IPL 2020 has started producing some incredible matches already. The match between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals has caused lot of anxiety and stress to both sets of fans. It had lot of twists and turns as Delhi eventually managed to win the tie in a super over.
But prior to the super over, lots of drama took place in the game. The Delhi Capitals team were on driver’s seat when they reduced Punjab to 55/5. However, an inspired innings from Mayank Agarwal meant Punjab were in touching distance from victory. Kings XI Punjab were needed to score a mammoth 53 runs from 24 balls.
Only Mayank Agarwal is the notable batsman left in the crease. Delhi were considered favorites at this stage of chase. Agarwal kept hitting boundaries whenever possible and kept majority of the strike in the final overs. The equation eventually came down to 13 runs in the final over.
Marcus Stoinis, who shone with the bat earlier, was given the duty to bowl the last over. The Australian all rounder gave away Six on his first ball. Agarwal simply lofted the ball over Stoinis’ head and put Punjab in front seat. Next ball, Mayank dug a good yorker and managed to squeeze 2 runs. The equation was reduced to 5 runs from 4 balls.
Mayank scored a boundary at extra cover region as he made room for the shot. Everyone thought the match is truly over with Punjab needing 1 run from 3 balls. The star performer of the match, Agarwal was facing the ball with just 1 run required.
But the game had other ideas. Stoinis bowled a short ball and brought pressure on Mayank with 2 balls. Soon after, he was left in agony as he miscued a full toss to Hetmyer at deep backward point. The in form player thought to clear the boundary and managed to pick out the only fielder outside the 30-yard circle.
Punjab needed 1 run from 1 ball at this stage. Mohammed Shami, who enjoyed a superb evening till then came to the crease. Stoinis bowled a full toss on to the leg stump and Shami flicked the ball straight to Kagiso Rabada at short square leg.
Delhi who thought to have lost the game came back and tied the match in the most emphatic fashion. After the momentum in the final over, Rabada picked out 2 wickets in super over as Delhi cruised to victory in their first game of IPL 2020.