The second tie of IPL 2020 was of full intensity and drama before Delhi Capitals secured two points via Super Over. Speaking at the end of the game, Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer, who almost had his heart out of his mouth hailed Kagiso Rabada for an outstanding over at the death.
Speaking of the Super Over, Kagiso Rabada first got KL Rahul with a pace short ball that the KXIP skipper top-edged only as far as Axar Patel at midwicket. He then sent Nicolas Pooran’s off-stump for a walk as the West Indian attempted a wild swing and got nowhere close to connecting bat with ball.
Super Over drama in Dubai
There was no more drama in store as DC walked to their target of three to sneak through in what turned out to be quite the thriller.
Previously, batting first, Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis turned the game with his blistering cameo. Delhi Capitals were struggling after Mohammed Shami wrecked havoc with the new ball. He posed all sorts of trouble to keep a star-studded Delhi line-up under check.
But who knew, Stoinis was gearing up for something maverick. From 100 for 6 in 17 overs, DC have finished with 157 for 8 in 20 overs. Incredible hitting from Stoinis. He smashed Chris Jordan’s death-over reputation to absolute smithereens with this hitout in the balls he faced from the England quick. It proved to be enough for Delhi Capitals as they secured their all-important two points to start the game.
For Kings XI Punjab, Mayank Agarwal played a stupendous knock to take his side close to victory. But with only 1 to get from 2, he went for a big hit – or a glory shot, you’d say if you’re a harsh critic. It was bad because he found Hetmyer in the deep, leaving Jordan to get 1 off the last ball.
Shreyas Iyer hails Kagiso Rabada after Super Over win
Marcus Stoinis created a bit of drama by not bowling the ball after completing his run-up. When he eventually delivered, Jordan ended up flicking the ball straight to Rabada at short square leg.
It was difficult to see the game turning in different directions. We are used to this. Even last season we faced these. KG is the winning performer, and the way Stoinis batted was game-changing. Our top-order batsmen are difficult to stop like Prithvi.
It wasn’t easy from the outset to start hitting immediately, and Rishabh and I batted well in the middle to anchor the innings. Catching has been difficult because of the lights right in our eyes, but that’s not an excuse because we have had practice, so we need to strengthen that area.