Three days in, and we’ve had a chance to cast an eye over all of the eight teams battling it out in this year’s IPL 2014.
Already, we’ve been witness to some tense finishing, stellar hitting and rapid bowling, with all of the assembled teams looking to set a positive early precedent for the rest of the tournament.
Fortunately for watchers of this wonderful competition, there’s no halt in the action either, as the stream of fixtures just keeps on coming.
The Rajasthan Royals’ victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad completed that opening round of fixtures, which can sometimes be a little frantic, as squads look to integrate new players and employ various tactics. But as we get into full swing, this is where the teams serious about winning this tournament settle in and begin to discover their rhythm.
Ahead of each squad’s second match, here are the latest standings, key stats and all the details you need for the next set of fixtures.
After the Rajasthan Royals’ win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, here are the full IPL 2014 standings:
|1||Kolkata Knight Riders||1||1||0||2|
|2||Royal Challengers Bangalore||1||1||0||2|
|3||Kings XI Punjab||1||1||0||2|
|6||Chennai Super Kings||1||0||1||0|
Here’s your run down of the upcoming fixtures, as each side looks to make a big impression in their second outing:
|Team 1||Team 2||Date||Time (BST)|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||Mumbai Indians||Saturday 19 April||11:30 a.m.|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||Delhi Daredevils||Saturday 19 April||3:30 p.m.|
|Rajasthan Royals||Kings XI Punjab||Sunday 20 April||3:30 p.m.|
|Chennai Super Kings||Delhi Daredevils||Monday 21 April||3:30 p.m.|
|Kings XI Punjab||Sunrisers Hyderabad||Tuesday 22 April||3:30 p.m.|
The highest individual batting score in the opening games came courtesy of Glenn Maxwell, who plays for Kings XI Punjab. The Aussie all-rounder plundered 95 from just 43, smashing an outstanding 15 fours and two sixes in his innings to help his team to a dramatic victory over the Chennai Super Kings.
Maxwell has established himself as a destructive force in the limited overs game as of late, and he looks a real find for this Kings XI side. Regardless of the situation, he plays with an aggression and swagger that can really knock the opposition off their stride.
A little further down in the batting stakes, the man who recently retired from Test cricket, Jacques Kallis, showed us all he still has quality in spades. The South African all-rounder is usually renowned for his diligent, watchful batting style, but he walloped 72 from 46 balls to help the Kolkata Knight Riders beat the Mumbai Indians.
Kallis has been a model of consistency with both bat and ball since this competition’s inception, and after his latest heroics, he went past a milestone that highlights his all-round cricketing credentials:
Jacques Kallis is the Only player to achieve 2000+ runs & 50 wickets in IPL history. @KKRiders— IndianPremierLeague (@Pepsi_IPL7) April 17, 2014
Elsewhere there was another impressive performance by man-of-the-moment Virat Kohli. After starring in the World T20 for India, the 25-year-old is coming into this tournament in fine form, and he helped his Royal Challengers Bangalore team to a comfortable eight-wicket win over the Delhi Daredevils.
Kohli scored 49 not out in that particular run chase, a knock that included three towering sixes. He is continuing to cement his status as world cricket’s premier limited overs batsman, and his consistency is underlined by the fact that his next game for the Royal Challengers will be his 100th in succession:
With the ball, Lasith Malinga is another player whom like Kohli, is looking to carry some excellent form from the World T20 into this tournament.
The Sri Lankan helped inspire his team to victory in the recent World Cup and he picked up figures of 4/23 in the Mumbai Indians’ defeat against the Knight Riders. Malinga’s figures were actually bettered by the Knight Riders’ spin bowler Sunil Narine as he picked up 4/20 in the same match. The duo are the only two players to have taken more than a couple of wickets in the opening round of fixtures.
Finally, leading the way atop the “most sixes” leaderboard are a few familiar names. Brendon McCullum and Yuvraj Singh both smashed five sixes in their first knocks of the tournament. The former dismantled the dangerous Aussie fast bowler Mitchell Johnson to help his Chennai Super Kings team to a huge total of 205/4, but they were eventually undone by the brilliance of Maxwell.
Statistics are courtesy of ESPNCricinfo.com