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Mohammed Shami should have been man of the match, says Chris Gayle

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Chris Gayle believes Mohammed Shami should have been the man of the match in the last night’s game between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians which was decided after two intense super overs. It happened for the first time in the history of the game that two super overs were played in a T20 match to break the tie and as it turned out, it was Kings XI Punjab which emerged victorious at the end.

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The game seemed to be slipping out of Punjab’s hands after they scored only 5 runs in the first super over, but Mohammed Shami had other ideas. Shami, who has improved significantly as a white ball bowler in the recent times, nailed yorker after yorker and couldn’t let Mumbai get to the score of 6 which would have resulted in their victory.

Mumbai could also score just 5 runs in the super over bowled by Shami and the game, thereafter, went into another super over. After the World Cup 2019 final, the rules regarding the super over were tinkered by the ICC. Earlier, the law said if the first super over was tied, the team which would have hit more sixes in the original game would win the game, but now the law says if the first super over is tied, there will be a second super over in the game.

Because of the fact that Shami kept the first super over to a tie, KXIP got the opportunity to make a comeback in the game again and although Chris Jordan, who bowled the second super over for KXIP, wasn’t quite as economical as Shami, he also kept the score to 11 and Punjab had a reasonable target in front of them to chase down in the second super over and win the game.

Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal opened the batting for KXIP in the second super over and Gayle got the job significantly easier on the first ball itself as he whacked Trent Boult out of the ground over long on for a huge six.

The Universe boss got a single on the second ball and Mayank hit a couple of boundaries thereafter to get KXIP over the line. This victory has now kept KXIP in the competition as they have moved up to no. 6 in the points table. All the 4 teams in the second half of the points table have 6 points at the moment and they are separated only by the net run rate.

 

 

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