IPL 2020 already has created record of most ever Super Over finishes this season

Looks like Super Over is becoming the new normal in Indian Premier League 2020 as the tournament has already witnessed four matches being decided via Super Overs.

Interestingly, this is the first time in the history of IPL that there has been more than two Super Overs in a single edition of the cash-rich league.

To put things into perspective, in all, the IPL has had 14 super overs in its 12-year history and five of them have come in IPL 2020, that too within a month of its commencement.
In the first five seasons of the IPL, all of two matches went to the super over, while IPL 2013 witnessed two super overs. Since then, nine matches have gone down to the wire, with there being one super over each in 2014, 2015 and 2017 and two in 2019.
IPL 2020 Record: Most Super Over finishes in One Day
Here’s how things panned out on ‘Super Sunday’

It was a ‘Super Sunday’ in the IPL 2020 as it witnessed three Super Overs in a day – an event which occurred for the first time in the history of IPL. It was a day of double-header and both the games, KKR vs SRH and MI vs KXIP were decided in their respective Super Overs. Interestingly, prior to Sunday, there wasn’t a single day in IPL history which witnessed more than one Super Over, but it all changed on October 18.

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (IPL 2020 match no. 35)

Chasing a 164-run target, SRH needed 18 runs to win in the last over and the team’s captain David Warner took full advantage of KKR all-rounder Andre Russell bowling with a short run-up due to an injury.

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After starting with a no-ball, Russell conceded three consecutive boundaries as Warner played sensibly to draw the match.

SUPER OVER (First of the day)

With bowling figures of 4-0-15-3, Lockie Ferguson was the pick of the bowlers for KKR in his first IPL 2020 match and the Kiwi pacer didn’t disappoint as he dismissed Warner and Abdul Samad in the Super Over, leaving KKR with only a three run-target to chase.

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Chasing a paltry 3-run target in the super over, Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan and wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik sealed the chase without much discomfort.

Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab (IPL 2020 match no. 35)

Chasing a 177-run target against MI, KXIP skipper KL Rahul smashed a scintillating 51-ball 77 to take his team on the brink of a successful chase but team-mates Deepak Hooda and Jordan could only level the scores at 176 for six in the stipulated 20 overs.

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SUPER OVER (Second of the day)

Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Nicholas Pooran and KL Rahul in the first Super Over of the match to leave MI with a six-run target.

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However, Mohammed Shami bowled an equally incredible over as KXIP defended the five runs to take the match to a second Super Over of the match.

SUPER OVER (Third of the day)

Kieron Pollard helped MI score 11 for one in the second Super Over bowled by Chris Jordan after both the teams ended at the same score in the first Super Over.

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Chris Gayle then hit the first ball bowled by Trent Boult for a six before Mayank Agarwal cracked successive fours as KXIP notched up an incredible win to keep their IPL play-off hopes alive.

Here’s the list of all the IPL matches that have been decided through Super Overs across all the seasons:
  • Rajasthan Royals bt Kolkata Knight Riders – April 23, 2009, Cape Town (Match Score: 150)
  • Kings XI Punjab bt Chennai Super Kings – March 12, 2010, Chennai (Match Score: 136)
  • Sunrisers Hyderabad bt Royal Challengers Bangalore – April 7, 2013, Hyderabad (Match Score: 130
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore bt Delhi Daredevils – April 16, 2013, Bangalore (Match Score: 152)
  • Rajasthan Royals bt Kolkata Knight Riders – April 29, 2014, Abu Dhabi (Match Score: 152)
  • Kings XI Punjab bt Rajasthan Royals – April 21, 2015, Ahmedabad (Match Score: 191)
  • Mumbai Indians bt Gujarat Lions – April 29, 2017, Rajkot (Match Score: 153)
  • Delhi Capitals bt Kolkata Knight Riders – April 30, 2019, Delhi (Match Score: 185)
  • Mumbai Indians bt Sunrisers Hyderabad – May 2, 2019, Mumbai (Match Score: 162)
  • Delhi Capitals bt Kings XI Punjab – September 20, 2020, Dubai (Match Score: 157)
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore bt Mumbai Indians – September 28, 2020, Dubai (Match Score: 201)
  • Kolkata Knight Riders bt Sunrisers Hyderabad – October 18, 2020, Abu Dhabi (Match Score: 163)
  • Kings XI Punjab bt Mumbai Indians – October 18, 2020, Dubai (Match Score: 176)
NOTE: KXIP vs MI witnessed two super overs as the first tie-breaker also ended in a tie.