Best Innings of Ishan Kishan in IPL
Bringing his wonderfully attacking style of batting and dextrous wicket-keeping to the table, Ishan Kishan has been a great asset in T20 cricket for both Gujarat Lions and Mumbai Indians. The stylish left-hander, who has captained India in a U-19 World Cup in the past, has caught the eye in his short IPL career and has even been touted as an India prospect.
Top 5 Best Innings of Ishan Kishan in IPL
The top 5 Best Batting Performance of Ishan Kishan in IPL cricket, which are listed below, will show exactly why that is the case.
5. 48 (35) vs Mumbai Indians (2017)
Kicking off this list of the top 5 innings of Ishan Kishan in IPL cricket is his knock of 48 off just 35 balls against his current side Mumbai Indians in 2017. Playing for Gujarat Lions, Kishan opened the batting alongside Brendon McCullum and stroked 6 fours and 2 sixes in his impressive knock, top-scoring for his side. After Gujarat had posted a total of 153/9 in their 20 overs, the match ended up as a tie after Mumbai were dismissed for the same score in 20 overs. However, unfortunately for Kishan and his Gujarat side, the men in blue went on to take the win in the super over.
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4. 39 (16) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (2017)
While this seems to be too low a score to be included among the top 5 Best Innings of Ishan Kishan in IPL, his 39 off 16 balls was an important knock for Gujarat Lions against Royal Challengers Bangalore that once again proved his ability to play on the biggest stage. Batting first, RCB posted a huge score of 213/2 in 20 overs, thanks to the efforts of Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli, both of whom scored half-centuries. In reply, Brendon McCullum scored 72 off 44 balls for Gujarat but only Kishan, who hit 2 fours and 4 sixes in his innings, offered him any support as his side could only manage 192/7 in their innings, losing by 21 runs.
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3. 58 (42) vs Rajasthan Royals (2018)
The next knock on this list of the top 5 innings of Ishan Kishan comes from the 2018 edition of the tournament, by which time he had switched to Mumbai Indians. Kishan came in at number three and had a great partnership with Suryakumar Yadav, who scored 72. For his part, Kishan scored a stylish 58 off 42 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes, helping Mumbai reach 167/7 in their 20 overs. Unfortunately, this would not prove to be enough, as Sanju Samson’s 52, Ben Stoke’s 40, and a late flurry of 33 off just 11 balls from Krishnappa Gowtham took the Royals to an unlikely 3-wicket win in the last over.
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2. 61 (40) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (2017)
Going back to 2017 and the Gujarat Lions for the next entry on this list of the top 5 Best Batting Performance of Ishan Kishan in IPL, we have their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Kishan opened the innings with Dwayne Smith, with both men scoring half-centuries. Kishan hit 5 fours and 2 sixes in his knock of 61 off 40 balls, which proved to be the top score, while Smith contributed 54 off 33 balls. However, despite the century opening stand, Gujarat collapsed dramatically and were bundled out for just 154 in 19.2 overs. Riding high off a great bowling effort, SRH went on to claim the win with 1.5 overs to go, David Warner scoring an unbeaten 69 in their 8-wicket win.
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1. 62 (21) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (2018)
One of the most memorable innings of Ishan Kishan’s IPL career came in 2018 against Kolkata Knight Riders while he was playing for the Mumbai Indians. Batting first, Mumbai were 62/2 in 9 overs when Kishan strode to the crease. He started hitting big from ball one, ending up on 62 off just 21 balls with 5 fours and 6 sixes as Mumbai cruised to 210/6. KKR had had the stuffing knocked out of them by the onslaught and were bowled out for a measly 108 in 18.1 overs, handing Mumbai the 102-run win and giving Kishan the man of the match award.
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