The game of cricket had always pushed its limit being unpredictable and progressively competent in every format. Modern-day cricket endorses the motto of chasing challenges. No target is too low to defend and no target is too large to chase down. IPL has been the closest to perfect example in terms of making the impossible, possible. In this list, we take a look at the highest run chase in IPL history.
List of Highest run chase in IPL History
|1||Kings XI Punjab||Sunrisers Hyderabad||211/4||2014|
|2||Delhi Capitals||Gujarat Lions||214/3||2017|
|3||Rajasthan Royals||Deccan Chargers||217/7||2008|
5Kings XI Punjab – 211/4 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014
It was the first ever IPL held in UAE and Kings XI Punjab’s finest IPL campaign. The trio of Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey and David Miller demolished each and every bowling force at the Gulf. The last few matches of the tournament including playoffs happened back in India and KXIP wanted to continue their momentum in match 39 against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Winning the toss, captain bailey sent SRH to bat. Led by wicket-keeper batsman Naman Ojha with his 79 from 36, SRH had a fine day with the bat building a total of 211. Punjab’s Sandeep Sharma went for 65 runs in his four-quota without a wicket which turned out to be one of the most expensive spells in IPL history.
Well, talking about team effort, Kings XI Punjab decided to showcase some of it in the second innings. They had already chased a 200 plus total in their first match of the tournament against the mighty CSK. Therefore, the mentality of the batsmen was solid and so was their form. After losing Virender Sehwag in the second ball of the innings, Manan Vohra and Wriddhiman Saha held hands to take Punjab to a flying start. Even after the dismissal of Saha at a team score of 95, the famous trio of Maxwell, Miller, and Bailey took the game home comfortably with 8 balls to spare. The victory was one of the highest chase in IPL but with the kind of cricket KXIP were playing in 2014, everyone saw it as ordinary.
4Delhi Capitals – 214/3 against Gujarat Lions in 2017
A classic batting show-off of the Indian veterans versus Indian youngsters. The Delhi Captials vs Gujarat Lions matchup of IPL 2017 was quite a cracker. GL batted first at the Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium and lost 2 wickets in first two overs of the game. With the rescue mission in front of them, Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik put out a clinical partnership of 133 runs in just 12 overs. Raina scored 77 from 43 deliveries while Karthik hit 65 from 34 deliveries. A little banger at the end by Ravindra Jadeja took the target for DC to 209.
DC was known for their young Indian batch of batsmen at the top of the order starting from Sanju Samson and Karun Nair. Samson began the proceedings in fiery fashion hitting 7 sixes in his 61 runs and took the team to a safe position for the chase. From their, India’s future prospect Rishabh Pant changed gears. He went berserk scoring an explosive 97 from just 43 balls and Delhi Capitals finished the game with 15 balls left.
3Rajasthan Royals – 217/7 against Deccan Chargers in 2008
The inaugural edition of IPL was a huge success because of the unpredictability and incredible feats achieved that any cricket fan can only dream of Rajasthan Royals was one of the weakest sides on paper compared to other franchises. Yet, they proved that T20 cricket is not about bringing superstars, but making them. On match 9 against Deccan Chargers, Andrew Symonds displayed a one-man show of 117 to take DC to a gigantic total of 214. After the first innings, it seemed impossible for RR to chase down such a target.
The then South African captain Graeme Smith fueled the team with his 71 off 45 and a splendid cameo of 34 from 16 by Mohammed Kaif at the end turned out to be valuable contributions in the chase. But the man of the match was Yusuf Pathan who striked the ball at a rate of 217 and added 61 runs using just 28 balls. Rajasthan won the match in the penultimate delivery and it was the reveal of Yusuf Pathan who later played a huge role in their triumph.
2Mumbai Indians – 219/6 against CSK in 2021
The El Clasico never disappoints. Mumbai Indians going against Chennai Super Kings is the biggest IPL blockbuster because of the success in the competition and the rich history of their rivalry. In 2021 IPL, they met again in the 27th match of the tournament, and nothing less than a nail-biter was expected. MI decided to chase and CSK gave a tough one indeed. Faf du Plessis and Moeen Ali scored half centuries to give a good start but Ambati Rayudu wrecked MI’s star-studded bowling lineup. Coming in the later half of the innings, he unleashed the beast within to score 72 off 27 with a stunning strike rate of 266.67. CSK finished their innings at 218/4.
But everybody knew that MI weren’t giving up that easily. Skipper Rohit and his opening partner de Kock took charge of the chase with a 71-run opening partnership. After Shardul Thakur gave CSK the breakthrough, Sam Curran ripped through the MI batting taking 3 crucial wickets of the Pandya brothers and Jimmy Neesham. MI were hanging by a thread at a certain point of the match with all their trust on one big man – Kieron Pollard. He had done it in the past and once again, the savior marvellously revived his team from the jaws of defeat.
An innings of 87 runs from 34 balls delivered under immense pressure became one of the best he had ever played. No one noticed how big the chase was because they were all lost in the beauty of the rivalry.
1Highest Run Chase in IPL: Rajasthan Royals – 226/6 against KXIP in 2020
An emblematic match in IPL history which taught the world that don’t write off anyone too early. It was the 9th match of the season which held behind closed doors in UAE. The small measurements of the ground and the flat pitch ensured a batting exposition at Sharjah. The first innings performance of Kings XI Punjab proved it absolutely right. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal dominated the RR bowling with a 183-run opening stand including Agarwal’s century. Rahul ended at 69 and Pooran’s fireworks at the tail of the innings set a target of 224.
They knew it would be a record-breaking feat if RR chase down the target. They lost their marquee batsman Jos Buttler early but skipper Steve Smith and Sanju Samson were positive all the way. After a 50 from 27, Steve Smith went back to the pavilion when RR were 100 for 2 in 9 overs. The next man in was Rahul Tewatia. What could have been a well calculated chase suddenly became chaotic after the horrific start by Tewatia. He only managed to score 8 runs from 19 deliveries which left every RR supporter including the non-striker Sanju Samson frustrated. When Samson got out in the 17th over to Mohammed Shami, the game was deemed over and Tewatia was judged culprit so early. The match turned on its head in the 18th over.
As Akash Chopra put it, Tewatia just went from zero to hero in 8 deliveries. The 18th over was bowled by Sheldon Cottrell. The struggling left-handed all-rounder gave his all in his final swings and guess what! He scored 30 runs in the over with 5 huge sixes. In the last 11 balls he had faced, 45 runs were scored. It was one of the closest encounters in IPL but for the record books, the highest run chase in IPL history.