Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal defeated Kings XI Punjab in the final against defending champions Mumbai Indians in the historic match of IPL 2020 in the second Super Over at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. For the first time in the history of the game, at the end of the 20 overs rule and then the first super over score was equalized. But Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle scored 1 run in the second super over without any loss and added two important points to their challenge and kept their hopes alive. With this win, KXIP has six points from nine matches and is level on points with three other teams battling for fourth play-off place in the eight-team table.
Chris Gayle, who did not bat in the first super over, hit a six off the first ball and put Trent Boult under pressure. On the next ball, he bowled a single to bring Mayank to strike. He hit back-to-back fours to seal the victory and he finished sixth on the points table.
In addition to his batting heroes, Mayank’s sensational fielding on the fence saved four runs and kept MI at just 11 runs. Kieron Pollard hit the ball well and it was as if some distance was going to go but Mayank threw himself in the air and pulled the ball and saved important runs for his team.
KXIP could bat only five runs in the first super over. On the second ball, Jaspreet Bumrah released Nicholas Puran and then Rahul was dismissed by a heel crushing yorker.
Mohammed Shami, who threw a lot towards the end of the regulatory over, corrected and threw six great balls to tie the game and lead to the second super over.
Earlier, KL Rahul scored 77 off balls 1 and captained the team but could not complete his side’s performance. The game seemed to be moving away from Mumbai and Rohit threw the ball into the hands of Bumrah, who provided all the important wickets to a swinging yorker at the foot of the off stump.
Deepak Hooda (2 not out off 1 balls) and Chris Jordan (113 off) put on 13 runs for the second wicket. A pair of nine requirements off just six balls hit five runs off the first two balls and the four-run equation fell off four balls. However, Trent Boult bowled brilliantly in the last four balls and was limited to 176/6 after 20 overs.
From Mumbai, Quinton de Kock put on a fine performance and added another half-century to put on a 53-run stand off 43 balls. While skipper Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishaan Kishan returned to the pavilion, Mumbai Indians lost three wickets inside the powerplay.
De Kock and Krunal Pandya put on a crucial 58-run stand for the fourth wicket. Young legspinner Ravi Bishnoi dismissed Krunal and broke the dangerous partnership in the 14th over.
Hardik Pandya hit a six in the short time he stopped at the crease and was dismissed cheaply for eight on the strength of Mohammad Shami. De Cock also made an effort to speed up the innings and left Mumbai in a tough position. Two new batsmen were playing at the crease and three overs to play.
However, it was eye-opening to see what happened next as Kieron Pollard (12 not out) 34) and Coulter-Nile (12 not out 2) scored runs in the last three overs to take their total to just over. Tough double pace track.
Pollard cleared the fence twice, while Coulter-Nile hit two fours in the 18th over by Earldeep Singh.
The Australian all-rounder then hit two fours as Mumbai Indians completed 12 overs. West Indies then hit 20 runs in the last over with two sixes and a four to complete the height of the innings.