Royal Challengers Bangalore got their first win of the season!
It took them 7 long games, but they finally did it, and it was in large part thanks to their two formidable superstars, AB and Virat Kohli. Thanks to their 85 run stand, with them both scoring yet another IPL half-century, RCB won comfortably by 8 wickets.
Before RCB claimed their first victory, Chris Gayle, who was in beast mode smashed 99 not out as he batted through the innings for KXIP.
RCB had a good week 4, winning two games, but losing one.
Despite back-to-back half-centuries from AB de Villiers in their 2nd game of the week, and a fierce and fiery fifty from England’s Moen Ali, the rest of the batting failed against Mumbai Indians, and they lost by 5 wickets.
Moeen Ali has switched gears and taken his jelly beans because he’s been in spectacular form the past two games. Smashing a 32 ball fifty against Mumbai Indians, and following that up with a 28 ball 66 against KKR.
Perfect timing for Moeen to find form, having been selected in England’s 15 man preliminary World Cup squad.
Andre Russell continues to defy logic and expectations. Pulverising RCB’s bowling to all parts in his 65 off 25 balls. He and Nitish Rana (85* off 46) almost took KKR to an unlikely victory in their 118 run partnership. Despite this incredible partnership, RCB hung on for a 10 run win and Virat Kohli was the Man of the Match for his 5th IPL century.
South African fast bowling great, Dale Steyn, took 2-40 on his RCB return.
The Windies are yet to name their World Cup squad, but one name that has to be there, is Russell.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, with the return of captain Kane Williamson, suffered a spectacular batting collapse that saw them lose 8-15 against Delhi Capitals, who are 3rd on the leader board.
Chennai Super Kings had only their second loss of the season, in their 9th game. Sunrisers Hyderabad joined Mumbai Indians as the only team to beat CSK, who were without captain MS Dhoni, who was rested after suffering from back spasms.
Despite their loss, CSK still top the leaderboard with 14 points after week 4.
West Indian born, Jofra Archer took remarkable figures of 3-15 against KXIP. This young lad is fast and accurate, despite not being selected in England’s World Cup squad, he has a chance to shine in the ODI series against Pakistan before the tournament begins. Batsmen better watch out for those yorkers.
It was a good week for the South African players at the IPL, with Mumbai Indian’s opener, QDK scoring an excellent 81 in their loss to Rajasthan Royals.
Kagiso Rabada has been in absolutely spectacular form, bowling incredibly fast and aggressively, and has picked up a staggering 19 wickets in 9 matches, with the brilliant average of 14.97.
Imran Tahir is no slouch either, picking up 15 wickets at the even more incredible average of 12.86.
These two bowlers are the key for South Africa’s World Cup hopes. They play with such fight and heart, they are unstoppable when in this mood.
The first half of the IPL is now over and we have just 3 weeks left of the tournament. Who will be crowned champions? Will it be CSK or is there a twist in the tale?
The biggest highlight from week 4 for me, RCB are on the up!