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14th October 2020

Top three Super Overs in the history of the League

A game of cricket is not over till the last ball is bowled, and the T20 format is the best proof of that. The Indian T20 League, which started in 2008, has seen several ‘down to the wire’ games, with some of those resulting in a Super Over. Here we recall some of the best Super Overs seen in the tournament.

Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders - 2019

Shreyas Iyer led Delhi Capitals met Dinesh Karthik’s Kolkata Knight Riders at the former’s home ground last season. The visitors posted 185 on the board. Prithvi Shaw’s knock of 99 runs saw Delhi start off the chase well, but the rest of the batting line-up fell like a pack of cards, and the match resulted in a Super Over. Delhi posted only 10 runs in the Super Over, courtesy some excellent bowling from Prasidh Krishna.

The KKR captain along with Andre Russell opened the batting for the side, with the Windies all-rounder hitting a boundary off the very first ball. However, the next five balls by Kagiso Rabada were unplayable and Russell was clean bowled. Walking in next, Robin Uthappa couldn’t do much either and the Capitals won by three runs.

Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders - 2014

The Royals and the Knights were playing in Abu Dhabi, with the latter chasing a target of 152. The match ended in a tie and KKR scored 12 runs in the Super Over, while trusting Sunil Narine to defend it. Rajasthan started the chase well, but needed three runs off the last ball to win the game.

Steve Smith, who was batting along with Shane Watson, drove the ball to extra cover and the duo took two quick runs to tie the match once again. But the Royals were awarded a win for scoring more boundaries in the match.

Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals - 2015

Batting first, the Royals put up 192 runs on the board on the back of Ajinkya Rahane’s knock of 74 runs. For the Kings, it was a boundary from Axar Patel on the last ball of the innings which took the match to a Super Over. Shaun Marsh, who had scored a 40-ball 65 in the game, hit three successive fours off James Faulkner in the one-over eliminator. The Royals, who needed 16 to win, lost two wickets in just three balls, courtesy Mitchell Johnson’s superlative bowling. Steve Smith remained not out on five runs, but his side lost the game by eight runs.

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