1. The First IPL Match: April 18, 2008
The first match of the IPL took place in Bangalore, where Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders faced each other. Brendon McCullum smashed 158 runs in just 73 balls to lead his team to a huge victory. It was a historic moment for IPL as it marked the beginning of a new era of cricket.
2. The Hat-trick by Yuvraj Singh: April 30, 2009
In a match between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Yuvraj Singh took a hat-trick by dismissing Robin Uthappa, Jacques Kallis, and Cameron White in three consecutive deliveries. It was the first-ever hat trick in IPL history and remains one of the most memorable moments.
3. The Last-ball Six by MS Dhoni: April 21, 2018
In a match between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab, MS Dhoni smashed a last-ball six to lead his team to victory. The match was tied, and CSK needed 1 run to win off the last ball. Dhoni hit a six to seal the win and spark wild celebrations among the CSK fans.
4. Chris Gayle’s Century: April 23, 2013
In a match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Pune Warriors, Chris Gayle smashed 175 runs in just 66 balls. His century is still the highest individual score in IPL history and remains one of the most memorable moments.
5. Rajasthan Royals’ Fairytale Victory: June 1, 2008
In the first season of IPL, Rajasthan Royals, the underdogs, surprised everyone by winning the tournament. They defeated Chennai Super Kings in a thrilling final to lift the trophy. It was a fairytale ending for the team, and the victory is still remembered by fans.
6. Kieron Pollard’s Stunning Catch: May 17, 2015
In a match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, Kieron Pollard took a stunning catch to dismiss Suresh Raina. He ran backward, jumped, and caught the ball with one hand to leave everyone stunned. The catch is still considered one of the best in IPL history.
7. Virat Kohli’s Century: May 18, 2016
In a match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions, Virat Kohli smashed 100 runs in just 63 balls. His century helped his team chase down a target of 180 and remains one of the most memorable moments in IPL history.
8. Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Maiden Victory: May 21, 2016
In the 2016 season of IPL, Sunrisers Hyderabad won their maiden title by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final. The team had a great run in the tournament and proved to be the best team in the league. The victory was celebrated by fans and players alike.
9. The Super Over Thriller: April 29, 2012
In a match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab, the scores were tied after 20 overs, and a super over was played to decide the winner. The super-over also ended in a tie, and Mumbai Indians won the match on the basis of a higher boundary count. It was a thrilling match that kept fans on the edge of their seats.
10. Andre Russell’s Blitz: April 12, 2019
In a match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad, Andre Russell smashed 49 runs in just 19 balls to help his team chase down a target of 182. His blitzkrieg is still remembered as one of the most destructive innings in IPL history.
11. Adam Gilchrist’s Unbeaten 85: May 16, 2009
In a match between Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians, Adam Gilchrist played a scintillating knock of unbeaten 85 runs off just 35 balls. His innings helped Deccan Chargers chase down a target of 155 in just 12.5 overs. It was one of the finest innings played in IPL history.
12. Mumbai Indians’ Fourth Title Win: May 12, 2019
In the 2019 season of IPL, Mumbai Indians won their fourth title by defeating Chennai Super Kings in the final. The match was a nail-biting thriller that went down to the last ball. Lasith Malinga took the crucial wicket of Shardul Thakur on the final ball of the match to give Mumbai Indians a one-run victory.
13. Shane Watson’s Century in the Final: May 27, 2018
In the 2018 season of IPL, Chennai Super Kings faced Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final. Shane Watson played a match-winning knock of 117 runs off just 57 balls to lead Chennai Super Kings to victory. His century in the final is still considered one of the best performances in IPL history.
14. The Comeback of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings: 2018
After serving a two-year ban, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings made a remarkable comeback in the 2018 season of IPL. Both teams had a great run in the tournament, with Chennai Super Kings eventually winning the title. The comeback of these two teams was a memorable moment for IPL fans.
15. AB de Villiers’ Superhuman Effort: April 23, 2018
In a match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils, AB de Villiers played a superhuman knock of 90 runs off just 39 balls. His innings helped Royal Challengers Bangalore chase down a target of 175 in just 18.5 overs. It was an incredible display of power-hitting and skill.
16. Mumbai Indians’ Last-ball Win: May 17, 2015
In a match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians needed 9 runs to win off the last over. They lost a wicket on the first ball of the over, but then Kieron Pollard hit two sixes and a four to seal a thrilling last-ball victory for Mumbai Indians.
17. Chris Gayle’s Blitzkrieg Against Pune Warriors: April 23, 2013
In a match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Pune Warriors, Chris Gayle played an incredible knock of 175 runs off just 66 balls. He hit 13 fours and 17 sixes in his innings and helped Royal Challengers Bangalore score 263 runs, the highest team total in IPL history.
18. Yusuf Pathan’s Heroics in the Final: April 25, 2008
In the first season of IPL, Rajasthan Royals faced Chennai Super Kings in the final. Yusuf Pathan played a match-winning knock of 56 runs off just 39 balls to help Rajasthan Royals win the title. His innings was instrumental in Rajasthan Royals’ fairytale victory.
19. David Warner’s Century in the Final: May 29, 2016
In the 2016 season of IPL, Sunrisers Hyderabad faced Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final. David Warner played a captain’s knock of 69 runs off just 38 balls to lead his team to victory. His century in the final is still remembered as one of the best performances in IPL history.
20. Mumbai Indians’ Incredible Comeback: May 24, 2014
In the 2014 season of IPL, Mumbai Indians faced Rajasthan Royals in an eliminator match. Mumbai Indians had a poor start with the bat, losing their top four batsmen for just 51 runs on the board. However, Kieron Pollard and Aditya Tare had other plans.
Pollard started smashing the bowlers all around the park and Tare provided good support. They put on a 126-run partnership for the fifth wicket and helped Mumbai Indians post a competitive total of 189 runs.
In reply, Rajasthan Royals had a good start and were cruising towards victory, with Shane Watson playing a blistering knock. However, Mumbai Indians made a stunning comeback with some brilliant bowling and fielding.
They took wickets at regular intervals and managed to restrict Rajasthan Royals to 165/6, winning the match by 25 runs. It was an incredible comeback by Mumbai Indians and it helped them go on to win the title that year.