The Indian Premier League 2021 is soon approaching and we can’t help but think back to the iconic wins and matches played throughout IPL history. In its thirteen seasons, the Indian Premier League has witnessed some of the highly-intense matches that will forever be remembered for their thrill, excitement and mystery of who will win.
The audience has seen outstanding performances showcased by their favourite players. They have also witnessed the amazing transition of uncapped players into well-seasoned cricketers.
Below is a list of some of the unforgettable and best IPL matches ever played in history.
KKR vs RCB 2008
Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
The year when it all began! The Indian Premier League made its debut in the year 2008. KKR vs RCB 2008 IPL match was the first match ever to be played in the history of IPL. In one of the top IPL matches in history, the audience saw the sheer talent of Brendon McCullum as he crushed the bowlers of Royal Challengers Bangalore and scored a whopping 158 off 73 balls. The Kolkata Knight Riders bagged the first-ever IPL victory against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in one of the best IPL matches ever played.
MI vs RR 2014
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
The tension was thick as both teams were looking forward to securing a spot in the top four. But the pressure was high on Mumbai Indians as they had to win at a good pace to overcome Rajasthan Royals with a better Net Run Rate in the MI vs RR 2014 IPL match. In one of the best IPL matches ever played, Rajasthan Royals scored 189/4 in 20 overs with a powerful start by Sanju Samson and Karun Nair. To qualify for play-offs, Mumbai Indians had to achieve 190 in 14.3 overs and Corey Anderson helped reach the target by scoring a massive 95 runs in 44 balls. It was one of the top IPL matches that saw Mumbai Indians win and the audience at Wankhede jumping with joy.
CSK vs MI 2015
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
The Indian Premier League 2015 saw Rohit Sharma as the captain replacing Ricky Ponting in the role for Mumbai Indians. He proved that he is a worthy replacement for the team in the final match of CSK vs MI 2015. In what is considered one of the top IPL matches in the history of the league, Mumbai Indians chose to bat first with Sharma scoring a half-century in 26 balls helping the team reach the total run of 202/5. The Chennai Super Kings had a steady start to the game but could manage to score only 161 runs in 20 overs. The Mumbai Indians bagged their second win under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma in the CSK vs MI 2015 IPL match.
MI vs RPS 2017
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
The Mumbai Indians vs Rising Pune Supergiant encounter 2017 is one of the top IPL matches in history. Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians, lifted their third trophy in the Indian Premier League. After hitting rock bottom at 79/7, Mumbai Indians scored a good total with the efforts of lower-order hitting from Krunal Pandya and Mitchell Johnson. With slim chances of winning, Johnson showcased a wonderful game by defending seven runs from the last five balls. Even today, it is remembered as one of the best IPL matches and a memorable victory by Mumbai Indians.
CSK vs KKR 2018
Venue: M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders have solidified their IPL history as the duelling teams. Played in Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai the CSK vs KKR 2018 IPL match was one of the best IPL matches ever. With Mahendra Singh Dhoni leading the Chennai Super Kings, the team was prepared to make a comeback in the game. Kolkata Knight Riders started the game strongly and scored a whopping 202 runs by the end of their total innings. But CSK, with amazing teamwork and gameplay, chased the total score of KKR and won by 5 wickets with 1 ball remaining. Andre Russell of Kolkata Knight Riders and Sam Billings of Chennai Super Kings were head-to-head in scoring half-centuries. CSK vs KKR 2018 was one of the top IPL matches that had the audience at the edge of their seats.
RCB vs KKR 2019
Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
In one of the best IPL matches ever played- RCB vs KKR 2019, Virat Kohli, yet again, showcased his calibre as he went on to score his 5th IPL century. He in partnership with Moeen Ali took the team to a massive total of 213/4 in 20 overs. With a little bit of struggle in the beginning, Kolkata Knight Riders’ Nitish Rana & Andre Russell managed to score a combined 100 runs. But Royal Challengers Bangalore still emerged victorious in one of the top IPL matches - RCB vs KKR 2019.
RR vs KXIP 2020
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
In one of the best IPL matches ever played, Rahul Tewatia of Rajasthan Royals etched his name in the tournament by securing 53 runs in 31 balls against Kings XI Punjab. Mayank Agarwal’s debut IPL century steered KXIP to score 223/2 at the end of the first innings. Initially, the Rajasthan Royals faltered and handed over the lead of the game to Kings XI Punjab. But the tables turned when Rahul Tewatia hit five sixes in the 18th over of the second innings. One of the most nail-biting and top IPL matches in history, Rajasthan Royals won by 4 wickets with 3 balls to spare.