Mayank Agarwal's heroics with the bat (89, 60b) went in vain as Delhi Capitals beat Kings XI Punjab in a pulsating Super Over at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.
In a match where fortunes swung both sides, Marcus Stoinis pipped Mayank as the Australian all-rounder played a gem of a cameo with the bat and then starred with the ball (21-ball 53 & 2/29) to push the match into the Super Over.
Chasing 158 to win, Punjab required just one run off three balls after Mayank hit a boundary to level scores. Stoinis then bowled a dot and then dismissed Mayank and Chris Jordan to tie the match.
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In the Super Over, Kagiso Rabada dismissed K. L. Rahul and Nicholas Pooran off consecutive deliveries to set Delhi a target of just three runs. Mohammed Shami, who recorded his best bowling figures (3/15) in the IPL, bowled a wide and Rishabh Pant pocketed a couple to hand Delhi a winning start.
From 55/5, Mayank played a blinder of an innings, battling cramps and almost took Punjab to the brink of victory. However, he failed to take Punjab over the line as he sliced a full-toss straight into the hands of Shimron Hetmyer at deep backward point.
There was a controversy too surrounding a contentious short-run call, when Chris Jordan turned for the second and it didn't appear like it was short.
- The run chase -
Punjab began the run chase on a bright note with Rahul looking in fine touch. The Punjab skipper first flicked Mohit Sharma into the mid-wicket stands and then collected a couple of boundaries off Anrich Nortje to kickoff the proceedings. However, Rahul chopped on an inswinger from Mohit to open the floodgates.
From 30 for the loss of one wicket, Punjab slipped as it lost its top-order with R. Ashwin bowling his first over, picked two wickets and then suffered a suspected shoulder dislocation while trying to stop the ball. Ashwin first dismissed Karun Nair and then bowled Pooran for a duck before putting a needless dive to prevent a single off the last delivery.
Ashwin, clearly in pain walked off the field along with physio Patrick Farhard using his jersey as a temporary sling.
Rabada then dismissed the big-hitting Glenn Maxwell to leave Punjab reeling. Soon, Sarfaraz Khan succumbed under pressure as he fell to Axar Patel, leaving Punjab five down.
Having lost half the side for just 55, Krishnappa Gowtham joined hands with Mayank in an effort to lift Punjab. The duo taking minimal risks tried to turn the tide in Punjab's favour with a 46-run partnership. However, Rabada dismissed Gowtham to further dent Punjab's chase. Despite losing Gowtham, Mayank continued his onslaught and found an able ally in Jordan. Having done all the hard work, Mayank needed a single but a glory shot not only brought his downfall but also for Punjab.
- The Stoinis show-
Earlier, Stoinis blitzed away to a 20-ball half-century to power Delhi to 157 for the loss of eight wickets.
Stoinis' 21-ball 53 helped Delhi recover from a sloppy start as it scored 57 runs in the last three overs. His knock was laced with seven boundaries and three towering sixes as 30 runs came off the last over.
Stoinis started off with a six over deep square leg, then collected a hat-trick of boundaries before smoking Jordan over the deep mid-wicket boundary to raise his fifty.
Stoinis has a liking for Jordan in T20s as he has scored 87 runs in the 36 balls he had faced, with Jordan yet to dismiss the Australian all-rounder. It was no different on Sunday as Jordan leaked 56 runs in his four overs with Stoinis tonking him all over the park.
Put in to bat, Delhi suffered an early jolt as it slipped to 13 for three inside the PowerPlay. On a track with a tinge of grass, Mohammed Shami (4-0-15-3) purchased assistance and made most of it with a fiery spell and registered his best bowling figures in IPL.
With the top-order wiped out, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant did the repair job with a patient 73-run stand for the fourth wicket. After taking the cautious route, Iyer released the pressure by taking Krishnappa Gowtham to the cleaners.
However, the fall of Iyer and Pant brought Punjab back into the match, only for Stoinis to snatch back the momentum and give Delhi a match-winning total to defend.
Brief Scores:Delhi Capitals 157/8 (Marcus Stoinis 53, 21b, Shreyas Iyer 39, 32b, Mohammed Shami 3/15); Kings XI Punjab 157/8 (Mayank Agarwal 89, 60b, Marcus Stoinis 2/29, Kagiso Rabada 2/28, R Ashwin 2/2). Match Tied. ( Delhi Capitals won the Super Over )
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