From Super Overs to tied Super-Overs to last ball humdingers to epic bottle-ups to some pretty outrageous ‘come from behind’ heists, we have seen it all in the ongoing edition of the IPL.
With more than half the tournament done-and-dusted, we thought why not go down memory lane and relive some of the most heart-pumping encounters that have witnessed so far.
Here’s a look at the five best IPL 2020 games so far:
Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab, Match 02, Dubai
Result: Match Tied (Delhi Capitals won in the Super-Over)
This game was the start of some of the freakiest matches that we have witnessed in the IPL thus far.
Batting first, Delhi Capitals looked certain for a proper mauling after Mohammed Shami’s brilliant spell with the new ball and some pretty ordinary batting had reduced them to 6-96 in 16.1 overs.
Then Marcus Stoinis happened. The burly Australian swashbuckler took the attack to KXIP bowlers to score a whirlwind 21-ball 53- 30 of those 53 came in the last six balls of the innings bowled by Chris Jordan.
Then, just like Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab too saw their top-order get blown away, leaving them reeling at 5-55 after 10 overs.
Mayank Agarwal (89 off 60 balls) then proceeded to play the innings of his life to lift Punjab out of the dead. Agarwal times his assault to perfection and when he smashed a six and a four of the first three balls of the final over, KXIP needed just 1 run to seal the deal.
But, not only was it Marcus Stoinis day, but it was also the start of KXIP’s ‘art of losing game’ masterclasses! Mayank Agarwal went for the glory shot, only to get holed out in the deep. Chris Jordan (Yep! The bowler who was smashed for 30 by Marcus Stoinis) got dismissed by Stoinis on the last ball of the 20th over, enforcing the game towards the ‘Super Over’.
With Kagiso Rabada in their tanks, Delhi Capitals were always going to start as favorites in the Super Over, and it was proved to the hilt when the Proteas bolter went bang-bang, dismissing KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran within a space of 3 balls.
A target of 3 was never going to bother DC! And, it didn’t, as Rishabh Pant knocked off the runs on the second delivery to seal the deal.
As if the game didn’t have enough drama, it also saw itself get engulfed in a controversy after the on-field umpire adjudged that the second run ran by Chris Jordan on the 3rd ball of the 18th over was a short-run, when replays showed it clearly wasn’t.