Kings XI Punjab beat Mumbai Indians(MI) In Thrilling After Historic 2nd Super Over In Indian Premier League. Rahul, Shami star as KXIP predominate after two Super Overs.

Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to bat. Quinton de Kock was the highest run-scorer, smashing 53 runs off 43 deliveries in an innings Pollard 34 runs off 12 balls and Nathan Coulter-Nile 24 runs off 12 balls comprising of three boundaries and as many sixes. De Kock enjoyed quality support from Krunal Pandya 34 runs off 30 balls, Kieron Pollard 34 runs fiery cameos lead Mumbai to 176.

Mohammed Shami 4-0-30-2 and Arshdeep Singh 3-0-35-2 accounted for two wickets apiece, with English pacer Chris Jordan completing one dismissal.

Kings XI Punjab has finished with a score of 176/6, which will result in the match being decided via a super over, making it two super overs in the same day.

Punjab started off well with the bat. It was KL Rahul 77 runs off 51 balls who was the pick of the lot with the bat and he was amazing out in the middle. Chris Gayle 24 runs off 21 balls, too was good with the bat and but he could not stay for a long period. Pooran 24 runs off 12 balls played some good strokes but were sent back to the hut by Bumrah. It was Bumrah again who got rid of Rahul towards the end. Hooda 23*and Jordan 13* played well in the final overs for them to make the Super Over.

SUPER OVER 1.0

Bumrah for Mumbai and the paceman only allowed five runs in six deliveries. He got out of Pooran on the second ball and kept bowling yorkers after yorkers and didn’t let Rahul and Hooda open their shoulders. Rahul tried his best but Bumrah was too good, and then pinned him right in front of the stumps on the final delivery.

The responsibility was on Shami to defend six runs and the fast bowler was superb with his yorkers as well. Both Rohit and de Kock couldn’t get him away and could only get four singles in the first five deliveries. With two needed off one, de Kock pressed one through the covers but couldn’t complete the second run. The throw was slightly wide but Rahul did well to gather it and break the stumps.

SUPER OVER 2.0

It was Pollard and Hardik who walked out to bat and they were up facing Jordan. He did start with two solid yorkers and a wide but then gave a half-volley to Pollard who smashed it through the covers for a boundary. Jordan came back well and kept the last three deliveries very full. Pollard almost flicked the final ball for a six but Agarwal made a superb save at cow corner to keep MI’s Super Over total to 11.

Then, out came Gayle and smoked the very first delivery for a six down the ground. The second ball was a single and Agarwal followed it up with a boundary through covers. Agarwal was treated with another full toss and the right-hander punched the full-toss over mid-wicket to seal the game for Punjab. Boult failed to live up to the standard set by Bumrah, Shami, and Jordan to an extent.

KL Rahul | Winning skipper | MoM: It’s not the first time, I’m getting used to it but we’ll take the two points however they come. It doesn’t always happen so you don’t know how to stay balanced in a situation like this. We have put in some really amazing performances even in the games we lost. We’re trying to come back harder in each game and wins like these help. After wicket-keeping for 20 overs, batting in the first six is very crucial. We knew it would get slower with their decent spinners, so Mayank and I got a good start over 50 runs. When Chris plays against spinners, I trust them to take down the spinners. Chris coming in helps, he is an experienced player and knows how to carry the team through. You can’t prepare for Super Overs, no team prepares for Super Overs. You have to trust your bowling group and it is important you let them believe their instinct and gut. Shami was certain he wanted to go for six yorkers and he has been phenomenal for us. It is important senior guys put their hands up for us. We still want to take it one game at a time and when you haven’t won a lot in the first seven, every victory is sweet. The talk in the dressing room is to focus on the process and stay calm. That is the kind of mood we want to set and everybody is professional and competitive and they want to win games. We know we need to win everything from here, but not at the cost of processes, we need to enjoy ourselves here.

Mayank Agarwal: It was close. I was close to the boundary and the thought was if I keep it inside, we will save runs. I didn’t think I could get it to Arshdeep, I just wanted to save four honestly. It was just the shock of the elbow hitting the ground, so I’m alright. It can get hard in sport, but you can’t live without it. The mindset was we had nothing to lose, and the pressure was off us. The DC game flashed in my mind, but I just went for it, come what may. We aren’t thinking about the points table, but getting a win against a team like MI is heartening. It was a dream come true to play the IPL and to have exciting games like this is amazing. This kind of a match will go down in history. Having an opportunity to learn from the game’s greats is quite incredible. KL is a wonderful player and the kind of performance he’s put forth as a captain so consistently is incredible. We aren’t talking about the points table, and it’s about taking it one game at a time.

Kieron Pollard | MI (stand-in) captain: It shows that 1 run and 2 runs are very very crucial in T20 cricket. I am sure it was great for viewership. Kings got the better of us and deserved the two points. Around the 11-12 over, we knew we were a couple of overs behind. Getting 170-odd, that was a good total – above-par on a track that was on the slower side. With the dimensions, we thought we can defend that. KL again batted beautifully, going down to a Super Over, congratulations to them. ‘What’s the worse that can happen?’ That’s how I look at life and that’s how I look at things. It’s a game of cricket, you go out there to do your best, you prepare, there’s a process and the situation dictates what happens. We were on the losing side tonight. We should have won this I believe deep down but these things happen. We have been playing good cricket, even today we played a very good cricket game. It’s a matter of trying to improve each and every time. There are a couple of areas we need to improve on. We have a four-day break, enough time to reflect. The guys are confident in the dressing room. I was told that he’s (Rohit) not feeling well. We’ll see what happens. He’s a fighter.

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