IPL 2020 – Weekly Summary (Week 46)
Hello everyone, welcome back to the weekly analysis of the Indian Premier League. IPL has come to an end with only 2 more matches remaining and 3 teams remain in contention for the title. Defending Champions Mumbai Indians are sitting comfortably in the finals in a quest to defend their title. Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals are scheduled to the play Qualifier 2 with the winner taking on MI in the finals. Apart from the 2 play-off matches, we had 7 riveting league stage matches in the last week with teams doing their best to qualify into the top-4.
Mumbai Indians were the biggest gainers in this week as they are into the IPL2020 finals already. Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings, and Kolkata Knight Riders finished the season on a high with a win with the latter missing out the play-off chances owing to low NRR. Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore failed to win any matches this week. Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals had a mixed results with a win and a couple of losses.
|4||Royal Challengers Bangalore||14||7||7||0||-0.172||14|
|5||Kolkata Knight Riders||14||7||7||0||-0.214||14|
|6||Kings XI Punjab||14||6||8||0||-0.162||12|
|7||Chennai Super Kings||14||6||8||0||-0.455||12|
Total Matches played so far – 58
Won by batting first: 31
Won by Chasing side: 27
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 Hyderabad)
Current Orange Cap Holder: KL Rahul – 670 runs (KXIP)
Current Purple Cap Holder: Jasprit Bumrah – 27 wickets (MI)
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.
MI are the first team to enter the IPL2020 finals this week. They brushed aside Delhi Capitals twice this week by 9 wickets and 57 runs respectively. They were beaten by 10 wickets by SRH in their last league match where they rested their pace duo of Boult and Bumrah. This duo took 12 wickets in the two matches against DC and was very instrumental in both the victories. Ishan Kishan, SuryaKumar Yadav, and Quinton De Kock continued to pile runs with the bat while Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya came up with vital runs in the lower order. Mumbai Indians are looking like all set to claim their trophy for second time in 2 years.
Delhi Capitals were blown away by MI bowling twice this week. They won their last league game against RCB to finish in the top-2 place in the points table. Shikhar Dhawan scored a fifty jammed between a couple of ducks. Marcus Stoinis and Ajinkya Rahane scored fifties and looked good in parts. Ravi Ashwin was the best bowler making his presence in all 3 matches while Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada leaked way too many runs in 2 out of three matches. They need to come up with spirited performance against SRH to go to the finals.
Sunrisers Hyderabad made a superb comeback winning their last 3 matches to qualify for the paly-offs. Wriddhiman Saha and David Warner continued their good form at the top and even finished their match against MI with their unbeaten 151-run partnership. Ice-cool Kane Williamson led their team to victory in the eliminator match against RCB. T Natarajan, Jason Holder, and Sandeep Sharma are continuing their good job with the ball and proving to be a big force in the slow tracks. Shahbaz Nadeem and Rashid Khan joined together to form the spin bowling department for the team.
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
Royal Challengers Bangalore lost all their 3 matches this week to bow ou of the tournament. AB De Villiers and Devdutt Padikkal scored fifties but were not enough to help their team win any of the matches. They qualified after delaying DC`s victory in their alst group game to qualify for the play-offs. Their bowling unit was left to defend below par scores in all the matches. Mohammed Siraj, Yuzi Chahal, and Washington featured in all 3 matches while Chris Morris`s injury ruled him out of the eliminator match. They lost momentum towards the end of the league phase and never really recovered from there on.
KINGS XI PUNJAB
Kings XI Punjab campaign came to an end with two back-to-back losses in their last two league games. Chris Gayle missed his century by just one run against Rajasthan Royals. Skipper Kl Rahul is looking good to finish the season with the orange cap scoring 670 runs. Deepak hooda showcased his hitting abilities with a 30-ball 62 runs against the CSK team. Their bowling unit picked up just 3 wickets across 2 matches as the opposition teams chased the targets. Chris Jordan, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, and Murugan Ashwin looked good in the bowling department and will play a huge role next year too (If no re-jig of teams).
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
Kolkata Knight Riders were unlucky to miss out the play-off chances owing to their NRR for the second straight year. Skipper Eoin Morgan powered his team to a massive 60-run victory in their last game to give themselves a good chance to qualify for the knockouts. Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi scored 30+ cameos with the bat. Pat Cummins toppled the opposition with his 4 wicket haul while Shivam Mavi and Varun Chakravarthy chipped in with 2 wickets each.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
CSK are the party spoilers as they ended KXIP`s hopes in their final match. Rituraj Gaikwad gained confidence and showcased his wide range of shots with his third fifty in a row against KXIP. Ngidi picked up 3 wickets while Thakur, Jadeja, and Tahir chipped in a wicket each in the match. Shane Watson ended his glorious career with this season in all formats of the game. Rituraj Gaikwad and Sam Curran are the finds of the season for CSK and will be expected to play a big role in the coming years.
Rajasthan Royals started the week with a dominating win over KXIP but were pushed to the last spot after losing to KKR in their last league game. Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson scored against KXIP but their batting unit faltered in the chase against KKR. Jofra Archer was the pick of the bowlers for the RR team this season. Spinners Rahul Tewatia and Shreyas Gopal performed their role with the ball exceptionally well. They need to add more spice to their pace department with local Indian bowlers.
TOP BATTING PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK
- Chris Gayle – 99 runs (63 balls) – 6X4s, 8X6s (KXIP vs RR)
- Ishan Kishan – 72* runs (47 balls) – 8X4s, 3X6s (MI vs DC)
- David Warner – 85* runs (58 balls) – 10X4s, 1X6s (SRH vs MI)
- Eoin Morgan – 68 runs (35 balls) – 5X4s, 6X6s (KKR vs RR)
- Rituraj Gaikwad -62* runs (49 balls) – 6X4s, 1X6s (CSK vs KXIP)
TOP BOWLING PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK
- Jasprit Bumrah 4-1-14-4 (MI vs DC)
- Pat Cummins 4-0-34-4 (KKR vs RR)
- Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-17-3 (MI vs DC)
- Trent Boult 4-0-21-3 (MI vs DC)
- Jason Holder 4-0-25-3 (SRH vs RCB)
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