The northern derby between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2020 was a thrilling contest. After 40 overs the scores were tied and a super over had to be played to determine the winner.
The star for Delhi Capitals was undoubtedly Marcus Stoinis. The Aussie all-rounder turned the match on its head as he played a scintillating inning of 53. He took the total of DC to 158 which was above par on the slowish track of Dubai.
In the chase, the KXIP inning started on the worst possible note as they lost their skipper KL Rahul early. Then Ashwin in his very first over sent Karun Nair and Nicholas Pooran packing. Maxwell too departed in the next over and it looked KXIP was out of the contest.
The Mayank Agarwal held the fort and played a knock for the ages. The right-handed batsman single-handedly took KXIP to touch distance courtesy off his incredible knock of 89. However, when his side needed 1 off 2 balls in the final over, the golden arm of Stoinis struck. Next ball Stoinis picked a wicket again and the first super over of IPL 2020 was played.
The South African supers star Kagiso Rabada showed his class in the crucial over. He just gave away runs and dismissed both Rahul and Pooran. After that, it was just a formality as DC chased down the target and secured 2 key points.
KL Rahul lauds Mayank Agarwal after a thrilling end
“It is bittersweet. If at the end of 10 overs, if you had said this match is going to a Super over, I would have taken it. It’s still our first game, so lots of learning. He (Mayank) was unbelievable and to get a game that close was magical. He’s been doing well in Tests and to get the game that close again brings a lot of confidence in the group. Like I said at the toss, we didn’t know what to expect”, Rahul said in the post-match presentation.
“The wicket remains the same for both teams, so can’t really complain. I will gladly take it as a captain whatever the result is. We stuck to what we planned but we did make a few mistakes. At 55 for five, we were calm and still positive”, the KXIP skipper said after the loss.