IPL: Team of the Week, Featuring Warner, Yuvraj Singh and Narine
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
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.
Lendl Simmons, Mumbai Indians
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.
Suresh Raina, Chennai Super Kings
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.
David Warner, Sunrisers Hyderabad
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.
Shane Watson*, Rajasthan Royals
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.
Yuvraj Singh, Royal Challengers Bangalore
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.
Robin Uthappa, Kolkata Knight Riders
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.
Ravichandran Ashwin, Chennai Super Kings
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
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
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.
Sunil Narine, Kolkata Knight Riders
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