Indian Premier League round up: All the action from week two 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 two of T20 cricket’s biggest tournament…
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai provided the perfect riposte to their opening game loss by totally outclassing Kings XI Punjab. Bowling out Adam Gilchrist’s side for 138, the Super Kings knocked off the runs in 17.2 overs sealing a win by 10 wickets. They followed it up with an extraordinary win against Bangalore. Chennai looked to be out of the game but some great batting at the death and a very costly final ball no-ball from RP Singh handed them a win by 4 wickets. Few would have bet on Chennai losing to Pune in their next game but that it is exactly what they managed to do, making a complete mess of their run chase and slipping to a 24-run loss.
League position: 7th (P: 4, W: 2, L: 2, pts 6)
Players of the week: Michael Hussey made a swashbuckling 86 in the 10-wicket win over Kings XI while some inspired late hitting from MS Dhoni and in particular Ravi Jadeja gave Chennai an improbable last ball win over RCB.
Must try harder: After the early loss of an opener against Pune, Suresh Raina came in with plenty of overs left to chase down a very gettable target. However he played a very rash shot to be dismissed for just eight and start the rot in Chennai’s chase. For such an experienced and talented player it was fairly unforgivable.
Delhi’s poor run continued against Sunrisers Hyderabad, although they nearly pulled off an unlikely victory. Having been skittled out for 114, they looked out of the game but their opponents run chase stuttered before eventually crawling across the line to condemn Delhi to a 3-wicket loss. It was a case of played five lost five after Delhi’s next game, although it could have been so different. They were out of the game with three overs to play but somehow got themselves into a position where they should have won but tied. Ultimately they lost in the super over.
League position: 9th (P:5, L: 5, pts 0)
Player of the week: Winless Delhi have not been great, but young spinner Shahbaz Nadeem has played well, picking up 2-17 against Hyderabad and 1-26 against Bangalore.
Must try harder: David Warner had a great first week but will be disappointed with scores of 0 and 15 this week, not to mention a golden duck in the super over with RCB.
Kings XI Punjab
After their convincing opening game victory, Kings XI Punjab were brought back to reality with a sobering 10-wicket loss to Chennai Super Kings, where they were easily second best with both bat and ball. Kings XI look the weakest team in the IPL and it showed against Rajasthan as they were bowled out for 124 and eventually lost by 6 wickets. They somehow managed to turn things around in their next game thanks to a brilliant performance from Manpreet Gony who struck 42 from 20 balls and then bowled four overs for just 18 runs, picking up the crucial wicket of Gambhir which sparked indecision in the Kolkata ranks and helped Punjab to a win by four runs.
League position: 5th (P: 4, W: 2, L: 2, pts 2)
Players of the week: David Hussey was practically the only man to make any runs in the heavy losses to Chennai and Rajasthan strangely scoring 41 in both matches, while Praveen Kumar picked up excellent figures of 2-10 and 2-26 against Rajasthan and Kolkata. However Manpreet Gony’s aforementioned match-winning 42 from 20 balls and 1-18 against Kolkata was the real star turn of the week.
Must try harder: It might be nice to see Adam Gilchrist back on a cricket field but with scores of 7, 0 and 9 this week, the Aussie veteran is looking rather past his best.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata suffered their second defeat in a row at the hands of Bangalore’s Chris Gayle. Despite making a respectable 158-8, they were blown away by the big Jamaican and slipped to an 8-wicket loss. In their next game, Kolkata batted Hyderabad out of the game thanks to Gambhir’s record 18th IPL half century and solid performances from Jacques Kallis and England’s Eoin Morgan. The Sunrisers never got close and Kolkata won by 48 runs. Quite how Kolkata managed to lose their next match is a mystery but somehow despite a Sunil Narine hat trick and a brisk 60 from Gautam Gambhir they ended up losing by four runs to Kings XI Punjab.
League position: 6th (P: 5, W: 2, L: 3, pts 4)
Players of the week: Gautam Gambhir and Eoin Morgan have fared well with the bat and Sunil Narine has once again prospered with the ball, picking up a hat trick in the loss to Kings XI.
Must try harder: For the second week in a row it’s Manvinder Bisla, having made only five runs in two attempts last week, he did manage 28 against Hyderabad but with scores of 0 and 1 in his other games, he is a weak link for Kolkata opening the batting.
In Mumbai’s only game this week, their stellar ‘Pondulkar’ opening partnership finally fired and laid the foundations for a mammoth score of 183 against Pune, with Dinesh Karthik in the runs once again. Pune never got close and Mumbai won by 41 runs.
League position: 2nd (P: 4, W: 3, L: 1, pts 6)
Players of the week: Dinesh Karthik added to his already impressive run tally this IPL and Rohit Sharma made and excellent 62 from 32 balls. Meanwhile Mitchell Johnson bowled with real menace, taking 3-33.
Must try harder: Ricky Ponting might be the captain of Mumbai and one of the most celebrated batsmen in recent history, but he has been pretty poor in the IPL with this week’s score of 14 adding to the disappointing 0, 6 and 28 he made last week.
Pune ended their 11-game IPL losing streak, stretching back to last season, thanks to their top order finally firing. Aaron Finch, a late call-up to the IPL following Michael Clarke’s withdrawal and only in the side because of an injury to Marlon Samuels, showed his teammates how to do things, hitting 64 to help his side to a 7-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals. However they were brought back to earth by Mumbai in their next game, conceding 183 and succumbing to a 41-run loss. Pune pulled off the shock of the tournament so far in their next game against Chennai, as MS Dhoni’s men made a mess of their run chase to hand Pune a win by 24 runs.
League position: 8th (P: 5, W: 2, L: 3, pts 4)
Players of the week: Aaron Finch has been the undisputed star with the bat for Pune this week with a 64 and a 67 in their two wins. Rahul Sharma has also been good with the ball, bowling economically and picking up important wickets. Steve Smith’s 39 from 16 balls and excellent fielding against Chennai was also a highlight.
Must try harder: Ross Taylor continues to struggle this IPL picking up scores of 8, 14 and 17 this week.
Rajasthan succumbed to their first defeat of the tournament despite the continued batting excellence of Rahul Dravid. Pune’s Aaron Finch launched an early attack on their bowling and they never recovered, sliding to a 7-wicket loss. However Sreesanth recovered from his pasting against Pune to put Kings XI in peril and the Punjab side were eventually bowled out for just 124. Rajasthan made harder work of the chase than they should but ultimately sealed a win by 6 wickets.
League position: 3rd (P: 4, W: 3, L: 1, pts 6)
Players of the week: Despite being the archetypal Test match player, Rahul Dravid showed his class once again with an excellent 54 against Pune. Young Australian James Faulkner also played well with both bat and ball.
Must try harder: Stuart Binny did not bat well this week, making scores of 1 and 0 and taking nine balls to do so.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s stellar batting line-up fired once again as they picked up their third win of the tournament. Yet another explosive innings from Chris Gayle, ably supported by Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, gave RCB a win by 8 wickets. They should have added another win against Chennai but somehow managed to lose by 4 wickets after a disastrous final over from RP Singh. They were cruising to victory in their next game against Delhi but then batted their way into real trouble, narrowly avoiding defeat before winning in a super over.
League position: 1st (P: 6, W: 3, L: 3, pts 6)
Players of the week: Chris Gayle started the week brightly with 85 against Kolkata, while Virat Kohli ended the week as leading run scorer in this year’s tournament and Vinay Kumar added to his burgeoning wicket tally. The real star though was AB de Villiers who blasted an extraordinary 64 from 32 against Chennai and saved RCB’s bacon in the super over against Delhi.
Must try harder: RP Singh may have picked up three wickets against Kolkata but his final over no ball against Chennai lost his side the game and with figures of 0-48 and 0-41 in his last two games he looks out of sorts.
Sunrisers looked certain to beat Delhi easily after some excellent bowling knocked them over for just 114 but they nearly made a hash of their run chase before limping to a 3-wicket win. In the next game, their much-vaunted bowling attack failed to trouble Kolkata as they amassed a huge 180, a target the Sunrisers never got close to as they lost by 48 runs.
League position: 4th (P: 5, W: 3, L: 2, pts 6)
Player of the week: Dale Steyn once again showed why he is the best fast bowler in the world with 2-11 against Delhi (including a very rare maiden).
Must try harder: Akshath Reddy scored just 1 and 12 this week and his opening partnership with Parthiv Patel is far from fearsome.
Franchise of the week: Royal Challengers Bangalore
Week Two Best XI: Aaron Finch, Chris Gayle, Gautam Gambhir (c), Rohit Sharma, AB De Villiers (wk), Manpreet Gony, Rahul Sharma, Sunil Narine, Mitchell Johnson, Vinay Kumar, Dale Steyn
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