IPL: Team of the Week, Featuring Warner, Yuvraj Singh and Narine

Richard MorganContributor INovember 18, 2016

IPL: Team of the Week, Featuring Warner, Yuvraj Singh and Narine

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    With yet another thrilling seven days of action from the Indian Premier League having just been concluded, we now bring you our Team of the Week from the eight fixtures that took place between last Monday and Sunday.

    Let us know your thoughts on our final XI, involving Matches 36 to 43 in this year’s tournament.

Aaron Finch, Sunrisers Hyderabad

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    Aaron Finch, the big-hitting Australia opener, was in typically devastating form with the bat in Monday’s encounter against the Mumbai Indians, scoring a quick-fire 68 from just 62 balls with seven fours and two sixes. However, it was still not enough to prevent the holders from recording a comfortable seven-wicket win in Hyderabad.

    Opener @AaronFinch5 has moved up into the top 10 run scorers at the @IPL with 68 (62) this morning! #vicsdoitbetter

    — Victoria Bushrangers (@bushrangers) May 12, 2014

Lendl Simmons, Mumbai Indians

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    One of the main reasons the champions were able to ease to victory against the Sunrisers was the electric start to their tough-looking run chase provided to them at the top of the order by the 29-year-old Trinidadian. Lendl Simmons smashed 68 from only 50 deliveries, including five fours and fours maximums, in what was his maiden IPL half-century.

    #IPL7 Maiden IPL fifty for Lendl Simmons. MI 100/1 off 12.3 overs #SRHvsMI http://t.co/9Pxu7J4Ify pic.twitter.com/EyrIHmfAEh

    — CricketNDTV (@CricketNDTV) May 12, 2014

Suresh Raina, Chennai Super Kings

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    Suresh Raina made up for his failure with the bat against the Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday by helping his franchise to post at least some sort of total in their contest with the Bangalore Royal Challengers on Sunday.

    However, in the end, the India star’s unbeaten 62 off 48 balls, with six fours and a six, did not stop Chennai from going down to a five-wicket loss with just one delivery remaining in Ranchi.

    Suresh Raina never miss a match for Chennai Super Kings - This is his 129th match for CSK - MS Dhoni (126) missed just 3 for CSK. #IPL #IPL7

    — Cricket Record (@cricinfo_record) May 18, 2014

David Warner, Sunrisers Hyderabad

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    In his three knocks this week, pugnacious Aussie David Warner has made 55 (31 balls) not out against Mumbai, 44 (23) versus the Kings XI Punjab and then 34 (18) when facing the Kolkata Knight Riders, which represents a pretty impressive past seven days’ work from 27-year-old.

    A solid 55 keeps @davidwarner31 amongst the runs. He is definitely due for a big score.#HurrahHomeground #OrangeArmy pic.twitter.com/iBVZvz4YM0

    — SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 13, 2014

Shane Watson*, Rajasthan Royals

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    Captaining this XI will be the experienced Queenslander, Shane Watson, who was in beautiful touch with the bat in his only outing for the Royals last Tuesday when compiling 51 at the top of the innings against the Super Kings. The all-rounder smashed four huge sixes to propel his strike rate up to a mightily impressive 141.66 before missing out against Delhi with injury.

    Fair amount of class in this photo. @ShaneRWatson33 in the runs again with a 50 for Rajasthan overnight #IPL pic.twitter.com/WLeE7zWbvz

    — Brisbane Heat (@HeatBBL) May 13, 2014

Yuvraj Singh, Royal Challengers Bangalore

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    The always dangerous left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh played the most destructive innings of the past week when making an unbeaten 68 against the Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday. The India middle-order hero scored his runs off only 29 balls, a man-of-the-match knock that happened to include the small matter of just the nine maximums.

    Meanwhile, Yuvi also hit another six in his 13 not out to help his side over the line against Chennai on Sunday to cap off a fine seven days for the 32-year-old.

    Yuvraj SIngh is back. 50 off 24 now to follow 83 off 38 the other night. http://t.co/nDON3v5nKq #IPL2014

    — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) May 13, 2014

Robin Uthappa, Kolkata Knight Riders

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    Wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa made light work of having to chase down 142 for victory against Mumbai in Cuttack on Wednesday. He raced to 80 off just 52 deliveries in a man-of-the-match performance that saw the opener cream nine fours and three sixes along the way, before he then made 40 from only 33 balls against Hyderabad four days later.

    Since moving up to open Robin Uthappa has scored 47, 65, 47, 45 & 55 not out. #MIvKKR #IPL

    — Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) May 14, 2014

Ravichandran Ashwin, Chennai Super Kings

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    Despite his franchise surprisingly losing to the Royals on Sunday, tall off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin can still hold his head up high after his outstanding spell with the new ball of two for 16 off four overs, including the key wicket of Chris Gayle. He took the contest all the way down to the wire before Rajasthan eventually prevailed by five wickets off the penultimate delivery.

    To bowl three overs for three runs against Gayle and Kohli in the power play overs. Don't know how many bowlers can do that. #Ashwin

    — Dan. (@StumpdOffaWide) May 18, 2014

Mitchell Starc, Royal Challengers Bangalore

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    Opening the bowling will be the lanky Aussie Mitchell Starc, whose brilliant display with the new cherry on Tuesday went a long way toward helping his side get the better of Delhi. The left-arm paceman got rid of the dangerous South African duo of Quinton de Kock and Jean-Paul Duminy in compiling figures of two for 26.

    Mitchell Starc shows his quality for RCB. At his best, he's up there with Malinga in terms of nailing the yorkers. #IPL

    — Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) May 4, 2014

Muttiah Muralitharan, Royal Challengers Bangalore

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    Veteran off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has been in typically parsimonious form these past seven days, capturing two for 25 to see off the Daredevils followed by one for 29 to help upset Chennai on Sunday, and all with the new ball when the big hitters have been going after him.

    Yuzvendra Chahal was just two years old when his spin partner Muttiah Muralitharan made his Test match debut. #CSKvRCB #IPL

    — Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) May 18, 2014

Sunil Narine, Kolkata Knight Riders

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    West Indian magician Sunil Narine has once again proved himself to be desperately hard to score off during the last week, with the tweaker having sent down eight overs during his two matches against Mumbai and Hyderabad for combined figures of two for 39, both of which not surprisingly ended in wins for Kolkata.

    safe to say no one has yet figured out how to get runs off sunil narine.

    — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 14, 2014