Delhi Capitals’ (DC) Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis gave a stupendous performance with both bat and the ball when his team needed him the most, taking them to a win against KXIP in their opening match of IPL 2020. KXIP had won the toss and decided to bowl at the Dubai International Stadium where the pitch is quite hard for the batsman to play on.
Delhi had set up a meagre 157 on the board in the first inning through an important knock of 53 runs off 21 balls from Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis.
KXIP’s Mayank Agarwal went on to score 89 runs helping his side to level the score at 157 and the match went for a super over. DC went on to win the super over after KXIP could only register 2 runs to defend.
Marcus Stoinis wins the Man of the Match award for DC vs KXIP match
Stoinis took home the man of the match award in DC’s first game of the IPL. He came on the pitch when half the DC team had returned to pavilion and the scoreline was at 96/6 in 16 overs. He went on to score a quick 53 off 21 balls, getting 30 runs from the last over off pacer Chris Jordan and giving DC a total of 157 on the board.
“We were sort of looking for 130-140 after the early wickets. Yeah, it was handy, that can happen in cricket. A lot of bowlers are going wider to me these days, so I’ve got to work on that stuff. [Walking across the stumps] was part of the game plan,” Stoinis said after in a post match interview.
Stoinis was given the last over of the match to bowl, when KXIP needed 13 runs off six balls to win. Mayank Agarwal who had settled on the pitch scored a six on the first ball by Stoinis and seven runs left to win in five balls, it looked like a sure victory for KXIP. In the next two balls, KXIP got six runs and then needed one run off three balls.
Mayank Agrawal with 89 runs in the inning was facing Stoinis and looked an easy task for him to steal a run, but the next delivery went dot. Then, Stoinis took the wickets of Agrawal and Chris Jordan in two consecutive deliveries to force a super over.
DC vs KXIP: Late Super over drama
KXIP managed to get to the 157-r target of DC with a very important 89 run inning from Indian batsman Mayank Agrawal. The match went on to a super over to decide the winner. Punjab were to bat first and the ball was handed to South African pacer Kagiso Rabada by DC captain Shreyas Iyer.
KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran went to bat first in the super over who were both quickly sent back to the pavilion by Rabada and could only score two runs. Delhi comfortably got their three runs against KXIP’s Mohammed Shami and started their IPL 2020 on a high note.