MI VS KXIP : MATCH REVIEW

MI VS KXIP : MATCH REVIEW

Surely surely this has to be the best match of this season of not IPL! Three superovers in one day, gee! Where do I start the whole game was so full of events but one thing for sure both the teams fought neck to neck but it’s just that one has to win so KXIP got those two points but no team deserved to loose after this. Whenever one team tried to get on top of the game the other just made a comeback and maintained that suspense and balance throughout the whole game. Starting from the start MI opted to bat first but they were reduced to 43/3 inside the power play but credit to de Cock and Pollard that they got to 176. KXIP started the chase with some brisk runs but in the 4th over Bumrah got the better of Mayank and after that wickets at regular intervals ensured that MI were in the game till the last ball.

Then happened what never happened before, two superovers in one day in IPL. KXIP batted first and brilliant Bumrah’s toecrushers restricted KXIP to mere 5, almost everybody thought that this game was done and dusted for KXIP but a mere blip from MI and Pollard asked to bat at three in super over and result Shami ‘THE TSUNAMI’ tied that too with some accuracy in his Yorkers and as the recently changed laws suggest that there will be a series of superovers till the winner is decided. This time MI batted first and they scored 11 off Jordan and then in came Universe Boss Chris Gayle to open with Mayank Agarwal and the inaccuracy in Trent Bolts over meant that KXIP won that game

Well you might never see God, but you can die in peace with the fact that you’ve experienced three Super Overs in a day, two of them in a match. Thanks to the ICC and their amended rules post the 14th of July 2019, we’ve had a night that clearly never wanted to end. They may’ve done away with the boundary count, but clearly didn’t anticipate these back-to-back Super Overs to frame concrete rules about its participants. But let’s leave the rant for some other night, for Punjab are celebrating. They’ve almost forgotten what it’s been to win, certainly from situations as choked up as these. Yes, they choked, 3 off 3 in the normal game surely should’ve been closed out. But then Mumbai in their FOMO choked, failing to chase down 6 in their first Super Over. But then Boult with his juicy high full tosses and Gayle and Agarwal striking them snatched what should’ve always been theirs without drama.

Kieron Pollard | MI (stand-in) captain: It shows that 1 run and 2 runs are very very crucial in T20 cricket. I am sure it was great for viewership. Kings got the better of us and deserved the two points. Around the 11-12 overs, we knew we were a couple of overs behind. Getting 170-odd, that was a good total – above-par on a track that was a on the slower side. With the dimensions, we thought we can defend that. KL again batted beautifully, congratulations to them. ‘What’s the worse that can happen?’ That’s how I look at things. It’s a game of cricket, you go out there to do your best, you prepare, there’s a process and the situation dictates what happens. We should won this I believe deep down. These things happen. We have been playing good cricket, even today we played a very good cricket game. it’s a matter of trying to to improve every time. We have a four-day break, enough time to reflect. The guys are confident. I was told that he (Rohit) was not feeling well.  We’ll see what happens. He’s a fighter.

KL Rahul | Winning skipper | MoM: It’s not the first time, I’m getting used to it but we’ll take the two points however they come. It doesn’t always happen so you don’t know how to stay balanced in a situation like this. We have put in some really amazing performances even in the games we lost. We’re trying to come back harder in each game and wins like these help. After wicket-keeping for 20 overs, batting in the first six is very crucial. We knew it would get slower with their decent spinners, so Mayank and I got a good start over 50 runs. When Chris plays against spinners, I trust them to take down the spinners. Chris coming in helps, he is an experienced player and knows how to carry the team through. You can’t prepare for Super Overs, no team prepares for Super Overs. You have to trust your bowling group and it is important you let them believe their instinct and gut. Shami was certain he wanted to go for six yorkers and he has been phenomenal for us. It is important senior guys put their hands up for us. We still want to take it one game at a time and when you haven’t won a lot in the first seven, every victory is sweet. The talk in the dressing room is to focus on the process and stay calm. That is the kind of mood we want to set and everybody is professional and competitive and they want to win games. We know we need to win everything from here, but not at the cost of processes, we need to enjoy ourselves here.

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