Highest Run Chase in IPL
The IPL in its extended form, known as the Indian Premier League , is an Indian cricket tournament which started in 2008 . The IPL has gained a massive fan following with every passing year . 15 seasons have been played till date and IPL season 16 is going on . It is a treat to the eyes to watch the international players play together as a team . It’s like a dream come true for the national as well as international cricket fans . There are 10 teams at present in the IPL . The Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans have been playing since 2021 and the other 8 teams have been playing in the IPL since 2008 . There have been many expected and unexpected record-breaking moments in the tournament over the years . Recently , Lucknow Super Giants won the match against Royal challengers Bangalore by chasing 213 runs at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium . It was not expected initially as knocking down Royal Challengers Bangalore at their home stadium was a difficult challenge . Let’s have a look at who holds the number one position in the highest run Chase in the tournament .
What is run chasing in a cricket match ?
It is a very well-known fact that a cricket match is played between two teams . The decision of who is going to bat and who is going to bowl is taken on the basis of the toss . The captains of both teams are called to toss and then they have to choose either heads or tails . The captain who wins the toss decides if their team is going to bowl or bat first . The team who bats first sets a target of runs to achieve for the opposite team in order to win the match . In the second innings , the team who bowled first had to score enough runs to surpass the runs made by the opposite team in the first innings to gain victory at a faster pace. This is what we call run chasing .
Pros of chasing runs
- The target is already known in advance, so strategies can be made prior .
- There is performance pressure on the bowlers of the opposite team .
- There is a batting advantage in the second innings too, as the pitch already gets settled down after the innings of the first team .
- It is an opportunity for great partnerships too .
- The opening batsmen have an opportunity to score a century or a half century .
Cons of chasing runs
- There is performance pressure on the opening batsmen .
- The target pressure can hinder the performance of the players .
Highest run Chase in IPL
Have a look at the following details to find out which team holds the record of the highest run for Chase in the Indian Premier League .
Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals
A new record was made on 22 September 2020 at the Sharjah cricket stadium . The 9th match of the tournament was played between the Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan royals . The captain of Rajasthan Royals , Steve Smith , won the toss and elected to field first . In response to that , KXIP made their fifth highest total in the IPL and the highest total against Rajasthan Royals, i.e. 223 runs on 2 wickets, and set a huge target in front of the Rajasthan Royals to achieve . But the attacker was none other than the 1-time champion Rajasthan Royals, who chased the runs successfully by achieving 226 runs in 19.3 overs on 6 wickets and broke their own record of 216 runs against Deccan chargers in the first IPL that happened in 2008 .
Kxip’s bowling performance
Despite setting a huge target for Rajasthan Royals to achieve 224 , Kings XI Punjab didn’t perform well in their bowling turn . The Rajsthan Royals batsmen smashed the Kings XI Punjab bowlers very efficiently . The bowlers couldn’t handle the pressure and Rajsthan Royals took the opportunity and managed to pull the match in their favour. Although RR reached the target in the last over only, it kept the interest of the fans alive till the end . The RR fans were cheering as loudly as possible when the kxip fans had to face the disappointment .
Rajasthan Royals batting performance
|Jofra Archer ( Not Out )||13||3||0||2|
|Tom Curran ( Not Out )||4||1||1||0|
The innings of Rajsthan Royals was worth watching . Even though Joss Buttler slightly disappointed the fans, the then captain Steve Smith and Sanju Samson handled the match very gracefully . After the captain got dismissed, Rahul tewatiya along with Sanju Samson handled the match at a crucial point . In the 16.1 over, Sanju Samson got out and was followed by Robin Uthappa in the 18th over at 203 runs . Rahul tewatiya and Riyan Parag went back to the pavilion in the 18th and 19th overs . By then, Jofra Archer had 13 runs on his account and Tom Curran came to the crease , scoring a 4 on his very 1st ball, leading the Rajsthan Royals as a match winner . The audience was thrilled that day, as the highest run Chase record was broken and renewed that day .
In conclusion , it is rightly said that the IPL is an unpredictable game and records are made to be broken . But the title of highest run Chase in the IPL is still with Rajsthan Royals . It was certainly a difficult target to achieve, but the amazing and talented players of Rajsthan Royals won the match with their best efforts and performance . Many KXIP fans were left heartbroken that day, but it made one thing very sure, that the one-time champion Rajsthan Royals know very well how to defend and how to attack .