Stoinis the saviour for Delhi Capitals:
It was just the 2nd match of IPL 2020 between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab being played at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai. And would you believe that we had a tie and a super over in just the 2nd match of the season. Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul won the toss initially and opted to bowl first. Delhi Capitals didn’t have the best of starts as they found themself struggling at 13/3 at the end of 4 overs. Dhawan, Shaw and Hetmeyer got out cheaply. Shreyas Iyer and Rishab Pant then joined together and tried to steady the capitals ship. Both entertained the viewers with some splendid shots and took the total to 86 of 14 overs. But both these batsman lost wickets in quick succession which led to a mini collapse. Axar and Ashwin too couldn’t do much as Delhi Capitals were struggling at 96/6.
At one stage something around 120 looked difficult for Delhi. But then Stoinis the saviour came in all guns blazing. He smashed the Capitals bowlers all around the park. As he ended up with 53 of just 21 balls, taking KXIP’s score to 157/8 which looked impossible at one stage. Mohd Shami was the pick of the bowlers for KXIP with figures of 24/2. Sheldon Cottrell and Ravi Bishnoi finished with figures of 24/2 and 22/1 respectively.
Magnificent Mayank just falls short:
In response KXIP openers gave a slow but steady start. But all of a sudden KXIP’s batsman kept biting the dust as all the big names like Rahul, Nair, Pooran, Maxwell fell cheaply. They were 55/5 at the end of 10 overs because of some splendid bowling by the Delhi bowlers. R Ashwin picked up 2 crucial wickets in just one over before he injured himself trying to stop the ball and had to leave the field. KXIP were low on hopes but Mayank Agarwal kept going. He played a fighting knock of 89 of 60 balls and almost single handedly took KXIP home. But there was another twist in the tale as with 2 runs needed of 2 balls KXIP lost both Mayank and Jordan resulting in a tie. KXIP finished at 157/8 resulting in a super over.
Mayank Agarwal was the top scorer for KXIP. With little contributions by Rahul, Sarfaraz and Gowtham. For Delhi capitals Rabada picked 2/28. Stoinis finished with figures 2/29 as he also bowled the penultimate over.
Rabada dents KXIP’s hopes in super over:
KL rahul and Nicholas Pooran came out to bat for KXIP in the super over. Delhi presented Rabada with the ball. Well everyone expected a lot of big hits in the super over. But KXIP could only score 2 runs. As they lost Rahul and Pooran of 2 consequtive balls courtesy some brilliant bouncers and yorkers by Rabada. Delhi with Iyer and Pant took just 2 balls to chase the 2 runs and succesfully stealed the match from KXIP’s throat. Marcus Stoinis was adjudged as Man of the Match because of his splendid performance both with the bat and ball.
Delhi Capitals 157/8
Marcus Stoinis 53(21) Shreyas Iyer 39(32) Mohd Shami 15/3 Sheldon Cottrell 24/2
Kings XI Punjab 157/8
Mayank Agarwal 89(60) KL Rahul 21(19) Kagiso Rabada 28/3 Marcus Stoinis 29/2