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Thursday, October 1, 2020

One short that wasn't !! .. .. a tie and a Super Over - DV vs KX1


IPL 2020 really a hit  !  ~  I too have reserved opinion on whether it should be conducted at this pandemic stage b u t – the first match was a thriller with Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni (without hitting a single run) yet for the team selection, astute leadership and promoting Sam Curran- CSK  won the match quite comfortably, though it was the proverbial last over .. match no. 2 spilled beyond that – but the end was damp.

Ravichandran Ashwin's  enthusiasm is the driving force but perhaps his fitness was not all that supportive.  Sad to see him writhing in pain and leaving the ground with a left-shoulder injury, after diving to try and stop a Glenn Maxwell punch down the ground- it came in an over where Ash had taken two wickets. The Capitals' captain Shreyas Iyer, speaking after the game, indicated the injury was not as serious as it first appeared, but the team was still waiting on the physio's word.

The scorecard would never convey the real feeling and would read  :  Delhi Capitals 157/8 tied with  Kings XI Punjab (20 ov, target 158) and DC won by Super over.  It was a great match, nerve-wracking.

Was so refreshing to see a young 20 year old run in long and fast and bown leg spin – on his debut, he kept quiet the chirpy Rishab Pant though Harsha Bogle, would often say, ‘bowling leg spinner to a left hander is a recipe for disaster’. Initially he started by bowling irritatingly wide and slanting away but bowled well.

The match was seesaw of fortunes -   batting collapses, batting heroes  and then a Super Over.  In the first innings it was  Marcus Stoinis who made all difference and perhaps spoiled the career of Chris Jordan by hitting 30 runs off his final over.  A score of 157 had looked most improbable when Shimon Hetmeyer followed Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw – 13/3; 4-86; 5-87 (in between Shreyas Iyera and Pant stitched a good partnership); 96/6 @ 16.1 – perhaps it deserved only 120. Marcus Stoinis. Big, muscly, sitting deep in his crease to pummel your marginally misdirected yorker to distant parts

King XI had a beter start but collapsed 30/1; 35/4; 55/5; 101/6 and 157/8.  The man who made the impossible simple was Mayank Agarwal who left at 19.5  In the final over they required 13 and Mayank hoisted Stoinis for a 6 followed by a 2,4, with 1 required off 3 came  dot, Mayani dismissal and Jordan’s and thus a tie.  Earlier, Ashwin came on for the sixth over, and took a wicket with his first ever ball for the Capitals, against the team he captained last season; Karun Nair was the victim, falling to a top-edged sweep. Four balls later, Ashwin burst through Pooran's defences with an arm ball from around the wicket. Kings XI were 34 for 3, and were looking at negotiating 19 more balls from Ashwin, but in an attempt to dive and save a single down the ground, he damaged his left shoulder and left the field in what appeared to be intense pain.   

Mayank Agarwal’s  89 off 60 balls rescued DC  from an abject 55 for 5 in their chase of 158. Kings XI Punjab needed 21 runs from the final 10 deliveries. Having lofted a one-bounce four on the second ball of the 19th over, Mayank Agarwal pushed the next delivery - a yorker from Kagiso Rabada - to the empty mid-on area and ran two. Chris Jordan, Agarwal's partner, was running to the danger end, and did well to complete the second run. Yet, Nitin Menon, the squre-leg umpire, declared a short run, signalling that Jordan did not tap his bat past the crease at the wicketkeeper's end before turning back for the second run. TV replays subsequently indicated clearly that Jordan had in fact crossed the line and it was a legal run. Eventually the match was tied in regulation time after Rabada pouched Jordan at square leg to deny Kings XI victory after they needed just one to win off the last delivery. The incident saw a lot of people posting the replay on Twitter, with former India batsman Virender Sehwag, who incidentally was also once Kings XI's team director, highlighting the controversial umpiring decision by saying "it wasn't a short run".

pic from twitter of Sehwag

But the Super over was poorly managed.  Kings XI opened with KL Rahul and Nicolas Pooran – why Mayank was not there is not understood. First ball was a delicate flick for 2; next Rabada chased Rahul who was moving away, swiped and Axar took a good catch and off the next Pooran was bowled neck and crop. A score of 2 is not going to challenge any team.  DC opened with Shreyas and Pant – Mohammad Shami who had bowled so well, delivered a  dot, a rank wide and then a full on leg stump. Curtains .. ..

Great match 

Regards – S. Sampathkumar


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