Due to the widespread reach of the Novel Coronavirus in India, the BCCI declared that IPL 2020 will be held in the United Arab Emirates this year. In a series of 56 matches, which started on 19th September, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) faced Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the 24th match. The intense face-off took place in the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Without a doubt, the team’s co-owner, Shah Rukh Khan, was present to cheer them on.
Shah Rukh Khan’s winning quotation
Describing KKR’s win over the KXIP, Shah Rukh Khan took to Twitter and quoted an Al Pacino film. The dialogue is from Any Given Sunday (1999). His tweet read, “When we add up all those inches that’s gonna make the difference between WINNING and LOSING” (Al Pacino) well done @KKRiders boys. @SunilPNarine74 @prasidh43 @RealShubmanGill & Cap @DineshKarthik (the win was too close for my gentle heart) love u all. Since the last three games of KKR, the Badshah of Bollywood has been in UAE and is providing constant support to his team from the stands.
A Threat from KXIP
KKR felt seriously challenged when KXIP openers, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, managed to score 115 runs in 14.2 overs. They were chasing a target of 165. It almost seemed like KXIP was about to break their streak of unfortunate losses and defeat KKR. However, things took a wild turn in the last three overs, and the KL Rahul headed team ended up increasing their streak to six losses. On the other hand, KKR won their 4th match out of six.
The final overs – a Nail-biting watch
KXIP required 22 runs in the last three overs, but oh, how the tables turned! Within the 18th over, Narine managed to take out a second wicket, and this slowed down KXIP. In haste to score 20 runs in the last two overs, the batting side ended up losing three more wickets, including KL Rahul. By the final over, KXIP needed 14 runs and a 6 of the last ball to at least manage to get a Super Over. Alas, Glenn Maxwell managed to get the wrong boundary shot, and the team lost by 2 runs. It is quite tricky for KXIP to quality for the play-offs now. They certainly need some strategic miracle!