Mayank Agarwal’s heroic knock (89) in the second game of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 played between Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Delhi Capitals (DC) went in vain as Punjab lost the match in the Super Over.
Chasing 158 at the Dubai International Stadium, KXIP started terribly. They lost four wickets for just 35 runs. Albeit, the opening pair of KL Rahul (21) and Mayank took the team to 30 without a loss.
As soon as Mohit Sharma dismissed Rahul, it opened the floodgates. KXIP lost wickets at regular intervals, but Mayank held his wicket at one end.
Mayank took the game to the final over before he was dismissed at the second last ball of Punjab’s innings when the score was already tied. In the Super Over bowled by Kagiso Rabada, KXIP could score only two runs and lost both their wickets – Rahul and Nicholas Pooran. DC, meanwhile, chased it down comfortably.
Earlier, Capitals all-rounder Marcus Stoinis ripped apart the bowling of Punjab as he smashed a 20-ball half-century to help his side reach a competitive total of 157.
From 100/6 after 17 overs at one stage in their opening game, the Capitals added 57 runs in the final three overs. The chief architect of the destruction was Stoinis. He took KXIP bowlers to the cleaners with his 21-ball 53, including seven fours and three gigantic sixes.
The explosive knock of Stonis assisted DC to collect 44 runs from the last two overs. He mainly targeted the final over bowled by Chris Jordan, who conceded 30 runs. Apart from Stoinis, DC skipper Shreyas Iyer (39) and wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant (31) also contributed to the team’s total.
Shami registers his best bowling figures
Before the magnificent show of Stoinis, DC started their innings on a dreadful note. At 13, the Capitals lost their top three batsmen in the form of Shikhar Dhawan (0), Prithvi Shaw (5) and Shimron Hetmyer (7).
For Punjab, their paceman, Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowlers. He registered his best bowling figures in IPL by finishing with 3 for 15 in four overs. Shami’s previous best was 3/21, which came against Mumbai Indians (MI) last year.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) September 20, 2020
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 20, 2020
This is incredible. Scores tied. I decided to watch IPL rather than Liverpool v Chelsea. I’m so glad I did. What a finish. Super Over about to start. https://t.co/2mzs5GCKqi
— Mike Gapes (@MikeGapes) September 20, 2020
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 20, 2020
Second match and super over already. Beauty of T20 cricket! 😊
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) September 20, 2020
What a brilliant game of cricket! Some amazing performances from both the teams followed by a gem of a "super over" by @KagisoRabada25! At the end of the day it's cricket who is the winner! Good night!#InsideOut #DCvsKXIP #IPL #IPL2020
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) September 20, 2020
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) September 20, 2020
— Charu Sharma (@Charuonsports) September 20, 2020
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) September 20, 2020
— Marizanne Kapp (@kappie777) September 20, 2020
Bowlers to bowl two Super Overs in IPL and win both:
Bumrah (v GL 2017, v SRH 2019)
Rabada (v KKR 2019, v KXIP 2020)
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) September 20, 2020
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) September 20, 2020
53 off 21 with the bat ✅
Concedes 0 from the last three balls to send the game to a Super Over ✅
— ICC (@ICC) September 20, 2020
Mayank Agarwal today:
First 44 balls : 48 runs (SR : 109.09)
Last 16 balls : 41 runs (SR : 256.25)#DCvsKXIP
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) September 20, 2020
.@KagisoRabada25 showed why he has been a champion bowler in T20’s! @IPL at its very best… Congratulations to both @DelhiCapitals and @lionsdenkxip for such a wonderful performance!#ProGyaan #DCvKXIP #IPL2020 #IPL
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) September 20, 2020
— PRACHI (@unnamedmedicine) September 20, 2020