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Target more than 200? No problem

A look at the biggest chases in the IPL

Nikhil Kalro
A look back at the biggest chases in the IPL
Deccan Chargers v Rajasthan Royals, 2008
Target: 215
The very first successful 200-plus chase came as early as the ninth game of the first season. Deccan Chargers were the 2008 version of the current Royal Challengers Bangalore - filled with boundary-clearing stars. Adam Gilchrist, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Symonds, Shahid Afridi and an up-and-coming Rohit Sharma were supposed to make their batting line-up the gold standard in the IPL. They made a poor start to the campaign, losing their first two games, but the batting machinery seemed to be getting in gear when Andrew Symonds bludgeoned a century in the third and helped Chargers rack up 214. Symonds' day was soured, however, when Shane Warne conjured a victory for the unfancied Rajasthan Royals by slamming 16 of the 19 runs in the final over, bowled by Symonds.
Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab, 2010
Target: 201
After losing seven of their first eight matches, Kings XI Punjab desperately needed a lift. That didn't look likely after Chris Gayle waylaid their bowling with a 42-ball 88, especially as they were missing one of their most consistent performers, Shaun Marsh, due to injury. That injury, though, gave Mahela Jayawardene a chance to open the innings and he underlined how effective he can be in Twenty20s with a 59-ball 110. In a season in which they finished dead last, the Jayawardene century was one of the few things to cheer the Kings XI fans.
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab, 2010
Target: 204
"Two years ago, there was a lot of criticism from people who said that I couldn't play it [Twenty20]," Jacques Kallis said after a Man-of-the-Match performance that showed he could thrive in the format. Faced with a target of 204, Royal Challengers didn't even require the services of the man who was then the Bangalore crowd's favourite, Ross Taylor. Kallis was there from start to finish as he powered his way to a 55-ball 89, which included five sixes. Kallis was assisted by local boys Robin Uthappa, whose quickfire half-century helped end the chase with more than an over to spare, and Manish Pandey.
Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore, 2012
Target: 206
In an astounding heist that did not involve an MS Dhoni six in the final over, Chennai Super Kings shocked Royal Challengers Bangalore by taking 45 off the last 12 balls to register the fourth 200-plus chase in IPL history. Faf du Plessis kept Super Kings in the hunt with 71, but the match turned in one of the IPL's most famous overs as Albie Morkel took Virat Kolhi apart with tennis-like scoring of 4, 6, 4, 6, 2, 6 in the penultimate over. "Games like this you are not supposed to win, we were down and out and should not have won," du Plessis said. "We actually said this is going to be the turning point, so it gives us massive confidence." In hindsight, Royal Challengers could look at this match as the reason for missing out on a playoffs spot as they finished fifth with equal points as Super Kings, but had a lower net run-rate.
Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab, 2014
Target: 206
The new-look, fearless Kings XI Punjab batting line-up was on show as they shot down Chennai Super Kings' score of 205 with relative ease in Abu Dhabi. Glenn Maxwell, who was bought by Kings XI for Rs 6 crores ($1m), displayed 'next-generation' batting with a spectacular array of shots - reverse-sweeps, slog-sweeps and some textbook drives - in his 43-ball 95. Although Super Kings' new opening combination of Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith made an excellent start to the season, putting on a stand of 123, the bowling was left perplexed by the hitting from Maxwell and David Miller.
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab, 2014
Target: 206
No other team has chased more than 200 twice in seven seasons of the IPL. Kings XI Punjab did it twice in four weeks this season. While Maxwell and Miller were dominating the headlines as Kings XI pushed for their first appearance in the playoffs since 2008, it was Wriddhiman Saha and Manan Vohra who launched this 206 chase. It's hard to think of two lower-profile batsmen setting the stage for such a daunting pursuit. Saha showed hitherto unsuspected flamboyance in his batting, crashing his way to 26-ball 54, and Vohra, who was retained by Kings XI this season, let off the frustration of having been benched for much of the season with a 20-ball 47, the highlight of which was a stunning pull for six off Dale Steyn. The Powerplay yielded 86 runs, an IPL record, putting Kings XI ahead of the game, and they never looked like losing after that.

Nikhil Kalro is an intern at ESPNcricinfo