Another entertaining week concluded in the IPL 2020 last night. The week witnessed some stunning individual performances from players with both bat & the ball. Here are eleven of the best players, who have been picked in our team of the week based on their impact (There’s no limitation for the number of overseas players):
Jonny Bairstow (M: 2, R: 113, S/R: 152.70): The Englishman whacked 55-ball 97 against KXIP, where he added 160 runs for the opening wicket with David Warner. Even though he failed against Rajasthan Royals, his exceptional performance against Kings’ XI earns him a spot in our weekly XI.
Quinton De Kock (w) (M: 2, R:76, S/R: 149.01): Albeit Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner scored more runs than De Kock, the South African has been picked ahead of them, for his impact. The South African hit 23 runs off 15 balls against the Royals, adding 49 runs in 4.5 overs for the opening wicket with the skipper Rohit Sharma, providing a solid platform for his side. Then against Delhi Capitals, the southpaw struck 53 off 36 balls in chase of 163 and was named the player of the match. De Kock is the best with the gloves among the three wicket-keeper batsmen in the XI and hence he has been preferred for the duty of the gloveman.
Virat Kohli (M: 2, R: 135, S/R: 148.35): Virat Kohli played a sluggish knock of 43 runs off 39 balls in his side’s 59-run thrashing against the Capitals and he was criticized for his low strike rate & the RCB skipper silenced his detractors with his glorious inning against CSK. Kohli began slowly and was at 34 runs off 30 balls but raced away to an unbeaten 90 of 52 balls. RCB whacked 66 runs in the final four overs to set CSK a target of 170, which their bowlers defended easily. Kohli has scored 2 50s in his last three innings and it would be fair to assess that the run-machine has returned to his best.
Suryakumar Yadav (M: 2, R: 132, S/R: 167.08): Suryakumar Yadav was the most impactful batsman of the week. He slammed two half-centuries in the two innings he played and both came at high strike rates. Suryakumar was the “player of the match” for his unbeaten 79 of 47 balls. Then in the table-toppers clash against the Capitals, he played another blistering knock of 53 runs from 32 balls to help his side chase down 163.
Marcus Stoinis (M:3, R: 105, S/R: 164.06, W:3): The Australian allrounder continues to impress. Stoinis’ destructive knock of 53* (26) helped him earn the “player of the match” award against RCB where his side won by 59 runs. Stoinis played a sensible knock of 39 off 30 balls to bail his side out of trouble after an early collapse against RR and also picked up the wickets of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Sanju Samson as DC cruised to a 46-run win. Stoinis was run out for 13 against MI, a dismissal which cost his side as they could manage just 35 runs in the final four overs, finishing at sub-par total of 162, which Mumbai chased down in the final over of their innings.
Dinesh Karthik (c) (M:2, R: 70, S/R: 175): Karthik blasted 29-ball 58 in his side’s thrilling victory against KXIP. Karthik came out to bat when KKR were struggling at 63-3 after 10.4 overs and helped his side reach a fighting total of 164. Karthik’s tactics of keeping Narine for the back end against both CSK & KXIP proved correct as KKR held their nerve to win both the close contests. Hence for his brilliant captaincy, the veteran has been chosen as the captain of the weekly XI.
Axar Patel (M: 3, W: 4, Eco: 5.56): Axar Patel has been outstanding with the ball in the tournament so far. He has an extraordinary economy rate of 5.05 in the 6 matches he has played and in the 3 matches he played in the week, he conceded 5.56 runs per over and also picked up 4 wickets. His best performance came against RCB where he was named the “player of the match” for his spell of 4-0-18-2. Axar also played a cameo of 17 off 8 balls against RR. The spin-bowling allrounder has not featured in the playing XI of the national side since February 2018 but if keeps producing good performances then it would enhance the chances of his comeback.
Rashid Khan (M: 2, W: 5, Eco: 4.63): The Afghanistan superstar had another good week. He grabbed 3 wickets for 12 in four overs in his side’s 69-run win over KXIP. Against RR, Rashid put his team on top after dismissing Sanju Samson and Robin Uthappa but unfortunately for him & his side, the uncapped duo of Rahul Tewatia and Riyan Parag snatched the victory from SRH with their brilliant partnership of 85 runs. Rashid’s economy in this tournament is 5.03, which is second best for bowlers who have bowled minimum 10 overs. He has also picked 10 wickets in 7 matches and is fourth highest wicket-taker of the tournament.
Jofra Archer (M: 3, W: 5, Eco: 6.92): Archer has been phenomenal with the ball in the tournament so far. He has an economy of 6.82, which is the best among pacers who have bowled a minimum of 10 overs. He has also bowled the most number of dot balls, 87 in the 28 overs which is 52% of his legal deliveries. In this week, Archer once again impressed with his pace and kept the opponents quiet in the powerplays and was also reasonable at the death. His best performance came against DC where he picked up 3 wickets for 24 runs in his 4 overs. Archer has been among the best performers of the tournament so far but he will need better support from his bowlers if RR has to make it to the play-offs.
Kagiso Rabada (M: 3, W: 9, Eco: 7.46): The South African pacer continues to lead the purple cap race with 17 wickets in 7 matches. Rabada had another great week as he took 9 wickets in 3 matches he featured in. His best performance came against RCB where he took 4 for 24 in his four overs. Rabada has been well supported by his South African teammate Anrich Nortje and both have formed the most lethal pace bowling pair of the tournament.
Jasprit Bumrah (M: 2, W:4, Eco: 5.75): After a slow start in the tournament, the star Indian pacer is slowly getting back to his best. In this week, Bumrah featured in the two games and had his influence in the result of both games. He took his T20 career’s first four-wicket haul against RR in MI’s 57-run win. Then against DC, he bowled four economical overs, conceding just 26 runs. Bumrah’s tight bowling prevented DC from ending up with a strong finish as they finished at a sub-par total of 162, despite losing just 4 wickets. Bumrah is standing at the second position in purple cap race with 11 wickets in 7 games and his economy, which was close to 10 after his first 3 games, has bettered to 7.92.