The biggest T20 league is off and running in its first week and we have witnessed 7 good games so far. Three of which have been extremely tight games involving both Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad. The league has got off to a kickstart right from the first match and it has taken India by storm as usual. It’s time to rewind the clock and go back to each and every game which has been played in the league so far.
Match 1 : MI vs CSK
After a massive buildup of about couple of months, the IPL finally started with a bang. Apart from the rocking opening ceremony, the opening game was nothing less than a cracker either.MI recovered well after a poor start against seam and swing of arch rival CSK’s opening bowlers. Pandya brothers yelled together to set up a good total for CSK.
CSK got off to a good start but then soon found themselves in a hopeless position and nobody gave them a chance to win until the magic of Dwayne Bravo happened. His individual brilliance overshadowed a dream debut for Mayank Markande where he dismissed Rayudu, Dhoni and Deepak Chahar in his spell. Bravo scored 68 from 29 balls and pulled off a miracle for MI. Credit must also go to Kedar Jadhav who risked his future in IPL and finished the game for CSK despite being injured.
Match 2 : KXIP vs DD
A record tumbling effort from one of the finest young batsman KL Rahul made this one sided game a treat for the fans. Punjab was given a moderate target to chase after some fine bowling effort overall. Gautam Gambhir and Rishabh Pant took Daredevils score to a competitive yet modest total and what DD needed was to get some quick wickets at the top. Instead, KL Rahul went berserk at the top and smashed 14 balls 50 which is the fastest ever in IPL. He scored 28 runs in an over of Amit Mishra. KXIP comfortably crushed DD in another run chase.
Match 3 : KKR vs RCB
A huge sea of crowd was anticipating a blockbuster game at the iconic Eden Garden. Kolkata crowd was divided because of new players and popularity of away team. Talking about the game, it was RCB who batted first and were looking in a good position to post more than what they actually posted. Virat Kohli struggled to time the ball but AB De villiers and Brendon Mccullum mesmerized the crowd. Later it was the turn of Sunil Narine to entertain the crowd with his 17 balls 50. KKR Chased down the target comprehensively leaving the home side into celebratory mood. Nitish Rana changed the match in one over while Narine was given man of the match for his quick 50.
Match 4 : SRH vs RR
Much was expected from a team which was coming back into the competition after a gap of 2 years and had a solid team on paper but the strong bowling lineup of The Orange Army proved too strong for the Royals as they capitulated to a below par score. After losing the toss and batting first in Uppal Stadium, Hyderabad, RR never got any momentum in their inning. SRH Chased down the target way too easily thanks to massacre from Dhawan although he was helped by a dropped catch. Dhawan and Kane sealed the deal for SRH and it turned out to be the first one sided game of the competition.
Match 5 : CSK vs RR
It was finally the turn of Chepauk to welcome the home franchise after the suspension of two years.People came out in numbers wearing yellow and they got to see a thriller for the first and last time at their home this season. Andre Russell absolutely massacred the bowling lineup of CSK, particularly Bravo who was literally unplayable at death the other night. Russell’s muscle helped KKR to post a huge total which they must have expected to defend but Sam Billings, Shane Watson and in the end, Ravindra Jadeja had some other ideas. CSK needed 17 from the last over and some poor bowling from Vinay Kumar helped them cross the line on the penultimate delivery.
Match 6 : RR vs DD
After Chepauk crowd, now it was the turn of Jaipur people to welcome their franchise in the pink city. This was the first rain curtailed game of the season. Highlight of this game was D’Arcy Short remaining short of his crease for second time in a row. RR was in a decent position when the rain interfered but then Duckworth Lewis Stern system came into play and DD somehow got a target of 71 to chase in 6 overs. It was always an uphill task and despite all the efforts, DD fell short by 10 runs and it was the first time, a chasing team lost the game.
Match 7 : SRH vs MI
It was one of those games which looked like going to one side till 36th over of the “match”. SRH bowling made another good batting side capitulate thanks to Siddharth Kaul and Rashid Khan basically who picked wickets at the cost of literally nothing. SRH looked like cruising through in their chase until they took it very easy and started panicking. But Deepak Hooda held his nerves eventually and SRH won the game on the very last ball which they should’ve won 2-3 overs before.
Player of the first 7 games : Mayank Markande
Orange cap : Shikhar Dhawan (SRH)
Purple cap : Mayank Markande (MI)