Indian Premier League round up: All the action from week three 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 three of T20 cricket’s biggest tournament…
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai inflicted more misery on Delhi with a resounding victory in their first game this week. Their opposition never got close to their target of 169 to give the Super Kings a win by 86 runs. Chennai made hard work of chasing a low target against Kolkata in their next game and it needed some more late heroics from Ravi Jadeja to give them a four-wicket win. They followed that up by once again showing their class in chasing a big total against Rajasthan. Mike Hussey and Suresh Raina were the stars as they won by five wickets.
Players of the week: Mohit Sharma’s 3-10 made short work of Delhi’s top order while Ravi Jadeja’s heroics with bat and ball were crucial to Chennai’s win over Kolkata. Mike Hussey was Mr Consistent with the bat, picking up 193 runs in three games.
Must try harder: Murali Vijay has had a week to forget with the bat with scores of 18, 2 and 3.
Delhi’s miserable run showed no sign of ending against Chennai with the Daredevils attempt to chase down their target ending with an 86-run loss. However they finally got a win in their next game against Mumbai, in a match marked by some poor bowling from both sides. Delhi came out on top though picking up a 9-wicket win. Their one game winning streak came to an abrupt end against Punjab though as their batsmen failed again and they could not defend a puny 120, losing by 5 wickets.
Players of the week: Delhi picked up their first win of the tournament thanks to the batting of Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene.
Must try harder: Irfan Pathan was bought for $1.9m by Delhi in 2011, his total of two wickets for 80 runs with the ball and just 16 runs with the bat this week, make it hard to justify that.
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI should be the weakest side in this IPL but continue to defy the odds. They could only make 123 against Sunrisers, but perhaps with their opposition needing 18 from the last two overs they should have done better, as it was they lost by five wickets. They recovered in their next game against Pune however despite being faced with an imposing 186 to chase down thanks to a 131-run fifth wicket partnership which gave them a 7-wicket win. They made it two wins in a row with some restrictive bowling against Delhi, cruising to a win by 5 wickets.
Players of the week: Kings XI grabbed an excellent win over Pune thanks to David Miller and Mandeep Singh’s excellent batting. Harmeet Singh’s 3-24 and Praveen Kumar’s 2-25 bowled them to a win against Delhi.
Must try harder: Sadly it’s that man Adam Gilchrist again. The Kings XI skipper continues to struggle.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata once again seemed unable to cope after losing the wicket of Gautam Gambhir making a paltry 119 against Chennai. However they nearly defended it but were denied by the batting of Ravi Jadeja, sliding to a four-wicket win.
Players of the week: Not a great week for Kolkata but spinners Sachithra Senanayake and Sunil Narine were once again economical and threatening.
Must try harder: Manoj Tiwary’s stuttering innings took all the momentum out of Kolkata and lead to them posting a paltry total.
Mumbai started the week badly against Rajasthan, outplayed in all areas and slipping to a fairly humiliating loss by 87 runs. Their bad week continued against Delhi who made light work of chasing down 161, getting it with three overs to spare and subjecting Mumbai to a 9-wicket loss.
Players of the week: A bad week for Mumbai, but Tendulkar got a fifty and Rohit Sharma made 73 in a losing cause.
Must try harder: After playing well last week Mitchell Johnson bowled four overs 0-41 against Rajasthan and was dropped for the next game.
Pune started the week with another horror show from their batting line up. Chasing down only 120 against Sunrisers Hyderabad they only needed 19 from 19 balls with six wickets in hand but lost all of them in just 13 balls to lose by 11 runs. Defending 185 and with Kings XI 58/3, Pune must have fancied their chances in their next game. Incredibly they failed, losing by 7 wickets. However they saved the worst till last, when they were destroyed by Chris Gayle and RCB in a 130-run loss.
Players of the week: Although largely a week to forget for Pune, Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up 3/18 against Hyderabad and Aaron Finch made 64 against Kings XI.
Must try harder: There are so many candidates this week as both batsmen and bowlers have been abject. The whole team must try harder.
Everything went right for Rajasthan in their first game this week against Mumbai who they humiliated in an 87-run win. Next they faced RCB and were always going to struggle after making only 117 in their innings. So it proved and they eventually lost by seven wickets. Despite defending a total of 185, Rajasthan lost again against Chennai, Mike Hussey putting them to the sword in a five-wicket loss.
Players of the week: Ajinkya Rahane and Shane Watson, who produced the first 100 of this IPL, have both done well at the top of the order. James Faulkner has been excellent with the ball with figures of 3-16, 1-21 and 3-20 in his matches this week.
Must try harder: Shaun Tait hasn’t played since the opening week but will be disappointed with his 0-30 from 3 overs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Bangalore started the week well against Rajasthan. Having restricted their opposition to just 117, it was going to take something special to stop their star batsmen from chasing it down. Rajasthan could not find it and RCB eased to a 7-wicket win. However they saved their best for the second game, smashing a T20 record total of 263 in a 130-run win over hapless Pune.
Players of the week: It was once again all about Chris Gayle this week who smashed 224 runs in two innings without being dismissed including a world record 175*. AB de Villiers’ 31 from 8 balls against Pune was also pretty incredible. Vinay Kumar meanwhile continues to be excellent with the ball and picked up 3-18 and 1-24 this week.
Must try harder: Hard to really fault anyone at RCB this week.
Sunrisers pulled off another win in a low scoring game, thanks to the bowling of Amit Mishra and the ineptitude of Pune’s batsmen who gifted them a win by 11 runs. Their next game was also a low scorer except this time they were chasing Kings XI’s modest total, despite this it required some penultimate over heroics from Thisara Perera, who smashed three consecutive sixes, to give his side a five-wicket win.
Players of the week: Amit Mishra was a star with bat and ball against Pune, scoring 30 and picking up 4-18 including a hat trick. Hanuma Vihari and Thisara Perera were the stars with the bat against Punjab.
Must try harder: Everybody’s favourite IPL name Quinton De Kock, finally made his debut for Sunrisers this week but unfortunately he proved to be a bit of a flop, managing only scores of 2 and 0 in his two innings.
Franchise of the week: Royal Challengers Bangalore
Week Three Best XI: Chris Gayle, Virender Sehwag, Mike Hussey (c), Shane Watson, AB De Villiers (wk), Ravi Jadeja, James Faulkner, Amit Mishra, Vinay Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Sachithra Senanayake
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||8||6||2||12|
|Chennai Super Kings||7||5||2||10|
|Kings XI Punjab||7||4||3||8|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||6||2||4||4|
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