IPL 2014 Table: Latest Standings, Key Stats and Forthcoming Fixtures

Matt Jones@@MattJFootballFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2014

DHAKA, BANGLADESH - MARCH 30:  Glenn Maxwell of Australia hits a six as MS Dhoni of India looks on during the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 match between India v Australia at Sher-e-Bangla Mirpur Stadium on March 30, 2014 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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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:

IPL 2014: Standings After Opening Games
1Kolkata Knight Riders1102
2Royal Challengers Bangalore1102
3Kings XI Punjab1102
4Rajasthan Royals1102
5Sunrisers Hyderabad1010
6Chennai Super Kings1010
7Delhi Daredevils1010
8Mumbai Indians1010

Here’s your run down of the upcoming fixtures, as each side looks to make a big impression in their second outing:

IPL 2014: Upcoming Fixtures
Team 1Team 2DateTime (BST)
Royal Challengers BangaloreMumbai IndiansSaturday 19 April11:30 a.m.
Kolkata Knight RidersDelhi DaredevilsSaturday 19 April3:30 p.m.
Rajasthan RoyalsKings XI PunjabSunday 20 April3:30 p.m.
Chennai Super KingsDelhi DaredevilsMonday 21 April3:30 p.m.
Kings XI PunjabSunrisers HyderabadTuesday 22 April3:30 p.m.


Key Stats

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.

Aussie Maxwell has starred for the Kings XI Punjab
Aussie Maxwell has starred for the Kings XI PunjabAijaz Rahi

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:

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.

Malinga looks inspired after World Cup success with Sri Lanka.
Malinga looks inspired after World Cup success with Sri Lanka.Scott Barbour/Getty Images

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