IPL 2020: Sunday stayed witness to two rip-roaring matches in IPL 2020 as the cricketing fraternity stayed witness to tied games whose fate was decided by super overs.
In fact, to make it more intense, the match between Punjab and Mumbai Indians had to conjure a second super over to separate the two sides. Not only was it a brilliant game that deserved a blazing finish but it underlined the fact that why IPL is one of the biggest entertainers in the Indian cricketing roster.
In a thriller that went beyond the wire, the audience was entertained to their very bones. We will look at five most thrilling moments from the two back to back super overs which is an unprecedented incident in IPL.
1. Brilliant effort from Mayank Agarwal in the boundary:
After bowling a brilliant over until the fifth ball that saw Chris Jordan slipping only 9 runs, the last ball bowled by Jordan was a ghastly disaster. It was pitched right in front of Pollard in his hitting arc. Pollard did connect very well and the ball was flying to the ropes. This is when a miraculous save was conjured by Mayank Agarwal on the ropes. Emulating Nicholas Pooran in one of his preceding efforts that won plaudits from all over the nation, Mayank pulled off an out-stretched jump to thwart a sizzling effort from Pollard and he successfully saved four runs for his team.
That save proved to be an extremely crucial talking point in the over as Punjab edged Mumbai with barely a couple of balls to go. Had the ball flown away for a six, Punjab would have still been chasing 4 runs from the last 2 balls.
2. Jasprit Bumrah’s excellent first super over:
Two of Punjab’s hardest hitters were in the middle and the onus to bowl was on the shoulders of Bumrah. He bowled a cracker of an over that saw him going for just 5 runs. In fact, he also dismissed Nicholas Pooran in that over to confine Punjab to a meager 5 runs in that over.
3. Mohammad Shami’s stupendous defence of five runs:
Shami was shouldered with the titanic onus of bowling his second super over in IPL 2020. Defending only 5 runs, he managed to bowl some excellent in-swinging yorkers that left the batsmen dazed and confused. He conceded just five runs from the over that witnessed a run-out in the last ball and also rang the knell for the second super over, an unprecedented spectacle in Indian Premier League.
4. KL Rahul affecting a brilliant run out of Quinton De Kock:
Mumbai needed 2 off the last ball in the first super over to win. Shami executed a perfect yorker that was harmlessly traded to the deep by Quinton De Kock. Knowing the fact that they needed a second to seal the fate of the game, De Kock ran for his life. However, the South African’s hopes were dashed after Rahul collected the ball from the throw cleanly and then put in an impeccable dive to dislodge the bails with a theatrical flourish that forced a second super over which gave Punjab a victory.
5. Chris Gayle’s monstrous six:
Gayle was not used in the first over, a decision that left everyone stunned. However, in the second super over the Universe Boss took strike against Boult and whacked the very first ball of the over to halve the deficit. That six took off immense pressure from the shoulders of Mayank Agarwal, who smashed a boundary later to clinch a high-octane thriller.