IPL 2021: Here is how there could have been second Super Over in DC vs SRH game; latter’s small mistake cost game

Though Rishabh Pant's men eventually sealed the game in the Super Over, the result could have been different for SRH.
Aditya Kumar Author

Updated - 26 April 2021 1:46 pm

The 20th game of Indian Premier League 2021 that was played between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad was one such game for which the mega event is known for. IPL, arguably the best T20 league in the world, gave its fans the first Super Over of the 2021 edition on Sunday after SRH scored exactly the same number of runs that DC posted batting first.

Though Rishabh Pant’s men eventually sealed the game in the Super Over, the result could have been different for Hyderabad. There could have been a second Super Over in the same game if the SRH hadn’t made a small mistake.

SRH miss second Super Over by a bare margin

SRH were chasing in the game, so as per the rules they had to bat first in the Super Over. The six-ball spell was delivered by Axar Patel, who had returned match figures of 2/26  by then. Living up to the expectations, Axar kept it tight and conceded only 6 runs off his first 5 balls to David Warner and Kane Williamson. To conclude on a better note, the spinner fired the last ball into Warner’s blockhole, which the latter could dig out for only a couple.

However, the umpires later figured out that while running the double on the last ball of the over, Warner failed to ground his bat inside the crease at the non-striker’s end. The short run eventually saw SRH setting a target of 8 runs for DC, instead of 9.

Here is the video of the incident:

In reply, Rashid Khan brought the match to a stage when DC needed just 1 run off the last ball to win the game. The batsman on strike, Shikhar Dhawan, missed his sweep shot, yet he and Rishabh Pant were able to sneak a single and win the game.

However, there could have been a second Super Over had SRH had one run more in their kitty which they lost to the short run.