IPL 2023: Top 4 Best Matches in the History of the Tournament

IPL 2023 Time table: The IPL 2023 will be held from March 26 to May 29. The matches will be held in Mumbai and Pune at four different venues.

There will be a total of 10 teams participating in IPL 2023. Two new teams have entered the tournament, the Lucknow SuperGiants and the Gujarat Titans. Therefore, it is expected that a total of 74 matches will be played during the IPL 2023 season.

Here are the Top 4 Best IPL Matches in History of IPL all Seasons:

1. Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders (2011)

Historically, Mumbai Indians (MI) have won final overs from the jaws of certain defeat a lot. An enthralling final match in Kolkata nine years ago exemplified MI’s penchant for pulling out last-gasp victories. MI looked on the verge of losing when Kieron Pollard’s leg stump was uprooted with 40 runs needed off 15, but thanks to some inspiring hitting by James Franklin, they snatched the surprising victory.

As MI was in need of 21 runs from the final over, the New Zealander smashed Lakshmipathy Balaji for four consecutive fours before Ambati Rayudu launched the last ball – a leg-stump full toss – into a stunned Eden Gardens crowd to book MI’s place in the quarter-final.

2. Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore , (2008)

A list that talks about the best matches in the International Premier League cannot leave out the very first match of the tournament. On the night of the IPL finals, commentators were talking about how it would change cricket as we knew it, but little did they know that it would also become a reality on that very same night.

On the very first day of the Indian Premier League, Brendon McCullum scored 158 off just 73 balls and remained unbeaten. He played ferociously throughout his spellbinding innings and smashed 13 sixes and 10 boundaries throughout the innings.

3. Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, (2014 IPL Final)

In the final against Kolkata Knight Riders, Punjab Kings, or Kings XI Punjab, had lost the last two encounters against Kolkata Knight Riders. The first qualifying match for the playoffs took place a week ago, and it was the first qualifier in the playoffs. But Punjab still brought their best game to the final.

 Kolkata-native Wriddhiman Saha, who played an exceptional knock of 115 runs from 55 balls, was the man of the match. In addition to Manan Vohra who outscored him with 67 runs from 52 deliveries, he was equally supported by the other players. 

199 for 4 was Punjab’s final score. The KKR lost Robbie Uthappa, the orange cap holder of that season, very early in the innings. In spite of these challenges, Manish Pandey, a Bengaluru native, played one of his best innings ever. However, he was out for 94 runs off 50 balls, leaving KKR on 179 for 6. Having set the match, but not finished it, he needed 21 runs in three overs. 

After that, there was the drama of the final and the pressure that came along with it. The penultimate over was played by Mitchell Johnson, and in the penultimate over, Piyush Chawla hit a six to bring KKR within touching distance of victory. In the last over of the match, he smashed the third ball of the over and sealed the victory for the team. As a result of this win, Kolkata lifted the trophy for the second time, and it also happened to be the last time they won the match.

4. Mumbai Indians Vs. Chennai Super Kings (2019)

Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians to their fourth IPL title by defeating an in-form Chennai Super Kings in the final of IPL, 2019.CSK had to chase a target of 150 when Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah denied them victory.

In the very last delivery of the match, Malinga ruined the party for CSK by trapping Shardul Thakur Leg Before Wicket to help Mumbai Indians to victory. Bumrah bowled 2-14 from his four overs, while Malinga conceded three runs from his final three deliveries. The Indian team managed to pull off a one-run victory with the final ball of the game, this time grabbing another IPL title.

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