IPL 2020 – Weekly Summary (Week 44)
Hello everyone, welcome back to the weekly analysis of the Indian Premier League. IPL is entering a crucial phase where every team is affected by the results of the every match. One person`s loss tends to be other person`s gain and every team is routing for the results of other teams to improve their qualification chances. Wriddhiman Saha, Rituraj Gaikwad, and Nitish Rana who are not known for big hitting made a huge mark in this week with their classic batting. The scores spiked up a little this week and more importantly the bottom placed had the better off top-4 teams further spicing up the competition.
Kings XI Punjab were the biggest gainers this week as they broke into the top-4 with two more wins in as many matches this week. Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals too ahd a good week winning all the matches they played this season. Mumbai Indians became the first team to seal their spot in the play-offs this week. Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore lost all their matches but are still placed inside the top-3 in the points table and will need to arrest their slide before it causes a serious impact.
|2||Royal Challengers Bangalore||12||7||5||0||0.048||14|
|4||Kings XI Punjab||12||6||6||0||-0.049||12|
|5||Kolkata Knight Riders||13||6||7||0||-0.467||12|
|8||Chennai Super Kings||13||5||8||0||-0.532||10|
Total Matches played so far – 49
Won by batting first: 29
Won by Chasing side: 20
Highest Total: 228/4 (Delhi Capitals vs. Kolkata Knight Riders)
Lowest Total: 84/8 (Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challenges Bangalore)
Highest Successful chase: 226/6 (Rajasthan Royals vs. Kings XI Punjab)
Lowest Score defended: 126/7 (Kings Xi Punjab vs. Sunrisers Hyderbad)
Current Orange Cap Holder: KL Rahul – 595 runs (KXIP)
Current Purple Cap Holder: Kagiso Rabada – 23 wickets (DC)
Highest score: KL Rahul 132* runs (KXIP vs RCB)
Best bowling figures: Varun Chakravarthy 5-20 (KKR vs DC)
Let us have a small discussion about the progress of the each team and their form and progress they have made in this week.
Mumbai Indians officially became the first tea, to enter thy-offs this week. They won one and lost one match. Surya Kumar Yadav`s blistering knock of 79* runs against RCB and his face-off against Virat Kohli was the highlight reel of the week. Ishan Kishan, KHardik Pandya and Saurabh Tiwary made crucial contributions with the bat. Jasprit Bumrah was the star with the ball as he rattled a strong RCB with his figures of 4-1-14-3. James Pattinson returned to the playing XI and contributed with the ball. Kieron Pollard continued his captaincy duties with uncertainty surrounding Rohit`s availability.
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
Royal Challengers Bangalore lost both their matches this week by moved up to the second spot in the points table. Skipper Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal scored fifties and were good with the bat in the 2 matches. Josh Phillipe replaced Aaron Finch in the top and Dale Steyn`s return to the playing XI was not fruitful. Mohammed Siraj and Yuzi Chahal continued their good form with the ball. Navdeep Saini`s injury will be big miss for them If fails to make a return. They need to stop their slide and win matches to seal their place in play-offs first.
Delhi Capitals had their worst week in this season losing their two matches by massive margins of 59 runs and 88 runs respectively. Their NRR took a big hit and they were pushed down to third spot in the point’s table. Their batting unit is struggling to force the pace. Shreyas Iyer needs to have consistency in their batting line-up and Rahane has failed to justify his selection at the opening slot. Bowlers too lost momentum in the last 3-4 matches. Kagiso Rabada`s 25-match wicket-taking streak came to an halt last game.
KINGS XI PUNJAB
Kings XI Punjab continued their winning form and took their winning streak to 5 matches currently. They pulled off heist against SRH with bowlers defending 126 runs effectively. KL Rahul is maintaining his purple cap with ease while Nichols Pooran, Chris Gayle and Mandeep Singh took the center stage with crucial knocks in the absence of Mayank Agarwal. Their bowling unit looks stronger with the pacers Mohd Shami, Chris Jordan, and Arshdeep Singh picking up wickets regularly. Ravi Bishnoi leads the spin pack with the help of Murugan Ashwin and Glenn Maxwell in the middle overs effectively.
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
Kolkata Knight Riders started the week in superb fashion with a thumping 59-run win over DC. But they lost their next 2 matches on a trot to be pulled outside the top-4 in points table. Nitish Rana scored a couple of 80s this week while Sunil Narine and Shubman Gill contributed with fifties to help their post a good score. Varun Chakravarthy is their find of the season and he registered the first 5-wicket haul of this season against DC. Pat Cummins picked up 6 wickets in 3 matches while Lockie Ferguson was taken for a few runs after his brilliant debut.
Sunrisers Hyderabad are having a roller-coaster ride this week as they failed to chase down 126 runs against KXIP but came back to score 219 runs in their next match. Wriddhiman Saha and David Warner`s 107-run partnership set the tone of the match for SRH. Rashid Khan has been a revelation for them and he is showing why he is rated as No.1 bowler in the T20s. T Natarajan, Jason Holder, and Sandeep Sharma are doing a good job with the ball chipping with vital wickets. SRH will look to continue their momentum and look to sneak into the play-offs.
Rajasthan Royals played just one match this week and they won against Mumbai Indians chasing a big total. Ben Stokes century in the chase will be their highlight reel of the week. Sanju Samson scored fifty to share an unbeaten 150+ run partnership in the middle overs. Jofra Archer, Rahul Tewatia, and Shreyas Gopal continued their good form with the ball while the duo of Karthik Tyagi and Rajpoot leaked 105 runs in their 8 overs last match.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
CSK are becoming the party spoilers as they defeated RCB and KKR comfortably this week after their play-off chances went out of equation. Rituraj Gaikwad lit up the show with sparkling half-centuries in both the matches while Ravindra Jadeja and Ambati Rayudu played some good aggressive knocks at vital moments. Their bowling unit continued their combined performance to restrict the opposition to middling scores in 2 matches. Mitchell Santner came in place of Imran Tahir and bowled superbly. They have just one more match remaining and will look to end the season on a high.
TOP BATTING PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK
- Ben Stokes – 107* runs (60 balls) – 14X4s, 3X6s (RR vs MI)
- Suryakumar Yadav – 79* runs (43 balls) – 10X4s, 3X6s (MI vs RCB)
- Wriddhiman Saha – 87 runs (45 balls) – 12X4s, 2X6s (SRH vs KKR)
- Devdutt Padikkal – 74 runs (45 balls) – 12X4s, 1X6s (RCB vs MI)
- Nitish Rana – 87 runs (61 balls) – 10X4s, 4X6s (KKR vs CSK)
- Rituraj Gaikwad -72 runs (53 balls) – 6X4s, 2X6s (CSK vs KKR)
TOP BOWLING PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK
- Varun Chakravarthy 4-0-20-5 (KKR vs DC)
- Rashid Khan 4-0-7-3 (SRH vs DC)
- Chris Jordan 4-0-17-3 (KXIP vs SRH)
- Pat Cummins 4-0-17-3 (KKR vs DC)
- Jasprit Bumrah 4-1-14-3 (MI vs RCB)
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