Mayank Agarwal almost eclipsed a whirlwind half century from Australian allrounder Marcus Stoinis as Delhi Capitals edged Kings XI Punjab in a Super Over thriller of the Indian Premier League on Sunday.
After both teams were tied on 157 runs each, Kagiso Rabada ripped through Punjab batting picking up two wickets in three balls. Delhi needed just three runs in last six deliveries and Rishabh Pant collected a double in the second delivery after Mohammad Shami had bowled a wide.
In of the most dramatic finishes, Punjab needed 13 runs from the last over from Marcus Stoinis. Agarwal began by smacking the bowler for a straight six. Another two and boundary leaves Punjab with just one to get from last three deliveries. Stoinis bowled a dot in the fourth ball and as Agarwal goes for a glory shot, the opener holes out a catch at deep extra cover.
Stoinis then dismisses Sheldon Cottrell to force the Super Over.
Earlier, Agarwal watched Punjab cave in at 55-5 in 10 overs. He then steadied the innings with a 46-run sixth wicket partnership with Krishnappa Gautam (12) and 56 for the seventh wicket with Chris Jordan doing the bulk of scoring.
His hard work, however, crumbled after Stoinis held on in the final three deliveries of Punjab innings. Agarwal made 89 from 60 with seven boundaries and four sixes.
Stoinis had lifted Delhi to 157-8 with one of the most entertaining innings of the tournament.
Delhi had a horrendous start after a run out of Shikhar Dhawan (duck) and two wickets from Mohammad Shami in the fourth over reduced them to 13-3. They had the lowest powerplay score making 23 from first six overs before skipper Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant resurrected the innings.
The two middle order mainstays added 73 runs for the fourth wicket but once again a twin dismissal in a space of one run halted their charge. Pant was first to go for a 29-ball 31, after he played IPL debutant Ravi Bishnoi on to his stumps.
Shami had a wonderful outing after he got rid of the Delhi captain for a 32-ball 39. Iyer hit three sixes, while Pant’s innings included four boundaries.
Delhi further headed towards a low total losing Axar Patel to be 96-6 in the first ball of the 17th over. Then it was all about Stoinis as the Aussie batsman not only notched-up tournament’s fastest half century but also put Delhi in a strong position.
Stoinis was particularly harsh on Chris Jordan against whom he hit 22 runs in the final over of their innings and completing a 20-ball half century with a six. Jordan bled 28 runs in the final over alone and was hit for 56 runs in four overs. Shami returned the miserly figures of 3-15 as Sheldon Cottrell took 2-24.