Mumbai-Indianer 176 for 6 (de Kock 53, Pollard 34 *, Krunal 34, Shami 2-30) tied with Kings XI Punjab 176 for 6 (Rahul 77, Bumrah 3-24)
Kings XI won the second of two super overs
About three inches. That’s all that stood between Kings XI Punjab and a direct victory over the Mumbai Indians. But they finally got there. After two super overs.
A seesaw game went to the last ball. Chris Jordan dug up a Yorker and saw the opportunity to get the two runs it took to finish the game. But he turned around giant Circle to increase the distance it had to travel. Distance at which the whole game ran. He ended up being about three inches tall.
Jasprit Bumrah only allowed five runs of his bowling to start a seemingly straightforward super-over chase, but Mohammed Shami had other ideas. With a nothing goal behind him, he nailed Yorker to Yorker to Yorker to drive this obscene match into a second super over. and three for the day in total. A piece of KL Rahul brilliance prevented Quinton de Kock from completing the match-winning run.
Then it was Mayank Agarwal’s turn in the spotlight, jumping high on the edge of the Midwicket border. He saved a certain six to bring the Kings XI’s goal down from 16 to 12 in the second super over. As if he had a massive FOMO, he even went out and helped chase it down – poor Trent Boult, those tie breakers never seem to work for him – when one of the most memorable nights at the IPL came to an end. However, nobody – at least from the camp of Kings XI – will sleep much.
Powerplay und Counter
The fast bowlers of Kings XI found the slightest movement off the field and remained disciplined enough to make it count. Arshdeep Singh let Rohit Sharma play on his stumps and Ishan Kishan caught the third man. Shami took care of Suryakumar Yadav. For the first time at this IPL, Mumbai lost three wickets in power play (43 for 3).
So Quinton de Kock, the batsman, throttled. It was now his job to survive the 20 overs. The new batsman Krunal Pandya had a more difficult role. He couldn’t get out, but he had kept the scoreboard moving too, and he did so while showing glorious off-side stroke play, including an on-the-up cover ride for six to a short ball from Chris Jordan.
Large wickets and counters
This handy 58 year old partnership was broken in the 14th over what seemed That’s a good thing for Mumbai, especially when Hardik Pandya came in and hit a six from his first ball. They were 102 for 4 and had 36 balls left for their big hitters to force their way onto the game.
The only problem was that one of those balls was too short, too fast and too good for Hardik. The wicket taker Shami had made a good blueprint for his teammates to follow in death. DO NOT land it in their half.
But Arshdeep did and not only was he hit for 22 runs in the 18th, he got Kieron Pollard going. With the West Indian in full swing, Mumbai amassed 54 runs from the last 18 balls, finishing 176 for 6.
Rahul was a little different today. After losing the throw, he said it didn’t matter at this stage of the tournament. It looked like he was a marginalized man capable of anything. And it showed in his eyelash. He got rid of his inhibitions and started beating from the start. At the end of the power play he was 32 of 17 with four fours and two sixes. Kings XI were 51 for 1. Mumbai was at least nervous.
Chris Gayle (24 of 21) offered support. Nicholas Pooran (24 of 12) offered relief. But in the end it was just Rahul versus Mumbai. Kings XI took 52 of their last five overs. He got it to 24 out of 16. And then it happened.
A 149 km / h Yorker. It was too fast for Rahul. A set of Rahul. A Rahul was determined to do whatever he could to win this game. Bumrah found a way through that determination and gave hope to his team.
But once, Kings XI decided not to settle for second best, and he succeeded (with the help of two discarded catches and an inside edge for four in the last two overs and some spectacular super-over exploits).