The thrill and excitement of the IPL come not just from the sheer talent on display but also from the dramatic finishes that are witnessed. Every year, fans are treated to nail-biting finishes, unexpected upsets, and heroic performances.
IPL 2023 has been no different, with several matches providing unlikely finishes that left fans on the edge of their seats. From nail-biting finishes to unexpected upsets, this season has had its fair share of exciting moments.
DC at the bottom of the table defeated GT at the top
Delhi Capitals faced off against the defending champions Gujarat Titans in the 44th game of the season, with DC winning the toss and opting to bat first. However, DC’s batting lineup struggled early on, losing half their team within the powerplay.
It wasn’t until a 50-run partnership between Axar Patel and Aman Hakim Khan that they managed to regain momentum. Aman even scored his maiden half-century in the tournament and added another 53 runs for the 7th wicket with Ripal Patel.
DC finished their innings with just 130 runs for the loss of eight wickets, leaving them in a dire position to defend their total. The Titans started their chase poorly, losing two early wickets and only managing to score 31 runs in the powerplay. Despite a crucial 62-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Hardik Pandya and Abhinav Manohar, the Titans still fell short of the target by five runs, with Rahul Tewatia’s three consecutive sixes in the 19th over proving insufficient.
RCB defend 126 against LSG
In the 43rd match of the season, Royal Challengers Bangalore faced Lucknow Super Giants and opted to bat after winning the toss. With the opening duo of Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli providing a solid start by putting up 62 runs for the first wicket, RCB seemed set for a big total. However, the rest of their batting lineup failed to deliver, and they ended up with just 126 runs on the board.
LSG’s bowlers were on fire, leaving RCB’s batters struggling to find answers. Ayush Badoni opened the innings with Kyle Mayers as KL Rahul sustained an injury during RCB’s batting. Lucknow Super Giants lost three quick wickets, putting them under early pressure.
Royal Challengers Bangalore used a total of seven bowlers, with all of them except for Mahipal Lomror managing to take at least one wicket. Krishnappa Gowtham emerged as the top-scorer for LSG, smashing 23 runs off just 13 deliveries. RCB won the game by 18 runs and handed LSG their fourth defeat of the season.
All round MI stun Rajasthan Royals in a run-fest
Mumbai Indians clashed with Punjab Kings in a thrilling encounter at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali for the 46th game of the season. After losing a wicket early in their innings, Punjab Kings relied on Liam Livingstone’s blazing knock of 82 runs off just 42 deliveries to set a daunting target of 214 runs for the loss of three wickets in 20 overs.
In the second innings, MI’s early loss of wicket did not cause significant damage to their batting lineup as their middle order stepped up and made strong contributions. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav scored half-centuries, allowing the team to sail through the middle overs easily. With the help of Tilak Varma’s six, MI won by six wickets with seven balls remaining.
Punjab Kings’ dynamic batting ensemble leaves Chennai Super Kings reeling
On Sunday (April 30), Punjab Kings faced Chennai Super Kings in the 41st match of IPL 2023 at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. As this was an afternoon game, the pitch was expected to provide minimal assistance to spinners. CSK took advantage of this and started their innings aggressively, scoring 57 runs in the powerplay.
Although CSK lost a couple of wickets in the middle overs, they still managed to post a formidable total of 200 runs, thanks to Devon Conway’s crucial 92 off 52 deliveries. Punjab Kings began their chase dominantly, scoring 62 runs in the powerplay, but lost three wickets before reaching the 100-run mark. A 57-run partnership between Liam Livingstone and Sam Curran for the fourth wicket kept the Kings in the game. In the end, Sikandar Raza’s last-ball three runs helped the Kings win by four wickets.
Rinku Singh’s jaw-dropping move stuns defending champions in a historic upset
In the 13th match of IPL 2023, Kolkata Knight Riders faced off against Gujarat Titans in Ahmedabad. Titans won the toss and chose to bat but were missing Hardik Pandya due to illness, and Rashid Khan replaced him. Titans got off to a decent start, but Vijay Shankar’s blistering 24-ball 63 helped the team post a total of 204 runs in 20 overs.
KKR lost a couple of early wickets and looked like they were struggling, but Nitish Rana and Venkatesh Iyer put on a 100-run partnership for the third wicket to get KKR back on track. Rashid Khan’s hattrick in the 17th over put KKR on the back foot once again.
KKR needed 29 runs in the last over, and Umesh Yadav was on strike. He took a single off the first ball, allowing Rinku Singh to take the strike. In a remarkable display of batting, Rinku hit five consecutive sixes to pull off an incredible three-wicket victory for KKR.
IPL 2023 has been a season filled with unlikely finishes, thrilling matches, and unexpected upsets. Fans have been treated to some nail-biting finishes, heroic performances, and shocking results.
DC’s victory against table-toppers Gujarat Titans, RCB’s successful defence of a low total against LSG, MI’s all-round performance against RR, Punjab Kings’ stunning chase against CSK, and KKR’s historic upset against the defending champions GT have been some of the highlights of the season so far. With many more matches to go, fans can expect more drama and excitement in the remaining games.