Fri. May 24th, 2019

Nerveless Rabada clinches IPL super over thriller [video]

Kagiso Rabada of Delhi Capitals celebrates wicket of Andre Russell of Kolkata Knight Riders in super over during match 10 of the Indian Premier League between the Delhi Capitals and the Kolkata Knight Riders held at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi. Photo: Prashant Bhoot /SPORTZPICS for BCCIKagiso Rabada displayed nerves of steel to clinch an incredible IPL super over thriller for the Delhi Capitals against the Kolkata Knight Riders.

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Kagiso Rabada pulled off an incredible super over for the Delhi Capitals to give them victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders in their IPL clash on Saturday night.

Rabada had been tasked with defending just ten runs, which would become the lowest Super Over total ever successfully defended in the IPL.

The Capitals batsmen were frustrated with Shreyas Iyer only able to find the boundary once which left Rabada with little room for error.

The Proteas quick fumed as his first ball was whipped to the fence by Andre Russell. Rabada felt the fielder could have cut it off but the man on the fence lost it in the crowd.

Undeterred Rabada kept searching for the perfect yorker and Russell was unable to get him away second ball before the third removed his middle stump. The Proteas quick had taken some tap from Russell earlier in the day when the Windies allrounder smashed 62 off just 28 balls to help lift KKR to 185 for 8 in their 20.

Prithvi Shaw looked to have set the Capitals on the path to victory but when he fell for 99 in the penultimate over and KKR somehow managed to force a super over.

Proteas fans will be delighted with the manner in which Rabada bowled, holding his nerve at the critical moment.

Speaking after the match Rabada said: “We weren’t sure who was going to bowl, then Hopes told me it was going to be me. I guess you have to keep your wits about you and be clear about what you want to bowl, what helped was that I was clear and backed my plan”

Shaw meanwhile was grateful that the team got over the line in the end admitting he thought he had fluffed it when he got out for 99. Despite falling late Shaw was named man of the match.

He said: “I thought I missed an opportunity to finish the game rather than the one run I needed for a hundred, that I was disappointed about. I think the pitch changed, the footmarks were opening, the slower ones were working well, there was turn on offer so we were looking to work the ball into gaps” “

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