Kings XI Punjab pulled off an absolute nail-biter in a historic game against the Mumbai Indians, as they registered their third win of the season beating the Mumbai Indians in a double Super Over, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
For the first time in the history of the Indian Premier League, two consecutive matches that too in the same day ended up in a Super Over, with the second match ending up in a double Super Over, as both Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab ended up playing their second Super Over of the season, after both the teams managed exactly the same score of 176/6 at the end of their respective 20 overs.
And to add to the drama even after a round of Super Overs, both the teams once again could not be separated as both teams ended up scoring just 5 runs, eventually leading to a double Super Over, which is again the first time in the history of the IPL.
Electing to bat first after winning the toss, the Mumbai Indians got off to a disastrous start as they lost three wickets inside the powerplay with just 38 runs on the board.
Krunal Pandya and Quinton de Kock pulled back things for Mumbai Indians as they added 58 runs for the fourth wicket. Just as Krunal was looking to press the pedal, Ravi Bishnoi in the middle of a brilliant spell of bowling dismissed him for 34 off 30 deliveries.
Quinton de Kock held one end as he kept losing partners at the other end, and was finally dismissed by Chris Jordan in the 17th over for 53.
It was a fantastic flourish for Mumbai Indians at the end with an unbeaten 57-run partnership off just 21 deliveries between Kieron Pollard(34* off 12) and Nathan Coulter-Nile(24* off 12) that propelled Mumbai Indians to a total of 176/6 at the end of 20 overs.
Coming out to chase a pretty high total, the Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul took his team off to a terrific start as he smashed the Mumbai bowlers all around the park in the powerplay, even though he lost his opening partner Mayank Agarwal early on in the innings.
Chris Gayle looked promising in his short stay for 24 but could not convert the start as he found Trent Boult in the long off trying to clear the ropes of Rahul Chahar’s bowling in the 9th over.
Nicholas Pooran was absolutely destructive as he smashed 24 off just 12 deliveries before he was dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah in the 12th over, and was soon followed by Glenn Maxwell as he was out for a duck off Rahul Chahar.
KL Rahul, as he kept losing partners at the other end kept the momentum for Punjab going as he brought up his fifth half-century of the season.
Rahul single handedly kept Punjab’s hope alive before he became the victim of a fiery-quick yorker off Jasprit Bumrah and departed for 77, leaving Punjab needing 24 off 15 deliveries, as Bumrah picked up his third wicket in the game.
Deepak Hooda(23) and Chris Jordan(13) managed to take Punjab to 176/6, exactly the same score as Mumbai Indians, eventually leading the game to a second consecutive Super Over in the day.
Skipper KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran came out for the Kings XI in the Super Over and unfortunately for the Kings, they lost Pooran in the second ball of the over itself for a duck. Jasprit Bumrah bowled an excellent Super Over as he gave away just five runs picking up two wickets.
Mohammed Shami was up against Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock, as he had a mountain task ahead of him to defend six runs of six deliveries and he did an incredible job to keep down Mumbai to four runs off the first five deliveries, leaving Mumbai needing 2 off 1 and dramatically Mumbai managed just 1 run after a brilliant run-out from the KXIP skipper, taking the game to a second Super Over.
For the second Super Over of the match, Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya were out in the middle up against Chris Jordan, who wasn’t quite as good as Shami in the earlier Super Over, but still he did well enough to restrict the Mumbai to just 11 runs, courtesy a fantastic effort by Mayank Agarwal saving a certain six and kept it down to just 2 runs in the last ball of the over.
It was Chris Gayle along with Mayank Agarwal for the Kings XI up against Trent Boult chasing 12 off 6, and Chris Gayle smashed the first ball of the over for a six over long on, as Boult missed his yorker that ended up in a full toss and then Mayank Agarwal finished off the game with two back-to-back boundaries.
Mumbai Indians(MI) – 176/6 (20/20 overs)
Quinton de Kock 53(43)
Kieron Pollard* 34(12)
Mohammed Shami 2/30(4)
Arshdeep Singh 2/35(4)
Kings XI Punjab(KXIP) – 176/6(20/20 overs)
KL Rahul 77(51)
Nicholas Pooran 24(12)
Jasprit Bumrah 3/23(4)
Rahul Chahar 2/33(4)
MATCH TIED(KINGS XI PUNJAB WON SECOND SUPER OVER)
Player of the Match – KL Rahul
Dream11 Game Changer of the Match – KL Rahul
Tata Altroz Super Striker of the Match – Kieron Pollard
Unacademy Let’s crack it Sixes – Kieron Pollard
Cred Power Player – KL Rahul
TODAY’S MATCH – Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals
Venue – Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium
Toss – 7pm IST
Match Time – 7:30pm IST
Match can be viewed on the Star Sports Network and the Disney + Hotstar VIP subscription
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