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Axar Patel during the DC vs SRH clash that ended in a super over. Photo courtesy: BCCI

5 entertaining super overs in IPL history

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The 2021 IPL clash between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad ended in a super over as scores were level after the regulation time. DC then won the 1-over eliminator on the last ball. But SRH were left with a bitter taste in the mouth. They could have tied the super over as well if not one run was docked for SRH captain David Warner not completing a run. Nevertheless, the super over was full of entertainment as there was equal contest between bat and ball.

There have been many such thrilling super overs in IPL history. Let’s have a look.

RR beats KKR via super over in 2009 IPL

Yusuf Pathan of Rajasthan Royals in 2009 IPL – Photo courtesy: cricketcountry.com

This was the first-ever super over in IPL history. KKR needed 7 runs off the last 6 balls, with Sourav Ganguly leading the chase. However, Ganguly fell for 46 on the second-last ball, needing 2 runs for a win. On the last ball, Ishant Sharma ran himself out, going for the winning run. In the 1-over eliminator, KKR’s Chris Gayle smashed 3 fours, to set up a target of 16 runs. Yusuf Pathan then made a mockery of the chase, hitting 6, 2, 6, 4 off Ajantha Mendis to seal the win in just 4 balls.

SRH beats RCB in 2013 IPL

R Vinay Kumar went from hero to zero in super over in 2013 IPL.

This was the lowest score tied in IPL. RCB made a below-par score of 130/8, with Virat Kohli top-scoring with 46. However, SRH messed up the chase. With 7 runs needed off the last 6 balls, SRH could manage just 6 runs to force the match in super over. RCB’s R Vinay Kumar bowled the crucial last over to tie the match. But Vinay Kumar could not do the job in the super over, conceding 20 runs. But with Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli to face the 6 balls, it was RCB’s match to lose. Dale Steyn brought all his experience to the fore, conceding 15 runs only to win the match for SRH.

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RR beats KKR in tied super over in 2014 IPL

Steve Smith and Shane Watson of Rajasthan Royals in 2014 IPL – Photo courtesy: IPL

KKR managed to tie the match against Rajasthan Royals by the skin of their teeth, with Shakib Al Hasan scoring 29 not out in 153-run chase. KKR could manage just 11 runs in the super over, but still had the upperhand, with Sunil Narine set the bowl. With 2 runs needed off the last ball to tie the super over, Steve Smith played the ball towards the vacant extra cover to complete an easy 2 runs. However, RR won the match as they have hit more boundaries during their innings as per the then rules of a tied super over.

KXIP beats MI in two super overs in IPL 2020

Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal celebrate after winning the match via super over against MI in 2020 – Photo courtesy: BCCI
Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal celebrate after winning the match via super over against MI in 2020 – Photo courtesy: BCCI

After the 2019 World Cup final super-over controversy, changes were brought in. If a super-over is tied, subsequent super overs would be played until a winner is determined. Thanks to this change, Punjab and Mumbai played a second super over in IPL 2020 after the first super over was tied. Punjab scored 176/6 to level Mumbai’s score of 176/6.

Jasprit Bumrah conceded just 5 runs in the super over. Mohammed Shami then returned the favour, bowling perfect yorkers to concede just 5 runs as well. Mumbai then managed 11 runs in the 2nd super over before Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle sealed the match.

RCB beats MI in 2020 IPL

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

RCB managed a tall score of 201/3, with a fifty each from Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch and AB de Villiers. RCB were on the driver’s seat, having restricted Mumbai to 112/4 in 15 overs. Mumbai needed 90 runs off the last 30 balls. Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard then unleashed their big strokes to take Mumbai to 19 runs of 6 balls. Kishan slammed two sixes in the last over, but fell on the penultimate ball for 99. With 5 needed off the last ball, Pollard could manage just a four to force the match in super over.

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More drama unfolded in super over, with Navdeep Saini conceding just 7 runs. But it was tough task as Jasprit Bumrah was defending it. But a short ball from Bumrah was pulled by AB de Villiers for a four to bring down the equation to 2 runs off the last ball. Kohli then smashed a four to seal a memorable super-over win.

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