The IPL 2020 has already witnessed some high-octane fixtures and extremely close contests with the fate of the match unsure until the last ball. The tournament has once again put all cricket fans on the edge of the seat with the matches going down all the way to the wire.
In this article, we take a look at 5 such heart-stopping contests which has panned out in IPL 2020 so far.
IPL 2020: DC vs KXIP- DC won in Super Over
Delhi Capitals (DC) beat Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) after a dramatic super-over clash in the second match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in Dubai.
Delhi were suffering at one stage (100/6), however, Marcus Stoinis helped them get to 157/8 in 20.
DC scored 100 runs for the loss of six wickets in the first 17 at a run-rate of 5.88. However, they scored 57 runs in the last three, losing two scalps at 19.00. Chris Jordan gave away 30 runs in the final over.
On the chase, KXIP lost their skipper KL Rahul (21) early on which then triggered an intense fall of wickets for the Punjab side. Karun Nair (1), Nicholas Pooran (0), Glenn Maxwell (1) all went for small scores as DC asserted their dominance. However, it was thanks to opener Mayank Agarwal’s heroic innings of 89 runs off 60 balls that boosted KXIP to tie up the score after an intense final over Stoinis, who picked up two wickets in the 20th over.
In the super over, Kagiso Rabada once again showcased his bowling prowess as he picked up Rahul and Pooran’s wickets with two beauty deliveries to finish KXIP at 2/2.
With a target score of three to win the match from six balls, DC sent Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer to rap things up, who finished it off in a blast without losing any wickets in the end.
IPL 2020: RCB vs MI – RCB won in Super Over
Royal Challengers Bangalore edged out Mumbai Indiansin a thrilling IPL encounter at the Dubai International Stadium which was decided in the Super Over.
From a precarious position, MI roared back into contention following an incredible late assault from Ishan Kishan (99, 58b, 2×4, 9×6) and Kieron Pollard (60 not out, 24b, 3×4, 5×6). It was Pollard who pulled seamer Isuru Udana to the fence off the last ball to force a Super Over after MI had needed five off the final delivery.
Faced with a huge target of 202, MI was staring down the barrel at 78 for four. Reducing the equation down to 31 off 12 balls, fast bowler Saini was called into action. He started brilliantly, conceding singles in the first four deliveries, before Ishan cut loose with a straight six.
MI needed 19 runs off the 20th over bowled by Udana. Ishan belted two sixes over long-on before holing out one short of a well-deserved century. Pollard, however, ensured that the contest spilled into the one-over shootout.
IPL 2020: KKR vs CSK-KKR won by 5 wickets
In the IPL match played in Abu Dhabi, Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss, elected to bat, and scored 168 runs. In response, Chennai only scored 157 runs for 5 wickets. KKR opener Rahul Tripathi became top-scorer with 81 runs. He was selected as the Man of the Match.
The match was hold by Chennai till the 13th over and Watson’s dismissal marked a turning point in the match. Kolkata’s Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Sunil Narine, and Andre Russell took 1-1 wickets
KKR vs KXIP- KKR won by 2 runs
Sunil Narine and Prasidh Krishna displayed ice-cool temperament at the death as Kolkata Knight Riders pulled off a stunning two-run victory over a self-destructive Kings XI Punjab in an IPL game on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Dinesh Karthik’s side pulled off yet another Houdini Act after they were seemingly down and out when KXIP opening pair KL Rahul (74) and Mayank Agarwal (56) had put on 115 runs in 14.2 overs while chasing 165.
It looked like it would be only a matter of time when KXIP would wrap up the match and snap their four-match losing streak.
Needing 20 runs in the last two overs, KXIP lost two wickets in the space of three balls, including that of Rahul, in the penultimate over bowled by pacer Prasidh Krishna.
KXIP needed 14 runs from the last over and six of the final delivery to take the match to Super Over but Glenn Maxwell could only score a boundary for KXIP to lose the match by two runs.
IPL 2020: DC vs RR- DC won by 13 runs
Delhi Capitals (DC) pulled off a sensational come from behind victory against Rajasthan Royals, courtesy some impeccable death bowling to secure a thrilling 13 runs win. DC were behind throughout the contest after having to defend a trivial total of 161.
However, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Tushar Deshpande bowled incredibly under pressure as Delhi defended 38 runs in the last five overs. It was their bowlers who delivered a victory for the Capitals as they registered their sixth win of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) and propelled themselves to the top of the IPL 2020 table.