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DC eke out a narrow Super Over win in a superb thriller in Dubai

DC eke out a narrow Super Over win in a superb thriller in Dubai Tweet in your ideas, thoughts and opinions on the match to @PrakashG_CB, and we'll feature the best on this blog...

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What have KXIP done?

Imagine being Mayank Agarwal now, thinking about his dismissal when the game was in the bag after so much struggle. What a Day 2 of IPL we've had. Pure madness. Kagiso Rabada - DC's best bet in Super Over - had KXIP down to 2 for 2 by the third ball to turn the tables in a complete different direction from where Mayank had left the game at.

Rabada first got Rahul with a pace short ball that the KXIP skipper top-edged only as far as Axar Patel at midwicket. He then sent Pooran's off-stump for a walk as the West Indian attempted a wild swing and got nowhere close to connecting bat with ball. There was no more drama in store as DC walked to their target of three to sneak through in what turned out to be quite the thriller.

UPDATE on Ashwin:We saw the spinner in real pain when he walked off and had a sling around his arm. But Shreyas Iyer says he spoke to him in the dressing room and he said he was ready to go for the next game. Iyer still reckons it remains to be seen how bad it is and for the medical staff to judge.

SUPER OVER!

OH KXIP and DC, what have you done! What a final over that! Stoinis started by thinking he could bluff Mayank with a slower ball and Mayank slapped it back for an authoritative straight six. He then backed away and carved open the field to dispatch a full ball to the extracover fence. The game seemed done and dusted at that point, even as Stoinis pulled off a slower ball. With 1 to get from 2 what could've possibly gone wrong? Well, everything.

Mayank's had one of those nights where you can only praise him for his efforts to navigate past a batting collapse and orchestrate a heist for the ages. But... with only 1 to get from 2, he went for a big hit - or a glory shot, you'd say if you're a harsh critic. It was bad because he found Hetmyer in the deep, leaving Jordan to get 1 off the last ball. Stoinis created a bit of drama by not bowling the ball after completing his run up. When he eventually delivered, Jordan ended up flicking the ball straight to Rabada at short square leg.

The pendulum is swinging...

What one big over can do to a T20! From 42 off 18, the equation is now down to a very gettable 25 off 12. This is fabulous batting from Mayank Agarwal. Mohit began the 18th over with a go-to ball in such a situation - a full and wide ball. Unfortunately for him, the India Test opener comes with a full range of strokes in his arsenal. Mayank got down on one knee and slicked the ball over deep backward point for a six. It was almost as if Mayank, with his years of experience, was expecting that delivery. Mohit went to the other end of the spectrum with a back-of-the-hand slower ball. Mayank saw it coming from a long distance, set himself up and creamed it over long off for another one. What an over. The pressure is starting to shift towards DC. Big, big penultimate over coming up from Rabada here.

Mayank holding it together

So th equation is now down to KXIP needing 42 off 18. DC scored 58 from the same position. Strap on, this is going to be fun!

Gowtham cameo done

How about that for a live blogger's curse? Seriously though, with 60 to get from half the number of balls, innovation and risk was the order of the day. Gowtham tried to give himself room outside the leg stump to deal with Rabada's pace, which was 142.7 kmph on this occasion. The cheeky attempt to guide it down to third man didn't work out, and he instead ended up nicking the ball to the keeper. KXIP are six down.

Mayank, Gowtham keeping KXIP alive

The Karnataka boys have stitched together a solid partnership for the sixth wicket. They've added 43 off 5 overs since Sarfaraz's dismissal. It brings down the equation to 60 off the last five overs. Can they

55/5 in 10 overs

DC refuse to let KXIP catch a break here. The pressure was rising after the PowerPlay to find a move on. DC had Iyer and Pant steer their side briefly out of a similar situation but Sarfaraz fails to play that role here. He looked to clear the straight fence - like the DC duo did repeatedly - but can't hit it long enough. A tidy take from Prithvi Shaw at long-on reduced KXIP to 55 for 5 in 10 overs as Mayank Agarwal watches on helplessly from the non-striker's end.

The commentators have said that R Ashwin has dislocated his shoulder while diving in the field and not in the middle now. Rahane is in as a replacement. We've got to wait and watch for an official confirmation.

30/0 to 35/4

What's happening here? KXIP were going fine without taking risks in the PowerPlay. They were poised to slowly snatch the game away in the middle-overs but they've messed things up for themselves before that. Two of those four wickets were nearly unplayed seeds - from Mohit to Rahul and Ashwin to Pooran, but both Karun and Maxwell should've done better.

Wishful thinking or real possibility?

Narbavi @Narbavi Ravichandran Ashwin.......2021 T20 WC ???? #DCvKXIP 04:40 PM • Sep 09, 2020

Ashwin flying!

Oh Nicholas Pooran! He's been done in by the wily spinner and his arm ball. Pooran played for the turn and looked to defend one that he thought would turn away. The ball just went with the trajectory and went through his bat-pad gap. What a start for Ashiwn, what a start for DC!

More trouble for KXIP

That's poor from Karun Nair. Ravichandran Ashwin starts with a wicket off the first ball against his former side. An inviting tossed up delivery that Nair got sucked into. He looked cart over the top on the leg side but ended up top-edging it Prithvi Shaw.

KL castled

What a peach from Mohit Sharma! That's a delightful inswinger from Mohit Sharma. Pitched at length, it moved little and late - like was the case in the first innings - but enough to crash onto the stumps off Rahul's inside edge. Big wicket for a side looking to defend an under-par total.

KXIP's cautious start

This is actually smart from the chasing side. They'd seen enough in the first half to figure that batting isn't going to be easy against pace up front. Both KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, highly capable of steering around and turning striker over, have started cautiously here.

Stoinis, you beauty!

What a cameo from the Aussie all-rounder. Worth every penny of the 4.8 crore that DC paid for them in the auction this time around. From 100 for 6 in 17 overs, DC have finished with 157 for 8 in 20 overs. Incredible hitting from Stoinis.

He smashed Chris Jordan's death-over reputation to absolute smithereens with this hitout in the balls he faced from the England quick - 6, 4, 1, 6, 4, 4, 4, 6, out!

Exceptional turnaround this from DC. What was headed towards a low-scoring first innings has not got a pretty good total here. It is still 10 short of the par score at the venue but the DC bowlers will take it. Should be a fun chase!

There's that first Salute

It's taken time but it's come - the famous Sheldon Cottrell salute.It's here because he's managed to get Axar Patel to nick one behind to the keeper. Change of pace has worked again. The umpires referred it upstairs but even Axar knew he'd feathered it with his glove. DC are now six down for just 96 runs.

Shami finishes with his best figures in IPL: 4 overs 15 runs 3 wickets

Trouble for DC again...

Shreyas Iyer follows Pant back to the pavilion almost immediately. KL Rahul brings back his star bowler of the night - Mohammed Shami - who strikes straightaway. Iyer was looking to smash his way out of trouble against the spinners - which he does well - so it was a smart ploy to bring back a pacer. Shami made brilliant use of a knuckle ball. Iyer perhaps went for it after spotting the mid off fielding being inside the circle, but the change of pace did him in. The ball was full and Iyer went at it, but could only hit as far as Jordan at mid off.

Kohli and Shastri would love what they're seeing...

Vishal @Vishal_14_ Shami already has one eye on the Australian Tour #IPL2020 #KXIPvsDC @PrakashG_CB 03:13 PM • Sep 09, 2020

Maiden wicket for Bishnoi

Rishabh Pant is gone. Just when he and Iyer had started to find some rhythm with their big hitting down the ground, Bishnoi has struck. DC's slow start meant there was no time to wait and nurdle around in the middle overs. Pant saw the loop and felt he could take a wild swipe at it, but it was too full and ended up playing the ball onto his stumps. Trouble for DC again.

Gowtham wicketless...

And not for the first time. In fact, this is the seventh successive game where he has finished without a wicket in a game. And tonight, he's helped DC find a way out of the mounting pressure at different times. He finishes with figures of 0 for 39, with 15 of those coming in the last over.

Bishnoi, you tease:IPL debuts can as it is be daunting when you're just a 20-year-old. The pressure will be 10x more when you have to bowl to two batsmen who have the knack of bullying spinners. But kudos Bishnoi for the accuracy! He started with a wide outside the offstump to Pant and repeatedly bowled just within that wide line as Pant kept trying to swat and missed. Against Iyer he bowled a touch shorter and a lot straighter, giving just four runs in the over.

Look who's watching you, DC batsmen...

VINOD KAMBLI @vinodkambli349 DC batsmen should be looking to settle firmly out there... they've been throwing away wickets with irresponsible shots! Savage bowling by @MdShami11 ???? #DCvKXIP 02:28 PM • Sep 09, 2020

DC fans would concur...

Cow Cricket @CowCricket The best version of Shreyas is the helmet-free version @PrakashG_CB 02:57 PM • Sep 09, 2020

Spin respite for DC:Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant take their chances against Krishnappa Gowtham's off-spin after the pace troika of Shami, Cottrell and Jordan give nothing away. Much-needed after DC crashed and burned their way to 23 for 3 in the PowerPlay.

KXIP already making PP amends

KXIP was the worst team in Powerplay in IPL 2019 taking fewest wickets (12) and having worst economy rate (9.37). In 14 matches last year, they had taken two wickets in this phase just once.

We feel you, Ricky...

Pratyush Sinha @prat1204 Being the coach of a young and talented team is so underrated. Must be so frustrating for Ricky Ponting to watch some of these shots. 02:23 PM • Sep 09, 2020

DC continue to wobble:Can't say we didn't see this coming, can we? Prithvi Shaw made a troubled start and was also responsible for Dhawan's exit. KXIP quicks were giving little away and DC needed to break the shakles quickly to cash in on the field restrictions. The result - Shaw mistimed a pull short off a short of length ball from Shami, and hit it straight to Chris Jordan at mid on.

Hetmyer calmed the nerves with brilliant pull shot straight away, but Shami hit back with a shorter one that surprised the left-hander. Hetmyer thought he could guide it towards the leg side but the extra bounce meant the ball flew off a leading edge and went to Mayank Agarwal at cover. DC are down to 13 for 3 in 4 overs.

Little and late movement for KXIP quicks:Sheldon Cottrell is getting a lovely shape away from the left-hander. Just a hint of movement. Shimron Hetmyer has had a nervy start to his time at the crease. Now we know why both teams packed their sides with fast bowlers.

Not an ideal start for Delhi Capitals:Shikhar Dhawan shakes his head in disgust after a bout of yes-no calling with Prithvi Shaw has resulted in his dismissal. He tried to duck away from a leg-side short ball from Shami and KL Rahul fluffed the ball behind him, prompting the two batters to pinch a single. But Shaw took a couple of steps and sold his partner down the river. A second-ball duck for Dhawan!

Playing XIs

Amidst some surprising calls, there are a few IPL debuts today. Anrich Nortje, picked as Chris Woakes's replacement comes straight in for DC while KXIP go for both Sheldon Cottrell and Chris Jordan. But the one to watch out could be leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi, India's U19 star, picked by KXIP.

Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, Krishnappa Gowtham, Chris Jordan, Sheldon Cottrell, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami

Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Mohit Sharma

TOSS: KXIP opt to bowl. Gayle misses out as Maxwell, Pooran, Cottrell and Jordan play. DC go with Hetmyer, Stoinis, Rabada and Nortje

We've got some BREAKING NEWS for you...

Delhi Capitals could be without Ishant Sharma today after the pacer injured his back during a nets session yesterday. If he is indeed ruled out, which seems likely at this point, DC will have to pick one of their three Indian fast-bowling options. Here's more in the report by Ganesh Chandrasekaran.

Ricky Ponting's early assessment...

... and it is rather interesting. The expectation is for slow bowlers to dominate in each of three venues for this season - Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah - but Punter believes the quicks will also play a crucial role, specially in the early stages of the saeson. Here's more.

#RishabhvsRahul is one way to look at today's encounter...

GANESH NAGNURWAR @GaneshNagnurwar @PrakashG_CB looking forward to Indian's first Choice keeper vs second..fighting for individual spots in Indian team #KXIPvsDC @cricbuzz #rishabhvsrahul 01:13 PM • Sep 09, 2020

#BonhomieDerby has a nice ring to it?

Cow Cricket @CowCricket @PrakashG_CB - Ashwin, Maxwell, Ishant, Shami, Azar, Stoinis, Neesham have been part of both the these franchises! Bonhomie? #DCvKXIP 01:11 PM • Sep 09, 2020

Rishabh Pant's playground?

It's been a tough 18 month-period if you're Rishabh Pant. In and out of the Indian side, booed by your own crowd and dwindling form in white-ball cricket. The lockdown actually helped him catch a break, but here's IPL now, so what can we expect? One thing's for certain,. from numbers in the last two seasons, that IPL has been his playground.

Can Rishabh pull off another stellar season?

What's on the loop...

A lot of things about this IPL is out of the ordinary, starting with it being played in UAE. For fans, all the waiting time has perhaps been spent refreshing social media timelines for any crumbs of footage of their favourite players. Every team has done its part, some better than the rest, but KXIP fans were showered with some pleasant, nostaligic surprise recently...

Cow Cricket @CowCricket @PrakashG_CB - Ashwin, Maxwell, Ishant, Shami, Azar, Stoinis, Neesham have been part of both the these franchises! Bonhomie? #DCvKXIP 01:11 PM • Sep 09, 2020

Team Gayle or Team Pooran?

This is going to be a tough side to take - Gayle had a good season last year and is in general a bonafied T20 star. Pooran is expected to have a breakout season after emerging as one of the most exciting batting talents in recent times. Which side are you on? (Go to our instagram stories on @cricbuzzofficial and cast your vote now!)

Pooran or Gayle, who'd you pick?

Prelude - This season, surely?

Year after year, preview writers around the country and the world pen in high anticipation of one of the outliers breaking in to club of the elites and etching their name on the trophy for the very first time. After all, the last first-timer winner came in 2016, after which CSK and MI have juggled it between them in their own little two-team league of absolute supremacy.

For the two teams in action today - Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab - the move up towards the elite has just not happened. They're two sides that have existed from the first season, have seen their squad ripped apart and put together time and again, but haven't achieved the desired result... yet. So here's another chance to start afresh, with a blank slate and the hope of rewriting their fate in the history of the tournament.

Delhi Capitals will be the one to take heart from their slow but noticeable progression over the last two seasons. They even made it till the knockouts last season under Ricky Ponting's tutelege, and there are signs (and signings!) that they could take another step forward this season.

KXIP's case is slightly more intriguing. They flew off the stands in the first half of the 2018 season. But they then fell flat with similar intensity and wound up seventh somehow with just five wins. The same number of wins only took them a spot higher last season. With a new leader - perhaps India's best T20 player currently - in KL Rahul and a new coach in Anil Kumble, it is understandable if there's optimism emanating from the KXIP camp.

One common issue for both these two teams is identifying which four foreign players are the best to pick. In a couple of hours from now, we'll get a glimpse of how they're thinking...

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