Five runs to defend in the Super Over for the Kings XI Punjab against the Mumbai Indians. Mohammed Shami has seen his India team-mate Jasprit Bumrah deliver a masterclass to deny big runs to Nicholas Pooran and KL Rahul. Now, he has to do it himself. The Kings XI are on the edge, a loss could well mean curtains to their season.
At the top of his mark, Shami knew he just had to bowl yorkers – and he nailed them perfectly – as pitching it just an inch away would mean Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock probably sending the ball to the fence.
“It’s very difficult,” Shami told IPLT20.com after T20 cricket’s first-ever twin Super Over bash. “Generally we get to defend 15-17 runs, so back of the mind the thought is, ‘I believe in myself, I can do this’. But when the margin of error is very minimal [while defending five], then you start thinking what’s the best you can do.
“I always believe in my…