New Delhi. The second half of IPL 2021 is going to start in UAE (IPL 2021 2nd Phase) from September 19. If any team will not have a legendary bowler, then someone will miss the star batsman. But all eyes are on the IPL title. Even though the first half of the league had to be postponed due to Corona. But there were many memorable matches and performances in it. Whether it is Ravindra Jadeja hitting 37 runs in an over by Harshal Patel or Delhi Capitals opener Prithvi Shaw hitting 6 fours in 6 consecutive balls. Let us tell you about 5 such memorable moments related to 29 matches in the first half of the league.
RCB fast bowler Harshal Patel took 9 wickets in the death over at an economy rate of 5.85 in his first 4 matches in IPL 2021. Then came the match against Chennai Super Kings. This match proved to be really bad for him. In this match, Harshal bowled the 20th over of CSK’s innings. Jadeja hit 4 sixes in his first 4 balls including a no ball. Jadeja took 2 runs on the next ball and in the next 2 balls, this all-rounder hit a six and a four. In this way, Jadeja scored a total of 37 runs in one over of Harshal. It was the second costliest over in IPL history.
Prithvi Shaw hit 6 fours in 6 balls
Jadeja batted aggressively against Harshal in the last over of the innings. But Delhi Capitals batsman Prithvi Shaw went a step ahead of this and he made 6 consecutive fours in 6 balls of the first over. Shaw did this in the over of Kolkata Knight Riders fast bowler Shivam Mavi. Actually, in the match, Kolkata had given a target of 155 runs to Delhi. Which was not big in terms of T20. But Shaw batted like this in the very first over, this target proved to be a dwarf for Delhi. He added 132 runs for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan and Delhi won the match by 7 wickets in 21 balls.
When Samson refused to take a run
Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson scored the first century of IPL 2021. He scored a century against Punjab Kings. However, in this match, more headlines than his century were made for not taking 1 run. Actually, Punjab Kings had given a target of 222 runs to Rajasthan. Rajasthan had come very close to this target. He needed 13 runs in the last over. Rajasthan had scored 6 runs in the first 4 balls. Rajasthan needed 5 runs in the last 2 balls to win.
Samson was on strike, he played the fifth ball towards long off. At the non-striker end stood Chris Morris, the most expensive player in IPL history, who was bought by Rajasthan for Rs 16.25 crore in this time’s auction. But Samson refused to take the single. After this Morris had to return to his crease.
Now Rajasthan needed only 5 runs off the last ball. Arshdeep bowls the ball outside off-stump. Samson hits a big shot. But the ball went into the air and he was out. Rajasthan lost this match.
Brar dismissed Kohli, Maxwell and de Villiers in 7 balls
What Punjab Kings spinner Harpreet Brar did in IPL 2021 will be remembered for a long time. Playing his third IPL season, this bowler did not have a single wicket in his name. But in the 26th match of IPL 2021 against Royal Challengers Bangalore, this bowler decided the victory of the team by dismissing legendary batsmen like Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers within just 7 balls.
Pollard played a memorable innings against CSK
Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieran Pollard played such an innings against CSK in the first half of IPL 2021, which will be remembered for a long time. Actually, CSK had given a target of 219 runs to Mumbai. When Pollard came out to bat in the 10th over, Mumbai’s score was 81 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. To win the team had to score runs at a run rate of 13. Then Pollard changed his gear and rained the boundary. First he hit 3 sixes in Jadeja’s over and then 2 sixes in Lungi Ngidi’s over. Same is the case with Shardul Thakur.
Mumbai needed 16 runs in the last over. Ngidi was bowling this over. Dhawal Kulkarni was at the non-striker’s end. So Pollard decided to play all 6 balls. He did not take a single on the first and fourth balls, while hitting a four on the middle two balls. Now the team needed 8 runs in 2 balls. Ngidi bowled a full toss, on which Pollard hit a six. After this, Pollard ran for 2 runs on the last ball and put the match in Mumbai’s bag. He remained unbeaten on 87 off 34 balls.
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