IPL 2020: Match 2- DC vs KXIP- Who said What
Marcus Stoinis was the hero for the Delhi Capitals against the Kings XI Punjab.
Updated - Sep 21, 2020 12:34 am
The second match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 saw a fight between the squad of two young captains at Dubai International Stadium on September 20. Winning the toss against Delhi Capitals (DC), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) decided to bowl first. It was Mayank Agarwal’s swashbuckling knock of 89 of 60 balls that bought Punjab just next to winning the match before the super-over came into play, and Delhi Capitals walked away with the glory.
In the super over, Rabada’s hands were trusted from Delhi’s side and Nicholas Pooran and KL Rahul came on the field first. Rabada knocked both Pooran and Rahul to stop the team for mere two runs, and the Capitals got the effortless victory in a super over thriller.
Earlier, Marcus Stoinis‘ thunderous knock of 53 off just 21 balls pulled Delhi towards a respectable score of 157 who was eventually adjudged the man of the match award. It was Chris Jordan’s last over that fetched 30 runs for Delhi who was hammered by Stoinis endlessly. Mohammed Shami was stunning with the ball by scalping three wickets for only 15 runs in four overs for his team.
Rabada got things rolling for Delhi
Owing to a decent start, Punjab were going fine with the flow until skipper KL Rahul returned to the pavilion on 21 runs. The likes of Kagiso Rabada and Ravi Ashwin started wreaking havoc on the middle order, but unfortunately, the latter had to leave the ground owing to a shoulder injury. Rabada scalped two wickets in the game and two more in the dramatic super over that followed.
Losing Skipper, KL Rahul said
It is bittersweet (match result). If at the end of 10 overs, if you had said this match is going to a Superover, I would have taken it. It’s still our first game, so lots of learning.
He (Mayank) was unbelievable and to get a game that close was magical. He’s been doing well in Tests and to get the game that close again brings a lot of confidence in the group.
Like I said at the toss, we didn’t know what to expect. The wicket remains the same for both teams, so can’t really complain. I will gladly take it as a captain whatever the result is. We stuck to what we planned but we did make a few mistakes. At 55 for five, we were calm and still positive.”
Winning skipper, Shreyas Iyer said
“It was difficult to see the game turning in different directions. We are used to this. Even last season we faced these. KG is the winning performer, and the way Stoinis batted was game-changing. Our top-order batsmen are difficult to stop like Prithvi. It wasn’t easy from the outset to start hitting immediately, and Rishabh and I batted well in the middle to anchor the innings.
Catching has been difficult because of the lights right in our eyes, but that’s not an excuse because we have had practice, so we need to strengthen that area. It was important for us to get wickets, since the total was small, and I knew if I saved KG’s over for the end it would be helpful.
Ashwin’s over was a key one, and it changed the game in our favour, but that’s what T20 cricket is. Ashwin says he’ll be ready for the next game, but in the end the physio is going to decide.
Axar was fantastic with those middle overs too, stifling the runs in the middle after Ashwin was injured. We generally go by left-right combination in the team build-up. The way Stoinis assessed the wicket and played that innings was commendable.”
Man of the match, Marcus Stoinis said
It’s a weird game, sometimes the luck goes your way, but it’s easy to become the villain from the hero. So it’s important to enjoy the good days. I try to close down the areas where the bowlers can bowl, and it worked today.
It’s important to feed off everyone’s energy. It’s nice that the IPL has gotten going again, and tonight has been great entertainment. I thought KG bowled a beautiful over, but I think the left-right batting combination was the right thing.