Top 5 innings in chases in IPL history
Some batsmen have played top class innings under pressure.
Updated - Mar 15, 2021 5:07 pm
Indian Premier league is considered as the most popular T20 tournament in the World. With the rise of IPL, batsmen have found new ways of scoring runs and it has impacted run-scoring in international cricket as well. Batsmen are now often seen scoring centuries in IPL, however most of them have come in the first innings.
The record for highest Individual score in an IPL innings belongs to Chris Gayle who played a blistering knock of 175 runs off 66 balls against Pune Warriors in IPL 2013. He scored a century in just 30 balls during this innings. In this article, let’s look at top IPL innings played by a batsman in run chases which includes two players from India as well.
Top-5 innings in chases in IPL history
5. Mahela Jayawardene 110* vs KKR, 2010
In the IPL match played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab in the year 2010, KKR put up a score of 200/3 while batting first. For them, Chris Gayle played an explosive knock of 88 runs off 42 balls, which included 6 fours and 8 sixes. Apart from him, captain Sourav Ganguly scored 36 while Manoj Tiwari had a contribution of 35 runs.
Chasing this total of 201 runs, KXIP opener Mahela Jayawardene gave the team a brilliant start and made the chase look very easy. Jayawardene hit a magnificent century scoring 110 runs of 59 balls. He hit 14 fours and 3 sixes in his innings. Captain Kumar Sangakkara and Yuvraj Singh too had vital contribution in the end to ensure victory. Sangakkara scored 38 runs off 22 balls, while Yuvraj played an unbeaten knock of 33 runs off 16 balls.
KXIP chased down the target in 18.2 overs at the loss of 2 wickets, and registered a victory by 8 wickets. Jayawardene was awarded Man of the match for his match winning knock.