In one of the most pulsating ‘Super Over’ contests ever, a first in this edition of Indian Premier League, Kings XI Punjab defeated the in-form Rajasthan Royals to hand the inaugural champions their first defeat after 5 consecutive wins.
After both teams were locked at 191, KXIP scored 15 as Shaun Marsh belted Chris Morris for three consecutive boundaries. In reply, Mitchell Johnson bowled countryman Shane Watson with a brilliant delivery first up while Wriddhiman Saha kept his cool to run James Faulkner out as KXIP broke their three match losing streak in one of the most thrilling contests.
Needing 5 runs off the final delivery off James Faulkner, Axar Patel sliced it towards backward point for a boundary as it entered the ‘Super Over’ with both teams tied on 191.
Needing 14 runs off the final over, Mitchell Johnson and Patel got two runs each off four of the earlier five deliveries as David Miller smashed a scintillating 54 off 30 balls with five sixes as KXIP got in their groove.
Chasing a commanding target of 192, KXIP got off to a worst possible start as stand-in captain Virender Sehwag (2) failed to beat Steve Smith’s direct throw from wide mid-off. Murali Vijay (21) hit a glorious straight six off Stuart Binny and another one off Praveen Tambe before being run-out by leggie Rahul Tewatia.
Glenn Maxwell failed to light up the scorecard as he managed just a single run while Marsh was in silken touch and just required some support of the other end. He found the gaps with ease and in Tewatia found a bowler he can hit at will as he completed his half-century off 32 balls with a down the ground six.
Earlier, Rahane’s classical assault enabled Rajasthan Royals to pile up a decent 191 for six after being put into bat by rival captain Sehwag.
Rahane smashed his way to 74 off 54 balls with six boundaries and two sixes as he laid the foundation for a reasonable total adding 95 for the opening wicket with skipper Shane Watson (45 off 35 balls, 5×4, 2×6).