The penultimate week of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 is almost going to crash the whole world while the eighth week of the tournament have found only one confirmed playoff spot for Gujrat Titans (GT) while there is a huge traffic jam for the fourth spot as five teams are fighting hard for it.
Let’s scan the top performances of the week-
Game 60, PBKS vs RCB: Explosive Livingstone lashed onto the Bangalore bowlers:
After the wicket of Jonny Bairstow who provided Punjab an exciting start at the top in the powerplay, someone was required to push the tunnel till the end and Liam Livingstone came in the middle.
Livingstone started in a very sensible way to put a price tag on his name. he launched a six over the long-off boundary before nailing a six and a four. He continued to smack the bowlers before two towering sixes and fours to 24 in the 19th over.
He at last got out in an attempt to play a reverse sweep but in that process, LL had scored 70 runs off 42 balls to take PBKS over the 200 run barrier.
Game 62, CSK vs GT: Shami reaps reward at the start and end:
Mohammad Shami had been in terrific form in this season with the new ball especially in the powerplay taking wickets in a dry spell of bowling. And he had been equally fantastic in the last overs.
Shami in their game against Chennai Super Kings began with a absolutely beautiful delivery to draw the edge of inform Devon Conway on a low score to put a hammer on the score.
Later, coming for the last over of the innings, Shami got rid off the big fish Ms Dhoni for another low score as he finished with 2/19 in his four overs. With those two wickets, he is now the second highest wicket-taker as a pacer with 18 wickets in juts 13 games as Gujrat booked their first qualifier spot.
Game 56, MI vs KKR: Bumrah’s maiden IPL 5-wicket haul went in vain:
Batting first after losing the toss, Venkatesh Iyyer along with Ajinkya Rahane gave a fiery start to Kolkata and after first 6 overs KKR was 64 for 1. After 14 overs KKR stood pretty solid at 136-3 with a set Nitish Rana and Andre Russell out in the middle. But what we witness next is an absolute fire spell of Bumrah that broke the backbone of KKR’s middle and lower middle order. Coming back into the attack Bumrah picked up Russell from a hard length ball on the stumps followed by Rana who gifted an ultra-edge to a short ball delivery of Jasprit.
Triple-wicket maiden from Jasprit Bumrah, Sensational stuff from him #KKR 156/8 in 18 overs
— TOI Sports (@toisports) May 9, 2022
It was two big wickets in the same over and understandably the MI camp was delighted. Bumrah mayhem doesn’t end here, in the eighth-tenth over he gave zero runs and had his third wicket, KKR were faltering badly at the end. On the third ball of the same over he sends Pat Cummins to pavilion for a duck as he failed to smash the bowler over mid-wicket and gave an easy catch to Tilak Verma. And the cherry on the cake was placed with Narine’s caught and bowled from the last ball off the over.
KKR finished at 165-9 from 20 overs which had once seemed a 190+ score had the Boom-boom desolation not being there! Mumbai batters couldn’t really capitalise this momentum shift as KKR comprehensively won by 52 runs. Bumrah’s maiden fifer was very sadly turned to a mere wild-goose chase!
Game 57, LSG vs GT: Cunning Rashid spin Titans to the playoffs:
Batting first, it wasn’t really a good day for the Titans at the park as they could only make 144 runs. Coming to chase what seemed to the Giants as a cakewalk wasn’t made that easy by the Gujarat bowlers as they started choking them right up front. Rashid picked up crucial Deepak Hooda and Krunal Pandya in the middle, giving off only 6 an over, allowing no partnership to build.
Final nail in the coffin was hit when Rashid got the able all-rounder Jason Holder LBW followed by Avesh Khan’s wicket that completely ended the game of the Giants for the night. Rashid’s 4 overs 24 runs for 4 wickets helped Gujarat make a stylish entry into the playoffs, only team to have a ‘Q’ (Qualified) beside their name.
Game 58, RR vs DC: Mitch Marsh beams at the Delhi camp:
Delhi Capitals won the toss and chose to bowl. The bowlers stood up to the occasion and restricted Rajasthan’s power batting to 160 runs only. All rounder from the land of Kangaroos, Mitch Marsh caught everyone’s eye with his impressive spell of 3 overs and 25 runs, picking up Jaiswal early and then Ashwin who looked pretty lethal after his 38 ball fifty, crushing almost all hopes of the Royals for a big total on that night.
Coming to chase Delhi lost their one opener for a duck and from there Warner-Marsh partnership pretty much sealed the game for Delhi. Marsh played a blazing knock of 89 runs off 62 balls which included 5 fours and 7 sixes. With such an all-round performance from Marsh Delhi could chase the target down with 8 wickets at hand and 11 balls to spare!
Game 60, RCB vs PBKS: Bairstow powered Punjab to a briskly powerplay:
Losing the toss, Punjab was put to bat and they utilized the opportunity to fullest. Bairstow started to attack right from front smashing 22 runs in Hazelwood’s very first over and pushing the RCB bowling to backseat, paving way for the next to come Punjab hitters to go big as well.
Bairstow set it up for us, says @liaml4893 after Punjab Kings' 54-run win over RCB
— TOI Sports (@toisports) May 14, 2022
Bairstow’s gleaming 66 off 29 with four boundaries and seven over boundaries along with Livingstone’s 70 off 42 helped Punjab post 209 in the first innings, winning half the match there as history shows it that not many times such scores are chased down! With economical Bowling performances from Punjab RCB gave up for 155-9 in their 20 overs quota.
Game 61, KKR vs SRH: Jamaican all-rounder Andre Russell has once again kept the Knights floating!
Choosing to bat first at toss KKR did start off well in power play by scoring 55 runs for 1 wicket but lost the track with early wickets in between and at the end of 11 overs stood at 89-4 with Sam Billings and Rinku Singh at crease. Natarajan removed Rinku Singh from a controversial LBW paving way for the big man Dre-Russ!
Russell built a crucial partnership with Billings at the end as SRH was bowling tight with accurate Yorkers and wisely chose whom to attack. Bringing the score to 157 and loosing Billings, now at the start of the last over the onus was on Russell to propel the team to a good total. Staying true to his name he smashed 20 runs of Washington Sundar and KKR finished at 177-6, Russell scored crucial 49 off 28 balls only.
During the chase, SRH batters could never really heave a sigh of relief as KKR bowling continued to choke them. It was again Russell with ball in hand who delivered magnificent 4 overs giving only 22 runs and picking up 3 wickets that made SRH give up at 128 only. Jamaican man has kept the fire still burning at KKR camp!
Game 59, CSK vs MI: Defending Champions gets officially eliminated and El-Classico of ipl don’t live up to the hype!
Bowling first Daniel Sams broke the rib of CSK batting by picking up three consecutive wickets of Ruturaj, Conway and Moeen Ali, leaving CSK stranded on a lonely island! Within a blink of an eye whole batting unit was back to the pavilion posting only 97 runs on the board. Conway might feel him unlucky with a leg-sided LBW as was Gaikwad edging the leg sided ball while Ali failed to judge the short ball.
Most batters struggled in conditions that were conducive to the pacers. Surely, it wasn’t a pitch to get bowled out for 97! Daniel’s impressive 4 overs of 16 runs and 3 wickets with an economy of 4 only never really allowed CSK to stabilize themselves in the game and that’s how they end their campaign this season.
Points table of IPL 2022. RR moves to No.2 position. pic.twitter.com/SlaRqMNwtg
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) May 15, 2022
What’s to come:
The 2022 IPL season is mathematically over the five time champions, Mumbai Indians and depending Champions, Chennai Super Kings who will try to spoil a few parties of RCB, KKR, PBS, DC and SRH who will be fighting for the fourth spot. Gujrat Titans (GT) have qualified for the Playoffs as LSG and RR have almost.