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9th October 2020

Highest run-chases in the Indian T20 League

*till Oct 7th, 2020

Rajasthan Royals 226/6 vs Kings XI Punjab, 2020

A record run-chase at Sharjah saw Rajasthan gun down a target of 224 with three balls to spare. An opening stand of 183 between Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul had propelled Kings XI Punjab to 223/2 on a small Sharjah ground.

In the chase, Sanju Samson’s 42-ball 85, studded with seven sixes, powered RR on, but even as he fell in the 17th over, Rajasthan had just 161 on the board.

Rahul Tewatia, the pinch-hitter, was on 17 off 23, and was copping severe criticism for his approach. However, in a spectacular turnaround, Tewatia hit Cottrell for five sixes in the 18th over to bring the equation down to 21 from 12 balls. Three more sixes came in the next over - two from Jofra Archer - and the formalities were completed in the final over as Rajasthan did the nigh impossible.

Rajasthan Royals 217/7 vs Kings XI Punjab, 2008

In the opening season of the Indian T20 League, we were treated to a humdinger by Deccan Chargers and Rajasthan Royals. Andrew Symonds, with his 117*, had taken Deccan to 214/5. Graeme Smith and Yusuf Pathan put the run-chase on track with a 98-run stand for the second wicket. Mohammad Kaif also hit a 16-ball 34 as RR looked on course to overhaul the target.

But, RR lost wickets in a cluster in the middle and were left chasing 17 in the final over with skipper Shane Warne alongside Pankaj Singh. In the final over by Symonds, Warne blasted a four and two sixes off successive balls to help RR to the target with one ball to spare.

Delhi Capitals 214/3 vs Gujarat Lions, 2017

Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik produced a spectacular stand of 133 runs in 12 overs to give Gujarat Lions a resounding start. Cameos from Aaron Finch and Ravindra Jadeja took Gujarat Lions to 208 in their quota of overs. A 31-ball 61 from Sanju Samson gave the Delhi Capitals’ chase an early impetus.

Rishabh Pant carried on from there, taking on the Gujarat Lions bowlers with disdain. Samson and Pant put on a 143-run partnership to ensure Delhi Capitals were in the run-chase throughout. When Pant fell in the 15th over, Delhi needed just 39 in 33 balls. Shreyas Iyer and Corey Anderson finished the run-chasse within 18 overs to hand Delhi a sensational win.

Kings XI Punjab 211/4 vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 2014

After losing Aaron Finch and Shikhar Dhawan by the 12th over, Sunrisers Hyderabad seemed headed for a good total and a Naman Ojha – David Warner blitz ensured they finished on 205.

When Kings XI lost Virender Sehwag off the second ball of the run-chase, the game seemed done and dusted. Wriddhiman Saha and Manan Vohra, though, put the run-chase on course with a fiery partnership that came in quick time. When Saha fell for 54 in the 8th over, Kings XI already had 95 on board.

Late impetus came from Glenn Maxwell, who was having a great season, and George Bailey. While Maxwell made 43 in 22 balls, Bailey walked in at no.6 and ensured the chase was easy enough with a 19-ball 35 studded with three maximums. The target was overhauled with eight balls to spare.

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