Cricket verse reacts to the gripping encounter between DC And KXIP and the unprecedented Super Over.
“A belligerent, edge of seat encounter where a knocked out side in the first 16 overs of a game vociferously comes back from the dead with the help of one man” is the best description for both the Innings that transpired last night. For all cricket fans, it is clearly the Dhoni zone of the game and one team had to be wearing a yellow with the superman stealing the show. It’s his show and tournament after all.
But mind you, it’s 2020 and it’s 20-20 and time and again, we have had our throats parched and wilted with the drama that it brings along with it.
For Delhi Capitals the man was Marcus Stoinis who continued his merry run in T20 leagues after a sensational breakthrough season with Melbourne Stars earlier this Year and almost single handedly brought DC out of the dead twice in a matter of 3 hours to help them script a narrow escape. But that was not all that this game will be remembered for.
Time and again, the Rahul Dravid prodigy has marked his mark on the biggest stage but in the whites. And he almost pulled off the impossible last night before bottling the game on a low fulltoss, hitting the ball to the only fielder outside the circle. Such is life. Mayank Agarwal learnt the lesson that crossing the finish line is the most difficult task and that even on your greatest day, someone else is trumping your stars. It was one of the best innings missed by the spectators, only second to the 183 at Tunbridge Wells by another Punjabi talisman in 1983.
Delhi Capitals managed to pull of a heist and trump KXIP in a game they lost in the first 16 overs, gripped back in the next 16, lost in the next 7.3 overs and won in the last 3 balls and the super over. Here are some key takeaways from the game last night
- Pace and Bounce are the key: Unlike what was speculated at the start, it is the pace and bounce that is set to dominate the IPL in the first half with a good green cover on the wickets to help them hold for the entire season. Mohammad Shami’s first spell was a tutorial for bowlers to see and replicate. It was a peach of a spell.
- Delhi Capitals need Stability in the Middle: Having the dynamic Shaw and Hetmyer in the top 3 can easily backfire on most days. Perhaps, Delhi can try roping in Rahane who can steady a sinking ship, if required and is a live wire on the field also.
- GayleStorm on hold: With Mayank bossing the things like he did, Gayle may have to wait to get a spot in the 11 owing to the fact that Gayle cannot be used as a floater as well. Punjab too need stability in the middle order and for them to succeed, Maxwell really needs to bring back the Maxwell from UAE 1.0.
- Kagiso Rabada and Ashwin are key to Delhi’s success: Rabada has time and again proved his mettle at the big stage and Ashwin is really the key to Delhi’s success. The bowl was coming out of his hands really well and his Injury after his 1st over is what really bought the game so far down. Delhi would be hoping for him to recover super fast and get back Ishant in the scheme of things as well.
- Heartbreaking short Run: It’s IPL and it’s Umpires again hogging the limelight. With 21 required off 10, KXIP ran two and one of the runs was overruled(which cost them the game). The replays clearly suggested the run was fair and that bought the age old technology debate. Perhaps, there would be a debate to remove the umpires from the game some day as well.
- Lack of match Practice showing on the field: The two games thus far have suggested that players without match practice are scratchy on the field. Too many misfields and dropped catches has been the highlight of the tournament thus far.
Here are some best reactions from twitter verse for the enthralling game last night
While IPL 2020 is up and running with it’s first Super over in the second game itself, we have a South Indian derby tonight with Super D taking on Super V in another cracker. We cannot wait to bring the best from that game as well. Stay tuned.