IPL 2020: ‘It is bittersweet,’ KL Rahul on KXIP’s Super-Over defeat to DC

Mayank Agarwal's valiant knock helped KXIP tie the match before DC dominated the Super-Over.

Mayank Agarwal was the lone warrior with the bat for KXIP | IANSKL Rahul was a disappointed captain as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) suffered a defeat in the Super-Over against Delhi Capitals in the second game of IPL 2020 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday (September 20).

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Despite reeling at 55/5, KXIP rode on Mayank Agarwal’s 60-ball 89 to equal DC’s 157/8 in 20 overs. However, Delhi dominated the one-over eliminator.

Kagiso Rabada conceded only 2 runs and got rid of Rahul and Nicholas Pooran in the Super-Over while Rishabh Pant took just a couple of balls to knock off the runs.

"It is bittersweet. If at the end of 10 overs, if you had said this match is going to a Super-Over, I would have taken it. It's still our first game, so lots of learning,” Rahul said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

He also showered rich praise on Agarwal for his herculean effort with the bat.

"He (Mayank) was unbelievable and to get a game that close was magical. He's been doing well in Tests and to get the game that close again brings a lot of confidence in the group.

"Like I said at the toss, we didn't know what to expect. The wicket remains the same for both teams, so can't really complain. I will gladly take it as a captain whatever the result is. We stuck to what we planned but we did make a few mistakes. At 55 for five, we were calm and still positive," the KXIP skipper added.

Marcus Stoinis was the star of the match for the Capitals as he produced a stellar all-round showing, scoring 53 runs off just 21 balls and claiming 2/29 with the ball.

KXIP will face RCB in their next match on September 24 in Dubai while DC will take on CSK on September 25 at the same venue.


By Salman Anjum - 21 Sep, 2020

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