Indian Premier League 2020 has completed three weeks and the tournament has already witnessed some great individual performances in the batting and bowling department which won the match for their respective sides.
Here we take a look at the best three performances in IPL 2020 after the completion of three weeks:
Virat Kohli hits unbeaten 90 vs CSK
When Virat Kohli gets going, it is a sight to watch and same was the case when the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper thrashed unbeaten 52-ball 90 against Chennai Super Kings in the match no. 25 of IPL 2020.
Kohli smashed four fours and as many sixes during his swashbuckling innings where he seamlessly shifted gears between caution and aggression. Interestingly, the 31-year-old ran as many as 50 runs between the wickets during his stay in the middle.
RCB were struggling for momentum at the 15th-over mark as they were at 95 for 4. However, things changed when their captain got to his fifty, the 38th in IPL in 39 balls in the 17th over.
Virat switched gears effortlessly as he took on the CSK bowlers at the death. He even played a scoop shot, taking a ball from outside the off-stump and hitting it between the wicketkeeper and the fine-leg fielder, mimicking his good friend and teammate AB de Villiers.
With Kohli striking at 292 in his last 14 balls, RCB managed 74 runs in their last 5 overs. Kohli, who had taken 38 balls for his first 49 rus, needed only a litt more than 2 overs for his next 41.
In the process, Kohli also set a new record for the highest score by a captain against Chennai Super Kings in the history of IPL.
Riding on Kohli’s effort, RCB scored competitive 169/4 in 20 overs and the total proved to be enough as CSK lost the game by 37 runs.
Kagiso Rabada (4-0-24-4) vs RCB
Delhi Capitals (DC) pacer Kagiso Rabada, who is known for his pace, wreaked havoc against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the match no. 19 of IPL 2020. Rabada clinched four wickets against RCB in four overs, conceding 24 runs with an economy of six to help DC win the game by 59 runs.
Rabada bowled his heart out against RCB – where he dismissed Virat Kohli (43), Washington Sundar (17), Shivam Dube (11) and Isuru Udana (1).
In the process, the South African pacer also equalled the record of fast bowler Vinay Kumar in IPL of clinching at least a wicket in 19 matches in a row.
Rahul Tewatia’s game-changing five sixes in an over against KXIP
Rajasthan Royals’ Rahul Tewatia struck five sixes in an over at the fag end of the match as his side recorded the highest run chase in IPL history, beating Kings XI Punjab by four wickets in a high-scoring encounter.
Chasing a stiff 224 for a win, the Royals needed 51 runs from the last three overs and it seemed the fate of the match was already sealed but Tewatia turned the match on its head in a dramatic fashion, taking 30 runs from Sheldon Cottrell in the 18th over.
In an unbelievable turn of events, Tewatia (53 off 31 balls and 7 sixes), who was struggling to connect the ball after being pushed up the order ahead of the likes of Robin Uthappa, suddenly shifted gears as he hoisted Cottrell for a series of sixes much to the amazement of his team-mates and opposition players.
He was finally out in the last ball of the 19th over and after that Jofra Archer (13 not out) and Tom Curran (4 not out) took the Royals home.
Interestingly, it was the highest successful run-chase in IPL history, bettering the earlier record which also belongs to Royals, who had hit 217 while chasing 215 against erstwhile Deccan Chargers in 2008.