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TATA IPL 2022: First Week Review; The Veterans lit up as Kolkata, Delhi and Punjab made Winning Starts

Three successful chases in three different evening at three different nights could push the captains in chasing always.

Undoubtedly, the fans of the cricketing globe always circle the two-month period in the calendar when the Indian Premier League tend to kick off. And like the past, the 15th season of the blockbuster event too has begun with fireworks in its first week. It was again one of those known indications yelling which standards this league belongs to.

Game 1: CSK vs KKR: The veterans have turned the clock as season opener lit up with Dhoni masterclass, Bravo brilliance and Umesh’s tidy bowling to help Kolkata thrashing Chennai:

The finalist of the last season 2021, Kolkatta Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings locked horns for the new season opener where comeback man, Umesh Yadav didn’t waste a minute to make his name to break Chennai top-order with fabulous skill of bowling. It was day of veterans to prove the critics wrong. When the defending champions were limping to get a formidable score, it was the old horse that lit up the stage.

Ms Dhoni, who recently hanged his captaincy shoes, after a slow start went berserk in his strong death overs as he notched up his 24th half-century in the IPL and became the oldest Indian to do so. Even though, it wasn’t enough for Chennai who could make up to 131/5.

Ajinkya Rahane in the powerplay displayed some of the glorious shots to get back his lost form as Kolkatta made an easy chase in the 19th over. Although, Chennai lost their opener, they would be quite happy with another veteran Dwayne Bravo’s 3-20 figures bowling the tough overs; meanwhile Trinidad man touched Lasith Malinga with 170-IPL wickets.

Two contrasting game for both captains; while Shreyas Iyer enjoyed the leadership of a new franchiese, his opposite number, Ravindra Jadeja did look nervous in his stance.


One could now possibly say that every citizen of Delhi has an arrest warrant in their name for they have just entered the city of Mumbai and stolen a game, that for the longest time rightfully belonged to the home-side. Delhi have beaten Mumbai at the first afternoon game at CCI by chasing down a target of 178 when the cream of their batting was sitting with their pads off in the dug-out. Staying true to the bewilderment of T-20 cricket ,Delhi have grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat playing superbly at the back-end.

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Starting the afternoon with The Ishan Kishan show of unbeaten 81-runs:

After a low-scoring first day match between the KKR and CSK, audience were not at all kept in awaiting any longer for the raining fours and sixes. Ishan-Rohit got the truck started at highway speed early on in the game. While Rohit scored a decent 41(32), Ishan Kishan played a blistering knock of 81 runs off 48 balls, pretty much setting up the game in favor of Mumbai then and there. It was an absolute delight to watch the young Jharkhand boy not falling under the pressure of heavy price tag from auction and playing his natural game out there in the middle.

Although DC bowling looked quite ordinary during MI batting but it was Kuldeep Yadav who emerged as the knight in shining armor by taking 3 crucial wickets at important junctures of the match.

Kuldeep Yadav spin web bamboozled Mumbai Middle in the middle:

“ Nothing is cooler and more attractive than a big comeback, and that’ll be me.”

Kuldeep Yadav the player of the match must have heaved a big sigh of relief after his stupendous performance yesterday and now one can expect an end to the long purple patch of this talented UP spinner. Kuldeep spun a web around the MI batters and trapped Rohit, Anmolpreet and Pollard into it.

On a night where batter after batter showed they were never out of the game, where the scoring rate hovered around nine an over, Kuldeep’s figures stood out. Enough for him to be adjudged Player of the Match. It capped off a happy return to the IPL, too.

The match-winning 75* partnership of Lalit Yadav-Axar Patel: 

It was almost done and dusted for the chasing side when wickets kept falling in regular intervals; even though the evening again showed why teams tend to have a deep batting line-up. Axar Patel joined Lalit Yadav and stitched an entertaining match winning partnership where they just thumped the Mumbai bowlers in all parts of the park.

The rare off-day of prime bowler Jasprit Bumrah did raise hard rocks before Rohit Sharma who made a mistake by throwing the ball to Daniel Sams in the 19th over where he saw the left-armer conceding 25-runs to stretch Mumbai’s record of not winning their season opener since 2013.

Game 3: PBKS vs RCB: Catches Win Matches as Faf, Dhawan & Odean Smith showed classy and powerful batting:

The Sunday night was occupied with a high voltage match between RCB and PBKS. Both the teams saw a fair amount of change with the captains being replaced with new ones after the Mega Auction thrills.

SRK dropped Faf which proved costly:-

Anuj Rawat and Faf du Plessis came to open the innings for RCB. Both of them started slow. After the completion of 3rd over, Mayank gave the ball to Odean Smith. In that over Faf, who scored 7 off 14 balls till then, tried to pull a short ball. But the ball found  Shah Rukh Khan at midwicket. Shah Rukh could not catch it. And the result is well known. Faf went on to score 88 runs off 57 deliveries only. His partnership with Virat Kohli led the foundation for the mammoth total of RCB.

DK tries but fails to grab Dhawan:-

Unlike RCB, Mayank and Dhawan gave a blazing start to the PBKS innings. They were 62 for no loss of wicket after 5 overs. Then Dhawan tried to sweep a delivery of Shahbaz Ahmed. But the ball kissed the top edge and flew towards the square leg  region. But DK could not hold the ball. He missed a tough chance. And Shikhar Dhawan ,who was 22(13) then, scored 43(29) runs in the innings.

The Hero Becomes Villain:- 

Acclamations showered upon young Anuj Rawat as he caught a sensational catch to show ferocious Livingstone the way to pavilion. But the momentary hero became the villain as he missed an easy catch that could have turned the game upside in favor of RCB. Harshal Patel was bowling quite well compared to other RCB bowlers in the match. It was 16.4 over. The Haryana bowler bowled a length delivery outside off. Smith hit it with power to the deep cover. Anuj missed it. Odean Smith who didn’t score till then scored 25 runs off 8 balls and took Punjab to the winning position.

What to look forward: 

The next week will see the two teams two new teams- Gujrat Titans and Lucknow Supergiants taking the field with SRH and RR taking on each other. Also, the losing sides will try to open their account while the winning teams will love to continue their momentum.

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