The 15th season of the Tata IPL 2022 has now crossed to its beginning phase moving towards the middle duration with teams now have started to gather the points for being qualified for the playoffs. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) after a poor start in the season has fired themselves in the top four.
Let’s dissect the top performances of the week:
Game 37, LSG vs MI: KL Rahul demolished Mumbai for the second time with another century:
Lucknow Super Giants captain, KL Rahul had been in great form in the IPL 2022 specially with scoring an unbeaten 103 in their last affair against Mumbai Indians but was yet to open his account with two golden ducks in Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. LSG began the evening cautiously with no much run but KL Rahul was still there fighting with the situation.
After registering his fifty, Rahul accelerated against almost all the bowlers cracking the shots almost in every part of the park and soon after that notched up his second century of 2022 and third ton against Mumbai in just 60 balls and ended with 103* as Lucknow went on to win the game by 36 runs.
Game 30, RR vs KKR: Buttler Smashes KKR with second century of the season:
Put into bat first by Kolkata Knight Riders, Jos Buttler and Devdutt Padikkal came to open the innings for Rajasthan Royals. The approach and style of Buttler’s batting is well known playing the aggressive brand of cricket in the shortest format of the sport. He did no exception in that match too as from the beginning, he started to take on the bowlers.
Though, he was hitting the ball in both the sides of the ground, his onside over boundaries were bewildering. But the most important and spectacular part of his batting was his exquisite timing. He may be a power hitter but the crisp timing that he produced with the bat, made him score smoothly! But from the beginning to the end, he stood there carrying the burden of his team on his shoulder against a fairly good KKR bowling line up. At the end he completed his second century of the season.
Game 32, DC vs RR: Buttler and His Unreal Form Continues:
There’s no denying that Jos Buttler is in his prime form in this IPL season. He proved his once again in the 34th match played against Delhi Capitals. Buttler has a very good technique against both pace and spin. Against the spinners, he bends his body down so that he can read the ball well and hit it accordingly.
It was evident in a shot against Kuldeep Yadav where he followed his stance first and then stepped out to smash a delivery for six. And against pace, he makes a trigger movement and stands up in a position which allows him to put his whole energy to the ball. However, he reached his third century quite easily and went on to score 116 runs off 65 balls only.
Game 30, RR vs KKR: Chahal Does the Unbelievable with hat-trick:
Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders were playing against each other. In the 2nd innings KKR played beautifully. At one time it seemed that they would win the match provided Shreyas Iyer stuck to the crease. But Vastly experienced Chahal, with his excellent game reading ability, came to bowl the 17th over as he bowled a googly to Venkatesh Iyer knowing that he wouldn’t go for slog sweep in the comparatively bigger boundary of the leg side.
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Iyer stepped out but missed the ball. And having stumped out, he returned back to the pavilion. In the third delivery he bowled a wide. Shreyas Iyer might have thought that Chahal was trying to keep the ball outside off stump. But the next ball was a slider in the leg side. Shreyas fell in the trap. Then, he bowled a slow delivery in the outside off. Mavi tried to smash it for six but ended up giving away his wicket. Chahal was on a hat-trick. Pat Cummins was in strike.
Now any batter would try to block the bowler from taking a hat-trick. Cummins also tried to do so. He just wanted to defend the ball. But what he didn’t expect was a leg break delivery. He might have expected a googly but experienced Chahal didn’t do so. And this with the wicket of Cummins, Chahal completes his hat-trick and turned the course of the match.
Game 32, DC vs PBKS: One team scores the lowest total of the season, the other posts the highest power play score with an over left:
What we saw in the 32nd match of the tournament was a pretty one-sided game that finished at the blink of an eye and ensured all the fans to go to their beds early. Punjab, while batting first completely got blown away by Delhi bowling prowess and could register only 115 for the loss of their entire playing 11. With the game already half won, what Delhi now needed was to focus on not only 2 points but also a good run-rate.
Two openers, David Warner and Prithvi Shaw, took the powerplay hard on and registered 81 runs, which was the highest score at power play in this season, almost sealing off the game at the end of 6 overs. Shaw (41 off 20) & Warner (60 off 30) partnership handsomely won the match with 10 overs to spare and brought two crucial points for themselves.
Game 33, MI vs CSK: MS Dhoni showed why he still is the best finisher:
When the two best teams that share 9 trophies between them collide against one another, fans can seat back and be assured of an action-packed game with an extra dosage of drama. With both teams at their absolute worst this season, topping the points table from the bottom, it was a must win game for both.
Mumbai registered 156 runs and was successful enough to put pressure on Chennai batters with wickets and bringing the game to the point where 17 runs needed to be scored in last over.
But the ultimate rescuer of the yellow was still on crease, Thala (MS Dhoni) had not departed yet! He has done this all through his career, a pretty cakewalk like finish for him, but could he do it now at the age of 40? And the answer was a big yes as the greatest finisher in the game delivered for the uncounted time in style by finishing off the game with a signature boundary off a low full toss. The world witnessed the normal cliché that age is just a number. Legends never cease to grow.
Game 36, RCB vs SRH: 23rd April becoming aberration day for the Play Bold squad:
23rd April 2013, RCB scored the highest score in IPL; then it was 23rd April 2017 when against Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore had registered the lowest total against any side in IPL history by getting all out for 49, and it was 23rd April again after 5 years that history has repeated itself but this time, they could manage to cross the mark of 50 and tumbled down as a squad for 68 runs only.
None of the batters had any answers to the fiery bowling of the Hyderabad. Marco Jansen destroyed their top order within the powerplay and Natarajan took three wickets as RCB were bundled for the lowest score of the season. What a day for the young Marco in the park! He was on the money from the very first over swinging the ball on both sides and getting the big boys caught right in powerplay, RCB with loosing half their 11 in first six was a derailed train that was ending nowhere!
What’s to come:
The top four teams will try their best to spend for times in the phase and book their tickets for the playoffs as soon as possible why Mumbai Indians will try to open their accounts in their ninth game.