Mayank Agarwal efforts were in vain as Delhi Capitals came back twice in the match to win the thriller in the first match at Dubai International Stadium. Marcus Stoinis was the star with the bat and the ball.
DC vs KXIP. Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab. The second match of IPL 2020 saw plenty of surprise picks for both teams. KXIP after winning the toss, sending DC to bat first. Chris Gayle & Mujeeb ur Rahman were missed by KXIP and Ajinkya Rahane & Sandeep Lamichhane were left out for DC.
Delhi Capitals started their IPL campaign in not the best of the manners that they had liked. Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan opened the innings. Sheldon Cottrell started the proceedings for Kings XI Punjab. It was the second over from Mohammed Shami that wrecked the innings. Dhawan gloved a bouncer from Shami but surprisingly it was dropped by captain KL Rahul, who instantly throw the ball to the mid-wicket fielder to run out Dhawan who was stranded in the middle of the crease. Dhawan started his IP 2020 with a second ball run out duck.
Another superb third over from Cottrell and the 4th over again, bowled by Shami turned out to be a disaster for DC. Shaw and Shimron Hetmyer were both out leaving the team in tatters and score 13-3.
In an attempt to save the team, Rishabh Pant and captain, Shreyas Iyer started the innings carefully. The pair scored 73 runs before both were out in quick succession in the matter of two balls.
Marcus Stoinis, however, rescued the innings from a vulnerable position. When he came out to bat the score was 86-4 in the 14th over. They would lose their captain on the very next ball of the 15th over making the score 87-5.
Stoinis, having a quiet series against England, scored a blistering half-century, 53 runs off just 21 balls that included 7 fours and 3 sixes. With a score of 127-7 in 18 overs, Stoinis smashed Chris Jordan for 26 runs in the penultimate over of the match including two fours and three sixes in the over.
The final score reached 157-8, a good enough score after the start the team got. Cottrell and Shami were the pick of the bowlers picking two and three wickets respectively. Chris Jordan went for plenty and was wicketless. Ravi Bishnoi made his IPL debut conceding 22 runs for his one wicket of Rishabh Pant.
A cautious start from Kings XI Punjab openers, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. First wicket was lost in the 5th over of Rahul by Mohit Sharma. Then, within the space of 12 balls, the team will go on to lose another three wickets; Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran, and Glenn Maxwell were out cheaply. Score from 30-1 in 4.3 overs to 35-4 6.3 overs.
Ashwin had taken two wickets in his first over, the 6th over of the innings before hurting his shoulder when he dived to try to stop a push from Glenn Maxwell on his last ball. Landed awkwardly on the ground, the team’s physio had eventually taken Ashwin off the field. he didn’t bowl in the match after that.
The extent of his injury is not known at the moment and it will be pretty hard for DC to continue the tournament without him as they don’t have a replacement. R Ashwin has dislocated his shoulder in his very first match of IPL 2020.
Wickets continue to tumble as the team lost its 5th wicket for 55 runs in the 10th over. Mayank Agarwal stuck to the crease from start to finish.
60 runs required in the last 5 overs. Agarwal, now the senior man, took the charge himself. At the 15 over mark, he was at 35 runs off 37 balls. 53 needed off the last 4 overs. After that, he launched and scored a boundary in every over. 4,4 in the 17th over. 6,6 in the 18th over, 4,4 in the 19th over leaving 13 runs to score in the final over.
Marcus Stoinis, who took the score to a fighting total is bowling the last over. First ball, six. Second ball, two runs. Third ball, four. 1 run required from 3 balls. Fourth ball, dot. Fifth ball, full toss, Agarwal got out. He was caught to the only man that was outside the circle. Chris Jordan on strike. Sixth ball, full toss, out. Hit straight to square leg. Wow, we are going to the super over in just the second match of the tournament.
Marcus Stoinis had kept his team in the match when he was batting and he had kept his team in the match when he was bowling. Two full tosses in the final over with one run required off three balls. Yaissshhhh.
Super over. KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran out for KXIP. First ball, two runs. Second ball, out. Third ball, out. That’s it. Rahul and Pooran both got out courtesy excellent bowling from Kagiso Rabada. Out came Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer and the score is easily chased on the second ball. DC has won the match from the jaws of defeat.
Kagiso Rabada, Ashwin, and Stoinis picked up a couple of wickets each. Rabada bowled the fantastic super over to restrict the opposition to just 2 runs which they scored easily.
Man of the Match: Marcus Stoinis
Result: Delhi Capitals won the super over
Points: Delhi Capitals 2, Kings XI Punjab 0