Week two of IPL 2022 saw the new teams performing well whereas multiple time winners Mumbai and Chennai were languishing at the bottom of the points table. Rahul Patil analyses all the action from Week 2.

Game 7

Lucknow Super Giants 211 for 4 (De Kock 61, Evin Lewis 55*, Pretorius 2/31) beat Chennai Super Kings 210 for 7 (Uthappa 50, Dube 49, Bishnoi 2/24)

Defending champions CSK were handed their second defeat in a row. Although CSK managed to put on a better performance with the bat compared to their first game their bowlers were unable to defend it against a spirited LSG lineup. In a game where both teams scored at an average of 10.5 runs per over Ravi Bishnoi bowled his four overs for only 24 runs and picked up two wickets. Man of the match Evin Lewis took LSG home with a brutal 55 of 23 balls but for a second game in a row youngster Ayush Badoni impressed with his cool and calm temperament in hitting the winning runs.

Game 8

Kolkata Knight Riders 141 for 4 (Russell 70*, Chahar 2/13) beat Punjab Kings 137 all out (Rajpaksa 31, Yadav 4/23, Chakravarthy 0/14)

Overly aggressive batting approaches are filled with danger as Punjab Kings found out in their loss to KKR. This game though was a story of two individual performances. Umesh Yadav, looking fitter than ever picked up his second man of the match award of the tournament and Andre Russell who smashed eight sixes in making 70 not out of just 31 balls. After the game when Russell was asked how many of his sixes actually came of the middle of his bat he cheekily replied, “only one”.

Game 9

Rajasthan Royals 193 for 8 (Buttler 100, Bumrah 3/17) beat Mumbai Indians 170 for 8 (Tilak Varma 61, Ishan Kishan 54, Chahal 2/26, Ashwin 1/30)

The well-balanced Royals are still unbeaten this year whereas five time champions Mumbai sunk to their second defeat in as many games. Buttler showed why he is considered one of the best white ball batters in the world with the first century of this year’s tournament whereas Bumrah who looked lackluster in the last game made a strong comeback with a brilliant show of T20 bowling. In last week’s analysis I gave a special mention to Tilak Varma but this week he deserves a round of applause. Although his 61 came in a losing cause, the ease with which this 19-year-old batted against the likes of Boult, Ashwin & Chahal augurs well for Indian cricket.

Game 10

Gujarat Titans 171 for 6 (Shubhman Gill 84, Mustafizur 3/23) beat Delhi Capitals 157 for 9 (Pant 43, Ferguson 4/28, Shami 2/30)

There is a reason why Shubhman Gill is talked about as one of India’s finest young talents. The class is all there. All he needs is more consistency. Gill scored an attractive 84 on a pitch where the second highest score from either side was 43. Any chances of Delhi getting to the target were destroyed by man of the match Lockie Ferguson. With two wins from two games and arguably the best bowling attack of the tournament, Gujarat are definitely a team to watch out for.

Game 11

Punjab Kings 180 for 8 (Livingstone 60, Jitesh 26, Jordan 2/23) beat Chennai Super Kings 126 (Dube 57, Vaibhav Arora 2/21, Rahul Chahar 3/25)

Defending champions CSK’s woes this year continued with their third loss in three games. Punjab paid INR 11.5 crore for English all-rounder Liam Livingstone and he proved his worth with an all-round display. One of his five sixes was a 108-meter monster hit. Punjab will also be happy with the performance of their two debutants in this game Jitesh Sharma and Vaibhav Arora. CSK lost wickets at regular intervals in the run chase and nobody apart from the resurgent Shivam Dube did anything of note. CSK’s biggest worry will be the form of their captain and INR 16 crore retention Jadeja. Is the burden of captaincy preventing him from playing his natural game? Time will tell.

Game 12

Lucknow Super Giants 169 for 7 (Rahul 68, Hooda 51, Natarajan 2/26) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 157 for 9 (Rahul Tripathi 44, Pooran 34, Avesh Khan 4/24)

For a second game in a row the Sunrisers batting let them down and they lost a game that they should have won. The big story of the game though was their tear away quick Umran Malik. Umran came into limelight at the end of last season for his ability to consistently bowl at 150+ kmph. In India the moment we see someone bowling that quick our expectations go through the roof. As Physics taught us in school currently Imran has speed which is defined as the distance travelled by an object divided by the time it takes to travel that distance. What Imran needs though is velocity which is defined as the speed of something in a given direction. That will come with experience and till then we need to be patient with Umran.

Game 13

Royal Challengers Bangalore 173 for 6 (Dinesh Karthik 44*, Shahbaz 45, Chahal 2/15) beat Rajasthan Royals 169 for 3 (Buttler 70*, Hetmyer 42*, Patel 1/18)

Dinesh Karthik has publicly announced that his goal is to become the finisher for team India at the t20 world cup in Australia later this year. In all three of RCB’s matches this year he has clinically finished their innings winning them two games in the process. He is like that wrestler in a Royal Rumble (WWE) match who enters the ring last and then eliminates everybody else to win it. If he continues this way there is a good chance his goal will be achieved.

 

Game 14

Kolkata Knight Riders 162 for 5 (Cummins 56*, Iyer 50*, Murugan Ashwin 2/25, Basil Thampi 0/15) beat Mumbai 161 for 4 Indians (Suryakumar Yadav 52, Tilak Varma 38, Umesh 1/25)

Mumbai had hopes of registering their first win of the tournament when they got the big wicket of Andre Russell as KKR still required 61 of 41 balls. But Pat Cummins playing his first match of this year’s tournament launched such a brutal attack in scoring 56 not out of just 15 balls that Mumbai were left shell shocked. This was the innings of the tournament so far and some of the cleanest ball striking ever. Cummins equaled the fastest IPL fifty ever scored i.e. 14 balls and left Mumbai picking up the pieces. Bring on week three.

Points Table as at 08/04/2022