Pat Cummins’ blistering knock during the MI vs KKR match in Pune tops the week’s charts. Cummins scored 35 runs off 6 legal deliveries, making it the third-worst over in IPL history.
IPL 2022 is turning out as the ‘Tosses win Matches’ tournament. The chasing sides have had an unfair advantage supported by the weather conditions. Humidity aggravated the dew effect; having bowlers struggle to grip a cricket bowl. As a result, the chasing sides have won 6 out of 8 matches last week.
The two debutants, Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans, have had a 100% win record. In contrast, the two most successful teams in IPL history, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, are struggling to win a game. The tournament is still wide open. A change in the tournament format has kept all the franchises alive.
The young guns of Indian cricket have delivered in the last week. Cummins played a destructive inning against Mumbai Indians, well supported by Venkatesh Iyer, who scored an unbeaten half-century. Avesh Khan shattered the SRH top order to pick up four wickets. Jitesh Sharma contributed to a match-winning partnership with Livingstone for Punjab Kings against Chennai Super Kings.
Chennai Super Kings and Punjab Kings play just one game each in the upcoming week, coincidentally at D.Y. Patil. Rest all franchises will compete twice. Orange Cap holder Jos Butler has scored 205 runs in three innings at a strike rate of 143.35; however, there were signs of discomfort while facing spinners. Harshal Patel may miss the tie against CSK due to a bereavement in his family.
Since the lock-down, Virat Kohli has struggled for form and is up against two teams he loves scoring. RCB take on CSK on Tuesday, 12th April, at D.Y. Patil; In 28 matches against CSK, King Kohli has scored a mammoth 948 runs at a strike rate of 127.24. RCB’s second tie of the week is against DC on Saturday, 16th April, at Wankhede; In 24 innings, the Delhi lad has scored 913 runs against DC at a strike rate of 135.05.
It’s an action-packed week, which will probably decide MI’s and CSK’s fate in the ongoing IPL season. Stay tuned with Playo for more statistics and analysis on IPL 2022.