The 15th season of the Tata IPL 2022 has moved to its middle phases with teams now have started to gather pace in their side understanding the strong point and weakness of the side too. Even after 29 games of the new version of the tournament, Mumbai Indians, the most successful side of the competition is yet to open their account.
Let’s scan the top performances of the fourth week:
LSG Captain KL Rahul registered his third IPL hundred in 100th game:
Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul had a mixed tournament so far with one half-century and two first-ball ducks. He began with a fifty-run opening partnership with Quinton de Kock. After the latter got out, Rahul constructed another 72-run partnership with Manish Pandey.
Soon, with some gorgeous shots, Rahul reached his 29th IPL fifty; since 2018, it was his seventh 50+ score in 10 innings against MI. The Karnataka batter kept the run flow going with more cracking shots in the form of both boundaries and sixes.
In just 56 balls, with a boundary, KL Rahul, playing his 100th IPL game, notched up his third IPL hundred. With that, he became only the fourth player to score two 100s against an opponent in IPL. His second century as captain made him just the second player to have multiple hundreds as captain in IPL after Virat Kohli (five). Rahul ended with 103*, the highest individual score in 100th IPL game, to fire LSG to 199-4.
‘Killer Miller’ and stand in Rashid Khan stunned Chennai:
When Miller arrived in the crease, the Gujrat Titans were limping at 16-3 chasing 170. But the clock went back in the past as the onslaught hitting from the South African went on from the word go as he registered his 11th IPL fifty in just 28 balls and kept the flow going until Gujrat out of the blue chased an almost impossible job finishing with 94* runs off just 51 balls.
He was well supported by stand in captain Rashid Khan who even though began in a slow way, later grabbed pace as the game changing over of Chris Jordan arrived where Rashid slapped 23 runs in just 5 balls to provide Miller a good hand.
Game 25: SRH vs KKR: Rahul Tripathi took a sweet revenge against KKR:
From a swing fest to a seam fest to a pace fest to an ultimate smash fest. What a game we witnessed! Hyderabad will be really pleased; it’s not just about winning this one, but it’s about winning three in a row now, and checking a lot of boxes. And the franchise really needs it after the horrible 2021 they had. They have their KKR-import to thank. Rahul Tripathi was in serious mood, going big right from the start.
And he never ceased hitting. Markram gave him good company, playing the second-fiddle at first, before taking over finishing duties. But it’s their first-innings bowling that set this up, where despite the Rana-Russell flourish towards the end of Kolkata’s innings, 175 did look undercooked at Brabourne.
There’s nothing better in life than some good solid in-your-face revenge. Rahul Tripathi has absolutely nailed it. The way he attacked KKR bowlers without any hesitation showed the fact how well he knew them by practicing them for last two years at KKR nets. On the other hand, KKR looked absolutely clueless and now has been exposed widely with their weaknesses, hope they fill in the gaps soon as every other team now will try and capitalize on that!
Game 23: MI vs PBKS: Agarwal and Dhawan launched another lightning start for Punjab:
For any side that bats first, the opening partnership becomes so vital and Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan produced another expressive start for Punjab with raining boundaries and over boundaries.
No matter what bowler Mumbai produced into the attack, both of them just kept on hammering them all around the park. Mayank completed his maiden fifty in the season of IPL in just 29 balls. Even though, he got dismissed on a personal score of 52, Dhawan kept the onslaught.
The left-hander played the second hand until having Agarwal with him but after reaching his fifty, he too increased his pace and went on to made 70 off 50 balls to laid a platform for a huge match winning score.
Game 22: CSK vs RCB: Shivam Dube and Robin Uthappa tore away Bangalore:
Coming into this match on the back of four successive losses, CSK were forced to bat and couldn’t get off to an auspicious start as they managed to score just 60 runs in the first ten overs. However, the 165-run stand between Uthappa and Dube propelled them to 216. The stand didn’t have a expressive start but all on a sudden few wayward bowling from the opponents saw them tearing away Bangalore.
This was the second highest stand for Chennai in IPL. They also had collected 156 runs from the 11th over to the 20th over, making it the third highest runs in the phase in IPL. Even tough, Uthappa had the kind of show, it was Shivam Dube, the ex-RCB player who grabbed the spotlight to take Chennai to match winning score of 216-4
“I wanted to time the ball really well.” Man of the match, Dube revealed. “Yuvi pa is always a role model for a left-hander and Many people told me that I bat like him.”
Game 24: RR vs GT: Hardik Pandya outclass oppositions with all-round show:
It was the match no 24 between Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals. Having lost the toss, Matthew Wade and Shubman Gill came to bat first for GT. The start was not among the best. But It was Hardik Pandya who steered the innings. From the beginning, he showed positive intent and never felt hesitant to hit the spinners and pacers. For spinners, he preferred the straight and long on region for hitting while cover region for the pacers. He reached 50 for 33 balls only and then converted his individual total to 87 off 52 and carried his team till the end.
He later too a wicket but in the middle his tactics in setting the field and changing the bowlers at the right time was one of the highlights of the evening.
Game 27: DC vs RCB: Dinesh Karthik Saves RCB once again:
In the game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals, batting first, the situation was not very good for RCB. They lost early wickets and were in deep trouble. But then Maxwell on his 100th IPL game came and steadied RCB with his decorated half century.
But the real show stopper was once again Dinesh Karthik. Though Dinesh played first 10-15 balls slowly. He was playing in run-a-ball fashion. But he changed his gear very soon. And as his usual style, he pulled and later slogged the ball. On many occasions he played straight. In an over of Mustafizur Rahman he scored 28 runs as he smashed four boundaries and two over boundaries. Overall, his 66 runs off 34 balls gave RCB a winning total of 189-5.
Game 22: CSK vs RCB: Theekshana destroys the RCB batting line up:
In the 22nd match between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore, the situations were not easy for RCB. Chasing a mammoth total, they lost the track from the beginning. Sri-Lankan Mahesh Theekshana bowled an ordinary delivery that was going down the leg side but Faf made room for himself and hit it in the long on region. But he misjudged it and he was caught before the boundary line.
The next prey was Anuj Rawat who tried to pull a length delivery and got hit at the pads. The umpire raised his finger regarding the appeal of LBW. Suyash Prabhudessai was playing it really well. But his impressive knock of 34(18) came to and end as he stepped out and tried to play a loose shot. The ball hit the stumps and Theekshana struck again.
After that, the luck didn’t favour young Theekshana as Mukesh Choudhary dropped an easy catch of Dinesh Karthik. But the youngster once again impressed picking up the wicket of Shahbaz Ahmed. Shahbaz didn’t understand the spin and a body line delivery kissed the wickets. He finished his four over spell with 4-33.
What’s to come:
The tournament is slowly going into the business end where teams now will look to try their level best to get the points more to earn a ticket for the playoffs whereas the other sides will now look to get some points for their pride.