November 7, 2020 12:43:33 pm
After seven weeks of chills and thrills, the Indian Premier League 2020 is nearly near its conclusion with simply the second qualifier and the remaining remaining in the competitors.
In a yr stuffed with the hindrances of a raging pandemic, quarantine intervals, and venue relocations, the IPL 2020 stayed steadfast in its high quality of the sport. The 13th version of the event was the closest ever in its historical past as all the eight groups registered a minimum of six wins from the 14 league matches.
Across three venues, particularly Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah, high-octane matches happened — from a large number of Super Overs to final ball finishes to complete ten-wicket victories.
So, what have been the five matches that stood out this season?
DC vs KXIP (September 20, Dubai)
In the second match of the season, Delhi Capitals (DC) fought onerous in opposition to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) to register a win of their opening match. After DC put 157/Eight on the scoreboard in the first innings, KXIP matched that focus on on the again of Mayank Agarwal’s sensible 60-ball 89.
In the Super Over, Kagiso Rabada managed to dismiss KXIP skipper KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran on successive deliveries, to go away DC with a paltry goal of Three runs. Chasing, Delhi simply hunted down the three-run goal with the assist of Rishabh Pant.
Brief Scores: Delhi Capitals 157/8 (Marcus Stoinis 53, Shreyas Iyer 39; Mohammad Shami 3/15) tied Kings XI Punjab 157/8 (Mayank Agarwal 89; Kagiso Rabada 2/28)
Super Over: Delhi Capitals 3/zero beat Kings XI Punjab 2/2
RR vs KXIP (September 27, Sharjah)
Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) Rahul Tewatia etched his title in the folklore of the event with a match-defining 31-ball 53 in a high-scoring match in opposition to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Mayank Agarwal’s maiden IPL hundred guided KXIP to 223/2 at the finish of the first innings.
During their chase, RR faltered early on at hand KXIP management of the match. But the Royals turned issues round in the dying moments of the match when Tewatia smacked Sheldon Cottrell for five sixes in the 18th over of the second innings. From needing 51 runs off 18 balls, RR gained the match by 4 wickets by chasing down the goal with three balls to spare.
Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 226/6 (Sanju Samson 85, Rahul Tewatia 53; Mohammad Shami 3/53) beat Kings XI Punjab 223/2 (Mayank Agarwal 106, KL Rahul 69; Ankit Rajpoot 1/39) by 4 wickets
RCB vs MI (September 28, Dubai)
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) have been engaged in a seemingly unending match in Dubai in the second week of the event. After each the groups have been tied on 201 of their allotted 20 overs, a Super Over needed to be performed to resolve the winner.
Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya managed to attain 7 runs in the Super Over for Mumbai. During the chase, Bangalore put their religion in Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers they usually delivered in type on the remaining ball. Kohli rose as much as the event to clean off his poor 11-ball 3-run knock just a few hours in the past and completed the match along with his first boundary of the IPL 2020 campaign.
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 201/3 (AB de Villiers 55*, Devdutt Padikkal 54; Trent Boult 2/34) tied Mumbai Indians 201/5 (Ishan Kishan 99, Kieron Pollard 60*; Isuru Udana 2/45)
Super Over: Royal Challengers Bangalore 11/zero beat Mumbai Indians 7/1
MI vs KXIP (October 18, Dubai)
For the first time in the historical past of the IPL, two Super Overs have been performed in a single match between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Both the Rohit Sharma-led facet and KL Rahul’s workforce have been tied on 176 for the loss of 6 wickets in regular time which led to the first Super Over.
In the first one, Jasprit Bumrah bowled a superb over, proscribing KXIP to only 5 runs. In reply, Mohammed Shami returned the favour with a yorker-filled over, making a gift of simply 5 runs. In the second one, MI scored 11/1 in Chris Jordan’s over which was simply chased down by Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal’s partnership.
Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 176/6 (Quinton de Kock 53, Kieron Pollard 34*; Mohammad Shami 2/30) tied Kings XI Punjab 176/6 (KL Rahul 77, Nicholas Pooran 24; Jasprit Bumrah 3/24)
Super Over 1: Kings XI Punjab 5/2 tied Mumbai Indians 5/1
Super Over 2: Kings XI Punjab 15/zero beat Mumbai Indians 11/1
KXIP vs SRH (October 24, Dubai)
In their battle for survival in the competitors, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) pulled off a near-impossible win in opposition to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) owing to some sensible bowling performances from the workforce. After placing up a below-par 126/7 on the scoreboard, the strain was on the skipper KL Rahul.
Chasing, SRH acquired off to a very good begin on the again of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow’s partnership. When SRH wanted simply 17 runs from 14 balls with six wickets in hand, KXIP turned the tables round in a dramatic trend. Ravi Bishnoi’s medical spell and Chris Jordan and Arshdeep Singh’s important wickets introduced SRH from 110/four to 114-all out in the house of 12 balls. KXIP gained the match by 12 runs.
Brief Scores: Kings XI Punjab 126/7 (Nicholas Pooran 32, KL Rahul 27; Rashid Khan 2/14) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 114 all out (David Warner 35, Vijay Shankar 26; Chris Jordan 3/17) by 12 runs
(Note: The listing has been up to date until the finish of the league stage of IPL 2020)
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