Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal crossed the finish line against Kings XI Punjab against defending champions Mumbai Indians in a landmark IPL 2020 match decided on Sunday in the second Super Over at the Dubai International Stadium. For the first time in the game’s history, the scores were tied at the end of the 20 overs and then the first Super Over. But Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle scored 15 points without a loss in the second Super Over to add two crucial points to their total and keep their hopes for the playoffs alive. With this win, KXIP has six points from nine games and is tied on points with three other teams, competing for the fourth play-off spot at the eight-team table.
Chris Gayle, who did not get to bat in the first Super Over, hit a six on the very first ball to put pressure on Trent Boult. He singled on the next ball to bring Mayank to bat, who broke back-to-back boundaries to seal the win, moving them to sixth place on the scoreboard.
Aside from his exploits with the bat, Mayank’s sensational fieldwork at the fence saved four runs and limited MI to just 11 runs. Kieron Pollard had hit the ball neatly and it looked like he was going to go all the way, but Mayank threw himself in the air and pulled the ball, saving crucial points for his team.
In the first Super Over, KXIP was able to hit only five points. Jasprit Bumrah released Nicholas Pooran on the second ball and then sent Rahul away with a toe-crushing yorker.
Mohammed Shami, who leaked a lot of runs in regulation towards the end, made up for it, throwing six great balls to level the game and make it the second Super Over.
Previously, KL Rahul played a captain’s whisk by scoring 77 out of 51 balls, but was unable to finish the job for his squad. The match seemed to be slipping out of Mumbai and Rohit passed the ball to Bumrah who threw a perfect in-swinging yorker at the base of a punch to deliver the all-important wicket.
Deepak Hooda (23 out of 16 balls) and Chris Jordan (13 out of 8) amassed 13 runs over the penultimate to once again turn the tide in their side. Needing only nine from six balls, the duo managed to get five runs from the first two deliveries, reducing the equation to four from four balls. However, Trent Boult bowed brilliant last four balls and limited them to 176/6 after 20 overs.
For Mumbai, Quinton de Kock continued his good form and smashed another half century by scoring 53 of 43 balls to lay the foundation for a great finish. The Mumbai Indians got off to a terrible start when they lost three wickets in the Powerplay, with skipper Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan all back in the pavilion.
de Kock and Krunal Pandya put in a crucial score of 58 runs for the fourth wicket to keep their innings stable. Young leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi sent Krunal to break the dangerous grandstand in the 14th.
Hardik Pandya hit a six during his short stay in the fold and took off cheaply for Mohammed Shami’s eight runs. de Kock also got out in an attempt to speed up the innings, leaving Mumbai in a deep state of trouble, with two new hitters on the fold and three overs to play.
What happened next, however, was a sight to behold when Kieron Pollard (unbeaten 34 of 12) and Coulter-Nile (24 not out of 12) collected 54 runs in the last three overs to take their side to an impressive total on a difficult double tempo song.
Pollard crossed the fence twice, while Coulter-Nile broke two boundaries in the 18th in the 18th by Arshdeep Singh.
The Australian all-rounder then took two boundaries when Mumbai Indians scored 12 runs in the penultimate over. The great West Indian then hit two sixes and a four in the final to capture a 20-run and end the innings on a high.
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