IPL 2019 Highlights – League Stage

Prateik K
By: Prateik K
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IPL 2019 Highlights – Major Upsets

IPL 2019 kicked off on 23rd March with defending champions CSK taking on RCB at Chennai. It wasn’t an ideal opening game for RCB and the fans as the Challengers finished 70 all-out batting first. Parthiv Patel was the only batsman to score double digits (29). This marked the beginning of a bad season for RCB as they would go on to lose 5 more matches in a row.

RCB fans celebrated a win when Bangalore chased won 174 with 8 wickets in hand against KXIP, registering their 1st win of the season. A star-studded team with the likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers losing 6 games in a row was something no one would expect. The dependency on Kohli and AB, along with a poor bowling performance in the death through out the season hurt their campaign. RCB has the highest economy rate in the death overs in IPL 2019.

Kolkata Knight Riders – The Downward Spiral

KKR faced a similar problem of dependency where the team relied heavily on one man – Andre Russell. KKR won 4 of their first 5 matches in the league. Andre Russell shined in every one of them with his great performances in the death. After a splendid start to the season, KKR went on a downward spiral, losing 6 back to back games. A lot went wrong for Dinesh Karthik as a captain and his decision to push Russell down the batting order even when he was in great form, didn’t go down well with the all-rounder. Russell’s interaction with the media courted a little controversy as questions on the leadership in the team were raised.

Delhi Capitals – An impactful season

Delhi’s journey in the league stage is an impressive one. A young side, with a new name, the Capitals lost 3 of first 5 games. 2 of these losses came at Kotla, their home-ground. This created a buzz about Delhi’s team selection, as away venues were more favourable for most of their top bowlers and batters’ playing style. DC scored 213 batting first at Wankhede, where Rishabh Pant was unbeaten on 78 off 27 balls. Their start bowler Kagiso Rabada finished 2 for 23 as DC won by 37 runs. The conditions at Kotla did not favour DC, but they did exceptionally well away, winning 3 back to back away matches. However, another loss followed at home breaking their winning streak.

DC got back together and upped their game from there on, winning rest of the 3 home matches, and finishing 3rd in the points table with 9 wins and 5 losses. Of the 5 losses DC faced in the league, 3 came at home. DC has great potential with youngsters who have performed consistently and the experienced Shikhar Dhawan leading the batting from the top.

Sunrisers Hyderabad – Are they on the same path as KKR?

Sunrisers Hyderabad, the runners-up team from last season, have made it to the play-offs with 12 points on the table. They would not have made it, had KKR won their last match against Mumbai Indians. SRH had a good start to the season with 3 wins in first 5 matches. 1 of the 2 losses came at home venue. Most of their journey in the league was dominated by Jonny Bairstow and David Warner. The opening duo gave great starts, which played huge role in their wins. After Jonny Bairstow and David Warner left to join their national teams for the upcoming World Cup 2019 camp, SRH needed 1 more wins in 2 matches to have a stronger chance to be in the play-offs. leaving their play-off qualification up to fate.

SRH and DC will lock horns in the eliminator match. This will be a great contest between the two sides, whose progression in the league has been completely different. With DC finding balance of young talent and the experienced in their side, will be missing Kagiso Rabada, SRH do not have the momentum on their side. Inconsistency in the middle order has put more pressure on Kane Williamson to finish the game for the side. Their bowlers have done well and won games for the side, though if the batters fail, bowlers will be under much pressure.