Indian Premier League, shortly known as IPL, is a T20 cricket tournament, which happens every year in India, and 8 teams are currently a part of it. It started back in 2008 and is now one of the world’s biggest sport league. The brand value of IPL is over ₹50,000crore and contributes a lot to the Indian economy. There have been thirteen season of the league, and is very popular and going strong year by year. Mumbai Indians are the most crowned champions of this league, and that is five times.
Mumbai batted well and scored 176 on the board, but it wasn’t enough for them to defend. Punjab’s captain KL Rahul put up a good show, to take his team closer to a win, and the game got tied with the help of Punjab’s lower middle order doing their finishing work. In the super over, Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya were able to put only 11 on the board, which was easily chased by Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal who smacked 15 to seal the win.
Mumbai batted first and were very decent with 149 on the board, where the top order had their own little contributions, but came Pollard, who’s favourite opponents are CSK, and did his best with some explosive shots at the end. Super Kings on the other end had no one to support Shane Watson, who smacked 80, but got run out at the end in his last game of IPL. Lasith Malinga, who has had a legacy and experience like no other, bowled a slower ball to Shardul on the last ball, which got him stuck as lbw, and Mumbai Indians won the title by a one run victory.
Chennai Super Kings batted first in an all important final against Kolkata. Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay started the proceedings very well and it was handed over to Suresh Raina, who scored 73(38) to took the team’s score to 190/3. In the reiteration, Manvinder Bisla, a under-rated batsman of the IPL, took the game on his own and scored 89(48) with the help of Jacques Kallis, who scored 69. They both helped the team lift up the trophy, in an all-important chase in the final game. With this game, Kolkata impressed every body and certainly became one of the top 5 IPL teams in the tournament.
This was a high intensity final game and one of the most under-rated game out of all of the Top 5 IPL games. Manan Vohra started off well, and was excellently accompanied by Wriddhiman Saha, who scored a century (115 off 55), powering KXIP to 199 at the scoreboard. Manish Pandey in the chase ensured that Kolkata Knight riders are here to chase this big score. He scored 94 off 50 and was also adjourned the man of the match. Yusuf, Gambhir, and the other boys had their little contribution to the chase, which helped them lift the title.
This game is surely Mumbai’s most popular game and there were plenty of reasons to it and is also one of top 5 IPL matches. In this game, Mumbai were determined before start, that they will have to chase it in 14.3 overs to qualify for the playoffs. Royals put up 189 on the board, and in retaliation, Mumbai or precisely Corey Anderson came gun blazing against the RR’s bowling. Corey scored 95* and did the most for the team, and Aditya Tare confidently came up at the end and hit a needed six, which made them qualify to the playoffs. Mumbai and Rajasthan’s rivalry is most remembered by this game.
Mumbai chasing 190 in 14.4 overs has to be the best IPL game ever. The pressure while chasing a big total, is always huge and this game was like- the team had no pressure on them. Mumbai Indians were pre-determined to put out their all in the chase, as this was their last chance to go through and they did it. Corey Anderson’s most memorable IPL knock came in this one, and was not out until the end. It is also a remembrance to how confidently Aditya Tare came out to bat, when he had a job of hitting a six on that ball, only which could have led them through to the next stage. He did it. He hit a six.
Virat Kohli has to be the number one batsman of the IPL. He is the leader on the most runs board of all time, and a player to watch out for; over the years. Virat in 2016 season, was at his best form, and it all got better off him in that season. He scored a staggering total of 973 runs in that season with four centuries, which is highest of any season by any player. He is far ahead of anyone in the consistency and ability he has shown in the IPL.
MS Dhoni is the player, who has played the most number of matches until now, and he will keep on to play some more. Dhoni has played 218 IPL matches and has scored 4728, despite him coming so down in the batting order. A captain of the great franchise and even with a greater legacy, he is the player, who has made IPL a bigger and better event. He started playing in 2008 and is continuing to do so, which will make him play more matches for some more time.
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