In IPL, there have been instances where the batting top order has collapsed without contributing much and the lower order batsmen stood up for the team in such a dire situation. Batsmen at number eight or nine have played such a blinder which rescued their teams from a very difficult situation. Let’s have a look at the top three performances by a batsman at number eight or lower:
- Pat Cummins (66* vs CSK)
Pat Cummins is the newest addition in the list after his epic knock of 66 off 34 against Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Kolkata Knight Riders needed 221 in their allotted 20 overs. Cummins walked into bat at number eight in the 12th over with the run rate over 10 runs per over. Cummins took apart the CSK bowling line up and went on to smash 30 runs in Sam Curran’s over. The all rounder’s effort went into vain as he ran out of partners at the other end and KKR fell short of 18 runs in a run-fest against CSK.
- Harbhajan Singh (64 vs KXIP)
Mumbai Indians was chasing 178 at the Wankhede Stadium against Kings XI Punjab. Harbhajan Singh walked into bat in the 14th over when the score was 6/59. The veteran cricketer took no time to settle down and started smashing the KXIP bowlers in all parts of the ground. Punjab seemed clueless against Harbhajan Singh’s wrath, he went on to score 64 off 24 balls with six sixes. In the end, Singh’s effort at the back end of the innings wasn’t good enough to take his team home.
- Chris Morris (52 vs MI)
Delhi Daredevils had to chase 143 against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. DD lost six wickets in the first seven overs. Chris Morris walked in to bat when the team’s score was 6/24. He took his time to settle in and built his innings by playing proper cricketing shots. He stayed unbeaten and scored 52 off 41 deliveries, even though he couldn’t take his team over the finishing line but rescued Delhi from a humiliating situation.