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Kagiso Rabada on his Super Over: I don’t plan to win, but instead I plan to execute

When it comes to bowling in a Super Over, Kagiso Rabada is an expert of it. On Sunday (September 20) night, we saw a masterclass of bowling in that one-over eliminator in Dubai when the 25-year old South African pacer conceded just 2 runs against the likes of KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran, which helped Delhi Capitals to register a sensational triumph from a dire position in their opening match of IPL 2020 against Kings XI Punjab.

Having stepped up to deliver in the Super Over, Rabada conceded couple of runs off the first ball with his delivery drifting onto KL Rahul’s legs. However, Rabada came back to pick up the Indian opener’s wicket by following him down the leg side and forcing him into an awkward position to play the pull shot, which eventually found Axar Patel’s hands.

“You don’t plan anything. I don’t plan to win, but instead I plan to execute to win, and I think I managed to do that well in the Super Over,” Rabada commented on how he approached the six deliveries.

The pacer then managed to strike again as he took apart Pooran’s off stump to wrap up the innings in just three balls. “That’s just the way a game of cricket goes. Honestly it was a big relief because I knew if I did that, and with the kind of batters we have, three runs to win, we could do that. I was just very relieved that I took the wicket and could help the team in winning,” expressed Rabada.

Meanwhile, with Marcus Stoinis proving to be vital in the back-end of both the innings (53 off 21 with bat and 2 for 29 with ball in hand), Delhi Capitals managed to take the game into the Super Over, and 25-year-old Rabada was quick to credit his teammate for the win.

“I think it was incredible batting by Stoinis. He played an unbelievable innings towards the end to get us to a respectable total, and I thought Shreyas and Rishabh batted extremely well together to get us out of that hole early on,” said the pacer.

“What a day Stoinis had – he bowled two full tosses and got two wickets so it was his day. And from there, I think we took our opportunity to win that game,” Rabada added.

Rabada also said that “it was nice to be under so much pressure in the first game” as he reflected on Delhi Capitals’ first match. “Unfortunately our top order couldn’t do it this time, but we know all of them are quality players and will click in the upcoming games. So, you know, happy for the win but there’s still a long way to go in this tournament,” he added.

(Courtesy: Delhi Capitals Media)

Sandipan Banerjee is a senior cricket journalist with experience stretching across more than a decade. Having founded a number of cricket information resources and prior experience of working in big-ticket events like ICC Cricket World Cup, IPL and ICC Champions’ Trophy; he joined the team at in 2019 to provide strategic guidance and to assume a brand ambassador role as principal correspondent. Due to Sandipan’s commitment towards the game, it’s safe to assume that if India are involved in a Test, ODI or a T20I, he’ll be there covering the match!

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