada. Chasing 186 to win after Russell's 28-ball 60, Delhi made the exact same score as Kolkata after Prithvi Shaw's 99. In the Super Over, Prasidh Krishna restricted Delhi to 10 runs. Needing 11 and with Russell at the crease, Kolkata would have backed themselves to win, but Kagiso Rabada, after conceding a four first ball bowled a dot and then cleaned up Russell next ball. Three more pinpoint yorkers saw Delhi restrict Kolkata to just seven runs.

Punjab vs Delhi, 2020

Another Super Over, another Rabada masterclass. Having made 157/8 batting first, after Marcus Stoinis hit 30 runs in the final over of the innings, Punjab were 55/5 before Mayank Agarwal and Krishnappa Gowtham brought them back into the game. In the last over Mayank was dismissed and Punjab went on to botch up the run-chase, finishing at the exact same score - 157/8 - as Delhi. In the Super Over, Rabada made it a no-game when he dismissed KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran off successive balls with the total reading just two. Delhi aced the chase with ease.

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