Dubai, Oct 19: A T20 match in which the winner was decided after playing 44 overs of nail-biting cricket. There was no shortage of drama or action as a historic match took place here on Sunday as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) outplayed Mumbai Indian (MI ) after snatching the two Super Over.
It all started when MI elected to bat and scored 176/6 with the help of Quinton de Kock’s 53. Bringing up his third successive half-century, he had stable partnership with Krunal Pandya after MI lost three wickets in the powerplay. In the last three overs Pollard and Nathan Coulter-Nile smashed 54 runs, with Pollard scoring an unbeaten 34 off 12 balls and Coulter-Nile chipping in with 24 not out of 12.
Needing 177 runs to win, skipper Rahul stepped again as he took KXIP past fifty in the powerplay but KXIP lost Mayank and Gayle before the halfway stage of the chase. Rahul and Pooran then added 33 runs together. But MI struck twice in quick succession to dismiss Pooran and Glenn Maxwell. Although Rahul brought up yet another half-century of the season, Bumrah, in the 18th over, dished out a perfect yorker to get Rahul out for 77. Eventually, the duo Hooda and Jordan made sure that KXIP stayed in the hunt before the latter got out on the final ball, with scores levelled.
After the scores were tied at 176 in the 20 overs/side contest, the game headed into the first Super Over. Now, Rahul, Pooran and Hood were fixed for batting while from MI Bumrah was handed the ball. Rahul started with a single before Pooran got out on the second ball. MI conceded just 4 runs in the next three balls. On the last ball of the over, Bumrah delivered a perfect yorker and trapped Rahul LBW and helped MI restrict KXIP to 5/2.
Target being just 6 runs, MI went ahead with Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock while KXIP picked Mohammad Shami to defend five runs. He kept things tight, giving just three from first four balls. With two needed on the final ball to seal a win, de Kock was caught short of his crease while completing the second run and the match headed to the second Super Over.
Here comes the rules. The rules meant that neither Rahul, Pooran, Hooda, Shami, Bumrah and de Kock could bat and bowl again.
MI batted first in the Second Over and opened the innings with Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya, with Suryakumar Yadav waiting in the wings as the third batsman. Chris Jordan bowled the second Super Over for KXIP. First ball, yorker but he had to re-bowl his second ball after conceding a wide. The third delivery of the over went for a four after Pollard creamed one through the covers. Jordan bowled another wide before Pandya was run-out on the fourth ball.
The fifth ball was a dot before Mayank Agarwal put in a stunning effort to save a six, helping KXIP to limit MI to 11/1. Defending 11, MI turned to Trent Boult while Chris Gayle and Mayank walked out to bat, with the left-hander on strike. The Universe Boss hammered a six over the long-on on the first ball and then ran a single. With 5 needed from 4, Mayank went aerial over the off-side to hit a four and then closed out the game.
Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 176/6 (Quinton de Kock 53, Kieron Pollard 34*; Mohammad Shami 2/30) tied Kings XI Punjab 176/6 (KL Rahul 77, Nicholas Pooran 24; Jasprit Bumrah 3/24)
Super Over 1: Kings XI Punjab 5/2 tied Mumbai Indians 5/1
Super Over 2: Kings XI Punjab 15/0 beat Mumbai Indians 11/1