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[Cricket] Indian T20 League 2019 – Week 5 Recap

We’re heading toward the final group games of the 2019 season that could be the tightest finish ever seen. Mathematically, no side has been ruled out of a place in the playoffs – all eight franchises are in the mix. Even Rajasthan and Bangalore can qualify for playoffs if they win all the matches and with some favorable results going their way from other games at the business end of the tournament.

With less than 20 matches to go in the tournament, we are witnessing some extravagant batting and bowling displays. Week 5 saw an MS Dhoni classic against Bangalore, a determined knock from Virat Kohli against Kolkata, a mature finish from Rishabh Pant, the emergence of a young star in Riyan Parag, the rise of Bangalore with the emergence of  Dale Steyn and his quick exit and much more.

So, without much ado, let’s revisit the key highlights from week 5 of the 2019 season and a sneak peek at Week 6, which will decide most of the playoff slots. So what’s in store as we head toward another busy seven days of action?

Most Runs: 574 (David Warner, Hyderabad)
Most Wickets: 23 (Kagiso Rabada, Delhi)
Highest Score: 114* (56) (Jonny Bairstow, Hyderabad)
Best Bowling: 6-12 (Alzarri Joseph, Mumbai)


27th APRIL – 08.00pm Match 45, RAJASTHAN vs HYDERABAD
28th APRIL – 04.00pm Match 46, DELHI vs BANGALORE
28th APRIL – 08.00pm Match 47, KOLKATA vs MUMBAI
29th APRIL – 08.00pm Match 48, HYDERABAD vs PUNJAB
30th APRIL – 08.00pm Match 49, BANGALORE vs RAJASTHAN
01st MAY – 08.00pm Match 50, CHENNAI vs DELHI
02nd MAY – 08.00pm Match 51, MUMBAI vs HYDERABAD
03rd MAY – 08.00pm Match 52, PUNJAB vs KOLKATA

MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli rule over Twitter
The week saw a thrilling start when Chennai and Bangalore met. The men in red attained a one-run win that escalated to Kohli and Dhoni taking Twitter by storm. The latter, in the match, hammered an unbeaten 84 runs in 48 balls to almost chase down the total of 175 set by Bangalore.

Most Tweeted moments
1. Chennai skipper MS Dhoni smashing 24 runs in the final over of Umesh Yadav during the run-chase
2. Bangalore beating Chennai by 1 run
3. Match winning 100 by Virat Kohli (100 runs of 58 balls) against Kolkata

Most Tweeted about matches
4. #DCvMI

Most tweeted about Teams
1. Mumbai (@mipaltan)
2. Chennai (@ChennaiIPL)
3. Bangalore (@RCBTweets)
4. Kolkata (@KKRiders)
5. Hyderabad (@SunRisers)

Most tweeted about players
1. MS Dhoni (@msdhoni)
2. Virat Kohli (@imVkohli)
3. Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45)

One of the best innings of the season, and probably the best MS Dhoni innings as we witnessed a magical MS Dhoni classic at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.

On a slightly tricky track, Bangalore managed to score 161-7 from 20 overs in their first innings. Parthiv Patel’s superb fifty guideding them as the dynamic duo of Kohli and ABD failed to make an impression.

Chasing 162, Chennai were in all sorts of bother as they were reduced to 28-4 in 5.5 overs. The situation looked perfect for another ‘deep chase’ MSD classic as he joined Ambati Rayudu at the crease and they both started consolidating.

The Moment came in the last over as the master of the last over assault, Dhoni smashed 4,6,6,2 and 6 of his first five balls to score 24 runs off it.

With 2 required off 1 ball, It was almost expected of Dhoni to end the game with a six. But, to everyone’s surprise, Umesh bowled a brilliant slower ball, which Dhoni couldn’t hit. Parthiv Patel did an exceptional job at the other end as he ran Shardul Thakur out with a direct hit.

In the end, Dhoni remained not out on 84(48) with 5 fours and 7 sixes. Even though MSD couldn’t end the innings on a winning note, the innings had class written all over it as MSD almost pulled a classical MSD chase.

With AB de Villiers not in the team, a determined Virat Kohli played a special knock to help his side get two important points.

Batting first on a batting paradise, Virat Kohli played with caution initially as he mustered only 22 runs off his first 20 deliveries. After losing Akshdeep Nath in the ninth over, Virat Kohli played second fiddle to Moeen Ali.

Virat Kohli got to his 50 off 40 balls in the 15th over as Moeen Ali was going bonkers at the other end. After losing Moeen, Virat Kohli changed his gears as he smashed 45 runs off the next 16 balls. In the end, Kohli managed to score a fantastic century off 58 deliveries with 9 fours and 4 sixes.

Bangalore eventually won the match by 10 runs as they somehow survived an incredible hitting of Andre Russell.

An incredible, incredible effort from the monstrous, Andre Russell as he almost pulled off an impossible chase against Bangalore.

Chasing 214, Kolkata were stuttering at 81-4 in 12 overs. With 132 required of the last 12, Andre Russell joined Nitish Rana, who was batting on 33(23). Andre Russel, who generally waits for few balls before smashing the bowlers didn’t wait this time as he hit the first six of the night on the second ball he faced.

With 113 required of the last 6 overs, Andre Russell whacked Yuzvendra Chahal for 3 gigantic sixes. He didn’t stop there as he smashed another three continuous sixes off Stoinis in the 19th over to lift Kolkata’s score to 190-4 in 19 overs.

An impossible chase looked possible with 24 needed off the final over. However, the dream was short-lived as unfortunately, Andre Russell was run-out after hitting another imperious six off Moeen Ali’s delivery.

Even though Kolkata lost the match, the knock from Andre Russell would certainly go down as one of the best knocks of IPL 2019.

Fastest 50 in 2019:
18 R Pant
21 A Russell – This match
22 K Pollard
23 A Russell
24 D Warner

The hard-hitting attacking batsman from Delhi usually goes about attacking from ball one. While it came good in the first match of the tournament, it has often got him and his side in trouble when he threw away his wicket when merely a run, a ball was required.

However, this all changed in the match against Rajasthan as he played a sensible and calculative knock in his unbeaten 78(36).

Chasing 194, Delhi were off to a flier as Shikhar Dhawan smashed a superb 54 off just 27 deliveries. With 114 required of last 11 overs, Rishabh Pant joined Prithvi Shaw at the crease. He started slowly as he played out 7 balls before playing his first attacking shot.

The whole innings from Pant was a calculative measure as he didn’t try any outrageous shot but just waited for loose balls. Even then, he managed to score at a strike rate of above 200.

In the end, Rishabh Pant chased the target comfortably with his unbeaten 78*(36) with 6 fours and 4 sixes.

After losing out on captaincy to Steve Smith, Ajinkya Rahane batted with a lot of freedom as he brought up his second century in the League.

Batting first at the home den against Delhi, Rahane looked positive but started slowly as he scored only 16 runs off his first 18 balls. However, a six off Axar Patel’s bowling gave him the much-needed impetus as he smashed 34 runs off his next 14 balls; thus reaching his fifty in just 32 balls.

Rahane continued with his classy batting post his fifty as he added another 25 runs from 12 balls. He didn’t play any outrageous shot as it was class written all over his batting. But, into the eighties, Rahane slowed down a little as he managed only 25 runs off the next 17 balls to end his innings on 105*(63) with 11 fours and 3 Sixes.

Failing to accelerate in the end proved costly for Rajasthan as even after putting 191 on the board, Delhi chased the target comfortably in the last over.

An umpiring howler in the 42nd match between Bangalore and Punjab made it to the highlight reel of a highly entertaining evening as a lost ball created massive confusion: The umpires losing the ball had created plentiful confusion among players of both teams – a significant amount of confusion was witnessed after the second strategic timeout in the first innings.

What caused the confusion to erupt in the first place was the umpires losing the ball. Set to bowl after the timeout, Punjab pacer Ankit Rajpoot was left asking for the ball only to remain empty-handed.

The situation went on to an extent that both the umpires and fielding side were clueless about the ball. Watching the drama unfold from the other end, batsman AB de Villiers could observe the funny side of the scenario.

Eventually, the umpires called for a new ball as the fourth umpire was seen running to the field with a box of balls. It was at this point in time that umpire C. Shamsuddin realized that the ball was in his pocket from the start.

Asked to bat, Parthiv Patel (24-ball 43) gave Bangalore a hasty start before a mini-collapse pegged them back. That’s when de Villiers (44-ball 82*) and Marcus Stoinis (34-ball 46*) added 121 runs for the fifth wicket to power Bangalore to 202 for 4 in 20 overs. The surface was a belter and Punjab’s top-five batsmen got solid starts but not one of them could convert it into a match-winning score as they were restricted to 185 for 7.

Parag led a dramatic late fightback along with Jofra Archer as Rajasthan recovered from a batting slump to snatch a thrilling three-wicket win over Kolkata in a dramatic match at the Eden Gardens. With victory in sight Parag fell bizarrely via a hit-wicket. Jofra didn’t hang around too long, smashing Rajasthan to victory with a lusty six. The victory took Rajsthan to 7th in the table and consigned Kolkata to their sixth consecutive defeat; seventh overall.

The 17-year-old Parag from Assam played without any fear in only his 14th T20 match to score a 31-ball 47 in a determined rearguard innings as Rajasthan chased down the target of 176 with four balls to spare.

Chennai’s 109 would be Chennai’s lowest total at the MA Chidambaram Stadium as a half-century from Rohit Sharma and a four-wicket haul from Lasith Malinga saw Mumbai consign them to their first defeat at the MA Chidambaram Stadium this season.

Chasing 156 to win, Chennai could only manage 109 before being dismissed as Mumbai took wickets at regular intervals to ensure the result never really seemed in doubt.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni didn’t turn up for Chennai due to fever and Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma said the veteran stumper’s absence came as a “massive boost” for his side enroute their 46-run win.

– Dale Steyn suffers a shoulder injury just a month before the start of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and is ruled out of the remainder of the season
– Legendary Sachin Tendulkar and batting maestro VVS Laxman were Wednesday served notices by BCCI’s Ombudsman-cum-Ethics Officer DK Jain for their alleged ‘conflict of interest’ by serving as mentors of Indian T20 League franchises as well as members of Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). Tendulkar is Mumbai’s mentor and Laxman is in the same capacity for Hyderabad.
– Chris Gayle & Andre Russell make comebacks to the Windies ODI squad for the CWC19. No place for Pollard and Narine
– Shane Watson Blitzkrieg Takes Chennai Top Again; Repeats 2018 Final Show In 6 Wicket Win Over Hyderabad; heated exchanges with Rashid Khan lights up Chepauk
– Colin Ingram, Axar Patel combine to complete perfect relay catch to dismiss Chris Gayle              


With Inputs From: ak4tsay1 

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