It was yet another frenetic day in the Dream11 IPL 2020 where we witnessed three back-to-back Super-Overs and at the end of it, Kolkata Knight Riders [KKR] and Kings XI Punjab [KXIP] prevailed to claim two crucial points at the expense of SunRisers Hyderabad [SRH] and Mumbai Indians [MI].
The first game of the day saw Kolkata Knight Riders get back to winning ways against SunRisers Hyderabad in a cliffhanger of an encounter in Abu Dhabi.
After having scored 5-163 thanks largely to the late belligerence of Eoin Morgan (34 off 23 balls) and Dinesh Karthik (29* off 14 balls), KKR had asserted into a strong position thanks to a brilliant spell of fast bowling by Lockie Ferguson.
Ferguson, who came in the attack after Kane Williamson and Jonny Bairstow had got SRH off to a flier with a 58-run-stand in a mere 6.2 overs, made his presence felt immediately by dismissing his Kiwi skipper on his very first delivery.
Ferguson chipped in two more crucial scalps in Manish Pandey and Priyam Garg in his next two overs while Chakravarthy dismissed Jonny Bairstow to leave SRH in real hole.
It was all left to David Warner to steer the fledgling ship home and he almost did that when he smashed an injured Andre Russell for three fours in the last over. Ultimately, Russell held his nerve on the last two balls to ensure the game went into the Super Over.
It was Lockie Ferguson’s day! And, the right-hander displayed that to the hilt when he knocked over David Warner and Abdul Samad in the Super Over to ensure that KKR needed just 3 runs to gain two points, which they did thanks to DK and Morgan.
The tied match followed by Tied Super Over in a cliffhanger of an encounter between MI and KXIP
In the second game, Kings XI Punjab once again failed to close out a game after skipper KL Rahul’s fifth half-century of the season- 77 off 51 balls- had taken them on the cusp of victory.
Jasprit Bumrah got rid of his Indian teammate with a searing yorker in his final over to leave Chris Jordan and Deepak Hooda to get the remaining 23 runs in the last 15 balls.
Jordan and Hooda tried valiantly but they once failed to take the side home with the former getting run out on the last delivery.
Jasprit Bumrah once again displayed why he is the best death bowler in the world as he dismissed both Pooran and Rahul in the Super-Over at the cost of just 5 runs.
Mohammed Shami then proceeded to display the most perfect execution in yorkers that you’ll ever see as he successfully defended the 5 runs to ensure that the game went into another Super Over.
Chris Jordan, despite bowling two wides, gave away just 11 runs in the second Super-Over thanks largely to a brilliant save at the boundary by Mayank Agarwal.
The ‘Universe Boss’ smashed a six off the first ball to bring the equation down to 6 off the next five balls. The next ball went for a single before Mayank Agarwal smashed two consecutive boundaries to finally bring an end to a maniac night.
Earlier, batting first, the defending champions found themselves in a spot of bother with Rohit Sharma (9), Surya Kumar Yadav (0), and Ishan Kishan (7) registering single-digit scores.
But MI once again showed their batting depth as a 58-run-partnership between Quinton de Kock (53) and Krunal Pandya (34) and then a late assault by Kieron Pollard (34* off 12 balls) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (24* off 12 balls) helped them to post 6-176 in 20 overs.
Here’s how IPL Points Table is looking after a maniac night in the IPL-