IPL 2020, Match 2: Delhi Capitals (DC) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) – Match Report, Twitter Reactions - Delhi Capitals Start Journey With A Super-Over Victory

IPL 2020, Match 2: Delhi Capitals (DC) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) – Match Report, Twitter Reactions – Delhi Capitals Start Journey With A Super-Over Victory

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In the thrilling second game of the IPL 2020, Delhi Capitals (DC) beat Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Super Over after the main game had the tied result.

After winning the toss in his first game as a captain in IPL history, KXIP skipper KL Rahul decided to field first. Delhi Capitals managed to score 157/8 (20 overs) in the first innings. In reply, KXIP also managed to score the same total 157/8 (20 overs).

In the Super Over, Kagiso Rabada took two back-to-back wickets of KXIP skipper KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran as the Punjab franchise only managed to score 2/2 (3 balls). Delhi Capitals chased down that Super Over target in two legal deliveries as Mohammed Shami conceded a wide and than Rishabh Pant scored a match-winning double after Shami managed to deliver a dot ball on the first delivery of that one-over eliminator.

IPL 2020, Match 2: Delhi Capitals (DC) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) – Match Report

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) innings: Mayank Agarwal almost snatched a victory, but Marcus Stoinis again became a hero and forced to tie the match

KXIP opener and captain KL Rahul (21 runs) started well but Mohit Sharma bowled him in the fifth over of that innings, which led an early top-order batting collapse.

In the final over of the mandatory powerplay, the veteran Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin delivered his first over for Delhi Capitals. He dismissed Karun Nair (1) on his first delivery for this team, while Nicholas Pooran was his next victim on the fifth ball of that over who failed to open his account. But, that memorable over ended in a horrific way as Ashwin dislocated his left shoulder and went out from the ground in a painful way as the support needed for him. His bowling figures were 1-0-2-2.

In the next over, pacer Kagiso Rabada took the wicket of dangerous in-form Aussie cricketer Glenn Maxwell (1). At that time, KXIP were struggling on 35/4. When Sarfaraz Khan (12) lost his wicket to Axar Patel, the Punjab franchise was battling on 55/5.

However, opener Mayank Agarwal fought very hard and desperately tried to bring back the KXIP into the game. Agarwal and Krishnappa Gowtham set a crucial 46-run partnership for the sixth wicket, but Rabada dismissed Gowtham (20 runs) in the crucial 16th over.

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Mayank Agarwal (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

But Agarwal continued his impressive batting and completed his fifty in 45 balls. He played brilliant cricket and almost single-handedly tied the game as he scored 89 runs off 60 balls (7 fours and 4 sixes). In the final over, KXIP required 13 runs to win while Marcus Stoinis came to bowl. Agarwal added 12 runs in the first three balls but the team failed to add the winning run in the next three balls where they lost two wickets in the final two balls.

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Among the Delhi Capitals bowlers, apart from Ashwin, Rabada (2/28) and Stoinis (2/29) also finished with two wickets each in that innings.

Delhi Capitals (DC) innings: Marcus Stoinis’ late blasts helped Shreyas Iyer-led side to manage the 150+ total

Indian pacer Mohammed Shami started the game in a great way as DC lost all their first three batsmen in the single-digit scores while they were struggling on 13/3. While the experienced opener Shikhar Dhawan was run out for a two-ball duck, Shami dismissed the other opener Prithvi Shaw (5) and Shimron Hetmyer (7) in his second over of this tournament.

Captain Shreyas Iyer and wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant handled that early collapse very well and set the crucial 73 runs partnership for the fourth wicket. But eyeing to accelerate after getting well settled down, both Pant (31 runs) and Iyer (39 runs) lost their wickets in the crucial period.

Since then, only Marcus Stoinis widely managed to add runs on the scoreboard in that innings. At the end of the 19th over of that innings, DC managed to score 127/7 while Stoinis scored 28 not out off 15 balls.

English death-over specialist pacer Chris Jordan bowled the last over of that innings where DC collected a total of 30 runs. Stoinis hit 6, 4, 4, 4 and another sixer to complete his half-century in just 20 balls. Before getting run-out, he scored 53 runs off just 21 balls (7 fours and 3 sixes).

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Marcus Stoinis (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Among the KXIP pacers, incredible Mohammed Shami (3/15) got three wickets while Sheldon Cottrell (2/24) picked up two wickets. Also, the 20-year-old leggie Ravi Bishnoi picked up one wicket on his IPL debut as he ended with the bowling figures of 4-0-22-1.

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