IPL 2020: Match 2, Talking Points as DC beat KXIP
The second match of the season at Dubai International Stadium was a game undreamt off. The match between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab had so much to offer that it left spectators with hardly any moment to miss.
What an electrifying match! The Delhi-Punjab clash at the Dubai International Stadium was no less than a thriller. With a saga of game-changing points, the match stole the breaths, not just till the last ball, but even dragged it to the super over. Finally, the match concluded in a tie, with Delhi Capitals winning the Super Over easily.
Let’s us hog some light on some the match points:
Shaky start for DC
Openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan struggled to get in line with the Punjab bowlers. They could not take the face on that easily. Also, the duo created a fuss during running, it cost them Dhawan’s early wicket.
Shami was flawless with the ball as if he had practiced it throughout the lockdown. He struck off Shaw and Hetmyer cheaply. Later, he also took Iyer’s wicket, making one of his best figures of 4-0-15-3.
Iyer-Pant showed maturity
With the early fall of wickets, the two youngsters did consolidate a bit that was needed for Delhi. The duo had a 50-run stand in the crucial time.
Ravi Bishnoi- the debutant
The debutant India Under-19 leggie got a much-needed breakthrough of Rishabh Pant, who was consolidating good with the captain. Bishnoi returned figures of 1/22.
The Stoinis Show
Stoinis once again proved his worth. Exceptional with the bat, he went on to score one of the fastest IPL fifties, 53 off just 21 balls, as he took DC to a formidable total of 157. The former did decent bowling, scrapping a couple of Punjab’s wickets.
The experienced off-spinner showed no soft corner for KXIP, whom he captained till the last season. Given the ball in the fifth over, he scalped two wickets by giving just two runs. However, he invited some injury during the last ball of his over itself.
The non-striker opener got off to a slow start. When Punjab kept losing wickets, the former calmly rotated the strike. The former had not so fascinating strike till the 18th over, when he scored a half-century, after which he stormed boundaries that brought the match so close. But unfortunately, he lost his wicket at the very end.
A tied match with a Super Over
In the 19th over of Kings XI Punjab's chase, umpire Nitin Menon signaled a short run, after Mayank Agarwal and Chris Jordan had completed a two. The seemingly wrong decision turned the tables, which cost Punjab heavily, who could have won the match under the correct umpiring decision. This resulted in a Super Over, where Delhi Capitals notched an easy win.