IPL Team of the Week, Featuring Glenn Maxwell, JP Duminy and Yuvraj Singh
The opening slate of matches in the 2014 Indian Premier League is in the books. Tight finishes may have been at a premium but there has still been plenty to enjoy in the first week.
Glenn Maxwell and JP Duminy have wowed the crowds in the UAE with some spectacular hitting.
Lasith Malinga and Sunil Narine have lived up to their reputation as the game's premier T20 bowlers.
This week's IPL Team of the Week features a smattering of old stagers, international superstars and some home grown novices. Read on to see who's made the cut.
1. Jacques Kallis: Kolkata Knight Riders
Jacques Kallis may be approaching elder statesman status but the 38-year-old showed against Mumbai that there's plenty still in the tank.
The South African's innings of 72 in the 2014 IPL opener came off just 46 balls and included five fours and three sixes.
A first-ball duck followed against Delhi but Kallis showed his worth with the ball. His pace may be down but Kallis is still canny enough to dismiss the likes of the dangerous Ross Taylor.
2. Parthiv Patel: Royal Challengers Bangalore
Parthiv Patel has been the pick of the wicketkeepers after the opening few days of IPL action.
The Bangalore gloveman followed up a rapid-fire 37 at the top of the innings against Delhi with an unbeaten 57 against Mumbai on Saturday.
The latter effort helped the Royal Challengers to a comfortable victory and maintained their unbeaten start to the competition.
3. Manish Pandey: Kolkata Knight Riders
Twice Manish Pandey has had to come out to bat with fewer than five runs on the board. On both occasions he has proved to be a solid presence at the top of the Kolkata order.
The 24-year-old followed up his 64 in the opening day win over Mumbai with 48 in a losing effort against Delhi on Saturday.
His consistency could prove crucial if the Knight Riders are to make a serious run this year.
4. Glenn Maxwell: Kings XI Punjab
A victory target of 206 is pretty tricky to chase down most of the time. Not so if someone like Glenn Maxwell is in the mood. And in the mood he certainly was against Chennai.
The Super Kings attack had no answer against the big-hitting Aussie who smashed 15 fours and two sixes in an innings of 95. More impressive was the fact that those runs came at a fantastic strike rate of 220.93.
5. JP Duminy: Delhi Daredevils
An unbeaten 52 from JP Duminy helped Delhi across the line against Kolkata on Saturday.
The left-hander timed his innings beautifully and was especially harsh on South African colleague Morne Morkel. The lanky seamer had gone for just 20 runs from his first three overs but by the time he'd completed his allocation that had risen to 41.
Duminy played some outrageous ramp shots off the quicks before smashing leggie Piyush Chawla for a huge six to seal victory with three balls to spare.
This innings by itself would be justification for inclusion in the Team of the Week. Throw in the 67 not out from the opener against Bangalore and he's a candidate for Player of the Week.
6. Yuvraj Singh: Royal Challengers Bangalore
Yuvraj put the massive disappointment of the World T20 final behind him by making an accomplished start to his 2014 IPL campaign.
The left-hander's unbeaten 52 for Bangalore against the Daredevils came from just 29 balls and included five sixes.
How Indian fans must wish he'd found that form against Sri Lanka rather than Delhi.
7. Stuart Binny: Rajasthan Royals
Stuart Binny had a brief flirtation with the Indian national team over the winter and has done his future international prospects no harm after a solid start in the IPL.
The all-rounder made a well judged 48 not out from just 32 balls to help Rajasthan to a last over victory over Hyderabad.
The 29-year-old didn't disgrace himself with the ball either with his single over going for seven runs.
8. James Faulkner: Rajasthan Royals
Eight runs with the bat plus no wickets from three overs and an economy rate of nine wouldn't usually warrant inclusion in any team of the week.
James Faulkner's eight runs came off two balls in the final over of Rajasthan's four-wicket win over Hyderabad, though.
When the pressure was really on, the Aussie all-rounder delivered to give his team the victory.
9. Yuzvendra Chahal: Royal Challengers Bangalore
Bangalore's position at the top of the 2014 IPL table is due in no small part to the efforts of their new spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
The young leggie has been miserly in both appearances, going for just 18 runs against Delhi and 17 against Mumbai. He's chipped in with useful wickets, too, dismissing Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard and Murali Vijay.
With a hard spun leg-break and a deceptive googly, Chahal could be a surprise package this season. The only blot on an otherwise impressive week was a simple dropped catch.
10. Sunil Narine: Kolkata Knight Riders
Sunil Narine is one of the T20 game's finest spinners and the Trinidadian has made a fine start to his 2014 IPL campaign.
The 25-year-old off-spinner provided both miserly control and a wicket-taking threat against the Mumbai Indians, where he finished with the hugely impressive figures of 4-20.
Narine was almost as impressive against Delhi where his four overs went for just 18 runs and a wicket.
11. Lasith Malinga: Mumbai Indians
Fresh from steering Sri Lanka to World T20 glory, Lasith Malinga has hit the ground running in the 2014 IPL.
The seamer's 4-23 in the opening match against Kolkata has been one of the few highlights for Mumbai, who have made a sorry start to this year's campaign.
Malinga remains one of the T20 game's prime operators.
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