The annual carnival, which began on April 9, amid uncertainty over the terrible virus and its impact in India, has reached half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, finishing 29 games on Sunday and each franchise competes in a maximum of 7 games. Therefore, the tournament more or less illustrates the teams that are on their way to the playoffs. There were few constants from last season, few were surprised, and the rest seem to be hanging there while waiting for the final phase of the league. And before the race resumes on Tuesday, we will look at all eight teams and how they coped in the middle of the season.
1) the capitals of Delhi: With six wins in eight games, the only second team to play more than seven so far, Delhi is at the top of the table and is just two wins away to reach the playoffs for the third consecutive season. They lost their skipper Shreas Ayer early in the tournament and veteran R Ashwin in the middle of the first month, but new captain Rishabh Pant Delhi dominated this season. Aksar Patel’s return overshadowed Ashwin’s loss, while the bowling attack was backed by the return of IPL legend Amit Mishra. But the highlight for Delhi was their power combination from the start Shikhar davan and Prithvi Shaw together with the appearance of Paiser Avesh Khan.
Their only two strikes this season are a one-time defeat by RCB and when Jade’s uncut shake the highest order with the new ball in Mumbai. But with the form Delhi is in now, they will all surely make the next round of the race.
2) The super kings of Chennai: Few could really predict CSK’s great return to power. On paper, heading for the season, CSK were written off after making fewer changes to their core squad that wrote their memorable 2020 season in the UAE. But CSK as CSK, they supported their players, mantra that the captain MS Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming, accepted over the years, is key in their journey to 10 playoff qualifiers, including three IPL trophies. And it seems that everything turned out perfectly for Chennai, who is second with five wins and two losses.
Chennai also managed to determine its best XI, using only 13 players at the moment – one is a change in Lungi Ngidi replacement Dwayne Bravoand the other is due to an injury of Mouen Ali which allowed them to return Imran Tahir in the composition.
Adding Moeen to No. 3 was an absolute delight for CSK, giving them both stability and power. CSK are also the best side in the death penalty, scoring 13.02 miles each, courtesy of Sam Quran and Ravindra Jadeja.
3) Royal Challengers Bangalore: For a moment, RCB looked unbeaten this season, winning their first four consecutive games, which included finishing Chennai’s leg with an undefeated note. The addition of Glenn Maxwell in the middle row, which seemed to rely entirely on AB de Villiers, the depth of the watt with the inclusion of Dan Christian and Kyle Jamieson and the unprepared Harschal Patel, who chose 17 boxes in seven games this season, collectively handed RCB third place in the points table.
But since CSK ended their competition, RCB have managed to achieve only a single victory, in a close one-off match against Delhi, in the next three matches. Maxwell’s impact was over for RCB – in Chennai he scored 176 runs in a strike of 149.15 and then added only 47 runs in four games in a strike of 120.51. So it was with Harshal – in Chennai he chose 9 wickets with 5.74 runs for more, and then chose another 8 for 11.74 runs. Furthermore, They grow kohli did not have an impressive start as opening, scoring only 198 tracks in 163 balls.
The RCBs have the ability, as shown earlier in the season, to turn things around and make the playoffs again.
4) Mumbai Indians: Six months after their dominant run to a record-breaking fifth IPL title, the Mumbai Indians failed to emulate and show the same level of superiority. Their deadly beating slowed, excluding this masterful knock by Kieran Pollard. Ishan Kishan, who hit the most sixes last season and made his international debut for India, fought for form and was eventually eliminated to step up his attack when Mumbai reached Delhi. And in bowling, the Mumbai Indians stumbled with the new ball, choosing only 4 weekends in PowerPlay. Trent Bult, who picked an astonishing 16 wickets last season in the first six overs, managed just one leash this season.
But the change of location definitely changed the state of Mumbai. In Chepauk’s slow conditions, Mumbai lost three of its five games, with the middle line suffocating. But in Delhi, they won both of their opening games Quinton de Cock finding rhythm and extracting Pollard from inning for life. Mumbai will only hope that the momentum will continue in the second half of the league.
5) Rajasthan Royals: The unhappiest team this season was the Royals – they lost Ben Stokes and Joffra Archer due to injury, while Liam Livingstone and Andrew Ty went home amid COVID’s troubled conditions in India. And in an attempt to fill the gap, the Royals largely looked at their indoor pool – Manan Vohra struggled as an opener and was therefore drawn to Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shreias Gopal as a tactical move against RCB failed miserably, Shivam Dube was forced to play No.4 and collected just 145 runs at 117.9 and Kartik Tyagi, who played brilliantly against SRH, missed his first six games.
Still, Rajasthan managed to stay alive, if not completely, with three wins in seven games and a fifth in the table. And with the teams that are currently behind them – fighting riders in Kolkata, injured sunrises in Hyderabad and KL Rahulwithout the Punjabi kings, the Pianos have no external chance of winning the playoffs.
With Sanju Samson showing some consistency with his hat-trick from the 40s, Chris Morris and Mustafizur Rahman disturbing tests with slower deliveries and Joss ButlerReturning to form, the Royals will hope for a turnaround in the second phase of the league.
6) Punjabi kings: Just when things seem to be happening just a little, very little, just for kings, Punjab lost KL Rahul to appendicitis. Aside from the consistency being constant for Rahul, the hit rate has certainly not remained “overrated”. He remains a slow starter, but the speed of his shot in the middle exceeds the jumps to 148. But when Rahul is out for at least a few games, Punjab’s wadding will look unbalanced unless they try to rearrange the squad with Chris Gale opening with Mayank Agarwal and Dawid Malan come in at number 3. The late addition of Ravi Bishnoi and Harpreet Brar’s superb show against RCB provided some relief to PBKS, but are still early days for both the franchise and the players.
7) Knights in Kolkata: Better results are expected with the type of cotton wool that includes KKR, but openers are struggling to point out Eoin Morgan has had misfortune and Sunil Narine there is no definite role in the arrangement. Rahul Tripathi is the only consistent performer in this lineup and KKR should look to play him as an opener (as a PowerPlay bet of 144). KKR also struggled with the ball, recording the second worst economic percentage, after the Rajasthan Royals, this season, as Narine, who played only four games, excelled, while Loki Ferguson’s team failed to make an impact.
Unless a major overhaul is carried out in the squad for the upcoming high-scoring conditions in Bengaluru, KKR’s fate is likely to remain the same.
8) Sunrisers Hyderabad: Everything about the sunrises was painful and disappointing this season. The problems that worried them in 2020 remained the same – mostly due to the lack of cotton wool beyond their top three abroad. And in addition to losing key players to injury, SRH managed to win just one of its seven games, the worst in the history of their IPL campaign. And all the pain and frustration made management press the panic button when SRH dropped David Warner from player XI in an attempt to rearrange their lineup. Unless a miracle happens, the injured side of SRH is unlikely to return in the second half.