The second match of the IPL 2020 was as entertaining as it can be. Delhi Capitals who were put in to bat first posted an above-par total of 157 for KXIP to chase, courtesy of outstanding innings at the back-end by Marcus Stoinis. KXIP, who came into the chase, suffered a huge blow quite early on in the innings as their captain and star batsman KL Rahul was dismissed by a peach of an inswing delivery by the veteran DC seamer Mohit Sharma.
Things looked well in control for the Kings XI Punjab quite early on in the first innings. Mohammad Shami created havoc with the ball as he dismissed three of the DC top-order batsmen quite cheaply. He was well complemented by Sheldon Cottrell and young leggie Ravi Bishnoi who kept the flow of runs in control. But just when Rahul and co thought that they had the game in their control, in came Big Marcus Stoinis, who smashed each and every bowler out of the park. He scored a mammoth 53 runs off just 21 balls, which included a hefty 30 run over from Chris Jordan.
Courtesy of that innings KXIP had to chase down 158 runs in 20 overs. And for their surprise, their captain and best batsman KL Rahul was sent cheaply into the pavilion, as a result of an incredible inswing ball from Mohit Sharma. He pitched the ball on a good length and created a sharp inward movement that fooled Rahul who tried to flick it to the leg side.
The match had everything. Drama, emotion, twist, and major suspense at the end. After the fall of Rahul’s wicket, the rest of the KXIP batsmen started to rush to the pavilion one after the other courtesy of some good bowling from DC and rash shots from KXIP batsmen. Ashwin created the major breakthrough as he dismissed Karun Nair and Nicholas Pooran in the same over, before leaving the field due to dislocation in the left arm.
But despite wickets tumbling down at the other end Mayank Agarwal kept his nerves and grinded towards an incredible knock of 89 runs from 60 balls to take his side nearly home. He departed when they needed 1 of 2 balls. But Stoinis who was bowling the last over kept his cool and defended it. The match went to a super over and it was DC who claimed the victory in the super over, courtesy of an incredible 3 balls from Kagiso Rabada.
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