The Indian Premier League is known for serving up more than its fair share of dramatic moments, but Sunday night’s match between Kings XI Punjab and the Mumbai Indians will go down as one of the best ever.
Two end of innings ‘super overs’ were required for the first time ever after the Kings XI matched Mumbai’s total of 176.
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Punjab skipper KL Rahul belted 77 runs from just 51 balls to keep the Indians in the contest and force the first super over.
The two teams remained deadlocked after the first one, with new bowlers and batsmen called for do play the second deciding over.
Both sides banked seven runs in the first super over, before Mumbai’s Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal scored 12 runs to the Kings XI Punjab’s 11 in the second tiebreaker over.
The incredible end to the match wasn’t lost on Agarwal, who said the match would ‘go down in history’ in his post-game interview.
“It was a dream come true to play the IPL and to have exciting games like this is amazing,” he said.
Quinton de Kock's fifty. KL Rahul's fifty. Jasprit Bumrah's super over. Mohammed Shami's super over. KL Rahul's run-out. Mayank Agarwal's match-winning save on the boundary. Ice-cool Chris Gayle and Mayank at the death.
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“This kind of a match will go down in history.
“Having an opportunity to learn from the game’s greats is quite incredible. KL is a wonderful player and the kind of performance he’s put forth as a captain so consistently is incredible.”
The second super over was called for after the International Cricket Council altered the rules around limited overs matches following England’s controversial World Cup win in 2019.
England and New Zealand remained deadlocked after a super over, but the match was handed to England on a countback of boundaries scored.
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New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has made an instant impact in his first appearance in this season's Indian Premier League with a five-wicket haul and a brilliant Super Over to help Kolkata Knight Riders edge out Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday.
Ferguson took 3-15 in the regulation 20 overs and then held the opposition to just two runs in the super over when he also clean bowled Australia opener David Warner and Abdul Samad within the first three balls.
Kolkata notched the required three runs within four balls off ace legspinner Rashid Khan to record their fifth win in the tournament. They stayed fourth in the table.
"I had my plan which was working throughout the game," said Ferguson, adding that Warner's dismissal in the super over was his best wicket of the day.
"We'll take this win and enjoy tonight, it was a very good win on a tough wicket. It was nice to put the icing on the cake after the batsmen's effort."
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