18 October 2020 will be etched as one of the historic days in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Sunday was in fact ‘super’ Sunday in Dream11 IPL 2020 as both the matches played were tied and super over required to separate the teams.
What made things even more interesting was match 36 of IPL 2020 in which the super was tied as well. As a result of which, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Mumbai Indians (MI) required two super overs for a winner to be decided.
Consequently, KXIP emerged victorious in the second super over after they chased down 12 runs target set by Mumbai Indians. Earlier in the day, KKR defeated SRH in another nail-biting super over after the match was tied.
Quinton de Kock scores fourth fifty in five games
Rohit Sharma won the toss and MI opted to bat first. MI’s wicketkeeper and opening batsman Quinton de Kock continued his brilliant form in IPL 2020 after the South African scored his fourth half-century in five games. However, Rohit could not make the most batting first and departed for 9 runs in 8 balls.
MI lost the wicket of Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan within the powerplay and the team struggled to get going with 38/3 on board. Later on, de Kock and Krunal Pandya established a 58 run partnership for the fourth wicket which was broken by Ravi Bishnoi. Hardik Pandya and de Kock got out one after another in the 16th and 17th over respectively.
Kieron Pollard and Nathan Coulter Nile smashed 54 runs in the final three overs. Pollard being the better of the two scored 34 runs in 12 balls with four sixes and one boundary. Coulter Nile made 24 from 12 balls. MI finished with 176/6 at the end of 20 overs. Arshdeep Singh and Mohammad Shami took two wickets each for KXIP, while Chris Jordan and Ravi Bishnoi getting one wicket apiece.
Consistent KL Rahul assists KXIP with fifth IPL fifty
The leading run-scorer of the tournament KL Rahul added another 73 runs to his tally against MI. Mayank Agarwal could only make 11 runs off 10 balls as he was cleaned bowled by Jasprit Bumrah. Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran made 24 runs each during KXIP’s run-chase.
KXIP at one stage were edging closer to victory with KL Rahul at the crease. Jasprit Bumrah brought MI back into the game after he clean bowled KXIP skipper KL Rahul in the 18th over. After which, Deepak Hooda and Chris Jordan tried their best to win the match and were just a few inches short of doing so.
With 9 runs required in the last over, Trent Boult who had pretty bad figures in the game for 3-0-40-0 turned up for the job. Boult conceded only one boundary in the over which came as a result of an edge running down for a four. Two runs were required on the last ball of the game. KXIP batsmen tried to run two after hitting the ball towards long–on but failed to complete the second run and the match was tied.
Super Over tied
Jasprit Bumrah was the goto man for Rohit Sharma to bowl the super over. Bumrah didn’t disappoint and bowled a perfect super over for the Mumbai Indians giving away just 5 runs. He gave a single on the first ball and dismissed Pooran on the next ball thanks to Anukul Roy’s catch. On the next three balls, Bumrah bowled a dot, a single, and a double to take the KXIP score to 5/1. KL Rahul faced the final ball and was out LBW as a result KXIP ended up with 5/2 in the super over.
Mohammad Shami was the bowler for KXIP defending 5 runs in the super over against Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock of MI. Shami gave 3 singles on the first three balls and bowled a dot ball on the next one. Another single on the next ball meant two required on the final ball. However, the match was tied in the super over once again with de Kock getting run-out failing to complete the second run.
Gayle and Agarwal win Super Over 2.0
Match No. 36 of Dream11 IPL 2020 is a historic one with the Super Over being tied for the first time. A second Super over in the same match was needed to separate the winners. However, the rule stated that all players part of the first super over cannot participate in the second super over.
Chris Jordan was given the ball for the second super over by KXIP. For MI Keiron Pollard and Hardik Pandya faced the over. Jordan started well with three runs in the first two balls. Subsequently, Pollard smashed a boundary on the third ball followed by a wide on the next. Hardik Pandya was run-out trying to sneak two runs on the fourth ball. Jordan’s final ball restricted Pollard to scoring only 2 runs with Mayank Agarwal pulling off a brilliant fielding display and saved a potential six. As a result of the effort, MI finished for 11/1 in the end.
For KXIP universe boss Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal came to bat in the second super over. Trent Boult was handed the important responsibility of defending the target. However, Gayle turned the match in KXIP’s way after dispatching the very first ball- a low full toss straight into the stands. He rotated the strike on the second ball to Agarwal. Mayank placed the next two balls in the gap for boundaries and KXIP won the game after a remarkable turn of events.
KXIP’s hopes of qualifying in the playoff alive
This is the second tied game for KXIP in the tournament who were defeated by Delhi Capitals in their previous tied match. This time however KXIP came out on the winning side and keep their hopes for qualifying in the playoffs alive. However, KXIP will have to win all of their remaining games of the tournament and might require some luck towards their side. KXIP move to the 6th spot in the points table with 3 wins in 9 matches.
Mumbai Indians on the other hand still remain in a comfortable second spot in the IPL 2020 points table with six wins and three losses.