Fans in India over the years have got used to the 'Gayle storm' but in the tenth edition of the IPL, they got introduced to 'Lynnsanity'. After putting up some dominating performances in the Big Bash, Lynn turned up for Kolkata Knight Riders and lit up the IPL in his side's first game of the tournament. Opening the innings, he made light work of the 184-run target set by Gujarat Lions.
The bowlers simply couldn't find a place to hide as the Australian smashed them all over the park and ended up with an unbeaten 93 off just 41 deliveries as Knight Rider won with more than five overs to spare with all their wickets intact. Chris Lynn (93 NOT OUT off 41 balls) vs Gujarat Lions.
Not renowned for delivering on tough batting conditions, Kieron Pollard silenced a few with perhaps one of his best T20 knocks ever. Mumbai Indians were reeling at 7 for 4 while chasing 143 with Samuel Badree breathing fire following a hat-trick.
Pollard though started out calmly and slowly started taking calculated risks to bail his side out of trouble. His 47-ball 70 was instrumental in Mumbai Indians scripting one of the best turnarounds. Kieron Pollard (70 off 47 balls) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The former India captain endured a torrid time this season until he redeemed himself with a blistering knock that resulted in a much-needed win for Rising Pune Supergiant. Chasing 177 against Sunrisers, Dhoni and Ben Stokes had a huge task ahead of them going into the final four overs, needing 56 runs.
With Stokes departing immediately, the task only got tougher but Dhoni smashed Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the best bowler in the tournament, in the penultimate over and hit a four off the final ball of the chase to cap off a memorable win. MS Dhoni (61 NOT OUT off 34 balls) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The English allrounder found it tough to live up the expectations initially in his maiden appearance in the IPL but he went on to impose himself with some brilliant performances with both bat and ball to end up as the tournament's most valuable player. One such knock that stamped his credentials was the knock against Gujarat Lions.
With the top four departing for single digit scores, Supergiant were staring at a defeat in their chase of 162. Stokes though, counterattacked to hit one of the best centuries ever witnessed in the tournament's history to pull his side past the finishing line. It also happened to be his maiden hundred in the format. Ben Stokes (103 NOT OUT off 63 balls) vs Gujarat Lions.
Initially wasted in the middle order, Delhi Daredevils finally promoted Rishabh Pant to No.3 after being pushed into a corner following a string of defeats. The move worked as the youngster batted with more freedom and capitalised on the fielding restrictions. Against Lions, at his home ground,
Pant went on a six-hitting spree alongside Sanju Samson and raced to 97 with his side chasing a 200-plus total. After having hit nine sixes, Pant fell agonisingly three short of his century but if that knock was a sign of things to come, then the fans are in for a ride in the coming years. Rishabh Pant (97 off 43 balls) vs Gujarat Lions.
Not many would have envisaged seeing Sunil Narine's name on this list when the tournament started. With Lynn getting injured very early in the tournament, Knight Riders decided to fill his void at the top of the order with Narine to everyone's surprise. The move did wonders for their side as the West Indian was seen having a blast having been given the license.
And in once such encounter against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru, he was paired up top with the returning Lynn and the duo responded by scoring 105 in the powerplay. Narine, during the course of his knock, went on to register the joint fastest fifty ever in the IPL. Sunil Narine (54 off 17 balls) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore.
It wasn't the usual flashy knock that one would associate with this format. But ask Mumbai Indians how vital it proved to be on a night when their batting line up crumbled. Opting to bat first on a slow surface in the final against Supergiant,
Mumbai were in danger of getting bowled out for a total below 100 after they lost seven wickets with just 79 on the board. Krunal then rallied with the tail, hit some timely boundaries, played some scratchy shots to huff and puff his way to a 38-ball 47 that took the total past 120. Eventually, they were able to clinch the title by the narrowest of margins. Krunal Pandya (47 off 38 balls) vs Rising Pune Supergiant