IPL 2020: Ishan Kishan 99 in vain as RCB hold nerves to win Super Over vs Mumbai Indians

In the nail-biting 2nd Super Over of IPL 2020 Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) triumphed over Mumbai Indians (MI) to win their 2nd match of the season. Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya came in to open the batting in the Super Over for Mumbai and managed to score 7 runs from it. Bangalore trusted with AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli with the responsibilty.

After 2 singles and a dot ball, de Villiers smashed a 4 on the 4th delivery to make it 2 from 2. A single followed on the 5th ball. One was needed off the final delivery and captain Virat Kohli rose up to the occasion to wash off his poor 11-ball 3-run knock a few hours ago and finished the match with his first boundary of the IPL 2020 season.

Mumbai Indians (MI) had started their innings with a bang after captain Rohit Sharma and his partner Quinton de Kock struck a six and a four each in the first over. But Washington Sundar came as early as the 2nd over to spoil the party and dismiss Rohit Sharma for 7. Three balls later, debutant Isuru Udana dismissed Suryakumar Yadav (0) to put Mumbai completely under the pump.

Quinton de Kock (14) was the third one to depart for the 4-time champions when Hardik Pandya walked in to join Ishan Kishan, who had replaced Saurabh Tiwary in the match. They played some devastating T20 shots together and stitched 39-run partnership off 28 balls before Pawan Negi caught Pandya’s leg-side slog off the bowling of Adam Zampa on the boundary line.

Ishan Kishan continued from the other end brought up his fifty of 39 balls but the run-rate kept on climbing up despite Kieron Pollard’s presence on the other end.

The fireworks finally started in the 17th over after Pollard tore apart Adam Zampa and smacked a four and 3 sixes off his bowling. The carnage continued as Yuzevendra Chahal was at the receiving end in the next over. Pollard sent his ball outisde the park on two occasions, a motivated Ishan Kishan also contributed with a six in the over.

31 runs were needed from the last 12 deliveries as Navdeep saini, bowling the 19th over gave 5 off his first 4 balls but Ishan Kishan smacked a six on the 5th to make the contest a thrilling than it already was. 19 runs were needed from the last over.

Ishan Kishan (99) missed on a well-deserved hundred but struck 2 sixes in the final overs before leaving the field. With 5 needed of the fina ball, Pollard hit a boundary to give IPL its 2nd Super Over in only 10 matches which has been played so far.

Earlier, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were off to a good start today after their Australian opener Aaron Finch decided to make the most out of the powerplay overs. Finch consistently found boundaries as Bangalore ended up scoring 59 runs from their starting 6 overs. The hard-hitting batsman completed his 50 his 14th IPL fifty off just 31 balls. RCB were going strong on 81 for 0 in their 9th over when Trent Boult gave Mumbai Indians their first breakthrough.

Virat Kohli walked in next but found it hard to survive in the middle and departed for 3 off 11 balls. Opener Devdutt Padikkal then took the responsibility and started his quest to get the momentum back in his team’s favour. Some exquisite timings saw him complete his second IPL fifty in 3 matches but departed soon after. The onus now was on AB de Villiers and it was a big question if Bangalore can cross the 200-run mark.

De villiers did not disappoint and turned back clock to smash a 23-ball fifty as he whacked Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult one after the other to finish at an unbeaten 55 off 24 balls. His innings included 4 fours and as many vintage sixes. Shivam Dube also shined in his little came and blasted 3 sixes in the 20th over to finish at unbeaten 27 off 10.

Source – India Today