Mumbai: The thrill of the double-headed weekend came to an end with Delhi Capitals defeating Kolkata Knight Riders by 44 runs followed by Rajasthan Royals defeating Lucknow Super Giants by 3 runs in a close encounter.
The week summed up with some close and nail-biting encounters between the teams. Rajasthan Royals glided up on the points table after defeating Lucknow Super Giants on Sunday. KKR slips down to the second spot on the table.
Ravichandran Ashwin becomes the first player to be retired out from the game after a tactical switch made by the Rajasthan Royals team by sending Riyan Parag as Ashwin walked off the middle. Riyan scored crucial 8 runs off 4 deliveries which included a six. Veterans of the game Ian Bishop later tweeted about the incident as a “fascinating T20 tactic”.
Gujarat Titans led by Hardik Pandya remain undefeated. Players like Shubman Gill and bowler Lockie Ferguson, helped the team chase down big totals in this edition. Rahul Tewatia has taken up the role as a finisher in the team after hitting six in the last ball of the game leading the side to an extraordinary win.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have picked up the pace by winning their last three matches. The team looks to be in balance with the present squad distribution. However, star bowler Harshal Patel had to leave the bio bubble and go back to his home after the unfortunate demise of his sister.
Virat Kohli seems to be in touch with his form scoring 48 runs in 36 balls. The controversial call of the 3rd umpire led to his dismissal. Star performers from the RCB dugout for the week has to be Dinesh Karthik and the newcomer Anuj Rawat who scored 66 runs in 47 balls in the last game leading his team to a comfortable win.
Defending Champion Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are trailing below in the points table after losing the opening 4 matches this year. The highly anticipated sides of the Indian Premier League are failing to get on track