No other cricket event in the whole world brings as much oomph and panache to the sport as the Indian Premier League does. The T20 tournament brings together the superstars of the game in an epic festival of club cricket at its best. In its eight edition, the 2015 Indian Premier League starts of on a high note with a star-studded opening ceremony at the Salt Lake Stadium where the tournament was declared officially open. Bollywood heart throbs HrithikRoshan and Shahid kapoor added color to the event along with glam doll Anushkha Sharma and Saif Ali Khan played a perfect host to the proceedings.
We at That’s Y Sports are happy to present an overview on the first week of the Pepsi Indian Premier League -8
With stellar performances from captain Gambhir and Suryakumar Yadav,the SRK owned Outfit were off to an excellent start to their title defence at home by outshadowing Mumbai at the tournament opener at Eden Gardens. But their joy didn’t last longer as the Jamaican storm hit the Indian shores again for the third year in a row. Gayle held his nerves in a very important chase of 177 even though half a dozen of wickets fell for just 133 runs on board.
IPL heavyweights Chennai were the better side in Chepauk by clinching a one run victory over Delhi Daredevils despite Ex-Chennai lad Albie scoring a fighting 77 for Delhi. Duminy led team were already on a 10 match losing streak and this loss just made things even worse. In the following game in the Lion’s den against Sun Risers, NZ captain had the perfect chance to rewrite the records at Chepauk by scoring a breakfree 100 ably supported by a 29 ball fifty from captain cool to register a comprehensive win by 45 runs.
Electric Faulkner set things bright for Rajasthan this year by scoring a 30 ball 46 coupled along with 3 crucial wickets including the one of dangerous Maxwell to register a 28 run win for the Jaipur outfit.This match will definitely be in the minds of the fans for a long long time for probably one of the best catches in IPL history. Delhi Daredevils couldn’t do much to their 11 match losing streak by failing to defend a formidable total of 184 on their home turf with rookie Deepak Hooda taking their bowlers for cleaners all across the park on debut. Rajasthan continued their fine run against the unsettled Mumbai line up to clinch a 7 wicket win with Captain Steve Smith who made his purple patch this summer even more darker by scoring well built 77 along with Jinx scoring 46 runs .
After leaving their dismal performance behind, Kings XI Punjab looked to be the better side against the Mumbai outfit with captain Bailey being nominated the player of the match for his 74.
Sun Risers had a mixed first week after falling to Chennai but came up with a clinical performance against RCB with Warner-Dhawan duo put on a 121 run opening stand to lead them to a victory by a margin of 8 wickets.
IPL hot property Yuvraj Singh who had a lean patch over the last two seasons showed what he’s capable of doing with the bat with a match winning 58 against Punjab to register Delhi’s first win of the tournament putting some smile on Gary Kirsten’s face.
The competitiveness for a place in the side was clearly seen in this year’s IPL. Pace giant Dale Steyn had to compromise with Trent Boult who carried his world cup form into this tournmanet as well. Micheal Hussey after returning to Chennai, had to warm the benches. Although Albie Mork hit sensational 77 against CSK he couldn’t make it back into the Delhi outfit once Angelo Mathews was cleared to play.
Josh hazlewood withdrew himself from the tournament citing rest as a reasin in order to keep himself fit for ashes. Indian pacer Zaheer Khan had to miss the tournament opener with a niggle while Team India Pace Sensation Mohd Shami was completely ruled out of the tournament to add to woes of Delhi Daredevils
As expected the heavy-weights CSK and RR had an outstanding start to their respective seasons whereas all the other teams barring Mumbai had a week of mixed emotions. Reliance owned Mumbai Indians although having a star studded support staff had a week to forget but as all of us know that they had a similar start in the last year UAE leg but registered 7 wins on the trot to reach the play-offs
Just Like how Superstar Rajnikanth says “Kanna idhu trailer thaan ma..Nee main picture innum pakala”. We are left for a thunderous summer for sure.