Updated: October 10, 2020 8:23:07 pm
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by two runs — or two centimetres — in Saturday’s IPL match. Glenn Maxwell came within tantalising reach of hitting a six off the last ball to take the match to a Super Over, and the players waited anxiously after the last ball, till replays zoomed in to show that the ball had landed just within the boundary.
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) October 10, 2020
KXIP were consigned to their sixth defeat in seven matches on Saturday, as they managed to lose yet another match from a seemingly comfortable situation.
— Akshay Nahar (@acnahar) October 10, 2020
KXIP needed 21 off 16 deliveries to win, following a 115-run opening stand between KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. However, things changed thereon. Number 4 batsman Simranjeet Singh played out three dot balls and then took a single off the last ball of the 18th over. KL chopped one on to his stumps in the 19th over, plunging the team into unexpected crisis.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 10, 2020
Game of inches…..
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 10, 2020
With 7 runs to win off the last ball, Maxwell swung over covers as Sunil Narine bowled the 20th. As the ball landed, there was initial confusion. The on-air commentator thought it was a six. Umpire Chris Gaffaney signalled four. Narine was quick to shake Maxwell’s hands, but the players then waited for the replay. Which soon confirmed that the umpire’s call had been correct — by inches.
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