Indian Premier League round up: All the action from week one in the IPL
Given its non-stop fixture list, ever-changing roster of players and overly promoted sponsors, the Indian Premier League can be a little hard to keep track of at times.
With that in mind, The Independent provides you with a team-by-team round up of this week’s action so you know your Sunrisers from your Super Kings and can stay on top of all the action from India.
Here’s all that’s been going on in week one of T20 cricket’s biggest tournament…
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings played only once in the opening week of the IPL and things started well until Kieron Pollard smashed 57 off 38 balls to take Mumbai Indians to a respectable total. Despite the best efforts of captain MS Dhoni, who hit 51 off just 26 balls, Chennai fell just short, losing by nine runs.
League position: 7th (P: 1, L: 1, pts 0)
Player of the week: MS Dhoni – the talismanic skipper was the standout performer this week nearly snatching a win for his side with his audacious 51.
Must try harder: Ben Laughlin – the Aussie’s three overs went for 25 runs and he fared worse when batting, being dismissed for a golden duck.
Delhi Daredevils were expected to struggle without stars such as Kevin Pietersen, Jessie Ryder and temporarily Virender Sehwag and this has proved to be the case in the opening week. They struggled to cope with the spin of Sunil Narine in their opening game against Kolkata Knight Riders, losing by six wickets. Then against Rajasthan Royals some excellent fielding and bowling at the death derailed their run chase and they lost by five runs. They were further humiliated by Mumbai who posted an imposing total of 203 which Delhi never looked like getting, losing by 44 runs.
League position: 8th (P:3, L: 3, pts 0)
Players of the week: Mahela Jayawardene and David Warner (twice) have both made decent scores with bat and Umesh Yadav took an impressive 4 for 24 against Rajasthan but a strength in depth has let Delhi down.
Must try harder: One golden duck in a week may be regarded as misfortune, two looks like carelessness. Whether or not Unmukht Chand is familiar with Oscar Wilde he will certainly be hoping for a better second week of the IPL.
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab did well in their only game this week, their seamers tearing Pune Warriors batting line-up apart and restricting them to just 99 runs – a total which they easily knocked off with eight overs to spare.
League position: 5th (P: 1, W: 1, pts 2)
Players of the week: All of Punjab’s bowlers deserve a mention for restricting Pune to such a small total. 19-year-old Manan Vohra was also excellent; smashing 43 from just 28 balls to ensure his side easily won the game.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Brett Lee got Kolkata off to the perfect start in this year’s IPL, taking a wicket with the first ball of the tournament and things only improved with Sunil Narine taking 4 for 13 against Delhi to help Kolkata to a win by six wickets. However they were no match for Rajasthan’s all-seam attack in their second game, slipping to a 19-run loss.
League position: 6th (P: 2, W: 1, L: 1, pts 2)
Players of the week: Sunil Narine spun his side to victory in the tournament opener while Eoin Morgan provided a reminder of his talents with a battling 51 in defeat to Rajasthan.
Must try harder: Manvinder Bisla has made just five runs in two games at the top of the order and the wicket-keeper batsman will need to improve.
They started well against Bangalore before Chris Gayle’s 92* and Vinay Kumar’s nerveless death bowling meant they narrowly lost by two runs. Things much improved against Chennai however, despite the failure of star openers Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting to make more than six runs between them. Luckily Kieron Pollard’s 57* made up for it and they eventually won by 9 runs. The opening partnership of ‘Pondulkar’ failed again against Delhi but Dinesh Karthik scored a fantastic 86, ably supported by Rohit Sharma who made 74* as Mumbai made an imposing 209. Delhi got nowhere near that as Mumbai won by 44 runs.
League position: 1st (P: 3, W: 2, L: 1, pts 4)
Players of the week: Dinesh Karthik was the leading run scorer in the opening week with scores of 60, 37 and 86, while Kieron Pollard has shown why he is such a sought after T20 player having already starred with the bat, in the field and picked up a few useful wickets.
Must try harder: Despite being one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Sachin Tendulkar has not had the best start to the IPL with scores of 23, 0 and 1, including two run outs. Questions are beginning to be asked about the Little Master’s place at the top of the order.
Pune thought they had done well to restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad to a low total in their first game but were undone by their bowlers being bowled out for just 104 to lose by 22 runs. Their batsmen failed again against Punjab making only a paltry 99 as they lost by eight wickets.
League position: 9th (P: 2, L: 2, pts 0)
Player of the week: Nobody really stood out for Pune in two heavy defeats.
Must try harder: Almost the entire Pune top order
One of several less fancied sides to start well in this year’s IPL, a captain’s innings from Rahul Dravid and some excellent fielding and nerveless death bowling against Delhi ensured Rajasthan won by five runs. More excellent bowling against Kolkata on a helpful pitch gave them their second victory of the week – a 19-run win.
League position: 2nd (P: 2, W: 2, pts 4)
Players of the week: Rahul Dravid showed that true cricketing talent comes out in all formats with his opening game 65 from 51 balls while Kevon Cooper has been the star with ball, picking up three wickets in each game including a masterful derailing of Delhi’s run chase in his side’s first.
Must try harder: Slightly harsh considering he only played one game but Shane Watson will hope to improve from his disappointing 5 off 10 balls against Kolkata.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Chris Gayle started the tournament with typical gusto, his 92* setting up the platform for a two-run win over Mumbai that was also very reliant on Vinay Kumar’s excellent last-over bowling. Another cool-headed final over from Kumar tied Bangalore’s next game against Hyderabad – although he was then dispatched all round the ground by Cameron White as Bangalore lost in the decisive super over. However they didn’t have to wait long for revenge as two days later they won by seven wickets with Virat Kohli’s 93* helping his side to easily chase down their target in 17 overs.
League position: 3rd (P: 3, W: 2, L: 1, pts 4)
Players of the week: Chris Gayle showed his threat with the bat particularly in the opening game but also briefly in the super-over shootout. Vinay Kumar also earned his side a win and a tie with cool death bowling in consecutive games. However the real star for RCB has been captain Virat Kohli who was the second highest run scorer this week with 163 runs in his three games.
Must try harder: Tillakaratne Dilshan made just five in his first two games for Bangalore and paid the price, surrendering his overseas player spot to AB de Villiers for RCB’s third game.
This year’s new franchise were written off by many before the tournament but they have been something of a surprise package. Some excellent bowling against Pune gave them a 22-run win which they followed with a thrilling super over win against Bangalore. However they had no match for Virat Kohli when the sides met two days later slipping to a seven-wicket loss.
League position: 4th (P: 3, W: 2, L: 1, pts 4)
Players of the week: Thisara Perera has showed his usefulness with both bat and ball and looks to be an excellent signing for Hyderabad. Dale Steyn and Cameron White have also been key performers for the Sunrisers who seem slightly overly reliant on their foreign stars.
Must try harder: One overseas player who has yet to find his best form is captain Kumar Sangakarra who despite his undisputed and substantial cricketing talent has struggled to make a real impact so far.
Franchise of the week: Sunrisers Hyderabad
Week One Best XI: David Warner, Chris Gayle, Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli (c), Cameron White, MS Dhoni (wk), Kieron Pollard, Kevon Cooper, Sunil Narine, Vinay Kumar, Dale Steyn.
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