IPL 2014’s Top 5 moments from UAE
The Indian Premier League returns where it belongs after a memorable stint in the United Arab Emirates; but before the 2nd leg begins let’s have a look at the most exciting moments of the 1st phase of the IPL.
Mitchell Starc’s blinders
Starc pulled off two terrific catches on the fine-leg boundary in the space of 2 overs. Both the catches tested different skills of the tall Australian bowler. The first catch was off Wriddhiman Saha, wherein the ball was flying over Starc’s head but he covered good ground swiftly, caught it above his head and managed to keep his balance to stay within the playing area.
The second was the big fish, Glenn Maxwell. This one was low and was dipping on Starc, at one point it seemed he wouldn’t be able to hold onto it but he used every bit of his 6 feet 5 inch frame, making a full length dive after covering great ground that was just sensational. To see a fast bowler putting so much commitment is heart warming.
The powerful opener from Barbados has been instrumental in Chennai’s success. He has scored 240 runs in the 5 matches he has played at an average of 48 and a whopping strike rate of 143.71, it also includes 3 half-centuries. In addition to his batting he has also picked up 3 wickets and is an incredible athlete. The Mumbai Indians think tank would be scratching their heads seeing their former player doing so well for CSK.
From a million dollar baby to a million dollar giant. Maxwell well and truly announced his arrival with a 43-ball 95, helping Punjab beat Chennai by chasing down an improbable target of 206. He followed it up with 89 and 95. Currently Maxwell has the orange cap and his strike rate is roaring over 200. Maxwell has become a household name within no time. He is to be given a big thank you for Punjab’s unbeaten run in their first 5 games.
The emergence of new raw talent yearly is the essence of the Indian Premier League. Following the custom, the finds of the 2014 Indian Premier League have been Yuzvendra Chahal and Sandeep Sharma.
Chahal has been the go-to spinner for RCB, Virat Kohli has showed a lot of faith in the spinner from Haryana by picking him ahead of the legend Muralitharan and Shadab Jakati and Chahal hasn’t disappointed. His Scrooge economy and variety has earned him a regular place in the playing XI.
Sandeep Sharma, the 20-year old from KXIP have attracted many eyeballs already. 7 wickets from just 3 matches showcases his hunger for wickets and Sharma has also single handedly won games for Punjab and put question marks over Punjab’s bowling to rest. Everyone will keep their eyes on the two young exciting cricketers when the IPL returns to India.
Tie- Super Over -Tie Again!
The penultimate IPL fixture in UAE provided the first super over of the season after KKR made a complete hash of a chase which looked straightforward at one point. Credit should be given to birthday boy James Faulkner who helped Rajasthan Royals claw their way back.
KKR batted first in the super over after they had equalled RR’s 152 in their 20 overs. Faulkner bowled for RR and restricted the Knight Riders to 11 runs. In came Watson and Steve Smith to score 12 within 6 balls but they had Narine waiting with the ball. It went down to the last ball of the Super over where 3 runs were required of 1 ball. Steve Smith nudged the ball for 2 runs and even the super over was tied! Rajasthan won the game by virtue of having scored more boundaries than Kolkata Knight Riders in their innings.
Chris Lynn became the talk of the town and was one of the top 10 names trending in India for days. The internet broke with the number of mentions the Australian received for pulling off one of the best catches taken on a cricket field. 11 runs were required off 1 over and AB De Villiers and Albie Morkel were at in the middle making them the favourites to win the game before a remarkable effort by Lynn snatched victory from the RCB by a narrow margin of 2 runs.
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