IPL 2019 saw few thrillers and great individual performances in the second week. It saw a super over, a few centuries, and few brilliant death-overs bowling. Overall, it was a great week for IPL 2019 which would have definitely won fans all over again.
Cricwizz makes a Team of the Week for the second week in IPL 2019 (Mar 25 to Mar 31). Have a look.
David Warner (SRH) vs Jonny Bairstow (SRH)
They below to two rival countries in Australia and England and fight bitterly over the Ashes. But they have come together for Sunrisers Hyderabad and rewritten record books with their opening stands. They have smacked three century stands for the first wicket in a row. They have match each other stroke for stroke and made their fans wanting for more. SRH won the two matches in the last week after the two demolished bowling attack with their power hitting
In the clash against Rajasthan Royals, Warner and Bairstow posted 110-run stand in just 9.4 overs to set the platform for a successful chase of 199. Warner made 69, while Bairstow cracked 45. In the clash against RCB, Bairstow overshadowed Warner with clean hitting, and the two posted the highest opening stand of 185 in IPL. Bairstow slammed 12 fours and 7 sixes in his 56-ball 114. Warner made 55-ball 100* with 5 fours and 5 sixes.
Sanju Samson (RR), Prithvi Shaw (Delhi Capitals)
The two youngsters were the shining lights for their respective teams. Sanju cracked 102* off 55 balls with 10 fours and 4 sixes against Sunrisers Hyderabad, but alas it came in a losing cause. But he dominated the SRH bowling, which is considered the best attack in the competition.
Prithvi Shaw did his reputation no harm as he scored a classy 99 against Kolkata Knight Riders. Unfortunately, he missed his ton by a run. But his 99 helped Delhi Capitals to tie the game and later Kagiso Rabada won the match for his team in a super over. Prithvi made 55-ball 99 with 12 fours and 3 sixes.
Andre Russell (KKR), Dwayne Bravo (CSK)
Andre Russell has put no foot wrong since the first match for Kolkata Knight Riders. In the game against Kings XI Punjab, he made the most of a no-ball reprieve and took the team to a winning total of 218/4. Russell smashed 17-ball 48 with 3 fours and 5 sixes. In the next match against Delhi, he rescued the team from a precarious 61/5 to 185/8. He made a stroke-filled 28-ball 62 with 4 fours and 6 sixes. However, his big hits eluded him in the super over as Rabada guided Delhi home.
Bravo has been MS Dhoni’s go-to man in death overs and the West Indian proved his worth once again twice in a week. In the first match against Delhi Capitals, he took three wickets for 33 runs to restrict the opposition to 147/6. He had prize wickets of Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Colin Ingram. In the second match against Rajasthan Royals, he bowled the last over to defend 12 runs and win the match for CSK by 8 runs. He scored 16-ball 27 and took 2/32 in the match against Rajasthan.
MS Dhoni led from the front in the match against Rajasthan Royals. He cracked 46-ball 75* to rescue CSK from 27/3 to 175/5. He smashed three sixes on last three balls of the innings and that made the difference to the end result as CSK won by 8 runs. He handled the bowling changes brilliantly and never gave up until the last ball. In the first match against Delhi, he played the role of a finisher, remaining unbeaten on 32.
Imran Tahir, Mohammad Nabi
Batsmen have dominated IPL 2019, but some bowlers, especially spinners, have done well. Mohammad Nabi, who was playing his first IPL 2019 match for SRH against RCB, impressed at once taking 4/11 in his 4 overs. He dismissed the dangerous AB de Villiers and Shimron Hetmyer and destroyed RCB top-order.
Imran Tahir, on the other hand, brought all his experience to the fore in the clash against Delhi Capitals. When other spinners struggle to grip the ball due to the dew, Imran took two wickets for 23 and bagged the prize wicket of Steve Smith. In the first against Delhi, he took 1/20 and was easily the best spinner last week.
Jasprit Bumrah (MI), Kagiso Rabada (Delhi Capitals)
The two bowlers won a match each for their respective teams on the strength of just yorkers. Jasprit Bumrah bowled two overs 17th and 19th of RCB innings and conceded just 6 runs to leave RCB chase in a disarray. In the end, RCB had too much to do and fell short by 6 runs. Although the no-ball controversy dominated the match, Bumrah was the outstanding performer in the game. He took 3/20 and bagged the prize wicket of Virat Kohli.
Although Rabada conceded 41 runs for 1 wicket in the clash against KKR, he made amends in the super over and won the game for Delhi Capitals. He had to defend 11 runs off 6 balls and bowled perfect yorkers first to dismiss the dangerous Andre Russell and then restrict Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik from scoring the big hits. Rabada deserves praise from eking out a win for Delhi.