From Ravichandran Ashwin’s Mankading to MS Dhoni appearance as an outlaw in Jaipur. It has appeared as more of a coincidence. Anyway, it’s a part and parcel of the game. Be it anything, the 12th edition of IPL 2019 has been one of the most interesting seasons. The cricket fans have witnessed some of the most enthralling moments in the league this year. The last week of the tournament has been a rollercoaster ride. In between, things were difficult to predict who is going to be the fourth team to make it to the playoffs. Somewhat, it was hard to pick the best five moments of the IPL 2019.
All the moments during the six weeks make this season as a fiercely competitive one. With the last league match being won by Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings losing their match against Kings XI Punjab, the position of the final four has witnessed a change.
Here is the list of the best five moments of the 12th edition of the IPL.
Best Five Moments of the IPL 2019:
#5 Rohit Shame dedicates fifty in the last league match:
As the skipper, Rohit Sharma led his team to the top of the charts this Sunday. In a heartwarming gesture, he dedicated his match-winning half-century to his daughter Samaira. The baby girl was present with her mother Ritika Sajdeh, watching the game from the stands.
Rohit played a sublime knock of unbeaten 55 runs off 48 balls partnering with Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav for 46 and 88 runs respectively. While he was happy for the team ending up on the lead position on the points table, Rohit while beaming a smile to dedicate his fifty to his little one.
Although during the post-match celebration he laughed it off saying she was sleeping. Notably, it definitely was one of the best moments for the fans altogether.
#4 Sam Curran’s hat-trick against Delhi Capitals:
In the Indian Premier League (IPL) against Delhi Capitals (DC), Sam Curran led his team to a 14-run victory with his stunning hat-trick performance. The English all-rounder dismissed Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane respectively and ended the match with his figures of sensational 4 for 11.
After dismissing Patel, who gave a regulation catch to KL Raul, further, saw Curran sending down two back-to-back yorkers – to dismiss Rabada and Sandeep right when they needed 15 runs off 6 balls.
#3 David Warner, Jonny Bairstow twin century, record 100-plus consecutive partnership:
On 30th March, the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium at Hyderabad was roaring as rivals – David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have set the season 12 of the fire. The duo led their team to register their second continuous win against Royal Challengers Bangalore. They defeated RCB with 118 runs and dismissed them in 19.5 overs at a paltry score of 113.
However, it was the stunning match played by the duo. They became the first opening pair to post three consecutive century stands in IPL history. Bairstow knocked 114 runs off just 56 balls whereas Warner stroke unbeatable 100 runs off 55 balls.
#2 Shreyas Gopal hat-trick against Royal Challengers Bangalore:
After the stunt pulled by Sam Curran, Shreyas Gopal joined him and bagged the second hat-trick of the ongoing tournament. It was during the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore that Gopal came around the corner with the best batsmen wickets in his hand.
The Karnataka leg-break bowler bewitched Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis respectively in what is considered as one of the best matches of Rajasthan Royals. Overall, it was the third occasion in the 12th edition of the season that Kohli and De Villiers got dismissed off his bowling.
Meanwhile, it was one of the best moments for Gopal as well to clinch wickets of the world’s best batsmen.
#1 Alzari Joseph debut 6 wickets haul
After three successive wins registered by SRH in the first phase of the IPL 2019, it was the young debutant who broke their winning chain. The 22-year-old Alzarri Joseph threw a spellbinding show of 3.5 overs. Well, in mere 12 balls he has bagged six wickets to strangulate SRH at the score of 96.
It was Joseph’s debut match of the IPL. He ended up deceiving the dreaded Warner off the crease, halting their chase to 136 runs. His figures of 6/12 overrode the one of Sohail Tanveer of 6/14 for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL’s inaugural edition in 2008.
He became the second man to claim a five-wicket haul on the IPL debut.
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