The 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) witnessed one of the most entertaining games yesterday in the history of T20 cricket. After a tied match and similar result in the super over, the clash went down to the second super over. Ultimately, KL Rahul-led Kings XI Punjab registered a nail-biting victory over defending champions Mumbai Indians.
However, if the boundary count rule would have come into play in the MI vs KXIP clash, Mumbai Indians would have won the game. The four-time IPL champions had scored 24 boundaries (15 fours and nine sixes) during their innings after batting first. On the other hand, KXIP scored 22 boundaries (14 fours and eight sixes) while chasing 177. Interestingly, none of the teams scored a boundary in the first super over as even that would’ve been counted.
Confusion over super over rules during the match
One does not witness a double super over match quite often. So, there was a slight confusion in the minds of the players and fans. Let’s look at the ICC’s guidelines (for T20Is) when a Super Over is tied.
- If the Super Over is tied, then subsequent Super Overs shall be played until there is a winner.
- The team batting second in the previous Super Over shall bat first in the subsequent Super Over.
- The fielding side shall bowl it’s over in a subsequent Super Over from the opposite end from which it bowled in the previous Super Over.
- Any batsman dismissed in any previous Super Over shall be ineligible to bat in any subsequent Super Over.
- Any bowler who bowled in the previous Super Over shall be ineligible to bowl in the subsequent Super Over.
- In all other ways, the procedure for a subsequent Super Over shall be the same as for the initial Super Over.