Most Runs Scored in the 20th over of IPL innings 

The last over (20th over) of a T20 innings is called the “death over.” This over is often the most exciting part of any T20 match. In the death over, batting teams try to score as many runs as possible. Bowlers try to stop them from scoring too many. Big hitters come to bat and aim to hit many sixes.

In this blog, we look at the 10 batters with the highest runs scored in the 20th over of IPL matches. This includes T20 legends like MS Dhoni, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya and others known for finishing games with explosive hitting. Keep reading to find out who dominates the death overs in IPL cricket.

Most Runs Scored in the 20th over of IPL innings 

Most Runs in the 20th Over in IPL

PLAYERRUNS IN 20TH OVERINNINGSSTRIKE RATESIXES
MS Dhoni71595240.7459
Kieron Pollard40562214.2833
Ravindra Jadeja35372210.1129
Hardik Pandya27740242.9827
Dinesh Karthik25342209.0916
Rohit Sharma24827281.8123
AB de Villiers22533255.6819
Dwayne Bravo21341202.8515
David Miller19632217.7717
Andre Russell19124235.8018

#1. MS Dhoni – 715 Runs 

MS Dhoni is considered the best finisher in limited overs cricket. He has scored the most runs (715) in the 20th over of IPL matches. He played 95 innings and scored these runs at a strike rate of 240.74 in the last over.

Dhoni has hit 59 sixes while chasing targets in the last over for CSK over the years. His power hitting and ability to perform under pressure is unmatched. Even at 41 years old, he remains one of the most reliable batters to finish matches.

#2. Kieron Pollard – 405 Runs 

West Indian Kieron Pollard is next with 405 runs scored in the 20th over of IPL matches. He played 62 innings and scored these runs at an amazing strike rate of 214.28. Pollard has hit 33 sixes in the last over.

Pollard’s ability to easily hit sixes makes him a dangerous finisher. When in form, he can attack any bowling and score runs quickly at the end of Mumbai Indians’ innings.

#3. Ravindra Jadeja – 353 Runs 

Ravindra Jadeja is at number 3 among batters with most 20th over runs in IPL history. In 20th overs, he has scored 353 runs while hitting 29 sixes at an excellent strike rate of 210.11.Jadeja demonstrated his incredible finishing abilities against RCB in IPL 2021.

Batting for CSK, he smashed Harshal Patel for 37 runs in the 20th over – equalling the record for most runs scored in a single IPL over. This included 4 sixes in a row as he effortlessly cleared the ropes.His explosive hitting makes Jadeja a reliable finisher for CSK during tense run chases. His 20th over hitting ability was on full display in that innings against RCB in IPL 2021.

#4. Hardik Pandya – 277 Runs 

Before being affected by back injuries, Hardik Pandya was one of the most dangerous finishers for Mumbai Indians in the death overs. In just 40 IPL innings, he has scored 277 runs in the 20th over at an incredible strike rate of 242.98.

Hardik has smashed 27 sixes and 15 fours in the last over of matches, playing many match-winning knocks. He was especially known for effortlessly hitting straight sixes down the ground at the death.

The search results praise his power hitting abilities, like smashing 8 sixes in one T20 innings for Baroda. For Mumbai Indians, he built a reputation as a “formidable finisher” thanks to his death over hitting. An example was his attacking 61* off 31 in the 20th over against KKR.

#5. Dinesh Karthik – 253 Runs 

Veteran wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik is praised for his composure under pressure, making him an excellent finisher in T20 cricket. In 42 IPL innings, he has scored 253 runs in the death overs (last 4 overs) while hitting 16 sixes. Karthik has a fantastic record batting at the death for his IPL teams over the years.

He is lauded for his ability to guide teams home in tense chases thanks to his versatile shot selection and smart batting.For example, in IPL 2022 playing for RCB, he scored 330 runs with a strike rate of 183 while averaging 55 – hailed as his best-ever IPL season. His captain Faf du Plessis heaped praise on his composure under pressure situations.

Conclusion 

In closing, the 20th over or ‘death over’ requires a unique hitting ability under pressure, which the aforementioned batters possess in abundance.

Their sensational power hitting, coupled with intelligent strike rotation and match awareness, make them the most coveted batters towards the backend of T20 innings. Even with field restrictions and constant bowling variations at the death, these finishers continue bailing their teams out of jail with remarkable consistency!

Who has scored the most 20th over runs in all IPL matches?

MS Dhoni has scored the highest runs (715) in 20th overs across 95 IPL innings.  

Who hit 37 runs in one 20th over – most ever in IPL?

Ravindra Jadeja smashed 37 runs in the 20th over bowled by Harshal Patel in IPL 2021.

Which Mumbai Indians player features on the 20th over runs scoring list?

Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya have scored plenty of 20th over runs for five-time champions Mumbai Indians.

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