The emergence of T20 made it hard for the bowlers to defend the low tallies.
Gone are those days when cricket had got the perfect balance between the bat and ball. It was a tough chase for the opposition if a team manages to put on a target that is close to 6 rpo on the board.
But, of late, the game has evolved in support of the batsmen, as pitches have become lifeless and the art of batting developed to the core.
Especially, after the emergence of T20 cricket, batsmen became so dangerous so that bowlers who could bowl at close to 6-7 economy rate became sensational and most-relied bowlers in the world cricket.
Despite, cricket being more batting dominated game, we have got few thrillers in the IPL cricket, where bowlers showed their charisma to keep the fans on the edge of the seat.
Here are the five such instances:
5. When Mumbai Indians defended 120 runs against Pune Warriors in 2012:
The fifth best defending total came way back in 2012 which itself explains how the game changed drastically. It was the 45th match of the 2012 edition of IPL when Pune Warriors and Kochi Tuskers were part of the IPL.
The match between Mumbai and Pune saw a complete bowling domination in the game. Initially, it was Pune bowlers who bowled a scintillating line and lengths to restrict Mumbai Indians to the below-par total of 120 runs on the board.
In reply to the chase, Mumbai showed a great character against the team that had the likes of Ganguly, Clarke in their ranks. Malinga was at the peak of his form, and the other youngsters in the team have given their helping hand to aid him in the knocking down the Sahara’s Pune.
In the end, it was 16 runs required off 12 balls, but the evergreen Malinga and Munaf Patel did the job for the team.