After an exciting season-opener, the Indian T20 League amped the action a few notches higher with a match that, for a while, seemed like no one wanted to win!
Delhi, heading in as the favourites over Punjab, started off by setting an unflattering record with their worst-ever Powerplay score in the UAE at 23-3. However, Marcus Stoinis picked up the pieces with an impressive half-century that helped Delhi set a target of 158 for Punjab.
If Marcus was Delhi's star, then Mayank Agarwal was Punjab's. After taking the Delhi bowlers to the cleaners, showmanship got the better of him, and Punjab, as Chris Jordan got himself caught trying to earn the one run they needed to win.
Enter the Super Over and an extra from Shami during Delhi's turn ended up settling the Northern Derby in their favour!
For a game peppered with so many ups and downs. the social media reaction was just as entertaining, and we gathered up some of the best:
I don’t agree with the man of the match choice . The umpire who gave this short run should have been man of the match.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 20, 2020
Short Run nahin tha. And that was the difference. #DCvKXIP pic.twitter.com/7u7KKJXCLb
Why would you not send in Mayank? Fatigue is the only reason I can imagine. I always prefer a batter whose hitting muscles are warm.— Snehal Pradhan (@SnehalPradhan) September 20, 2020
Tonight I was out next to the ground for the final few overs when Stoinis was smacking it. The virtual crowd noise in the stadium without a crowd was so good!— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) September 20, 2020
Almost as real as the real thing!
Bravo, @BCCI @StarSportsIndia 👏🏻
Jordan and Stoinis. Stoinis and Jordan. One likes last overs, the other...... nightmare time!— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 20, 2020
Stoinis moved Rabada just a smidge before that last ball. And straight into his hands. Love this game #DCvKXIP— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) September 20, 2020
#IPLis so much fun compared to the nonsense we have been watching on prime time news over the last month.#DCvsKXIP what a nail biting finish. Stoinis played well but the best innings came from #Mayank and #ShreyasIyer.— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) September 20, 2020
Can you see the common factor....it helps pic.twitter.com/WuROdqhMrB
Mayank Agarwal-- brilliant innings but the adrenaline got the better of him. Percentage shot was needed with one run to get in two deliveries. #DCvsKXIP— Sumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) September 20, 2020
Interesting choice with Rahul! Pooran? Guess Mayank is out of gas #DCvKXIP— Gautam Bhimani (@gbhimani) September 20, 2020
Mayank Agarwal today:— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) September 20, 2020
First 44 balls : 48 runs (SR : 109.09)
Last 16 balls : 41 runs (SR : 256.25)#DCvsKXIP
Feature image courtesy: Twitter /Delhi