IPL 2020: Here's what the rule-book says about Super Over, and in case it is tied
First Published 19, Oct 2020, 1:05 PM
The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League has already seen five Super Overs, which is the most in a single edition in the tournament's history. Sunday was also the first instance of a Super Over being tied, which was followed by another Super Over, with three Super Overs in a day.
The 13th edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) is being held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), away from its regular home in India. Nonetheless, the tournament has been no short of actions, as well as unique surprises, which includes Super Overs as well.
On Sunday, which was a double-header, both matches saw the respective ties getting into Super Overs. However, it was the second clash that was the most interesting one, since it saw a Super Over being tied as well.
As Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) sailed to a comfortable Super Over win against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the match involving Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) required two Super Overs to determine a winner. Nonetheless, it was KXIP who came out on top.
It became the first instance in T20 history to see three Super Overs in a day, besides being the fifth time to see a Super Over being tied. Nevertheless, it was the rules of the Super Over that everyone did not seem to understand, as confusions surrounded the players, management, commentators and even the fans. But, here we explain it as per the rule book.
What does the MCC law state? According to Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the law for Super Overs states that any batsman that has been dismissed in the Super Over, cannot bat in the subsequent one of the same match. Also, the bowler bowling the first Super Over cannot be used in the succeeding one.
What happened during MI-KXIP tie? The first Super Over of the match saw Jasprit Bumrah bowling for MI, while KXIP's KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran were dismissed. In reply, MI's Quinton de Kock was dismissed, while Mohammed Shami bowled for KXIP. Consequently, the second Super Over saw a new set of batsmen from both sides, as Chris Jordan and Trent Boult bowled for KXIP and MI, respectively.
Why Rohit Sharma and Deepak Hooda did not bat in second Super Over? Immediately, in the second Super Over, there were confusions that if the batsman staying unbeaten can bat in the following one, why did not Rohit and Hooda bat for MI and KXIP, respectively, in the second one? We feel that Rohit might have gone against coming out since he could score just a couple from three in the first one. As for Hooda, he might have been in line if KXIP had lost a wicket in the second one.
Match summary: Winning the toss, MI skipper Rohit Sharma opted to bat, as de Kock's 53, along with Krunal Pandya and Pollard's innings of 34 each, allowed them to post an above-par total of 176/6. In reply, it was Rahul's 51-ball 77, along with other fine contributions from the KXIP batsmen, that helped them to tie the match.
Super Over madness: As the match went into the Super Over, KXIP managed to score just six runs, while MI, too, managed to score the same off the final delivery. The second Super Over saw MI bat first, as Pollard's blitz helped them score 11. Nonetheless, it was Chis Gayle and Mayank Agarwal, who did the job for KXIP.