IPL 2020: Match between KXIP and DC turns highly exciting with Super Over!
Galatta | Sep 21, 2020, 01:40 pm
One of the most anticipated sporting events of every year - the Indian Premier League, was not sure of happening this year, with the onset of the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus Pandemic. However, after a lot of back-and-forth, the tournament is finally underway in the UAE, from September 19th! The second day of IPL 2020 saw the Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals team clashing. Touted to be an evenly matched clash, it billed to be that and lots more! Delhi Capitals took first strike and after a very slow start and a number of wickets, their captain Shreyas Iyer and Rishab Pant provided some steadiness with a decent partnership. Despite Mohammad Shami recording his best ever T20 stats with a 4-wicket haul, DC's Marcus Stoinis played a blinder and scored a 21-ball 53, which took DC to 157/8!
However, responding to DC's score, KXIP started steadily but kept losing wickets at regular intervals. By the half-way mark, it all seemed bleak for KXIP, when they limped to 55/5 with Mayank Agarwal watching on as his partners came and went one by one. K Gowtham provided some steady company as Agarwal and him built a partnership. Agarwal began growing in confidence and by the time he started playing fluent strokes, KXIP were well and truly in the driver's seat! With just 25 needed off the final 2 overs, Mayank hit Rabada's 19th over for 12 runs, leaving 13 to be got from the final over from Stoinis. Agarwal started in style with a six, followed by 2 and another boundary, leaving just 1 run to be gotten off the final 3 deliveries. However, here came the twist in the tale!
Stoinis bowled a dot ball, before prising out Mayank Agarwal and followed it up by getting Chris Jordan out off the final ball, to leave the scores tied. Super Overs bring added excitement to the already sizzling IPL and we had one in the very second match of the tournament itself! The Super Over specialist Kagiso Rabada took the ball for DC and after giving 2 runs of the first ball, got KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran off consecutive deliveries leaving the DC just 3 runs to win the Super Over and the game! Out walked Shreyas Iyer and Rishab Pant, to finish it off with ease! One of the highlights of the day was Ravichandran Ashwin getting a wicket of his first ball for DC and getting another wicket in the same over but unfortunately getting injured while trying to save runs off the final ball. One major point of contention was KXIP being penalised a run by Umpire Nitin Menon, who had called Chris Jordan as running 1-run short. However, replays showed that Jordan had not erred and this might very well have cost the Punjab team, the match. KXIP has appealed to the match referee stating that this could potentially cost them a playoffs berth.