Talking about the IPL 2020 game between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians in Dubai.

Why did Mumbai Indians choose Sharma and D Cock for the first super over?

When Mumbai Indians had two of the biggest players in world in Pollard and Hardik Pandya, did they do wrong by sending out de Kock and Rohit Sharma, who were ill and did not come on the field later for the second super over?

De Kock has scored four fifties in his last five innings and Sharma is also in form in this IPL, but Pollard and Pandya may have been better prepared to handle Shami’s yorker. Both batsmen have a tendency to stay too deep in the crease and build up enough power to overcome yawkers.

Pollard’s case was even stronger as he delivered a shock of 238.88 at the time of death this season; Only AB de Villiers (243.47) has a better strike rate during this phase. Also, Pollard has not been out since the first match of the Mumbai Indians this season.

In the previous super-over finish at the venue, Virat Kohli said that he nominated himself with de Villiers as he felt that he could help chase Royal Challengers Bangalore with eight singles and doubles on a big ground. It was a high-risk plan, but de Villiers got the fence removed from the Royal Challengers’ sidewalk. Sharma and de Kock may have gone with a similar plan, but it did not work for Mumbai Indians.

Why did Bumrah not play the second super over for Mumbai Indians?

The reason is simple: according to the state of the game, any bowler who has already thrown a super over in the match is “ineligible” to bowl any subsequent super over. Also, any batsman who is out in a super over cannot bat in a super over. So, Bumrah, Shami, D Cock, Puran and Rahul were not part of the second super over.

Why was Krunal promoted to number 5?

Because Mumbai Indians wanted to throw Kings XI leg spinners M Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi away from their line and length. And Mumbai Indians generally prefer to bat on the deaths of Pollard and Hardik.

In the IPL, Krunal scored 233 runs in 145 balls against the legspinners at an average of 32 and scored at a strike rate of around 155 while being dismissed seven times. On Sunday, Krunal went after Ashwin, giving him 14 runs off eight balls. Bishnoi, who is primarily a googly bowler and, therefore, bowls left-arm bowlers, then dismissed him for 34 off 30 balls.

Krunal also batted at No. 5 against the Rajasthan Royals, who also had two legspinners in their leg – Rahul Tewatia and Shreyas Gopal. However, he got only 12 from 17 balls in that game.

Where is this aggressive Rahul?

This IPL Rahul has been under control at the top, barely taking any risk in the powerplay. It was his partner and good friend Agarwal who was going after the bowlers in the first six overs. However, on Sunday, Agarwal made a slow start and bowled Bumrah for 11 runs off ten balls.

Meanwhile, Rahul flew out of the block, hitting Bolt upwards from both sides and leg side for a boundary from both sides. Then he cleaned his front leg and took the left-hand seamer directly around him. All in one over. Out of 51 runs, Kings XI scored in the Powerplay, Rahul scored 32 runs, his joint second highest Powerplay score in the IPL since 2019.

Perhaps Gayle frees Rahul by clicking number 3. Or maybe the Dubai pitch was tiring, Rahul wanted to maximize the powerplay to face a challenging goal.