There are some matches that are won easily and then there are matches which are really close. These are the ones that raise viewer's excitement. The Indian Premiere League, which is as much of an entertainment as a game of cricket, has witnessed many such close wins this season. Here's a lowdown.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Daredavils
Delhi won by 4 runs
Delhi won the toss and chose to bat.
Opening batsman Mayank Agarwal's early dismissal following scoring a run did not prove to be a real dampener for the team as Shreyas Iyer and JP Duminy went on to score half centuries, closing the innings at 167. Team Hyderabad, which had a slow start, pulled off in the middle with Ravi Bopara scoring 41 off 30 balls and sticking around till the sixteenth over. At the end of the eighteenth over, they needed 10 runs from six balls. Ashish Reddy's run out turned the match in Delhi's favour.
Royal Challenger Bengalore vs Mumbai Indians
Mumbai won by 18 runs
Team Bengaluru won the toss and chose to field. Lendl Simmons and Unmukt Chand built the ground with their respective half centuries (59 and 58) while skipper Rohit Sharma's 42 off 15 deliveries (not out) made them score past 200. In the second innings, Team Bengaluru lost wickets in the initial overs with Chris Gayle and Manvinder Bisla returning to the crease in just eight overs. It was AB de Villers' 41 off 11 deliveries which made the target seem very achievable. However, Abdulla's run out gave the match away to Mumbai. Pollard's last over was also commendable.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan won by 6 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
Rajasthan won the toss and chose to field, with giving away just 127 runs off the innings. David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan put up a bad show, scoring just 21 and 10 respectively. The target looked achievable by the Rajasthan team until Sanju Samson was caught by Naman Ojha. Stuart Binny and JP Faulkner brought the team to the last over where only five runs were required. Later, Faulkner ended the match with a four from the last delivery of the innings.
Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians
Rajasthan Royals won by 7 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
Team Mumbai won the toss and chose to bat only to lose a few initial wickets. Aaron Finch retired hurt, Parthiv Patel and Unmukt Chand scored 16 and 12 respectively. It was Kieron Pollard's 70 off 34 deliveries that took the team to a decent target. Ajinkya Rahane's 46 off 39 balls and Steven Smith, the skipper's unbeaten 79 off 53 balls brought the team their victory.
Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals won by 3 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
Rajasthan won the toss and decided to field. Mayank's 37 off 21 balls and Duminy's 44 from 38 balls with three sixes made the team score 184. Rahane's 47 and Deepak Hooda's 54 off 25 deliveries built the base. In the last over 12 runs were required. Chris Morris' four and six gave them their win.
Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils
Chennai Super Kings won by 1 run Team Delhi won the toss and chose to field. Chennai set a target of 150 which seemed quite achievable with Albie Morkel's 73 from 55 balls. But the last few overs and a few dismissals in the middle order spoilt if for Delhi.
Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils
Delhi won by 5 wickets (with one ball remaining)
Punjab won the toss and chose to bat. Only Virender Sehwag and Wridhiman Saha scored commendable runs to close the innings at 165. Delhi was in the attacking mode from the first delivery, until they lost Yuvraj Singh (he scored 54) to Anureet Singh's ball in the eighteenth over. In the nineteenth over, 3 runs were required from 6 balls. Angelo Matthew's 4 ended the match and Delhi's 11-match winless streak.