Two Super Overs For The First Time In The History Of Cricket As Kxip Clinch Thriller
Two super overs took place tonight. It was the first instance in the history of the game where two super overs have happened. Punjab ultimately won the game which shifted and tilted a lot many times in the course of 44 overs.
PERFORMERS OF THE DAY
KINGS XI PUNJAB Bat: KL Rahul 77(51) Deepak Hooda 23*(16) Bowl: Mohammed Shami 4-0-30-2 Arshdeep Singh 3-0-35-2
MUMBAI INDIANS Bat: De Kock 53(43) Kieron Pollard 34*(12) Bowl: Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-24-3 Rahul Chahar 4-0-33-2
AS IT HAPPENED
Rare Top-Order Collapse By Mumbai
Mumbai Indians won the toss and chose to bat first. It was a rare collapse of the top order by MI. They lost 3 huge wickets in the powerplay. Rohit departed first as he chopped one by Arshdeep onto his stumps. Suryakumar couldn’t disturb the scoreboard and got out on a duck, courtesy Shami. Arshdeep took his second wicket as Kishan too failed to make an impact. MI were 43-3 after 6 overs with De Kock still at the crease.
De Kock and Krunal Saves MI
De Kock and Krunal avoided further damage and saved MI from an even bigger collapse. They made 58 runs partnership, before Krunal got out. De Kock scored yet another half-century, his third consecutive.
Pollard and Coulter-Nile’s Destructive Batting
MI scored 54 runs in the last 3 overs on the back of some destructive batting by Pollard and Coulter-Nile. Coulter-Nile showed that he can hit the long ball and Pollard did what Pollard does. MI finished with 176-6. Punjab probably gave away 20 more than what they should have, given their start.
KL Rahul – Captain Leading From The Front
KL Rahul is on road to doing for Punjab what Kohli did for RCB in 2016. He steered the innings beautifully and was there almost till the end. He’s delivering every match and is leading from the front. He scored 77 tonight before Bumrah hit the bulls eye.
Gayle and Pooran scored 24 each, although they should have capitalised on their starts. Punjab were 87-2 after 10 overs.
Hooda Plays Surprise Knock
Deepak Hooda took some responsibility off the shoulder of Rahul and got the game close. After Rahul’s dismissal, Hooda ensured that Punjab doesn’t go downhill from a good position.
SECOND SUPER OVER GAME IN THE SAME DAY
9 runs were needed off the last over and Punjab managed to get 8 of those and the game went into another super over, the second of the day! Earlier, the match between SRH and KKR saw a super over finish too.
FIRST SUPER OVER
Punjab batted first and managed just 5 runs. It was Rahul, Pooran and Hooda for Punjab. Bumrah bowled fast and full.
Bumrah’s over – 1, W, 1, 1, 2, W
Rohit and De Kock came in for MI and made exactly what Punjab did i.e. 5 runs. Shami’s over – 1, 1, 1, 0, 1, 1W
SECOND SUPER OVER
Mumbai batted first in the second super over. The batsmen who got out in the first super over couldn’t bat again. Also, the same bowler couldn’t bowl in the second super over.
Pollard and Hardik were at the crease and they posted a decent tota of 11 runs, credit to some good bowling by Chris Jordan and a fantastic save by Mayank at the boundary.
Jordan’s over – 1, wd, 1, 4, wd, 1W, 0, 2
Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal came out to chase a target of 12 runs. Boult had the ball in hand. Gayle hit the first ball for a six and Mayank sealed the game with a boundary.
Boult’s over – 6, 1, 4, 4
KXIP are still in the hunt as all wins from here can still see them in the Playoffs .
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