Like the batters, those tireless men with the ball in their hands also come up with incredible performances, just like Kieron Pollard, whose 1-0-6-1 last over helped Mumbai Indians stun defending champs Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday. Here are six memorable overs in IPL history...
Kieron Pollard (MI) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (Mumbai, May 2015)
Kieron Pollard's last over for Mumbai Indians against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday at Wankhede Stadium was decisive. With Yusuf Pathan still at the crease, it was a gamble to depend on the gentle pace of Pollard to defend 12 off the final over. The big man however, did not let his captain Rohit Sharma down as he snared Pathan off the first ball itself and did not allow Piyush Chawla to make any contact with the bat in the last three balls. Mumbai won the game by five runs.
Pollard's final analysis: 1-0-6-1
Shane Watson (RR) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (A'bad, May 2014)
In one of the most bizarre IPL games ever played, Rajasthan Royals took on Kolkata Knight Riders at Motera, near Ahmedabad. Chasing 171 for victory, KKR were coasting at 121 for one with Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa going great guns. Skipper Shane Watson decided to bring himself on in the 15th over and engineered a stunning collapse to snare wickets of Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir and the dangerous Andre Russell in the space of five balls. The over saw only one run being conceded and the final rites were performed by Pravin Tambe in the next over.
Watson's final analysis: 4-0-21-3
Pravin Tambe (RR) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (Ahmedabad, May 2014)
Despite Shane Watson picking up three wickets in the previous over, KKR were still in a good position to chase down the target. Rajasthan Royals' leg-spinner Pravin Tambe though had other ideas. He took a hat-trick to have KKR lose six wickets in a space of eight balls. Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschate were his victims. RR won by 10 runs. Tambe is still impressing IPL fans for rr despite being 42.
Tambe's final analysis: 4-0-26-3
Harbhajan Singh (MI) vs Chennai Super Kings (Mumbai, April 2011)
When you have two set batsmen at the crease and need 30 off 18 balls, you often fancy the batting side. But Harbhajan Singh (left) produced one of the most brilliant displays of death-over bowling by a spinner. Against csk, Bhajji bowled the 18th over and plucked three wickets (Albie Morkel, R Ashwin, Joginder Sharma) and conceded two runs.
Harbhajan's final analysis: 4-0-18-5
Sohail Tanvir (RR) vs Chennai Super Kings (Jaipur, May 2008)
Sohail Tanvir (above) was instrumental in Rajasthan Royals winning the inaugural IPL in 2008. In one of the best starts ever, he had Chennai Super Kings on the mat in Jaipur, picking up the openers (Parthiv Patel and Stephen Fleming) in the first over itself. He sent back Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan in his next over, to have them at 11 for 3. CSK never recovered and were shot out for 109 and Tanvir finished with 6 for 14, an IPL record that still stands.
Sohail's final analysis: 4-0-14-6
Amit Mishra (DD) vs Deccan Chargers (Delhi, May 2008)
Amit Mishra (left) has an uncanny knack of producing incredible overs. Playing for the Delhi Daredevils against Deccan Chargers, Mishra was thrown the ball to defend 15 off the last over and he did it. He conceded only two runs deceiving the batsmen in his guile and picked up a hat-trick (Ravi Teja, Pragyan Ojha, RP Singh) as well.
Mishra's final analysis: 4-0-17-5
Dwayne Bravo (CSK) - 20
Yuzvendra Chahal (RCB) - 19
Lasith Malinga (MI) - 19
Mitchell Starc (RCB) - 18
Ashish Nehra (CSK) - 18
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (SRH) - 18
Imran Tahir (DD) - 15
Nathan Coulter-Nile (DD) - 15
Anureet Singh (KXIP) - 15
Harshal Patel (RCB) - 14