The last week was the best seven days of IPL 2018 as the fight went down to the wire in each of the clashes. As the race for play-offs got intensified, teams fought tooth and nail for two crucial points. Eventually, out of five teams in quest for two remaining spots for play-offs, KKR and RR made it, with RCB, MI, KXIP falling apart.
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KKR was the best team in the last few days as they posted three consecutive wins to bag a play-off berth. In the last week, they posted two wins to get into play-offs.
So, who was the ‘Player of the week’ for the past seven days?
Cricwizz believes three players were outstanding in the past week who helped the team win matches. They are:
AB de Villiers
ABD cracked a match-winning 69 against SRH to help RCB post 14-run win over SRH. In the same clash, he took a brilliant ‘Spiderman’ catch to dismiss Alex Hales. In the last must-win clash against Rajasthan Royals, ABD waged a lone battle with 53, but could not help the team cross the finish line.
Delhi Daredevils were out of the race for play-offs, but fought gamely to win two matches to spoil CSK and MI’s party. In the clash against CSK, Harshal cracked 16-ball 36* with one four and 4 sixes to help DD to a match-winning total of 162/5. In the next clash against MI, Patel took three wickets to help DD to 11-run win.
The KKR skipper lead from the front with the bat in the two clashes in the past week. He was calm and collected when the opposition were going hammers and tongs.
In the clash against RR, Karthik helped his team bounce, restricting the Royals to 142 from 63/0 at one stage. Karthik then slammed 31-ball 41 not out to steer the team to a tricky chase.
In the next clash against SRH, KKR again bounced back to restrict SRH for 172/9 after the latter were 141/3 in 15 overs. Karthik slammed 22-ball 26* to chase down the target with ease. KKR moved into play-offs.
In the previous week, Karthik had slammed 23-ball 50 to help KKR post a match-winning total of 245/6 against KXIP.
Verdict: Karthik was the most impressive in the past week as he powered his team to play-offs with three consecutive wins. Karthik led from the front with bat, gloves and captaincy.