IPL 2017 top 10 moments: Two hattricks, lowest total of 49 and a triple crown
Mumbai Indians became the first team to win the IPL three times after beating Rising Pune Supergiant in a classic final. Here are other memorable moments which lit up the tournamentUpdated: May 22, 2017 14:02 IST
After 56 days, the IPL 2017 came to a dramatic conclusion with Mumbai Indians winning the title for the third time by securing a narrow one-run win over Rising Pune Supergiant at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
This win made Rohit Sharma’s team the first to win the IPL three times. Along the way, there were several moments which lit up the tournament and thrilled the fans. Here are a list of some of the top moments in IPL 2017:
1) Mitchell Johnson’s last over exploits
Chasing 130 in the final against Mumbai Indians, Rising Pune Supergiant needed 11 off the last over. Mitchell Johnson was entrusted with the task. Things started badly when he was hit for a four first ball. With the equation now reading seven off five, Johnson took two key wickets of Manoj Tiwary and Steve Smith, who smashed a fifty. With seven needed off three, Washington Sundar stole a bye. In the penultimate ball, Dan Christian was dropped at deep mid wicket and a couple resulted. With four needed off the last ball, Johnson fired a pin-point yorker and the batsman could only squeeze out a couple. In attempting a third, he was run-out and Johnson had given Mumbai Indians one of their most memorable wins.
2) April 14 - IPL hat-trick day
On April 14, a unique feat took place in cricket. On this day, there were two games and both featured a hat-trick. In the game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians, Samuel Badree took the first hat-trick of IPL 2017. Immediately, in the next game between Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant in Rajkot, Australian pacer Andrew Tye responded with not only a hat-trick but also the first five-wicket haul of the tournament.
3) RCB - From the top to rock bottom
Royal Challengers Bangalore had held the record for the highest score in IPL with 263/5 against Sahara Pune Warriors in IPL 2013. The date was April 23. On the same day, four years later, Virat Kohli’s team had to face humiliation as they were bowled out for 49, the lowest total in IPL history, by a ruthless Kolkata Knight Riders unit. The RCB innings lasted just 9.4 overs and the batting order figures read 7, 0, 1, 8, 9, 8, 2, 0, 2, 5, 0.
4) Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn’s massacre of RCB
KKR had made it a habit to hurt RCB in IPL 2017. After bowling them out for 49, they produced a dazzling display at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Chasing 159, KKR’s opening duo of Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine tore RCB apart. Narine registered the joint-fastest fifty in the IPL off just 15 balls while Lynn smashed a fifty off 21 balls. The pair blasted 105 runs in six overs, the highest-ever in powerplay.
5) ‘Lynn’sanity in Rajkot
Gujarat Lions had notched up 183/4 against KKR. Such totals give the team a bit of security. However, that did not prove to be the case as Suresh Raina’s side were blown away by the insane power-hitting of Chris Lynn. He blasted 93 off 41 balls, including six fours and eight sixes while Gautam Gambhir smashed 76 off 48 balls. The 184-run opening stand, the highest ever in IPL, helped KKR to a 10-wicket win.
6) Chris Gayle scales Mount 10K in T20s
RCB had very little to smile for in IPL 2017. However, one of the rare moments was provided by Chris Gayle. In the game against Gujarat Lions, he became the first batsman in T20 history to go past 10,000 runs. The West Indies star has been a magnificent player in T20s and his record-breaking scores and big-hitting capabilities have made him the first T20 star with global appeal. It was apt that Gayle became the first to achieve this landmark.
7) Triple-wicket maiden in the final over
Yes, this did happen. In the game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rising Pune Supergiant, David Warner’s side needed 13 off the last over to clinch victory. Jaydev Unadkat had other ideas as he proceeded to take a hat-trick and finish the last over with a maiden. Unadkat became the first bowler to bowl a triple-wicket maiden in the final over and also picked up 5/30, his second five-wicket haul in IPL which made him the only Indian to achieve the feat.
8) A Twenty20 game over two days
In the Eliminator between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders, rain played a massive role. Chasing 129 to win, rain held up play for more than three hours and it seemed KKR were doomed. However, the rain relented and the ground was dried up to allow a six-over shootout. Chasing a revised target of 48, KKR got there as the match ended at 1:30 am. After the match, KKR pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile said one can’t be playing cricket at 2:00 am.
9) Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson: Daredevil youth power
Youth power is exciting. The belligerence of youth is exhilarating. This was showcased by two young men, Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson in the game between Delhi Daredevils and Gujarat Lions. Chasing a record 209, Pant and Samson put on a big-hitting exhibition that dazzled the crowd at Ferozeshah Kotla. Pant blasted 97 off 43 balls while Samson slammed 61 off 31 as their 143-run stand deflated Gujarat Lions. A total of 16 sixes were hit in the course of the partnership, which took power-hitting to the next level.
10 ) Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians in a humdinger
The match at the Wankhede Stadium witnessed a 453-run humdinger, the second-highest aggregate in the history of IPL. In the end, Kings XI Punjab won by seven runs as they continued their remarkable run of having to stay alive in the race for the play-offs.