KXIP edge past Mumbai Indians in Super Over drama

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 19, 2020

Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal got Kings XI Punjab across the finish line against the defending champions Mumbai Indians in a historic IPL 2020 match that was decided in the second Super Over at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. He leapt, got hold of the ball and kept his cool to push it back in the field of play before landing behind the boundary rope to save four runs, helping KXIP to limit MI to 11/1. Chris Gayle (24) and Nicholas Pooran (24) made useful contributions. It was equally unsurprising that he found his mark with every ball, Pooran caught at backward point second ball and Rahul trapped lbw from the last. The game seemed to be slipping away from Mumbai and Rohit handed the ball to Bumrah who bowled a ideal in-swinging yorker at the base of off stump to provide the all-important wicket. Mumbai made 11 for the loss of one wicket.

After the scores were tied at 176 in the 20 overs/side contest, the game headed into the first Super Over.

De Kock then picked up a four and a six off M Ashwin and then ran a single to complete his fourth fifty of this IPL. Instead the throw came in, low and hard for the wicketkeeper to deal with but Rahul dived and flicked the ball onto the stumps to run out the diving De Kock by half a foot.

The laws dictate that a second Super Over requires a change of bowler and batsmen so Jordan took the ball for Kings XI with Pollard, perhaps surprisingly overlooked for the first one-over shootout, and Hardik Pandya in for Mumbai. Chris Jordan bowled the second Super Over for KXIP.

This was after Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Nicholas Pooran and KL Rahul in the first Super Over to leave MI with a six-run target. "It is wonderful to be part of this game, which will go down in history".

Earlier, after electing to bat, MI scored 176/6 on the back of de Kock's 53.

While the two put up a 58-run stand, they got out in the space of 20 runs.

Needing 177 runs to win, Mayank survived a few close calls before Rahul cut loose in the third over, hitting three fours and a six off Trent Boult.

Earlier, Rahul smashed a scintillating 51-ball 77 to take KXIP on the brink of a successful chase but team-mates Deepak Hooda and Jordan could only level the scores at 176 for six in the stipulated 20 overs.

Pollard then clobbered Arshdeep for successive sixes and Coulter-Nile hit two fours as MI amassed 22 runs in the 18th over. He then picked up a four off Glenn Maxwell in the next over. Although Rahul brought up yet another half-century of the season, Bumrah, in the 18th over, dished out a ideal yorker to get Rahul out for 77.

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