Indian Premier League round up: All the action from week four 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 four of T20 cricket’s biggest tournament…
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai showed once again their class at chasing down a total, despite allowing Sunrisers Hyderabad to get more runs than they should have and some tentative early batting. MS Dhoni (who else) saw them through to a 5-wicket win. They then went top of the table thanks to a 14-run win over Kolkata in their next game, a victory built once again on their strength with the bat. Chennai then finished the week in style with a convincing 37-run win over Pune.
Players of the week: MS Dhoni remains the best finisher in world cricket after his 37-ball 67 saw Chennai home against Hyderabad. Mike Hussey’s great form continued with knocks of 45 and 95 this week while Mohit Sharma took 3-21 to set up the win against Pune.
Must try harder: Dwayne Bravo’s 7 from 16 balls at a crucial time against Hyderabad nearly cost his side the game.
Delhi’s only game of the week was a bottom of the table clash with Pune. The Daredevils produced some miserly bowling to defend their total of 164 fairly easily in a 15-run win.
Players of the week: David Warner rescued his side with a punchy 51 off 25 balls that took Delhi to a respectable total and Umesh Yadav’s 2-24 prevented Pune from chasing it down.
Must try harder: Mahela Jayawardene will be disappointed with his low score this week particularly as it followed another failure in the game before.
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI have done well so far despite a fairly limited squad but they couldn’t defend 149 against KKR and lost by 6 wickets. They were outclassed for most of their game against Mumbai but somehow got themselves back into the game to very narrowly lose by 4 runs off the last ball of the game.
Player of the week: David Miller nearly batted Punjab to an unlikely victory with his 56 off 34 balls against Mumbai.
Must try harder: Manpreet Gony had a bit of a shocker against Mumbai, out for a duck having conceded 43 runs in his four overs of bowling.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Normally fairly hard to beat at home, KKR did not get quite enough runs on the board against Mumbai Indians and ultimately lost by 5 wickets. Having lost three in a row, their next game against the Kings XI was vital and the defending champions responded appropriately, with a fairly comfortable 6-wicket win. Mike Hussey put their feted bowling attack to the sword in their next game and despite a spirited run chase, their target of 201 proved to great and they lost by 14 runs.
Players of the week: Sunil Narine 3-17 against Mumbai was a highlight in a week where he added yet more IPL wickets while Eoin Morgan batted well in all three games.
Must try harder: Jacques Kallis may be arguably the greatest all-rounder of all time but his poor strike rate in recent games for KKR continues to hamper their batting.
Despite conceding 46 from their first three overs, Mumbai launched a spirited fightback against KKR to eventually win by 5 wickets. Their next game against high-flying Bangalore was eagerly anticipated by ultimately turned out to be somewhat of an anti-climax as some excellent Mumbai bowling totally derailed RCB’s run chase and set up a very convincing win by 58 runs. They made it three wins out of three this week with a 4-run win against Kings XI although considering their dominance for most of the game, how they allowed it to get so close and go down to the last ball is a mystery.
Players of the week: Devon Smith made over a hundred runs opening the batting this week while fellow West Indian Kieron Pollard made useful runs down the order and Dhawal Kulkarni’s 3-19 tore RCB apart.
Must try harder: Sadly Sachin Tendulkar has not looked good at the top of the order for Mumbai and he made only 34 in three innings this week.
Pune’s miserable IPL continued against Delhi who were briefly under pressure but fought back to inflict a 15-run defeat. Things got no better against Chennai as they allowed MS Dhoni to rack up a decent total and then made a horrible mess of the run chase, losing by 37 runs.
Player of the week: No one really stood out, Ashok Dinda picked up three wickets against Delhi but was sent round the park against Chennai.
Must try harder: The problem for Pune is that far too many players fall into this category.
Rajasthan’s battle of the dark horses with Hyderabad looked to be all over very early on but their opposition mounted a spirited fightback before Shane Watson saw the home side through to an 8-wicket win. The Royals maintained their unbeaten home record in their next match against Bangalore, chasing down 173 with a ball to spare in a 4-wicket win.
Players of the week: James Faulkner went top of the wickets table with 5-20 against Hyderabad while Shane Watson made excellent scores of 98* and 41 and took 3-22 in a stellar week for the Aussie. 18-year-old wicket keeper Sanju Samson also made a brilliant 63 off 41 balls against RCB.
Must try harder: Ajinkya Rahane has had a good IPL so far but will be disappointed by scores of 2 and 1 this week.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Following Chris Gayle’s heroics last week, the Mumbai Indians bowled brilliantly to him and derailed RCB’s entire run chase in the process. At a surprisingly hostile Wankhede Stadium, Bangalore eventually lost by 58 runs. RCB’s poor away form continued against Rajasthan as they narrowly lost by 4 wickets with only a ball to play.
Players of the week: Not a great week for RCB but Vinay Kumar made some good lower order runs to add to his impressive wicket tally this IPL.
Must try harder: Tillakaratne Dilshan’s poor IPL continued with 13 against Mumbai and he was dropped for their next game.
Sunrisers played well against Chennai and were perhaps favourites to win defending 15 off the last over but some poor bowling and a certain MS Dhoni’s batting meant they lost by 5 wickets. At 29/6 in their next game against Rajasthan, Sunrisers looked down and out but incredibly they got back into the game only to eventually lose by 8 wickets.
Players of the week: Shikhar Dhawan made his entrance to this year’s IPL in style against Chennai, smashing 63 off 45 balls (and receiving a hit to a particularly sensitive area for his troubles) and Darren Sammy’s 60 off 41 balls saved his side from embarrassing themselves against Rajasthan. Amit Mishra picked up yet more wickets.
Must try harder: Hanuma Vihari will be disappointed with his scores of 4 and 2 this week.
Franchise of the week: Mumbai Indians
Week Four Best XI: Mike Hussey, Devon Smith, MS Dhoni(c)(wk), Eoin Morgan, David Miller, Shane Watson, Dhawal Kulkarni, Amit Mishra, James Faulkner, Sunil Narine, Mohit Sharma.
|Chennai Super Kings||10||8||2||16|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||10||6||4||12|
|Kings XI Punjab||9||4||5||8|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||9||3||6||6|
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