Best innings of IPL : From Chris Morris to Sarfraz Khan , the top 5 cameos in the IPL history .
The power game is at the core of T20 cricket. We have seen some hitting in the Indian Premier League (IPL) over the years which have amazed us and left us in awe. Suresh Raina’s knock against Kings XI Punjab in which he scored 87 runs off just 25 balls and the innings where Yusuf Pathan demolished Sunrisers Hyderabad with a knock of 72 runs from 22 are some of the best in IPL history. A quick-fire 30 or 40 changes the course of a T20 match more often than a well-built inning of 70 or 80 runs does. Here, we look at five such cameos which stand out in the history of the IPL.
Here we take a look at the top 5 cameos in The IPL history 2 1.
- Chris Morris, 38 runs from 9 balls vs Rising Pune Supergiant, IPL 2017 Chris Morris batting against Rising Pune Supergiant.
This is the innings with the highest recorded strike rate in IPL history.
Chris Morris single-handedly converted an average total which the Delhi Daredevils (as the Delhi franchise was then known) should have attained to something unachievable for the Rising Pune Supergiant. The South African all-rounder had walked in after the wicket of Sanju Samson. Delhi Daredevils were at 166/4 with just 10 balls left in the innings. Morris ended up facing nine off those and smacked the ball all around the park, scoring 38 runs in the process. This includes 4 boundaries and 3 monstrous sixes. After hitting Adam Zampa for 16 runs in 4 balls, Morris decimated Ben Stokes, taking him for 22 runs in the 20th over to take Delhi Daredevils to 3 205/4 in 20 overs. The Delhi side won the game easily as Pune Supergiant were dismissed for a paltry 108.
2. Albie Morkel, 28 runs from 7 balls vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2012
Albie Morkel batting for CSK.
This insane knock from Albie Morkel came in the 2012 IPL. He went in to bat with the Chennai Super Kings requiring 43 runs to win from the last two overs. Morkel hit 3 sixes and 2 boundaries in addition to a couple in the over, scoring 28 runs off 6 balls. Even though he got out on the next ball he faced, the South African all-rounder had changed the course of the tide in favour of CSK. It certainly helped that he had to face the innocuous medium pace of Virat Kohli. Chasing a target of 206 set by RCB, Faf du Plessis had given a strong platform at the top of the order, scoring 71 from 46 balls. With 15 runs 4 required off the last over, DJ Bravo hit a boundary and a six to finish off the game. After being behind till the last two overs of the match, the Super Kings pulled off one of the biggest heists in IPL history riding on the blitzkrieg from Albie Morkel.
3. Luke Wright, 34 runs from 10 balls Vs Kings XI Punjab, 2013
Luke Wright’s 34 off 10 was a delight to watch
Though Luke Wright is one of the best T20 opening batsmen of all-time, he never shone in the IPL. It is really surprising that a T20 batsman of his calibre has played only 7 IPL games so far in his career. In a game against Kings XI Punjab during the IPL 2013, Pune Warriors batsman Luke Wright struck a stunning 34 off 10 balls. Coming in after the wicket of Yuvraj Singh, late in the innings, Luke Wright hit each of the first six balls he faced for a boundary. 5 Though it was a blistering cameo, it could not save his team as David Miller and Mandeep Singh chased the target of 186 set by Pune Warriors in 19.5 overs. Sadly, he never returned to IPL after 2013.
4. Andre Russell, 48 runs from 13 balls vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2019
Andre Russell destroying RCB.
We have seen some monstrous hitting from the Jamaican all-rounder in the IPL and elswhere, but this innings against RCB was probably the best he has ever played. Chasing a total of 206 against RCB, the Kolkata Knight Riders looked down and out at the time Andre Russell came to the crease. They were at 139/4 and required 67 runs from just 26 balls. KKR lost their skipper Dinesh Karthik in the next over. That’s what we saw something special. The ball flew over the fence from Dre Russ’s bat 7 times. He scored 48 runs from 13 balls, and 46 of those runs came off boundaries. KKR ended up winning the match with 5 balls to spare. And this became one of the best knocks ever in IPL history. Tim Southee bore the majority of this attack from the Jamaican. He was taken for 4 sixes and a four in an over by Russell. His figures at the end of the match read 0 for 61 from 4 overs.
5. Sarfraz Khan, 35 runs from 10 balls vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016
This would have been an excellent knock, but the fact that this was done by an 18-year-old rookie against probably the best bowling line-up of the IPL made it something special. Batting first, Royal Challengers Bangalore were already in a good position at 183/3 in the 18th over when Sarfraz Khan walked in. They looked like on 8 course to set a target of around 200-210 runs, but the cameo from Sarfraz took their tally to 227 runs. Khan hit 5 boundaries and 2 sixes during the course of the innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, one of the best death bowlers in the IPL and limited-overs cricket was hit for 4 fours and a six in an over by the youngster. RCB ended up winning the match comfortably by 45 runs as SRH could manage only 182 for the loss of 6 wickets in their 20 overs. 1.