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Talking points from Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Capitals

The Indian Premier League has gotten off to a flying start, with just the second match of the league going down to a Super Over. Both Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab played out a roller-coaster of a match, which the former won in the Super Over. After being sent in to bat first, the Capitals managed 157 for 8 in their 20 overs, with Marcus Stoinis leading the charge.

In reply, Punjab huffed and puffed their way to the target, with Mayank Agarwal scoring a fine fifty. In the Super Over, they could manage just two runs, however, which was easily chased down.

Here are the talking points from the game.

Stoinis emerges as the all-rounder that Delhi needed

Over the last few years, the biggest Achilles Heel of the Delhi team had been their lower-order batting. They managed to sign all-rounder Marcus Stoinis for IPL 2020, and the Aussie impressed straightaway, smashing 53 off just 21 balls with seven fours and three sixes. He came out to bat with the scorecard reading 86 for 4 in 14 overs, and at 112 for 6 off 18 overs, it needed a special effort to help the side to a formidable total.

The burly all-rounder took on Chris Jordan in the last over of the innings, smashing 30 runs, to take his side over the 150-run mark. He impressed with the ball as well, picking up two wickets off the last two deliveries of the match to take the game into a Super Over.

Chris Jordan’s run was declared short despite replays suggesting otherwise

In a huge umpiring blunder that potentially cost Kings XI Punjab the game, the on-field umpires ruled a run that KXIP cricketer Chris Jordan as ‘short’ and deducted a run off the scorecard. However, replays suggested that Jordan had grounded his bat and it was a legitimate delivery.

The call proved to be vital in the end result as Punjab fell short of the target by just one run. With technology calling out no-balls during the game, we wonder why the third umpire did not convey to the on-field umpires about the blunder that affected the course of the match.

Rabada’s Super Over geniuses

There is no doubt that Kagiso Rabada is one of the most lethal bowlers in the world. Blessed with a pinpoint yorker, the South African has been Delhi’s go-to bowler in the last two Super Overs. Last year, against Kolkata Knight Riders, he yorked out and bowled Andre Russell, while this year, he got the wickets of KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran.

Overall, in Super Overs in the IPL, Rabada has bowled nine balls, has conceded nine runs (he conceded 2 today) and has picked up three wickets. Delhi have managed to win both the Super Overs.

 

This postgraduate in English Literature from Kolkata has taken on the tough task of limiting the mystic world of cricket to a few hundred words. A firm believer that Kohli is a wizard with the willow, she spends her time awaiting the next Indian spring triumph.

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