The sixth double header of this year’s IPL saw a super over in both games (Sunrisers vs Kolkata) and Mumbai vs Punjab.
The latter game went one step further seeing a double super over for the first time ever in IPL history. if fans thought that they had had enough excitement after the first super over between the Sunrisers and Kolkata they were in for a big surprise.
After electing to bat first, despite an initial quick-fire start, Mumbai lost their very first wicket with just 23 on the board as Arshdeep got Rohit to chop on cheaply. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan were soon to follow and with three wickets down within the power play, Mumbai were struggling.
De Kock and Krunal Pandya did their best to dig their team out of the hole. The two slowly yet surely began to motor along as they put on a fifty-nine run partnership which consisted of a maximum from each of them and a handful of boundaries before at last Ravi Bishnoi got Krunal to hole out to Deepak Hooda at deep square leg. Hardik replaced his brother and as if in revenge, carved Bishnoi for six off his very first delivery.
With only six overs remaining De Kock accelerated to his half century with a drive to long off shortly after a boundary and a maximum. Pandya quickly holed out to Pooran against Shami and Jordan took a page out of Shami’s book dismissing De Kock in the next over for a hard fought 53.
At 122/6 and only three overs left Mumbai looked doomed for a low middling score. Pollard and Coulter-Nile countered Arshdeep with 22 runs coming of the 18th over, 2 fours and sixes. Rubbing salt in the wounds, the last over went for 20 and Mumbai had raced to 176 at the end of their innings. Shami was the pick of the bowlers with two for 30.
Punjab’s start to their innings could not have been any better. Rahul took Boult to the cleaners in the third over which went for 20 seeing them sky-rocket to 33 after only three overs. This forced Rohit to bring on his ace: Bumrah. Bumrah delivered in his very first over getting Agarwal to nick onto his stumps bringing the Universe Boss at the crease. A brief cameo from him saw him get to 24 before Rahul Chahar got him to hole out at long off.
Pooran extinguished whatever relief Mumbai had after Gayle’s departure as he also scored 24 only at a faster rate, only taking 12 balls compared to Gayle’s 21. As usual Bumrah provided Mumbai with the breakthrough getting Pooran to sky one to Coulter-Nile. Rahul brought up his fifty with a pull against a long hop from Chahar. But two balls later he got the dangerous Maxwell to nick to the Mumbai Indian skipper for a duck.
Entering the last five overs Punjab needed 52 and it was all down to their captain, KL Rahul. With some help from Hooda he was able to snatch fifteen off the sixteenth over, that too against Bumrah. Bumrah however had the last laugh, as two overs later he managed to get past the gate of the Punjab skipper and all of the sudden the odds turned in Mumbai’s favour. Hooda and Jordan, however continued from where their captain left, mustering thirteen of the last over with the help of a few blows and Chahar dropping a sitter.
Rohit entrusted Boult with the last over and with the nudges and the inside edge past the keeper the equation was brought down to two of the last ball. By a matter of just three inches Jordan fell short of his ground complicating the game and forcing it into a super over which would in turn lead to another one.
Bumrah, who had already bowled so well with the remarkable figures of 3 for 24 was given the responsibility of bowling the super over. With the second ball of the super over he dismissed Pooran and trapped KL Rahul lbw with the last one meaning Punjab had only been able to salvage five runs from the over.
Opting against sending Pollard and Pandya, Mumbai decided to stick with their two openers, De Kock and Sharma. Staring down the barrel of a gun, Shami bowled extremely well and similarly to earlier, the equation became two of the last ball. And much like in the regulation game, Quinton De Kock who had whipped off the bails to run out Jordan was found agonizingly short of his ground.
With Shami, used in the first super over Punjab were forced to go with Jordan for the second one. Despite the two wides and the boundary from Pollard, Jordan was able to limit Mumbai to only eleven thanks to a sensational bit of fielding from Agarwal which saved four runs.
With Hooda, Rahul, Pooran unable to be used in the second super over, Punjab sent the Universe Boss with Agarwal to chase 12 down against Boult as Bumrah could not be used.
Gayle immediately calmed the nerves of the Punjab dug out with a giant heave over long on for six first ball. Agarwal finished the game off with back to back fours and Boult was left ruing after being involved in his third consecutive super over lost game in the span of fifteen months.
KL Rahul was adjudged man of the match for his batting performance in the regulation game of 77 from just fifty-one deliveries which saw Punjab keep their chances of reaching the playoffs still alive, albeit barely as they still have to win the rest of their league games.