Delhi Capitals on Sunday pulled off some of the breathtaking heists of all time. Every time they seemed to falter and find yourself with an embarrassing determine, someway somebody pulled issues again in order. When Mayank Agarwal single-handedly dragged Kings XI Punjab from brink of an embarrassing defeat in their IPL 2020 opener on the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday to realising a powerful win, Marcus Stoinis pulled issues again with the identical sheer brilliance he had revived Delhi’s faltering innings with the bat, to implement a Super Over. And then, KXIP incurred a disastrous Super Over with Kagiso Rabada doing his magic, requiring solely three balls to finish their wrestle. Delhi required solely two balls to recover from the road and hand themselves an astounding escape. (FULL SCORECARD)
KXIP have been wanting down the barrel with half of the aspect again in the pavilion earlier than Mayank’s 89 off 60 balls took them to 157. He emerged an unlikely batting hero, bringing Punjab again from no the place. He, although, was dismissed when just one run was wanted off the final ball of the innings however Chris Jordan couldn’t rating the ultimate run, giving Stoinis his wicket and the match was tied. In Punjab’s chase skipper KL Rahul (21) was first to go after which India spinner R Ashwin despatched again Karun Nair (1) and Nicholas Pooran (0) in area of 5 balls.
True to his repute, Agarwal held the one finish however Punjab wanted Glenn Maxwell to fireplace, which didn’t occur as he might add just one run to his and crew’s whole.
Half the batsmen again in the pavilion and no big-hitting batsman left in the road up, Agarwal’s heroic batting stored the sport alive. He hit seven fours and 4 sixes.
Earlier in the night, Stoinis single-handedly uplifted Delhi from 100 for six after 17 overs to 157 for eight on the finish of the 20th over. Delhi added 57 runs extra in their ultimate three overs at a charge of 19 runs per over with Stoinis hitting a 20-ball half-century.
Delhi acquired off to a horrifying begin after being put to bat, dropping their prime three contained in the fourth over earlier than Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant revived their crew with their scores of 31 and 39 respectively.
Iyer (39) and Pant (31) revered the situations to lift 73-run stand for the fourth wicket whereas Stoinis’ knock in the direction of the top put Capitals in a psychologically advantageous place.
Iyer launched into Gowtham for a large six, first of the innings, in the ninth over, taking the run-rate to a modest five-an-over.
Iyer and Pant largely relied on singles to maintain the scoreboard shifting. Iyer took Gowtham to the cleaners in the 13th over, creaming off 15 runs with two well-measured straight sixes.
Suddenly, Iyer appear to be snatching the momentum and it pressured Punjab captain KL Rahul to carry again his finest bowler — Shami, who didn’t disappoint and removed Iyer. Delhi appear to be limping however Stonis rescued them.
(with PTI inputs)