It was just the second match of IPL 2020 but was loaded with thrill and excitement. Even though Delhi Capitals won, the game was nothing short of a roller coaster ride. Kings XI Punjab met Delhi Capitals in their opening match of IPL 2020 in Dubai. Both the teams were all set to start their campaign with a win as they had made some crucial signings at the auctions last year. The captains of both the teams, Shreyas Iyer (DC) and KL Rahul (KXIP), met for the toss. Both of them had previously led their team in approximately 65 matches, and everyone was eager to see who would take the win today.
Match Summary: Delhi Capitals vs. Kings XI Punjab:
Kings XI Punjab won the toss and chose to bowl first. KL Rahul is a fan of chasing targets, and hence he made this decision. Delhi Capitals started a bit slow with Prithvi Shaw getting Shikhar Dhawan (0 runs off 0 balls) run out in the 2nd over itself. Just two overs later, Shaw also got dismissed. Delhi kept on losing wickets, but skipper Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant found stability. They knocked 39 off 32 and 31 off 29, respectively. However, Marcus Stoinis stole the innings as he thrashed 53 runs off 21 balls to score the fastest half-century IPL 2020. The total at the end of the first innings was 157, as KXIP got ready to chase a target of 158.
The second-innings began but didn’t go quite well for KXIP as their skipper got bowled by Mohit Sharma in the 5th over. In the 6th through, Karun Nair and Nicholas Pooran also got out in their former captain Ravichandran Ashwin’s spell. Now, all hopes were on Glenn Maxwell and Sarfaraz Khan, but both of them got dismissed quickly. Even after all this, the Punjab opener Mayank Agarwal did not lose hope as he gave his best. The players at the other end of the strike kept getting dismissed, but Agarwal was scoring aggressively. He smashed 89 in just 60 balls to give KXIP a ray of hope. However, on the second-last ball, he got dismissed when only one run was needed. Then, Chris Jordan also got dismissed, which took the match into super-over. It was once again Stoinis who had saved the day for Delhi Capitals.
The Delhi Capitals skipper decided to hand the ball to Kagiso Rabada, who proved his captain right. Rabada dismissed KL Rahul in the second ball after the latter ran two runs in the first ball. Then came Glen Maxwell. But unfortunately, he did not get to play as Pooran got bowled on the 3rd ball of the super over itself. Now, the game was easy for DC as they just needed three runs off six balls. Rahul handed over the ball to Shami, but the Indian pacer could not do much. He got a dot ball on the first ball, but on the next ball, Shami gave away a wide. Then, Pant grabbed a double with Shreyas Iyer, on the other hand, to help DC clinch their first victory of IPL 2020.
Delhi Capitals won the match in the thrilling victory. However, Mayank Agarwal stole the show after scoring his IPL highest of 89 off 60 balls. Anyways, this was just the first match, and you do not know what will happen next. Marcus Stoinis won the man of the match award after his brilliant performance in both bowling and batting. This was an unlucky game for DC also because their spinner Ashwin dislocated his shoulder while fielding. As a result, he might not be available for the next match as per our sources. DC play their next game on 25th September against CSK, whereas KXIP plays Royal Challengers Bangalore on 24th September at Dubai.