We are into the second week of IPL today and the first week has been nothing but a bop for the cricket starved fans. First week has seen a super over, a daddy hundred, few one sided chases, a lot of dropped catches and some questionable tactics from captains. If that’s how the entire tournament is shaping up like, we cricket fans are in for a lot of entertainment for next month and a half. In this article, we review the first week of the tournament.
An Unexpected Super Over
After a rather dull tournament opener where CSK marched past MI in an easy encounter, IPL got its much needed kick just in the second game which went right down to the wire, i.e, to the super over. However, it looked quite unlikely at a stage when Kings XI Punjab needed just 1 from 3 balls but the fate had some other ideas. Punjab couldn’t get that run taking that game to the super over which they lost in only 3 balls. Rabada turned out to be a superstar who used only his pace to get both Rahul and Pooran out.
Two chases without any intent
When you talk about Chennai Super Kings, you talk about the success, the consistency and also the controversy but such helplessness and lack of intent were never two issues for them in the past. After a successful and convincing chase against MI in the opening game, CSK surrendered themselves when it came to chasing against RR and DC and the worst thing there was the lack of efforts. Their best batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni didn’t come until the game was over and didn’t try until the game was mathematically lost against Royals. Same thing happened against Delhi Capitals last night.
A KL Rahul 100
IPL would consider itself blessed that it got to see an elegant century from Lokesh Rahul as early as in the first week. Playing against RCB in Dubai, Rahul smashed Challengers bowlers to all corners, particularly at the death to score 132 from 69 balls. However, he was helped by some poor catching from RCB captain Virat Kohli who had a shocker of the day to go on to drop couple of easy catches. Rahul’s ton powered Punjab to 206 and they defeated RCB by 97 runs.
Captains getting fooled by the dew
One of the most remarkable assessment from the first week of the competition has been the captains being stubborn over bowling first despite failing to chase the targets. Apart from the first game, no team has chased a target yet and most of the teams have been terrible at chasing, they have lost the games by big margins yet all the teams have been choosing to bowl at the toss just because of the dew factor. So 6 of the 7 targets have been defended in the first week of IPL. At some point, that got to change though.
Party for the new ball bowlers
The one thing which the first week of IPL has done unexpectedly is that the decks have provided assistance to the bowlers up front which was not supposed to be normal before the tournament even began. Fans expected slower, lower wickets which they can still get as the tournament progresses and pitches get tired out but so far, there has been nip and sharpness for fast bowlers with the new ball.