The Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen some memorable chases over the years, with teams successfully chasing down huge targets.
The IPL has seen some remarkable chases over the years, with teams successfully chasing down even the most difficult objectives. These chases have been made possible by some extraordinary batting performances by batsmen who have demonstrated exceptional talent, temperament, and flexibility.
Successful chases have also played an important part in determining the fortunes of IPL matches, with teams frequently chasing down targets in the last over or even the final few balls of the game. These chases have produced some of the most memorable moments in IPL history, with spectators watching some great batting feats.
Overall, successful chases are an essential aspect of the IPL, showcasing the best of the competition in terms of talent, excitement, and drama.
Top 10 successful chases
Champions of the first IPL The Rajasthan Royals hold the record for chasing the highest total in the league's history. The Royals broke the record in their debut season, when Shane Warne's team chased down 215 against the Deccan Chargers.
Over the next 12 years, several teams sought totals in excess of 200, but none came close to matching what RR accomplished in 2008.
|Rajasthan||226/6||224||Punjab||Sharjah||Rajasthan by 4 Wickets|
|Mumbai||219/6||219||Chennai||Delhi||Mumbai by 4 Wickets|
|Rajasthan||217/7||215||Deccan||Hyderabad||Rajasthan by 3 Wickets|
|Delhi||214/3||209||Gujarat Lions||Delhi||Delhi by 7 Wickets|
|Lucknow||213/9||213||Bangalore||Bengaluru, Bangalore||Lucknow by 1 Wickets|
|Punjab||211/4||206||Hyderabad||Hyderabad||Punjab by 6 Wickets|
|Lucknow||211/4||211||Chennai||Mumbai||Lucknow by 6 Wickets|
|Chennai||208/5||206||Bangalore||Chennai||Chennai by 5 Wickets|
|Punjab||208/5||206||Bangalore||Mumbai||Punjab by 5 Wickets|
|Chennai||207/5||206||Bangalore||Bengaluru, Bangalore||Chennai by 5 Wickets|
These were some of the most exciting run chases in IPL history. These matches show that no total is too high to chase down in T20 cricket. As the IPL becomes more competitive year after year, we should expect more high-scoring matches and amazing run chases in the future.
The IPL is in the midst of its 15th edition, and we've seen many a spectacular match develops since the tournament's beginning. True to the slam-bang excited characteristics of the T20 format, some of those have been huge totals being chased down. The above table shows the top 10 highest totals chased down in the IPL.
Teams with most succcessful 200+ run chases
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has produced some of the most exciting cricket matches in history, with some teams successfully chasing down huge targets to win games. Let's have a look at which teams have had the most success while chasing 200 plus totals in the IPL.
|Team name||Number of 200+ chases||Season (opponent)|
|Punjab Kings||4||2014(SRH), 2022(RCB), 2014(CSK), 2010(KKR)|
|Chennai Super Kings||3||2012(RCB), 2018(RCB), 2018(KKR)|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||3||2023(GT), 2019(RCB), 2014(PBKS)|
|Rajasthan Royals||2||2020(PBKS), 2018(Deccan Chargers)|
|Lucknow Super Giants||2||2023(RCB), 2022(CSK)|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||1||2010(PBKS)|
Punjab Kings, formerly known as Kings XI Punjab, has pursued a target of 200+ points four times in IPL history.
Chennai Super Kings, one of the most successful IPL teams, has chased the 200+ mark three times. Under MS Dhoni's captaincy, CSK has won four IPL titles.
Kolkata Knight Riders have 3 successful 200 plus chases in their rich history as mentioned in the table.
The inaugural IPL champion, Rajasthan Royals, is ranked fourth on this list. Rajasthan Royals has let up a 200-plus score roughly ten times. Only two of the 10 occasions have Rajasthan Royals successfully chased the objective of 200+. Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural season of the IPL in 2008 and have been looking for a second title ever since.
Latest entrants Lucknow Super Giants have 2 successful 200 plus chases in the previous 2 years. They have been a successful team in the IPL up to now.
The remaining teams on the list have 1 successful 200 plus chases between them.
Highest Successful Run Chase – Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings
The greatest successful run chase in IPL 2020 took place on September 27, 2020, at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the UAE, between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab.
Punjab Kings first innings
The Punjab Kings won the coin toss and chose to bat first. They got off to a flying start, with openers Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul blasting the Royals' bowlers all over the place. They achieved the biggest opening partnership in IPL history, scoring 183 runs for the first wicket. Rahul scored 69 runs off 54 balls, while Mayank scored 106 runs off 50 balls, including 10 fours and seven sixes. Nicholas Pooran put the finishing touches to a wonderful Punjab innings by scoring 25 runs off 8 balls which included 3 sixes.
Punjab King's innings ended at 223 runs for the loss of two wickets, the highest total in IPL history for a side batting first. The Rajasthan Royals had a major task before of them: chase down the target in 20 overs.
Rajasthan Royals innings
Rajasthan Royals got off to a slow start, losing their top three batsmen, including Steve Smith and Jos Buttler, for just 31 runs on the board. However, Sanju Samson, who had already scored two half-centuries in the tournament, started playing aggressively and brought the Royals back into the match.
Samson hit 4 sixes and 7 fours to score 85 runs off just 42 balls, while Rahul Tewatia, who had been promoted up the order, played a brilliant counter-attacking innings. Tewatia smashed 7 sixes in his knock of 53 off just 31 balls and kept the Royals in the hunt.
However, the match took a dramatic turn in the 18th over when Tewatia struggled to score off the first 4 balls of the over bowled by Sheldon Cottrell. But then he hit 5 sixes off the next 5 balls, including one off a no-ball, which completely changed the match's momentum.
Rajasthan Royals needed 51 runs off the last 3 overs, and Jofra Archer came in to bat at number 7. Archer scored 13 runs off just 3 balls in the last over, including two huge sixes off Mohammed Shami, to help the Royals chase down the target with three balls to spare.
Top players and Man of the match
Rajasthan Royals finished with a total of 226 runs for the loss of 6 wickets, which was the highest successful run chase in the IPL history at that time. This match will always be remembered for the heroics of Sanju Samson, Rahul Tewatia, and Jofra Archer, who played an instrumental role in pulling off an unbelievable run chase. Apart from them Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul’s heroics in the first innings will not go unnoticed as well.
Sanju Samson was awarded the man of the match for his massacre of the Punjab bowlers throughout the innings of the match.