In the high-stakes IPL final clash between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Gujarat Titans (GT), GT set a challenging target of 214 runs, placing MS Dhoni and his team in a daunting position. GT’s impressive batting performance and the momentum they built throughout the innings have given them the advantage at the halfway mark, intensifying the anticipation for an exhilarating run chase.
GT displayed their delight as they reached a commanding total of 214 runs in the grand finale. The significance of posting such a massive score in a high-pressure game cannot be overstated, and GT seized the opportunity with enthusiasm. On the other hand, CSK’s uncharacteristic fielding errors, including missed catches and run-out chances, may prove costly in the final outcome.
GT gained momentum early on when Chahar dropped an easy catch, allowing Shubman Gill a lifeline on just 2 runs. This dropped catch turned out to be significant as GT capitalized on the opportunity, scoring 30 runs in the next two overs, thereby establishing the desired momentum. Although Jadeja missed a simple run-out chance, he redeemed himself by dismissing Gill with a brilliant delivery in the same over.
While Wriddhiman Saha’s half-century provided stability, it was Sai Sudharsan who emerged as the game-changer for GT. Sudharsan played an extraordinary innings, showcasing exceptional batting skills and consistently finding the boundaries with ease. Although he narrowly missed a century, his contribution was exceptional and significantly impacted GT’s total score. Pathirana’s late assault further added to the already imposing total, leaving CSK with a monumental task ahead.
Chasing a target of over 200 runs in an IPL final is no small feat. The highest successful run chase in an IPL final stands at 200, achieved by Kolkata Knight Riders against Punjab. CSK, known for their ability to chase down big totals, will need to bring their best performance to surpass GT’s imposing total and emerge victorious.
In the high-octane atmosphere of IPL playoffs, where established stars often take center stage, it is the uncapped players who have occasionally stolen the limelight with their exceptional performances. These young talents have showcased their skills and made a mark in the history of the tournament with their noteworthy contributions.
One such standout performance came in the IPL 2023 Finals when Sai Sudharsan, representing Gujarat Titans (GT), delivered a scintillating knock of 96 runs against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Ahmedabad. Despite falling just short of a century, Sudharsan’s innings was filled with power and finesse as he took on the CSK bowlers with confidence. His blazing knock played a vital role in GT posting a formidable total on the board.
Rajat Patidar of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) also etched his name in IPL playoff records with an unbeaten knock of 112 runs in the 2022 Eliminator against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). Patidar’s breathtaking innings came at a crucial juncture, steering RCB to a memorable victory and earning him well-deserved recognition.
Manish Pandey, who has since gone on to establish himself as a seasoned campaigner, made a significant impact in the IPL 2014 Final for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). His knock of 94 runs against Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) displayed his ability to rise to the occasion on the biggest stage. Pandey’s innings played a pivotal role in KKR clinching their second IPL title.
Another uncapped player who left an indelible mark in an IPL final was Manvinder Bisla. Representing KKR in the 2012 Final against CSK, Bisla played a magnificent innings of 89 runs. His remarkable knock guided KKR to their maiden IPL title, cementing his place in the tournament’s history.
Highest scores by uncapped players in IPL playoffs
112* – Rajat Patidar (RCB) vs LSG, Kolkata, 2022 Eliminator
96 – Sai Sudharsan (GT) vs CSK, Ahmedabad, 2023 Final
94 – Manish Pandey (KKR) vs PBKS, Bengaluru, 2014 Final
89 – Manvinder Bisla (KKR) vs CSK, Chennai, 2012 Final