IPL 2020 – Weekly Summary (Week 42)

Hello everyone, welcome back to the weekly summary of the Indian Premier League 2020. Now we are going analyze the performance of teams from match 24 to 32. The competition is spicing up between the teams with qualification spots up for grabs and every team is looking to put their best foot forward. This week saw the return of some big players such as Ben Stokes, Chris Morris, and Chris Gayle for the first time in the playing XI. Pace bowlers Jofra Archer, Anrich Nortje, and Kagiso Rabada were the talk of the town this week. Every team has played an equal number of matches (eight) so far in the league phase. 

Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals further strengthened their position at the top 2 spots of the points table. Royal Challengers Bangalore too had a good week with 2 wins out of their 3 matches.  Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, and Kings XI Punjab played 2 matches and won one and lost one match and lost one match & moved around in the middle of the points table. Kolkata Knight Riders won only one of their 3 matches while Sunrisers Hyderabad lost both their matches this week. 

PositionTeam PlayedWonLostNo ResultNRRPoints
1Mumbai Indians 86201.35312
2Delhi Capitals 86200.99012
3 Royal Challengers Bangalore 8530-0.13910
4 Kolkata Knight Riders 8440-0.6848
5Sunrisers Hyderabad83500.0096
6 Chennai Super Kings 8350-0.3906
7Rajasthan Royals8350-0.8446
8Kings XI Punjab8260-0.2954

Total Matches played so far – 32

Won by batting first: 23

Won by Chasing side: 9

Highest Total: 228/4 (Delhi Capitals vs. Kolkata Knight Riders)

Lowest Total: 109/10 (Royal Challenges Bangalore vs. Kings XI Punjab)

Highest Successful chase: 226/6 (Rajasthan Royals vs. Kings XI Punjab)

Lowest Score defended: 161/7 (Delhi Capitals vs. Rajasthan Royals)

Individual records:

Current Orange Cap Holder: KL Rahul – 448 runs (KXIP)

Current Purple Cap Holder: Kagiso Rabada – 18 wickets (DC)

Highest score: KL Rahul 132* runs (KXIP vs RCB)

Best bowling figures: Jasprit Bumrah 4-20 (MI vs RR)

Let us have a small discussion about the progress of the each team and the changes they have made to their team combination this week. 

MUMBAI INDIANS

Mumbai Indians won both the matches they played this week. Quinton De Kock impressed with the bat in the two matches scoring 53 & 78* runs respectively. SuryaKumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma played little cameos. Their middle order was hugely untested this week as the top order chased down the total in both matches comfortably.  MI pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult continued their good work with the ball while spinners Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar chipped in with crucial wickets in the middle overs. Nathan Coulter Nile played his first game this season.  

DELHI CAPITALS

Delhi Capitals suffered a major setback this week as Rishab pant, Shreyas Iyer, and Ishant Sharma suffered injuries and the latter will miss the remaining season. Shikhar Dhawan was prolific with the bat scoring 69* & 57 runs in the two matches. Shreyas Iyer chipped in with a couple of good knocks before being injured in the last game while fielding. Kagiso Rabada further widened his gap in the wickets tally with the next bowler while Anrich Nortje fired thunderbolts bowling the fastest ball in the IPL history. Ravi Ashwin and Axar patel have been doing a stellar job with the ball so far. 

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

Royal Challengers Bangalore won their first 2 matches before losing to KXIP for the second time this season. Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers played a big role in their victories against CSK & KKR respectively. Aaron Finch and Devdutt Padikkal chipped in with crucial runs at the top. Chris Morris made a huge difference to the bowling department with his effectiveness at the top and death overs. Yuzi Chahal, Washington Sundar, and Navdeep Saini continued their good work with the ball before being bashed by KL Rahul & co in the last match. RCB seem to have a well balanced team combination in their playing XI this season. 

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

Kolkata Knight Riders started the week in good fashion winning their match against KXIP by 2 runs. But their fortune took a U-turn as they lost their next 2 matches and they also went through a change in captains as Eoin Morgan took charge of the team. Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik, and Pat Cummins scored fifties this week. Sunil Narine was reported for suspect action and was duly replaced by Tom Banton and Chris green in the next two matches. Varun Chakravarthy was their most consistent bowler this week. 

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

Sunrisers Hyderabad lost both their matches this week. Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson scored fifties while David Warner chipped in with crucial runs. They failed to cross 160-run mark in both the matches. Khaleel picked up 4 wickets in 2 matches but was very expensive with the run rate. T Natarajan and Sandeep Sharma chipped in with 2 wickets each. Rashid Khan has been assaulted calculatedly by the opposition batsmen in the 2 matches. They lack the X-factor in the middle overs in both batting and bowling departments. 

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

CSK dropped off some of their rigidness and took some innovative counter measures to resurrect their campaign. Sam Curran and Ravi Jadeja were presented with a bigger roles with the bat. Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson scored 40s and no CSK batsmen scored fifty this week. Ravi Jadeja is slowly gaining momentum with the ball while Sam Curran, and Shardul Thakur are continuing their good work. Deepak Chahar and Karn Sharma need to pick more wickets with the ball in hand. CSK will need to play to their best to keep their play-off chances alive. 

RAJASTHAN ROYALS

Rajasthan Royals made a superb comeback as the young players Rahul Tewatia and Riyan parag led their team in a stiff chase against SRH. Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes looked good with the bat but failed to make their starts count this week.  Sanju Samson and Steve Smith are yet to make a big score after the first 2 matches of the season. Jofra Archer have been impressive with the ball this week too. Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, and Karthik Tyagi have played well with the ball and have supported Jofra Archer. 

KINGS XI PUNJAB

KXIP won their second match of the season this week and coincidentally it also came against the RCB. KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and Chris Gayle out batted the RCB in their clash. Nicholas Pooran and Glenn Maxwell have taken the finishing responsibilities of the team.  Mohammed Shami, Arshadeep Singh, and Chris Jordan share the pace bowling duties of the team while the duo of Murugan Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi have picked up crucial wickets in the middle overs. They are yet to settle down their bowling combination for this season.

TOP BATTING PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK

  1. Virat Kohli – 90* runs (52 balls) – 4X4s, 4X6s (RCB vs CSK)
  2. AB De Villiers – 73* runs (33 balls) – 5X4s, 6X6s (RCB vs KKR)
  3. Quinton De Kock – 78*runs (44 balls) – 9X4s, 3X6s (MI vs KKR)
  4. KL Rahul – 74 runs (58 balls) – 7X4s (KXIP vs KKR)
  5. Dinesh Karthik – 58 runs (29 balls) – 8X4s, 2X6s (KKR vs. KXIP)

TOP BOWLING PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK

  1. Chris Morris 4-0-19-3 (RCB vs CSK)
  2. Jofra Archer 4-0-19-3 (RR vs DC)
  3. Washington Sundar 4-0-20-2 (RCB vs KKR)
  4. Sandeep Sharma 4-0-19-2 (SRH vs CSK)
  5. Rahul Chahar 4-0-18-2(MI vs KKR)
  6. Anrich Nortje 4-0-33-2 (DC vs RR)

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