Vivo IPL UAE Leg : Weekly Recap
The first week of the Second Phase of Indian Premier League started off with some close encounters, some huge hits and some splendid bowling performances. Here’s a recap of the first week :
Match 30 : CSK vs MI
The first match started with a bang in Dubai where the Mumbai quick’s ripped off the Chennai top order by all means. CSK were 23 for 4 with Rayudu retired hurt as well. They were saved by the defiance of Ruturaj Gaikwad who top scored with a swashbuckling 88 smashing the likes of Boult and Bumrah. Chasing a modest target of 157, MI kept losing wickets all day long . While Saurabh Tiwary kept himself going on from the one end no one supported him from the other handing a 20 run victory to the Dhoni led CSK.
Man of the match : Ruturaj Gaikwad
Match 31 : RCB vs KKR
With the news of Virat stepping down from the captaincy from the next season making the headlines and his 200th match for the Men in Red, it was expected to be a good contest. But RCB came back to RCB ways getting all out for a meagre 92 with no intent from their batting line-up. It was a match to forget for the Bengaluru men as they couldn’t sustain Varun Chakravarthy’s mystery bowling who picked up 3 wickets for just 13 runs. The KKR openers hit RCB bowlers all over the park chasing the target in just 10 overs.
Man of the match : Varun Chakravarthy
Match 32 : PBKS vs RR
Both these teams started the campaign wanting to bring back their team back on track , RR started really well with Lewis and Jaiswal who provided fine starts and some firing in the middle order took RR to a decent score of 185. Rahul and Mayank opening the innings gave PBKS a flying start but fell in succession. The middle order never looked stable and the equation at the end was 4 runs in 6 balls. Kartik Tyagi bowled an exceptional last over taking 2 wickets in the same and handing a nail-biting victory to RR.
Man of the match : Kartik Tyagi
Match 33 : DC vs SRH
SRH batters came in with positive intent to end their losing streak but none of the batters looked settled on the crease with Nortje breathing fire with the ball and such partnerships of bits and pieces took them to a below par score of 139 with Rabada providing finishing blows picking up 3 wickets. The Delhi batters as explosive as they are took on the miserable SRH bowling attack and chased the target in the 18th over itself. Shreyas Iyer and captain Pant finished it off with blistering scores of 47 and 35 respectively.
Man of the match : Anrich Nortje
Match 34 : MI vs KKR
MI started their campaign in a rather scratchy manner as compared to the Men in Purple. MI started off well with De Kock’s flamboyant 55 but their inability of scoring without Hardik at the end meant that they were strangled to a score of just 155. Narine was superb with the ball who returned with the figures of 1/20 in his four overs. Venkatesh Iyer again started simply well scoring a beautiful fifty before Rahul Tripathi finished the innings top scoring 74 runs to hand KKR the victory in just 15.1 overs.
Handy fact : KKR won a match against MI after 2 years.
Man of the Match : Sunil Narine
Match 35 : RCB vs CSK
RCB started off their campaign terribly getting all out for 92 in their first game. This was their chance to redeem themselves at Sharjah. Kohli and Paddikal started off greatly but soon followed the trend of this season- The crumbling middle order. They finished on 156 runs. CSK as flamboyant as they were chased this target in just 18.1 overs Bravo was awarded the Man of the Match for his brilliant figures of 3 for 24
Man of the Match : DJ Bravo
Match 36 : DC vs RR
Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings have been in a rat race as to who gets at the top first. The Delhi boys followed the trend scoring 154 runs with Iyer top scoring with 43 runs to his name. Rajasthan never looked steady with Samson batting at one end and wickets falling at the other. They could just manage 121 runs at the end of 20 overs to hand a 33 run victory to the Capitals.
Man of the Match : Shreyas Iyer
Match 37 : SRH vs PBKS
Saturday night’s contest was expected to be a run scoring one but to the fans fate turned out to be far from interesting. The slowness of the Sharjah track meant PBKS scoring just 125 runs. Holder was the pick of the bowlers picking up 3 wickets. Now this was the opportunity for SRH to win their second match of the season rather improving their Net Rate. But no intent from the batting order meant a disaster for the Men in Orange. Requiring 16 off the last over, Holder was again the man who stepped up. Already hitting 4 sixes in the innings he looked pretty settled out in the middle. But some good bowling from Ellis meant PBKS winning by just 5 runs to embark their first victory in the second leg.
Man of the Match : Jason Holder