IPL Super-Overs: A history of sudden-death eliminations

In the IPL match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore, the visitors sent in their main man Chris Gayle and skipper Virat Kohli to knock those 21 runs. However, Dale Steyn (above) wasn’t ready to give anything away as he bowled fast and in the zone © PTI

The Sun Risers-Royal Challengers Bangalore match on Sunday went into heart-stopping super-over in which the Hyderabad debutants triumphed. Sarang Bhalerao goes into rewind mode and captures other Super-Over finishes in the Indian Premier League (IPL) history.

Every sport has its own unique ways of breaking a deadlock between two fiercely-competitive opponents. In tennis, stalemates are broken by playing a tie-break; chess has a rapid-fire round while football has a penalty shoot-out. In Indian Premier League cricket, the concept of Super-Over is played to break the impasse. Up to 2008 there used to be a bowl out to determine the winner, but since then Super-Over has come into play.
IPL rules:

If a game ends in a tie, each team nominates three batsmen and a bowler for the one-over eliminator. If a batting team loses two wickets, their innings shall come to an end.

In case of another tie in the Super-Over, the team with highest number of sixes wins the game. If even that is same, wins a team with maximum fours in the Super-Over wins.

If even that is same then the number of sixes hit in the original game is counted. And even if that is same, then the number of fours hit by the teams in the original game is considered.

Super Overs in IPL history:
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals at Newlands, Cape Town on April 23, 2009

Kolkata and Rajasthan were involved in a tie — Rajasthan Royals batted first and scored 150 for six in their 20 overs, while Kolkata Knight Riders replied with 150 for eight in their quota of 20 overs . For Rajasthan, Kamran Khan had almost defended nine runs in his final over. Kolkata scored eight. Rajasthan captain, Shane Warne asked Kamran to bowl the Super-Over.

Kolkata chose Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum and Sourav Ganguly as the three batsmen to bat in the one-over eliminator.

Kolkata innings in Super-Over:

Kamran conceded two singles off his first two deliveries to Gayle and McCullum respectively. He then sent down a wide off his third delivery. Gayle carted him for three boundaries off his next three deliveries. Kamran gave away 15 runs off the five deliveries. Gayle was dismissed off the last ball when Rob Quiney took a sharp catch at sweeper cover.

Rajasthan needed 16 to win the contest.
Rajasthan innings in Super-Over:

Mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis was chosen to bowl the Super-Over. For Rajasthan Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja and Dimitri Mascarenhas were the three batsmen to bat.

Pathan started the proceedings by hammering Mendis over long off for a six off the very first delivery. Pathan was dropped by Hodge off the next delivery but two runs were scored. The third delivery was smashed for a six over mid-wicket and the game was for Rajasthan to win. KKR captain McCullum brought the field in. Pathan swept Mendis for a boundary and charged off towards his dug-out. Pathan’s brute force won it for Rajasthan.

Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab at MA Chidambaram Stadium on March 21, 2010

Both the teams scored 136 runs in the allotted 20 overs. For Punjab, debutant Rusty Theron conceded only eight runs in his last two overs [17th and 19th of the innings] and pulled the game back in favour of Punjab. He was entrusted the responsibility to bowl the Super-Over.

Chennai batted first in the Super-Over. They chose Albie Morkel, Matthew Hayden and Suresh Raina to bat.

Chennai innings in Super-Over:

Theron conceded a single to Morkel off the first delivery and dismissed Hayden for a duck off the second delivery. Hayden went for an almighty heave and missed the ball completely and his stumps were down. Stand-in skipper Raina got two off the third ball and smashed the fourth ball over mid-wicket for six. Raina tried to repeat the same shot off the fifth delivery but he failed to connect. The ball went up in the air and it was safely pouched by Mahela Jayawardene.

Chennai were bowled out for nine and they committed a cardinal sin by getting bowled out in five deliveries and not utilising one more ball.
Punjab innings in Super-Over:

Jayawardene, Irfan Pathan and Yuvraj Singh were the three batsmen nominated by Punjab. For Chennai, the foxy Muttiah Muralitharan was going to bowl the Super-Over.

Jayawardene smashed his compatriot for six on the very first ball. Punjab needed four off five deliveries. But Jayawardene tried to finish the match with another six. He was caught at long-on by Murali Vijay. Yuvraj was on strike for the third delivery. He executed the reverse-sweep but missed it completely. Four runs off three balls and the tension was mounting. Yuvraj again employed the reverse-sweep and this time he connected. The ball went past short third man for a boundary. Yuvraj celebrated with his patented roar.

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on April 7, 2013

The rivals scored 130 runs in their 20 overs to take the issue into the Super Overs. Vinay Kumar, who had defended 10 runs in the final over against Mumbai Indians, could not win the match for Bangalore against Hyderabad.

Hyderabad innings in Super-Over:

Big-hitting Thisara Perera and Cameron White opened the innings. The first ball from Vinay Kumar was a no-ball for height and Perera got a single. The next two balls went for one run each. The third ball of the Super-Over went over long-on for a six. White generated a lot of power and thumped the ball. The fourth ball was a low full toss off which two runs were scored. The fifth ball went over long-off for another six. Two runs were scored off the final ball.

Hyderabad scored 20 runs in one over.
Bangalore innings in Super-Over:

Premier fast bowler Dale Steyn needed to defend 20 runs. Gayle and Virat Kohli were Bangalore’s batsmen. Steyn fired the first ball around the yorker length. Gayle got two runs. The next ball was a single. Kohli smashed the third ball past short fine-leg for a four. The next ball was in the blockhole and Kohli could score only a single. Two balls and 13 were needed. Gayle hit Steyn straight over his head for a six. But Steyn bowled a length delivery which Gayle could not quite muscle out of the ground. He could only manage a single to leave Hyderabad winners.

(Sarang Bhalerao hails from a family of doctors, but did his engineering. He then dumped a career in IT with Infosys to follow his heart and passion and became a writer with CricketCountry. A voracious reader, Sarang aspires to beat Google with his knowledge of the game! You can follow him on Twitter @bhaleraosarang)