The super over was super for the Kings XI Punjab as they notched up their first win of this year’s IPL. The Chennai Super Kings made a hash of chasing a modest total and ended up tying a game that they should have won with ease.
The IPL is such a high-profile event with all the glamour attached that many Indian players get carried away and try to be heroes by going for the glam shot when a simple shot would be more productive. So, even the tail-enders try to go for a six when it makes more cricketing sense to push the ball for a single and give the better batsman at the other end the chance to play the long ball.
Mind you, in the tension and pressure that the ultra short format brings to the table, even the calmest of players can sometimes lose it.
The bowlers are no exception as they also try and bowl quicker when it has been seen time and again that the slower one bowls, the harder it is for the batsman to hit. The Chennai Super Kings did the right thing by giving the super over to Muralitharan who had taken 3 wickets earlier in the game.
However, the pressure got to the great man as well, for his first ball was a faster delivery which was in the right slot for Jayawardene to hit for a six.
The next ball was slower and shorter and Jayawardene, going for the glory shot to finish the match, was out caught by the same fielder he had cleared off the earlier ball.
With four needed to win off five balls, there was no pressure, but even a fine thinker of the game like Jayawardene got carried away.
What Murali has shown is that spin has a role — and a crucial one at that — in this form of the game, but it is only if the bowler is prepared to bowl slow and not fire in quicker deliveries. Pragyan Ojha also bowled cannily to Dave Warner. All the deliveries were dot balls and added to the pressure of the batsman.
The Delhi team also has gone on to lose from winning positions and again much of it has been due to the batsman looking to play the glamour shots rather than the bread-and-butter ones. The best part of the IPL is that with matches happening quickly, there is no time to brood over a defeat.