By a whisker: Highest totals in tied IPL matches
Big totals in the IPL are chased often when the team does not take the pressure and tries to enjoy it, going all out against the opposition bowlers. However, on several occasions, when the team is right at the point of crossing the line, they stumble and end up falling just one run short of the target. Here’s listing the highest totals in tied IPL games:
191 – RR vs KXIP, Ahmedabad, 2015
In the 18th match of the Indian Premier League 2015, Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab were facing each other. Rajasthan got off to a brilliant start with Ajinkya Rahane and Shane Watson adding 95 runs from 11.3 overs. Deepak Hooda, Karun Nair and Stuart Binny then struck a few lusty blows to take the team to 191/6 from their 20 overs.
KXIP did not start particularly well, with them tottering at 59/3 after 8.4 overs. Shaun Marsh and David Miller then put up a show. Both brought up half-centuries at strike rates of over 150 and made a match out of it.
However, both were dismissed at crucial junctures in the match. Axar Patel and Mitchell Johnson did hit one boundary each towards the end but the best that the team could do was to draw level. Kings XI Punjab won the game in the one-over eliminator.
185 – KKR vs DC, Delhi, 2019
It was the 10th match in the last edition of the Indian Premier League. Kolkata Knight Riders were put in to bat by the Delhi Capitals. The team struggled at the start and was down at 61 for 5 before the halfway mark.
It was then time for an Andre Russell special. Russell clobbered 62 runs off just 28 deliveries at a strike rate of 220. With a half-century from Dinesh Karthik as well, Kolkata posted 185 runs on the board.
After starting well, with good contributions from Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer, Delhi lost their way in the middle and tied the match. Fortunately for DC, they clinched the game in the super over due to some brilliant bowling from Kagiso Rabada.
201 – RCB vs MI, Dubai, 2020
In the 2020 season itself, Royal Challengers Bangalore played a tied match against Mumbai. Chasing 202, Mumbai were nowhere in the chase till the halfway stage.
But, a 24-ball 60 from Kieron Pollard brought them tantalisingly close. Unfortunately for Mumbai, they could not close out the game. The match then went into the super over which was won by RCB.