IPL 2021: 5 Most Interesting Matches Of The Group Stage. The league stage of IPL 2021 has been done and dusted. Despite several challenges posed by Covid-19, the Board of Control for Cricket in India took the decision to stage the 14th edition of the tournament. As many as 29 matches took place in India in the first half of the tournament before a number of positive Covid-19 cases emerged in different bio-secure bubbles, which led to the postponement of the event.
The rest of the matches of the league stage was successfully held in three venues in UAE. Four teams, namely Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders have qualified for the playoffs and are set to battle it out for the coveted title.
The league stage of IPL 2021 saw some terrific performances with both bat and ball. The cricket fans have witnessed some nail-biting finishes, super-over thrillers and heart-warming individual performances. In this article, we take a look at the top five interesting group stage matches in IPL 2021.
IPL 2021: 5 Most Interesting Matches Of The Group Stage
1. Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Match 38: CSK won the game by 2 wickets
Chasing a 171-run total, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis gave CSK yet another solid start at the top. The duo added 74 runs for the opening wicket inside 9 overs. Moeen Ali also made a decent contribution of 32 runs off 28 balls, however, CSK’s middle-order faltered in the middle overs.
CSK were left in all sorts of troubles after Chakravarthy clean bowled MS Dhoni in the 18th over. 30 runs were needed in 15 balls at that stage and KKR had an upper hand in the game.
However, the arrival of Ravindra Jadeja turned the game in a single over as he smashed 2 fours and as many as sixes off Prasidh Krishna in the nineteenth over to bring the equation down to 4 runs needed off the final ball. However, the game wasn’t completed yet. Narine accounted for the wicket of Sam Curran on the very first ball and it was followed by another dot ball.
Shardul Thakur then took 3 runs to have the scores level with Jadeja on strike. However, Sunil Narine had Jadeja leg-before on the second last ball to bring the equation down to 1 needed off 1 ball. Much to the delight of CSK, Deepak Chahar held his nerves and hit the winning run on the last ball to seal the game for the Yellow Army in the end.