By Arré Bench Oct. 19, 2020
The match between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians was historic. It did not see just one but two super overs being played. Punjab won but there were too many fantastic moments – Mayank Agarwal's match-winning save on the boundary, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah’s yorkers, and more.
It’s been 12 years since the IPL first launched, giving Indian cricket fans a thrilling event to look forward to every year. Still, even the most excitable fans couldn’t have guessed what was in store for them on Sunday night, as Kings XI Punjab played Mumbai Indians, in what some are calling the “best cricket match ever” on social media.
The team from Punjab eventually edged past the Mumbai Indians, but not without some very late drama, as for the first time in the tournament’s history, the match saw not just one, but two super overs being played to decide a winner.
— ICC (@ICC) October 18, 2020
At the end of their 20 overs, both teams had tied on a score of 176/6. The game then went into a Super Over, which also ended in a tie, mandating the first second tiebreak in the IPL’s history. In that over, Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal managed to score the required 12 runs, bringing victory — and an essential 2 points — for Punjab
It was a great game of cricket, the batting was top notch. MI’s Jasprit Bumrah and Punjab’s Mohammed Shami were very impressive with their bowling in the super overs.
Quinton de Kock's fifty. KL Rahul's fifty. Jasprit Bumrah's super over. Mohammed Shami's super over. KL Rahul's run-out. Mayank Agarwal's match-winning save on the boundary. Ice-cool Chris Gayle and Mayank at the death.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) October 18, 2020
Shami matched Bumrah Yorker for Yorker. Never easy bowling in a Super Over but it’s even more difficult to defend a non-defendable total. Well bowled master 😇 #KXIP
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 18, 2020
The match, while disappointing for Mumbai fans, sparked celebrations on Sunday night, as cricket enthusiasts took to Twitter to hail the game. Former Australian bowler Brett Lee called it the best match of IPL ever, a view which many others shared.
— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) October 18, 2020
Whatever happens now, this is already the best IPL match ever. What a save from Mayank Agarwal. Punjab fighting to stay in the game!
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) October 18, 2020
The superman save from Mayank Agarwal was the talk of the town even on Monday morning.
— Hotstar Canada (@hotstarcanada) October 18, 2020
Commentator Harsha Bhogle hailed the performances of both teams for putting on such a spectacle. As did former Indian player Suresh Raina.
Just the best game in the #Dream11IPL. Actually, maybe, ever. Both teams had chances, both teams blew them, both had great performances and between them they gave us a spectacle!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 18, 2020
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) October 18, 2020
BCCI secretary, and Home Minister Amit Shah’s son, Jay Shah, noted that the quality of cricket being played this year was above the rest.
The quality of cricket and the nail biting finishes have been the hallmark of @IPL this season. 3 Super Overs on a Sunday is just unbelievable. Well done, @Jaspritbumrah93 @MdShami11 @klrahul11 @krunalpandya24 @DineshKarthik @SunRisers @KKRiders @mipaltan @lionsdenkxip #IPL2020
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) October 18, 2020
But that wasn’t all. As KXIP and MI outplayed each other at every step of the way, the match between the Hyderabad Sunrisers and Kolkata Knight Riders also ended in a super over. After both teams scored 163 in their 20 overs, KKR managed to emerge victorious after conceding just 2 runs in their tiebreak over.
THREE SUPER OVERS IN A DAY.
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) October 19, 2020
Clearly, for cricket fans, it doesn’t get any better than this.