The fourth week within the Indian Premier League noticed action-packed cricket motion within the United Arab Emirates, with just a few groups solidifying their place within the top-Four, whereas the others partaking in a heated battle for a spot within the playoff phases.
On this week of the match, we noticed a change in captaincy in Kolkata Knight Riders, Rahul Tewatia stepping up with the bat as soon as once more, and ‘Mr 360’ AB de Villiers pulling off two unbelievable innings to steer RCB to victory.
Additionally, a century from Shikhar Dhawan.
Let’s check out the highest moments of this week:
Mr.360 on FIIYYAAAHH!
AB de Villiers kinds the spine of RCB’s batting order together with Virat Kohli and this week, he produced two unbelievable performances to information RCB to key victories as they strengthened their declare for a spot within the playoffs.
Because the match is progressing, the pitches are sporting down — changing into extra conducive for bowlers. AB, nevertheless, stays within the class of his personal. Towards KKR in Sharjah on October 12, the South African smashed an unbeaten 73 off 33 deliveries on a pitch the place all the opposite batsmen mixed to attain solely 218 runs in 207 deliveries.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) October 17, 2020
Yesterday, de Villiers produced yet one more batting masterclass as he smashed Jaydev Unadkat for 3 successive sixes within the 19th over to know the sport from Rajasthan Royals’ jaws and main RCB to an exhilarating win. He remained unbeaten on 55 off simply 22 balls.
Dinesh Karthik has been bearing the warmth of KKR followers after the facet’s inconsistent performances underneath his captaincy. Karthik’s type with the bat took a success too, as he did not step up regardless of shuffling himself at numerous positions within the batting order.
And so, on October 16, the identical day as their sport in opposition to Mumbai Indians, Dinesh Karthik resigned from his place as captain of the facet as Eoin Morgan, the World Cup-winning England’s limited-overs captain, took over the reigns.
📰 “DK and Eoin have labored brilliantly collectively throughout this match and though Eoin takes over as captain, that is successfully a task swap,” says CEO and MD @VenkyMysore #IPL2020 #KKR https://t.co/6dwX45FNg5
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) October 16, 2020
Morgan did not take pleasure in the most effective of begins, nevertheless, as KKR’s batting collapse proved detrimental to the facet’s Eight-wicket loss in opposition to MI.
Tewatia’s heroics and Riyan Parag’s ‘Bihu’
Rahul Tewatia grew to become a family title on this version of the match, due to his unbelievable batting effort in opposition to Rajasthan Royals throughout the first week of the match. On October 11, he grew to become the match-winner for the Royals once more — this time assisted impressively by teenager Riyan Parag.
Chasing 159 in opposition to SRH, RR discovered themselves in a spot of trouble when the facet was half-down for 78 in 12 overs. Nevertheless, Tewatia and Parag then loved an unbeaten 86-run partnership, steering the Royals to a different memorable win.
— Niharika Dutta (@DuttNiharika) October 11, 2020
Tewatia remained unbeaten on 45 off 28 balls, whereas Parag scored 42 in 26 deliveries. The Assamese teenager additionally received the hearts as he carried out the standard ‘Bihu’ dance after scoring the profitable runs.
Parag’s English teammate Jofra Archer additionally tried the steps of Bihu throughout RR’s subsequent sport in opposition to DC.
Anrich Nortje broke the velocity barrier on this version of the match on many events throughout Delhi Capitals’ match in opposition to Rajasthan Royals on October 14. He bowled the quickest supply of the match (156.2 kph) to Jos Buttler — which was additionally the quickest in IPL since 2012.
The South African pacer persistently clocked speeds of over-150 kph all through the sport in opposition to DC.
‘Universe Boss’ returns:
It was a protracted wait, however one in every of IPL’s biggest entertainers, Chris Gayle returned to cricket motion this week. He performed his first match for Kings XI Punjab on October 15 and scored an necessary fifty, because the facet’s shedding streak got here to an finish in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore.
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) October 16, 2020
Gayle scored 53 off 45 deliveries however turned again the clock with classic ‘stand-and-deliver’ sixes all through his innings.
‘Gabbar’ breaches three figures:
On October 17, Shikhar Dhawan lastly ended a protracted await his first T20 century. The Delhi Capitals opener slammed an unbeaten 101 off 58 deliveries in opposition to the Chennai Tremendous Kings, steering the facet to a 5-wicket victory.
He held one finish and continued on his attacking sport even because the facet continued to lose wickets on the opposite. Ultimately, he stayed unbeaten as Axar Patel (21 off 5 deliveries) completed the sport with good hitting in opposition to Ravindra Jadeja within the remaining over of the match.