A week of IPL action has concluded and we don't know where to start. Some teams have picked up from where they left off in the first phase while some have failed to cope with the pitch change.
However, what has not changed is the level of excitement and entertainment the IPL has brought to its fans. So today, we at Cricwizz will present some of the best moments from the first week of the IPL second phase.
Ruturaj Gaikwad's courage
The second phase commenced with the best possible clash in the tournament, Mumbai Indians taking on the Chennai Super Kings.
Chennai produced a great comeback after losing half their batting cheaply. However, Ruturaj Gaikwad, who saved CSK from a shambolic batting display against Mumbai, was a shot of his that was commendable.
Make no mistake, Ruturaj played numerous exceptional strokes but one of his sixes stole the show that night. The reason why it is a moment to cherish is that he hit it in the most difficult fashion and to a bowler who's bowling is certainly of the premium rank not just in IPL but in T20 cricket.
Any guesses? Yes, it's Jasprit Bumrah. Onto his knees, Ruturaj converted a 142.4 kph low full toss and hit it out of bounds on the final ball of the first innings. Let's witness it again!
Kartik Tyagi's plan to perfection
The third match of the second phase, was Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals and Punjab were chasing a target of 186. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal threaded a brilliant partnership of 120 runs but the pair got out in back-to-back overs and it felt like Punjab were in trouble.
However, Nicholas Pooran and Aiden Markram handled the pressure really well and attacked the bowlers despite losing the openers.
The game was almost done and only eight runs were required off the last two overs. Mustafizur Rahman did a fabulous job, giving away just four runs but the moment of the week mention goes to Kartik Tyagi who not only defended 4 runs in the last over but got rid of the two set batsmen, with six pin-point deliveries.
With four required from the last over, Kartik Tyagi started with a dot, a low full toss Markram couldn't get rid of as he hit it towards extra cover.
Then on the second ball, Markram took a single, handing over the strike to Pooran as Punjab now needed 3 runs off four balls.
Another yorker that Pooran failed to cope with, he tried to set the ball run from the third man but Sanju Samson caught it safely and all of a sudden, Punjab were under pressure.
3 runs off 3 balls. Deepak Hooda, another batting all-rounder, who is capable enough to slog, was on the crease. He shuffled in an attempt to strike the ball but Kartik adjusted his length well and a ball that would've been wide was adjudged legal due to Hooda's shuffling.
3 runs off 2 deliveries now. Another ball, full and outside off, and Hooda had no answer for it as he edged it to Samson and in moments, Rajasthan seemed to have clinched the game.
However, the game wasn't over. 3 runs off the final ball and a double could've taken the match to a super over but Kartik Tyagi bowled another yorker as Rajasthan got the two points of almost nothing.
Surely a moment to cherish!
Narine sending shockwaves to the CSK dugout
It was the first match of the Sunday doubleheader and it was Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders. Kolkata had won the toss and were batting first.
After a solid start by CSK, a Dinesh Karthik cameo, and Nitish Rana's unbeaten 37, Kolkata put out a target of 172. Chennai looked comfortable in the game until the last five overs as things got intense.
Chennai needed 45 off the last five overs, but the 17th and 18th over of the game put Kolkata back into the contest. With wickets of Moeen Ali falling in the 17th over, and wickets of MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina in the 18th, Chennai needed 26 off 12 balls with Ravindra Jadeja and Sam Curran on the crease.
After two runs from the first two balls, Jadeja hit another 20 runs off the last four, whacking Prasidh Krishna for 6,6,4, and 4. With that, Chennai needed just four of the last over.
Things looked simple as both Jadeja and Curran were on the crease. However, on the first ball, Sam Curran was dismissed after he was caught at long-off by Kamlesh Nagarkoti (substitute). The second ball was a dot to Shardul Thakur and now four runs were required off four deliveries. The third ball saw a work of innovation by Thakur as he flicked the ball, paddling it fine to the third man as Chakravarthy saved the ball from the ropes.
After running three, Chennai needed just 1 of the last 3 balls. It was a dot as Jadeja failed couldn't manage any contact with the ball. On the fifth ball, things seemed to go haywire as Jadeja was dismissed after getting out LBW.
A review was not enough to save Jadeja and Chennai still needed 1 off the last ball with a new batsman on strike. As revealed recently by Jadeja, Deepak Chahar was ready for a leg-spinner ball as he established contact over the fielders in the 30-yard circle and took the single.
Harshal Patel's hat-trick
In the evening match after the CSK vs KKR contest, it was Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians. After Bangalore registered 165 on the board, Mumbai had 166 to chase.
After being 57/0. Mumbai collapsed on 111. After the RCB bowlers collectively managed to get rid of the openers, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, and Krunal Pandya, it was the purple cap holder Harshal Patel who ended all possibilities of a comeback, Patel took a hattrick, with his victims being Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, and Rahul Chahar.
Some noteworthy moments that also deserve a mention are Virat Kohli hugging MS Dhoni after the match, Dhoni giving valuable advice to Venkatesh Iyer, and the latest being Virat Kohli's advice to Ishan Kishan after the youngster seemed dejected by his performance.
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