The eighth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) concluded on Sunday with Mumbai Indians toppling Chennai Super Kings in the finals at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The edition surely lived up to its hype and threw up plenty of memorable moments. Be it a catch, a brilliant innings or an on-field argument, IPL 8 was never short of drama. CricketNext looks into some of the most memorable moment from the tournament:
Kieron Pollard sellotapes his mouth after umpire's rap
In a bizarre incident, Mumbai Indians allrounder Kieron Pollard put on a sellotape on his mouth after the umpires rapped him for his on-field altercation with fellow West Indian and Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Chris Gayle. It was a joke which didn't seem funny and even could have led to suspension. Reacting in a weird manner after he was warned by umpire Vineet Kulkarni for sledging Gayle, Pollard put a tape on his mouth while fielding in Bangalore.
The one and only Super Over
In one of the most pulsating finishes, a first in this edition of the tournament, Kings XI Punjab came from behind to beat the then table-toppers Rajasthan Royals via Super Over and ended RR's five-match unbeaten streak. After both the teams were locked at 191 at the end of the match, KXIP scored 15 for 1 in the Super Over as Shaun Marsh belted Chris Morris for three consecutive boundaries. In reply, Mitchell Johnson yorked Shane Watson with a brilliant delivery first up while Wriddhiman Saha kept his cool to run James Faulkner out as KXIP broke their three-match losing streak in the most thrilling contest of this season.
Virat Kohli shows his anger once again
The temperamental Kohli lost his cool yet again, with wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik joining him as both argued continuously with umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Anil Chaudhary after the Sunrisers Hyderabad innings was played in heavy rain against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Dharmasena seemed quite upset even though Kohli didn't carry on the argument for long as Chaudhary tried to calm the RCB skipper down. However, it didn't help as Karthik picked up the argument from where Kohli left. The Bangalore captain was lucky to go without any fine and suspension, while Karthik was fined 20 percent of his match fee.
Dwayne Bravo's outstanding catch against Rajasthan Royals
Bravo took an incredible catch against Rajasthan Royals to dismiss Shane Watson as Chennai Super Kings defeated Rajasthan Royals. That catch turned out to be the turning point of the match as RR were in control of the game at that moment. The West Indian leapt and pulled the ball out of thin air with one hand and was visibly excited after taking a stunner. "It was a fluke. I stuck my hand out and the ball got stuck there," he said after the match.
AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli share record stand in T20 history
AB de Villiers and RCB skipper Virat Kohli shared an unbeaten 215-run partnership to break Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh's record of highest stand in T20 history. AB and Kohli toyed with the Mumbai Indians' bowling as the duo put on a record unbeaten 215-run stand off 101 balls for the second wicket at the Wankhede Stadium. De Villiers joined Kohli at the crease after Bangalore lost Chris Gayle (13) off the first ball of the fourth over. De Villiers stole the show as he plundered 139 not out off 59 balls. Kohli smashed an unbeaten 82 off 50 balls but it was more like playing a supporting role. In the end RCB won the match with ease.
Tim Southee, Karun Nair combine to take a stunning catch
Rajasthan Royals' duo Tim Southee and Karun Nair showed an incredible bit of skill and teamwork to take an outstanding relay catch at the boundary ropes against Kings XI Punjab. George Bailey's shot towards long-on was plucked out of thin air with one hand by Southee, who was falling over the ropes but had enough time to throw the ball back on the field and Nair had great presence of mind to stay close to Southee and then reacted superbly well to complete the catch. It was quite an incredible effort by the pair as Rajasthan Royals won the match by 26 runs.
Virat Kohli bowed to young Sarfaraz Khan
A senational knock of 45 runs off just 21 balls made one of world's most prolific batsmen, Kohli, bow to Sarfaraz Khan as he walked out of the park hitting 6 fours and a six in his rollicking knock for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sarfaraz walked out unbeaten with a strike rate of 214.29 although the match ended in an washout much to the disappointment of RCB fans.
Shane Watson answers Rajasthan's SOS call
If Shane Watson is on song, no bowling attack seems penetrative enough. Such a performance was witnessed at the Brabourne Stadium in a virtual quarter-final between Rajasthan and Kolkata Knight Riders. Watson rose to the occasion in style with a blistering unbeaten 104 off just 59 balls. The Australian smashed nine boundaries and five sixes in his unbeaten stay. In the end RR held their nerves and won the match by just 9 runs.
Chris Gayle found his destructive spark against KXIP in Match 40 as he smashed a 46-ball hundred. KXIP payed the price for dropping him twice an 27 and 53. The Gayle carnage led Bangalore to a commanding total of 226. The century was Gayle's 16th in all T20 cricket, making him the record holder for most T20 centuries and by a long shot too, as number two, which is Brendon McCullum, has just 6 to his name.
The mid-match Kohli-Anushka date
The RCB skipper went a step too far as he met girlfriend and Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma during the rain break in the match against Delhi Daredevils in Bangalore. Pictures of the couple went viral on social media, leading to some criticism as well since the match was still not technically over.
Though the match got washed out, Kohli received an unofficial word of caution from the BCCI.
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