No score is safe in a Twenty20 game. Five games have been lost by sides despite scoring 170 or more runs in the ongoing fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The first team to have overcome such a stiff target was Chennai Super Kings. Chasing a target of 206 set by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chennai lost their way in the middle overs but a quick-fire 28 from seven balls by South African Albie Morkel got them over the line.
Bottom-placed Deccan Chargers have found themselves on the losing side on three occasions. The latest being Deccan losing to Delhi Daredevils after posting 187 for four. A breathtaking century from Australian David Warner (109 of 54 balls) denied Chargers a win on Thursday.
In their match against Rajasthan Royals, their target of 197 was not good enough as Rajasthan, with the help of Brad Hodge, 48 off 21 balls, chased down the score with two balls to spare.
Royal Challengers Bangalore may have lost to Chennai Super Kings despite scoring 206, but they got their own back against Pune Warriors. Chris Gayle massacred Pune Warriors hopes of winning by scoring a 48-ball 81 with eight sixes and four fours. Gayle sent Rahul Sharma running for cover as he smashed five massive sixes in his over to change the course of the game. AB de Villers (33 of 14) nudged up runs at the end but Saurabh Tiwary (36 of 23)hit a boundary of the last ball, giving Bangalore (186 for four) a much needed win. Pune scored 182 for six in 20 overs.
Bangalore again found themselves in the driving seat when they defeated Deccan by five wickets. De Villers, with a brilliant 17-ball 47, sealed the match in 19th over. Deccan had scored 181 for two.
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