Indian Premier League is the synonym of entertainment – a fact that has been once again proved within the first ten days of IPL 2020. From Super Overs to umpiring errors to blistering knocks, IPL 2020 has already witnessed it all.
Here we take a look at the five most unforgettable moments of IPL 2020 so far:
Rahul Tewatia’s onslaught
Despite struggling initially in his innings, the all-rounder struck five sixes in the 18th over off Sheldon Cottrell, four of them on the trot, to turn the match on its head after the Royals needed 51 runs from the last three overs.
During the initial overs, many felt it was a forgone conclusion that KXIP would win after Tewatia struggled to time his shots as he scored just 8 runs off 19 balls. But, Tewatia (53 of 31 balls and 7 sixes) hoisted Cottrell for a series of sixes much to the amazement of his team-mates and opposition players.
Riding on Mayank Agarwal’s maiden IPL ton (106 off 50) and captain KL Rahul’s 69, KXIP posted a huge total of 223 runs on the board, batting first in Sharjah on Sunday. In reply, a late onslaught from Tewatia after the fifties from Smith (50) and Samson (85) saw Rajasthan claim a memorable win by 4 wickets.
IPL 2020 is just ten days old and the tournament has already seen two matches ending in a tie thus going all the way to the super over.
Rabada who helped DC get across the line as he accounted for the dismissals of KXIP skipper KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran off consecutive deliveries in the Super Over, to leave DC with a paltry target of 3 runs.
The Delhi-based franchise chased down the target of 3 runs without much ado in the second match of IPL 2020.
RCB defeated Mumbai Indians via Super Over after the original game was tied with both the teams scoring 201 runs in the allotted 20 overs.
KL Rahul’s century
KXIP skipper KL Rahul produced the first century of the IPL 2020 plundering an unbeaten knock of 132 against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday. His knock contained 14 fours and seven sixes, powering Kings XI Punjab to an impressive 206/3.
Overall, it was his second century in IPL. He also scored his highest score in IPL, surpassing the previous best knock of 100 not out.
His 132-run knock also saw him become the captain with the highest score in IPL and it is also the highest score registered by an Indian cricketer in the history of IPL.
Meanwhile, riding on Rahul’s century, KXIP thrashed RCB by 97 runs.
Nicholas Pooran’s astonishing fielding effort
KXIP cricketer Nicholas Pooran produced one of the best fielding efforts against the Rajasthan Royals IPL 2020 game on Sunday when he saved five vital runs for his side with superman effort.
It was in the eighth over of RR’s innings chasing 224, when Sanju Samson pulled Murugan Ashwin’s short of a length delivery. It was destined to clear the ropes and it did, only for an out-stretched Pooran to catch the ball mid-air and throw it back into the field of play. All of that in a blink of an eye.
Pooran’s acrobatic skills drew applause from all quarters with legend Sachin Tendulkar calling it “the best save I have seen in my life”. His effort even brought a standing ovation and a salute from KXIP fielding coach, Jonty Rhodes, who is one of the best fielders the game has ever seen.
However, Pooran’s effort went in vain as his team ended up losing the game by 4 wickets.
Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab short-run controversy
DC and KXIP open their IPL 2020 campaign against each other and the match was nothing less than a thriller as it got tied and went to the Super Over. However, before the match went into Super Over, the TV footage showed that square leg umpire Menon had erred in calling Chris Jordan for a ‘short run’ in the third ball of the 19th over, bowled by Kagiso Rabada.
The TV replays showed that Jordan’s bat was inside the crease when he completed the first run, starting from the non-striker’s end.
However, to KXIP’s horror, Menon gestured that Jordan has not completed the run and only one run was added to Mayank Agarwal and the Punjab team’s total. The decision was not reversed despite technological evidence that it was a wrong call.
In the final over, Punjab needed 13 runs to win and Agarwal managed 12 runs in the first three balls.
If that one ‘short-run’ was credited to their total, Punjab would have won with three balls to spare but they lost two wickets in the final two balls after a dot fourth ball and it spilled to a Super Over, which the Kings XI lost.
Post the match, former India and KXIP batsman Virender Sehwag lashed out at Menon for his call.
“I don’t agree with the man of the match choice. The umpire who gave this short run should have been a man of the match,” Sehwag’s sarcasm-laced tweet read.
“Short-Run nahin tha. And that was the difference,” Sehwag wrote.