Delhi Capitals (DC) emerged victorious in the North Indian derby against Kings XI Punjab in a thrilling game that saw the first super over of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League take place. Batting first, DC, recovered from 13 for 3 to get to 157. In reply, KXIP lost their top 5 barring Mayank Agarwal within 10 overs of the chase. Agarwal, first with Gowtham and then with Jordan, tried his best to get his team over the line, but failed to do so with 1 run left. With Jordan finding Rabada at square leg off the last ball, the match went into a super over. Rabada restricted KXIP to 2 runs, knocking over Rahul and Pooran in the process, and Pant helped them through with 4 balls to spare.
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Here are some quotes on the game:
KL Rahul, KXIP skipper: It is bittersweet. 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.
Shreyas Iyer, DC skipper: 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.
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Marcus Stoinis (DC), Man of the Match: 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, and I don’t have any qualms about not batting in the super over – I think the left-right batting combination was the right thing.