KL Rahul had once again guided KXIP to a see-saw game against MI. The match was decided in the 2nd super over as the KXIP won their third match of the season and MI lost in two super overs this IPL.
The 36th match of the IPL 2020 between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians had seen two super overs to get to the winner. KXIP had registered three wins and each time KL Rahul had been the man of the match. His 77 off 51 balls first took the chase deep to incur the first super over. Mohammed Shami then defended five to take the match in the second super over. Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal did the job for KXIP in the end to leave the bottom position of the table.
Mumba Indians innings – de Kock’s 4th fifty in five games
Chris Lynn is in the team and hasn’t played a match in nine games. Because Quinton de Kock is doing the job at the top. The leading run-scorer for Mumbai, de Kock once again among run-scorers.
Despite some quick wickets of Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, and Ishan Kishan courtesy some good bowling from Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh, de Kock went on to bring his fourth half-century in five games.
Krunal Pandya, coming out in the powerplay for the first time in IPL 2020, steadied the innings to take the score to 96 runs in the 14th over.
A below-par score was expected but lusty blows in the end from Kieron Pollard and Nathan Coulter-Nile had pushed the score to 176-6. The pair combined to score 57 runs in 21 balls to lift the spirits of the Mumbai dugout.
Kings XI Punjab innings – KL Rahul once again among scorers
KL Rahul has done nothing wrong in this IPL. He is the leading run-scorer of the tournament and is way ahead of his second competitor, his opening partner Mayank Agarwal.
Losing Mayank Agarwal early in the 4th over to Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul and one-down Chris Gayle took the innings forward steadily making sure they don’t lose wickets. A slow-paced innings of 24 runs by Gayle was ended by the spin-effect of Rahul Chahar.
Next man, Nicholas Pooran made a quick, little cameo of 24 runs with two 4s and two 6s. Getting out by Bumrah just to bring the unfortunate man Glenn Maxwell on the crease. KL Rahul had done nothing wrong in the tournament and Glenn Maxwell had done nothing right in the tournament. Losing his wicket once again without troubling the scorers.
Rahul, in the process, made his 6th 50+ score of the tournament, the most in the event. Joining him, Deepak Hooda further took the innings deep. Needing 27 runs from 18 balls, KXIP surely to win, but you can’t say anything with certainty in cricket, can you?
Wicket of Rahul and just five runs in the over left 22 runs to score from 12 balls. Hooda spanked Coulter-Nile for a couple of boundaries to get 13 runs from the penultimate over.
Needing 8 runs of the final 6 balls. Trent Boult to bowl the over. A second inside-edge ball boundary and good Yorkers left two to score from the final ball. Another Yorker and Chris Jordan is short of his crease as he turned back for second taking the first to the first super over.
First super over
KXIP batting first in the first super over. KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran for KXIP and Jasprit Bumrah for MI. And it is always Bumrah, the super over specialist. Restricting the opposition to just five with two wickets.
Out comes Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma for MI and Mohammed Shami for KXIP. With just six to win, all the bet on MI but killer Yorkers from Shami had left no clue for the batters. With two needed off the last two balls, a wide Yorker from Shami, de Kock getting some bat on the ball, and a brilliant piece of work from KL Rahul has left de Kock short of the crease to incur the second super over.
Second super over
With Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and the batters who got out in the first super over, KL Rahul, Nicholas Pooran, and Quinton de Kock ruled out to play any part in the second super over, Mumbai to bat first in the second one-over go.
Chris Jordan the bowler, Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya the batsmen. They managed to score 11 runs leaving 12 runs for Trent Boult to defend for them, who already defended 8 earlier in the last over of the innings.
Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal came to bat. Ball 1, misses the Yorker and boom six. Ball 2, single. Ball 3, four. Ball 4, four. Game over. KXIP have won their second consecutive match and now at the sixth position on the table above CSK and RR.
Among bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah bowled exceptionally well. He picked up three wickets for 24 runs. Mohammed Shami was brilliant picking up two wickets and bowling deadly Yorkers in the first super over to defend five runs.
KL Rahul, for the third time in the tournament, has been awarded the man of the match award. Kings XI Punjab have won three matches in this IPL and each time KL Rahul is the man of the match.
Man of the Match: KL Rahul
Result: Kings XI Punjab win the 2nd super over
Points: Kings XI Punjab 2, Mumbai Indians 0