Wow. End of a lonnggggggggggggggggggg Super Saturday. First, Punjab trumped Mumbai in Mohali. And then a simple equation was turned into a complex mathematical formula as Delhi almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Super Sunday sees Hyderabad host Bangalore at 4 pm local (1030 GMT) followed by the Chennai-Rajasthan encounter at Chepauk at 8 pm local (1430 GMT). So take rest and come back again to enjoy your Sunday! ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
PRITHVI SHAW HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. On his reaction after his dismissal, Shaw says that he felt that he missed out on an opportunity on finishing the game for his side. Is happy that they eventually won the Super Over. On the talks from the senior members in the first strategic break. Prithvi says that Ponting and Ganguly made him realize that he was perhaps going too hard early on and asked him to settle down, which helped him a lot. On the plans during the chase, Shaw says that the ball was turning and Chawla and Kuldeep were bowling well, so he and Iyer were initially looking to milk singles and then go for the big hits.
Victorious Delhi captain, Shreyas Iyer, admits that it was a long day in office and the game should have been done in the 19th or the 20th over. Praises Kuldeep Yadav for taking the game into the Super Over. On Delhi letting it slip after having Kolkata 5 down pretty early, Iyer puts it down to Russell mania, where one simply cannot control if the lines to him are not perfect. On his team's batting, Shreyas says that the top 4 needed to step up and they did. Praises Shaw for playing a wonderful innings and hopes he does this every game. Is happy that youngsters in the team are performing well. On Rabada's Super Over, Iyer says that the pace with which he bowls makes it difficult to hit him. Informs that when the management went to Rabada to inform him that he will bowl the Super Over, Kagiso promised that he would bowl yorkers and after missing the first 2, he got them right on the money.
Kagiso Rabada's turn to have a chat now. Smiles and says that Delhi were not sure who was going to bowl that Super Over till the final moment. Adds that he just saw a last-minute simulation and it paid off. On keeping calm in tense situations, Rabada says that one has to keep his wits about him to be clear and back one's plans.
Kolkata skipper, Dinesh Karthik, feels it was a great game but he is happy with how his team fought back and took it to the Super Over. Reckons the old ball was easy to hit but the new ball was difficult.
Prasidh Krishna was given the responsibility of bowling the Super Over and he did extremely well as he only conceded 10. Chasing a target of 11, it was Russell and Karthik who opened but failed to score the runs required.
The Delhi batters however, came out all guns blazing. They did lose Dhawan early but Shreyas Iyer, their skipper, led from the front and Shaw proved his mettle. The two blasted a massive 89-run stand before the captain was dismissed. Shaw though continued tonking the bowlers and the hosts had the game in their pocket as they needed on 18 in 18. That is from where the game turned though. Kuldeep bowled a terrific 18th over, giving away only 3 runs. Shaw's wicket then revived the hopes of the Kolkata camp and a tremendous last over saw the game head into the Super Over.
Now then, the game firstly should have never come to this point. Delhi were cruising, first they had Kolkata down and out with the ball 61 for 5 but a tremendous recovery courtesy their skipper and Russell with both scoring half tons saw them post a total which all believed to be above par.
Rabada has done it! The Delhi players are pumped up. What a bowler, what an over. When 11 was needed you surely would have backed Kolkata with the fire power they had but it was Rabada who held his nerves, showed why he is one of the best going around and has ensured the home fans will go home with a smile on their face.
Ball 6: K Rabada to R Uthappa, 1 run. DELHI WIN BY 3 RUNS! Shreyas Iyer is pumped up. So is Rabada. A full toss, outside off, Uthappa can only punch it down to long off for a single!
Ball 5: K Rabada to D Karthik, 1 run. A very low full toss on middle and off, Karthik paddles it but there is man at fine leg who runs to his right and saves the boundary with a slide. 5 needed from the final ball. Even if it is a boundary, Kolkata will win because they scored 26 boundaries overall, as compared to Delhi's 26 but hit 9 sixes to Delhi's 6.
Ball 4: K Rabada to R Uthappa, 1 run. Not a lot you can do with that. A yorker on off, Uthappa jams it out towards point for a run. 6 in 2.
Robbie Uthappa comes out to bat.
Ball 3: K Rabada to A Russell, OUT! BOWLED! The middle stump has gone for a walk! 4/1, 3 balls. 7 needed. What a ball. A perfect yorker, at the base of middle, Russell backs away, aiming to go off side but misses. The LED bails illuminate and Delhi are a wicket away from a win!
Ball 2: K Rabada to A Russell, 0 runs. Brilliant yorker on leg, Russell cannot do anything but just jam it out. Perfect execution from Rabada.
Ball 1: K Rabada to A Russell. FOUR. A good delivery but an excellent shot. A boundary to begin with. A low full toss on the pads, it is flicked through square leg for a boundary.
10 runs is what Delhi have managed! Kolkata will surely be the happier side now. Just the one bad ball bowled by Prasidh Krishna which was hit for a boundary, on the rest of the deliveries, he was spot on with his variation. Pant never got hit timing right and the question can surely be raised, why wasn't Shaw sent out to bat. Now though it is on their bowlers to defend this but it will be the visitors who would be the favorites. It is a no-brainier as Russell is the one walking out, the question is who would partner him? Dinesh Karthik? Chris Lynn? Well, it is the former, the skipper is leading from the front and taken the onus onto him. The West Indian will be on strike and he will face Rabada.
Ball 6: P Krishna to R Pant, 1 run. DELHI FINISH ON 10/1. Terrific bowling from Prasidh Krishna. Full and outside off, pretty wide and slower in pace, Pant looks to play the reverse sweep but only gets a top edge. The ball lands in front of Dinesh Karthik.
Ball 5: P Krishna to R Pant, 2 runs, Slower and shorter in length. Pant gets no timing behind it as he pulls it through mid-wicket and runs two.
Ball 4: P Krishna to R Pant, 2 runs. Full and wide outside off, Pant reaches out and slices it over cover. Chawla gets across from wide long off and keeps the batsmen to a couple.
Ball 3: P Krishna to S Iyer, OUT! In the air.. taken! Iyer holes out. Prasidh corrects his line and length as he bowls it full and on off. The ball was there to be hit but Iyer does not get the timing behind it. Ends up hitting it high up in the air towards long off. Chawla settles under it and takes it.
Ball 2: P Krishna to S Iyer, FOUR! Poor bowling. Short and down the leg side, Iyer gets across and just helps it to the fine leg fence! 2 BALLS, 5 RUNS!
Ball 1: P Krishna to Pant, 1 run, Pant pulls the short ball to deep mid-wicket. A single to begin.
Delhi have thrown it away and out of the blues Kolkata have taken this to the Super Over. 18 were required off 18 but Delhi have somehow lost the plot. Pant played a few reckless shot before giving his wicket away. Shaw after a tremendous innings was unfortunate to miss out on a top by a run. 6 were needed in the last over and Kuldeep and it was Kuldeep who held his nerve and given Kolkata another change to take all two points. Now it is the hosts who will batting first as they were batting second. The two batsmen walking out are Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant. Prasidh Krishna is given the responsibility to bowl it.
K Yadav to C Ingram, OUT! RUN OUT! We have a SUPER OVER! Ingram sweeps it through square leg. They taken one and then they have to go for the second which is just not on. Uthappa picks the ball up and throws it to the keeper who collects it and whips the bails off.