The second encounter of the IPL 2020 had pretty much everything in it, early collapse, late comebacks, a controversial short run, and if all these were not enough, it even had a super over, as both Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab couldn’t be separated at the end of the 40 overs, each placed at 157/8 at the end of their respective 20 overs.
Put into bat first after losing the toss, the Delhi Capitals got off to a disastrous start losing their star opener Shikhar Dhawan runout in the second over itself without troubling the scorers. Mohammed Shami just wrecked havoc with his brilliant bowling, as he dismissed Delhi opener Prithvi Shaw(5 of 9) and Shimron Hetmyer(7 of 13) in the fourth over of the game, reducing the Delhi capitals at 13/3 at the end of four overs. Skipper Shreyas Iyer(39 of 32) and Rishabh Pant(31 of 29) steadied the ship for the Capitals with a fighting 73-run-partnership for the fourth wicket.
Just as they seemed to have settled in, IPL debutant Ravi Bishnoi dismantled Rishabh Pant’s stumps picking up his first IPL wicket in last ball of the 14th over. Mohammed Shami dismissed Shreyas Iyer in very first ball of the next over with a brilliant slower delivery picking up his third and eventually finishing off with his best IPL figures, picking up three wickets for just 15 runs in four overs.
The Delhi innings was struggling big time with 96/6 at the end of 16 overs, but it was an one man show from there on, as Delhi Capitals’ new signing Marcus Stoinis, fresh from his UK tour, smashed the Punjab bowlers to all parts of the ground scoring a lightning 53 of just 21 deliveries. With the heroics of Marcus Stoinis, the Capitals made an incredible late comeback, scoring 61 runs in the last four overs for the loss of just two wickets, eventually finishing off with a fighting first innings total of 157/8 at the end of 20 over, in an innings which seemed to struggle to cross the 120-run mark at one point.
Coming out to chase a modest total, the Kings XI Punjab got a decent, steady start with skipper Rahul(21 of 19) and Mayank Agarwal(89 of 60) adding 30 odd runs in four overs, before Mohit Sharma sent Rahul’s leg stump for a toss in the fifth over, thus inviting the Kings XI collapse.
Starting with Rahul’s dismissal, the Kings’ lost four wickets for just five runs in a span of 12 deliveries, with Ravichandran Ashwin picking up two wickets in his very first over, giving away just two runs before he went off the ground with a shoulder injury.
The Kings XI almost seemed out of the game at the end of 10 overs with 55/5, but it was a valiant lone effort from Mayank Agarwal, who held his ground, and brought Punjab right back in the game with a brilliant 89 of 60 deliveries, well supported by Krishnappa Gowtham(20 of 14) and Chris Jordan(5 of 6). Chris Jordan’s support was impeccable, the way he ran between the wickets to give the strike back to the well set Mayank in the deciding stages of the game.
Needing just one run in three balls for a Punjab victory, with the well set Mayank Agarwal on strike, it was once again Delhi’s first innings hero, Marcus Stoinis who produced a magic, as he beat Agarwal on the fourth ball bringing the equation down to two from two, and then dismissed Mayank Agarwal and Chris Jordan in the last two balls, to propel the match to a super over, with both the teams ending at 157/8 at the end of 40 overs.
Bowling the super over for the Capitals’ was their death and super over specialist, Kagiso Rabada, who cleaned up the Kings’ line up in just three balls, after cramping Rahul with a bouncer and sending Pooran’s stumps for a toss, with the Kings having managed to score just two runs.
Defending three runs in the super over was quite a task for the Kings XI star bowler Mohammed Shami, and Rishabh Pant flicked one of the pads to get the winning runs in the first ball itself, thus beating Kings XI Punjab in a thrilling contest.
Delhi Capitals – 157/8 (20/20 overs)
Marcus Stoinis 53(21)
Shreyas Iyer 39(32)
Mohammed Shami 3/15(4)
Sheldon Cottrell 2/24(4)
Kings XI Punjab – 157/8 (20/20 overs)
Mayank Agarwal 89(60)
KL Rahul 21(19)
Ravichandran Ashwin 2/2(1)
Kagiso Rabada 2/28(4)
MATCH TIED (DELHI CAPITALS WON THE ONE-OVER ELIMINATOR)
Player of the Match – Marcus Stoinis
Dream11 Game Changer of the Match – Marcus Stoinis
Tata Altroz Super Striker of the Match – Marcus Stoinis
Unacademy Let’s crack it Sixes – Mayank Agarwal
Cred Power Player – Ravichandran Ashwin
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Venue – Dubai International Stadium
Toss – 7pm IST
Match Time – 7:30pm IST
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