April 18 occupies a special position in the history of Indian Premier League. Let’s find out why –
2008: On this very the day the first edition of IPL took off. The first of Indian Premier League was played on 18th April, 2008. Not to forget, many other records were made as Brendon McCullum playing for Kolkata Knight Riders against the Royal Challengers Bangalore scored a mammoth 158 runs in just 73 balls. He hit 10 boundaries and 13 sixes in this innings of his. Knight Riders won this match by 140 runs against RCB.
When the rest of the batting line up of Mumbai Indians were struggling against CSK bowlers, Sachin scored a match winning 59 runs off 49 balls. On the same very day, after the top order of Royal Challengers Bangalore failed. Rahul Dravid walked in at No. 5 and scored 66 runs off just 48 deliveries. He managed to take the team score to 133. When Rajasthan Royals came into bat, it was the turn of Anil Kumble to show his magic. Anil Kumble grabbed 5 wickets by giving away just 5 runs in 3.1 overs.
2010: In the 3rd season, this day saw one of the best run chases in IPL history. The match was played between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings. Coming into bat first Punjab scored 192 runs, all thanks to a astounding innings by Shaun Marsh, who scored 88 off 57 balls. But Chennai were not a team to give up easily, their openers failed but the next three batsmen took the attack to the Punjab bowlers and reached the target with two balls to spare. Suresh Raina scored 46 off 27 balls, S Badrinath scored 53 off 36 and Captain cool MS Dhoni ended things well by scoring 54 of just 29 balls.
2013: On this day, the match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils was played at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground. When CSK came into bat, the pitch looked very easy to bat on their batsmen easily scored 169 runs. As the Delhi batsmen came into bat, the pitch looked completely different. Apart from one batsmen no other player could score more than 20 and the team got all out in just 83 runs, losing the match by 86 runs. 2013 was not Delhi’s season and this match was no different.