Delhi Capitals (DC) have managed to get their first win of the season in what could possibly be the most exciting manner. Against arch-rivals Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the northern derby, Shreyas Iyer-led Capitals took the game to the super-over wherein they had to chase merely three runs to take the game under their belt which they succeeded without breaking a sweat.
However, credits for the super-over conquest goes to Delhi Capitals’ pacer Kagiso Rabada, who managed to dismiss opposition skipper KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran on consecutive deliveries.
This was the tenth super-over in IPL history, and the second for Iyer & Co as they had been in a similar spot in IPL 2019 wherein they had managed to dominate the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
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Being put to bat first, Delhi Capitals had a forgettable start to the season, as they lost out Shikhar Dhawan on a duck due to runout which was followed by the dismissals of Prithvi Shaw (5) and Shimron Hetmyer (7) to Mohammed Shami, who ended with economical figures of 3/15 in the first innings.
A steady 73-run stand between Shreyas Iyer (39) and Rishabh Pant (31) witnessed the Capitals get to score of 86 until the latter got bowled to a googly of Ravi Bishnoi, who ended his day with figures of 4-0-22-1 in his IPL debut.
There seemed no chance for the Capitals to bounce back until Marcus Stoinis played one of his best knocks in IPL, smashing 53 off 21 deliveries with 7-fours and 3-sixes, with 30 runs coming off the last over of the innings, and Chris Jordan registering one of his most expensive numbers in the power-packed tournament.
Chasing 158, Kings XI Punjab got off to a decent start with skipper KL Rahul hitting those boundaries and his opening partner Mayank Agarwal anchoring the innings from an end. Rahul’s dismissal on 21 to Mohit Sharma’s incoming delivery was followed by a collapse in KXIP’s middle and lower-middle order, with Karun Nair (1) and Nicholas Pooran (0) getting dismissed to off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in his maiden over for Delhi Capitals, and Glenn Maxwell (1) being sent back to the pavilion courtesy the coordination between Rabada and Iyer.
Agarwal then played a herculean inning as he first stitched a 20-run stand for the fifth wicket with Sarfaraz, then a 46-run partnership with Krishanappa Gowtham, finally followed by a very crucial 56-run stand for the seventh wicket with Chris Jordan, until he got dismissed on an individual tally of 89-runs to Marcus Stoinis when the team needed a sole run in two deliveries.
This is when the tables turned for Kings XI Punjab as they needed just a run in the final ball of the innings to seal the game, but, a full-toss from Stoinis forced Jordan to play it on the leg and eventually get caught to Kagiso Rabada.
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