Indian Premier League round up: All the action from week five 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 five of T20 cricket’s biggest tournament…
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai recorded their seventh straight victory with a 15-run win over Kings XI Punjab, their big total proving too hard to chase down despite a spirited attempt from their opposition. Their streak ended very abruptly against Mumbai as their batting imploded chasing down a gettable target and they were bowled out for 79 in a 60-run loss.
Players of the week: Suresh Raina finally scored an IPL hundred and in just 53 balls in the win over Punjab, while Dwayne Bravo’s four wickets this week took him to the top of the wicket takers table.
Must try harder: It’s not often that MS Dhoni has a bad week but his scores of 2 and 10 were nowhere near his usually high standards.
Despite an early wobble, Delhi’s middle order finally fired to help them easily chase down a fairly low target against Kolkata and give them a deserved 7-wicket win. However they rediscovered their terrible form in their next game, bowled out for just 80 by Sunrisers and slipping to a 6-wicket loss. A poor start against Rajasthan in their next game meant they didn’t really have enough on the board and ultimately lost by 9 wickets.
Players of the week: David Warner chipped in with a match-winning 66* against Kolkata and Ben Rohrer scored an excellent 64* in their heavy defeat by Rajasthan.
Must try harder: Virender Sehwag’s scores of 17, 8 and 11 have not got Delhi off to great starts this week and are far from what he is capable of.
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI left themselves too much to do against Chennai and despite some excellent batting they couldn’t chase down 187, losing by 15 runs. They pulled off arguably the shock of the tournament in their next game however, recovering from 64/4 against Bangalore to chase down 191 in an extraordinary 6-wicket win.
Players of the week: Shaun Marsh made an excellent 73 in vain against Chennai but the real star this week was David Miller who hit 51* in the defeat to Chennai but then singlehandedly grabbed a win for the Kings XI against RCB, smashing 101* off just 38 balls to seal a most unlikely victory.
Must try harder: Michael Neser played his first game this IPL against Bangalore but it was a game to forget for him as he conceded 62 from his four overs.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata struggled to recover from a poor start with the bat against Delhi and ultimately failed to post a big enough total, so despite making some early inroads into their opposition’s batting line-up, they ended up losing by 7 wickets with more than two overs remaining. They improved against Rajasthan though as their spinners strangled their opponents batting, to leave them an easy target to chase down and set up an 8-wicket win. However the defending champions bid to regain their title effectively ended in their next game as they were comfortably beaten by Mumbai losing by 65 runs.
Players of the week: After a tournament to forget so far, Yusuf Pathan finally fired and his 49* lead KKR to a win against Rajasthan.
Must try harder: Ryan McClaren made only his second appearance of this year’s IPL against Mumbai but it may be his last. While he picked up two wickets, his four overs went for 60 including crucially 25 off the last over of Mumbai’s innings.
Mumbai were once again hampered by a slow start from their openers, this time against Hyderabad, and their total of 129 looked like it would be hard to defend. This proved to be the case and they lost by 7 wickets. They bounced back in style though by bowling Chennai out for just 79 in a very convincing and slightly surprising win by 60 runs. This was followed by another resounding victory against Kolkata as they made the defending champions look very ordinary in a win by 65 runs.
Players of the week: Sachin Tendulkar finally fired with the bat, hitting a solid 48 from 28 balls. However it’s been all about the Mumbai Indians bowlers this week, Mitchell Johnson in particular leading the way with hostile spells that took Chennai and Kolkata apart and finishing the week with six wickets. Pragyan Ohja has also been excellent picking up five this week, while Lasith Malinga continues to be deadly in this form of the game.
Must try harder: It’s been a week to forget for Kieron Pollard who could only make 14, 1 and 4 with the bat but also incredibly dropped Mike Hussey off three consecutive deliveries – the third missed opportunity going through his hands and smashing him in the face just to make things worse.
Pune’s poor IPL continued against Bangalore who they let off the hook by allowing them 68 runs in their final five overs to set a target they couldn’t chase down, losing by 17 runs. They set an imposing target against Rajasthan but were unable to defend it and once again slipped to defeat, this time by five wickets.
Player of the week: Despite their ongoing struggles, Robin Uthappa starred with the bat this week, scoring 75 and 54 in Pune’s two games. Wayne Parnell, making his first IPL appearance this year after legal troubles, did well picking up 3/27.
Must try harder: Steve Smith made only 4 against RCB and was promptly dropped, which seemed a bit harsh, as he has been one of Pune’s best players this year.
Rajasthan’s batsmen struggled against Kolkata’s excellent spin attack and failed to set a big enough target, losing by 8 wickets. They faced Pune next and kept their excellent home record up, chasing down 179 with a ball to spare in a 5-wicket win. They did well to restrict Delhi in their next game and chased down their total easily in a 9-wicket win.
Players of the week: Sanju Samson once again looked very good for an 18-year-old while Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane put together opening stands of 97 and 101 both picking up two half centuries each and getting Rajasthan on the way to their two wins this week.
Must try harder: Shaun Tait has not looked good this year and making only his third appearance in the Delhi game this week, he wasn’t even trusted with a full four overs after the first three went for 39 without taking a wicket.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB plundered a third of their runs in the final five over’s against Pune to set a target of 187. The bottom-placed side battled bravely but ultimately came up short as Bangalore won by 17 runs. They looked favourites to win again against Kings XI when posting a target of 191 and reducing their opponents to 64/4. However they didn’t count on David Miller’s heroics who almost singlehandedly inflicted a 6-wicket loss.
Players of the week: Saurabh Tiwary picked up his first half century of the IPL against Pune, while AB de Villiers proved once again what an extraordinary talent he is, smashing 50 from 23 balls against Pune and 38 from 19 against Kings XI. Cheteshwar Pujara made his first appearance this IPL and promptly scored a fifty and Chris Gayle picked up another half century as well as a solid thirty or so to extend his position as leading run scorer.
Must try harder: Virat Kohli made relatively modest scores of 14 and 25 this week but also crucially dropped David Miller, a mistake that allowed the Kings XI batsman to go on and take his side apart, singlehandedly win the game.
Sunrisers started the week well, restricting Mumbai’s big hitters to just 129, a target they chased down with two overs to spare in a 7-wicket win. Their bowlers fired again against Delhi, who they bowled out for just 80 in a 6-wicket win.
Players of the week: Shikar Dhawan hit 73* from 55 balls to win the game against Mumbai while the Sunrisers once again showed why they have such a feared bowling attack with Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra in particular all picking up wickets. Darren Sammy was also useful with both bat and ball.
Must try harder: It’s sad to say it but Kumar Sangakarra has done little to justify his inclusion in the Hyderabad side this IPL and is currently rather wasting one of the precious overseas player slots.
Franchise of the week: Rajasthan Royals
Week Five Best XI: Rahul Dravid (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Shikar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, David Miller, AB De Villiers, Robin Uthappa (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Wayne Parnell, Mitchell Johnson, Pragyan Ohja
|Chennai Super Kings||12||9||3||18|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||12||7||5||14|
|Kings XI Punjab||11||5||6||10|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||12||4||8||8|
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