Superovers are always fun. It’s like the festivals in a year. Comes very seldom but often makes the longest of lasting impressions. In another remarkable Super Over incident in 2014, saw Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders battle it out in Abu Dhabi. In their stipulated quota of 20 overs, RR batted first and put up 152 on the board on a difficult pitch. Remember, the middle-eastern pitches weren’t as conducive for batting as the flat pitches that are on display in India. Karun Nair’s 72 helped Rajasthan anchor their innings to a good total.
KKR were bolstered by an anchoring innings by Gautam Gambhir’s 45 at the top. But wickets in regular succession meant RR started crawling back in the match. James Faulkner was the pick of the bowler with 3 wickets in his 2 overs.
It eventually came down to a face-off between Shakib Al Hasan and James Faulkner, with Shakib scoring 2 runs to make it a tie and take the match to a Superover. KKR’s Superover started off on a bad note with Suryakumar Yadav run out in the first ball itself but they still managed to get to a respectable total of 11. It was Narine vs Watson in the Superover, with RR hitting 9 runs off the first five balls, leaving 2 runs for a tie. But the catch was that if RR score 2 runs, they’ll tie the game and RR would win by boundary count. Steve Smith just merely used his common sense. Stepped out of the track to the last ball, gently played a defensive shot through covers and calmly jogged back for the second.