6 stunning bowling performances in Super Overs
Before the Super Over was introduced, tied matches in T20 cricket used to be decided by a ‘Bowl Out'Super over or the eliminator as we know it now, is like the tennis’ tie breaker in cricket. Super over was first brought to use in the T20 format in 2008 after removing ‘Bowl Out’ as the decider. It essentially is a reduced version of the game wherein one over is bowled and 2 wickets are given to the batting side. Obviously, the one who scores more wins the match.A super over is always a crowd pleaser and an entertaining affair for the viewers to watch. It’s expected that the batsmen will go thrashing and little do we care about the bowlers. It’s important however to understand the role of a bowler in this. Tighter lines and good lengths are the two important criteria that a coach looks for in a bowler at this moment and these bowlers proved their importance by securing victory for their teams. Let’s have a look at 6 of the most amazing bowling performances in a super over:
#6 CJ de Villiers, Diamond Eagles vs Sussex Sharks
This was the first time the eliminator came into picture in the Champions League T20. It was the match between Sussex Sharks and Diamond Eagles. Sussex scored 119/7 on a rather slow pitch at Kotla andthe Eagles tied the match at 119/4 with Rossouw scoring a brilliant 65. The match went to the Super Over and the Eagles were the first to bat and Yasir Arafat had the ball against Rossouw and McLaren. The Eagles scored 9 runs with one six.
CJ de Villiers had the hard job of defending 10 runs with the fierce Dwayne Smith on strike. But much to his surprise, Smith was bowled off the very first ball and on the next delivery De Villiers uprooted the off stump of Hamilton Brown and the Sussex Sharks were all out for 0.
Defending 9 runs isnt as an easy job and it definitely was one of the best bowling performances in a super over.