The new rule gave both teams a fair chance to win the game.
Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) were involved in a crazy and historic game of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). When the regulation 40 overs couldn’t separate the two sides, the game went into the Super Overs. Some exceptional skills from the bowlers led to them playing the second Super Over for the first time in the history of T20 Cricket.
If not for the World Cup final last year between England and New Zealand, the boundary count would’ve been applied in this MI vs KXIP game as well. A lot of controversies in the WC 2019 final, led to ICC changing the rules and stating that multiple Super Overs will be played until one of the teams scores more runs than the other.
However, if the boundary count rule would’ve applied in the MI vs KXIP game, the four-time champions would’ve won the game. The Rohit Sharma-led side had scored a total of 24 boundaries (15 fours and 9 sixes) during their innings after opting to bat first. In the chase, KXIP scored 22 boundaries (14 fours and 8 sixes) in total. Interestingly, none of the teams scored a boundary in the first Super Over and even that would’ve been counted.
But the multiple Super Overs gave KXIP a chance to redeem themselves. The sensational efforts from Mohammed Shami in the first Super over where he defended six runs didn’t go in vain. According to the old rule, If MI would’ve won after scoring five runs as they had hit more boundaries.
SRH vs KKR game also ended in a Super Over
Earlier in the day, the game between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) also went to the Super Over with both the teams scoring 163 runs each. Lockie Ferguson was the hero for the KKR as he nailed his yorkers perfectly conceding only two runs while picking two wickets in just three balls of Super Over.
Unfortunately, SRH’s Rashid Khan couldn’t defend and to be fair to him, those runs were very few for him to even think of winning it for his team. However, in case, the Super Over would’ve got tied in that game, KKR would’ve only won according to the boundary count rule. They had scored a total of 21 boundaries while SRH had ended their batting with 20 shots to the fence in total.