SI am here with this podcast covering the cricketing activities of the week, Sanjay Banerjee ka Namaskar- Suno Dil Se. Delhi finally tasted victory in the IPL, this first win after five consecutive defeats may not matter to the rest of the teams, but it is a relief for the team whose head coach is Ricky Ponting and director Sourav Ganguly. A matter of. In order to win late last night against Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi had to press their heels. Even a modest target of 128 runs looked like a mountain for Delhi Capitals.
If Captain David Warner had not played a half-century innings, then perhaps the result would have been different. It is true that Delhi got off to a strong start and for once felt that they would get the win as soon as half the overs were over. But, after the early dismissals of Prithvi Shaw and some other batsmen, the Delhi team seemed to be struggling. 13 runs in the last 2 overs seemed too heavy for Delhi to win, but they got the victory with 4 balls to spare. This victory has saved the dreams of going to the play-offs from being shattered, but in the true sense its path has become very difficult.
In the match, Ishant Sharma for Delhi, Anukul Roy for Kolkata and Captain Nitish Rana himself also performed well in bowling. Except English batsman Jason Roy’s 43 and later Andre Russell’s unbeaten 38, no batsman could stand to give Kolkata a big score. In another match, Royal Challengers Bangalore won against Punjab Kings by 24 runs. Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis scored fifty for RCB. Kohli captained in this match and also won the team.
Duplessis added the most runs. When Punjab was heading towards victory, Mohammad Siraj gave RCB a chance to celebrate by taking four wickets. Despite better bowling in the previous matches, Siraj did not get many wickets, but this time his regret went away. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings are constantly keeping their hopes alive and tonight they have to play Sunrisers Hyderabad on their own ground.
Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants are better than other teams this time in IPL. Both are at the top of the table. The role of the captains of both has also been excellent so far. Sanju Samson is considered to be a T20 player, but Lokesh is running the bat even in the shortest format, getting himself out of adverse situations. However, when both the teams were facing each other in the last match, neither Rahul nor Samson could last long. Top-ranked Rajasthan must have been troubled by the 10-run defeat at the hands of Lucknow. The hosts were disappointed in the match held in Jaipur after four years. Captain Sanju Samson could score only two runs while Lokesh Rahul contributed 39 runs. This happened when Rahul played the first over maiden. The target of victory for Rajasthan was not very difficult but Lucknow bowlers Avesh Khan and Marcus Stoinish did not allow the hosts to win despite coming close.
As far as Lokesh Rahul is concerned, he had scored an inning of 74 against Punjab Kings in the previous match. Despite the superb bowling of Sam Karan, Rahul kept himself in rhythm. Nevertheless, the Lucknow team lost because Zimbabwe player Sikandar Raza scored a half-century for Punjab. Along with playing a small but useful inning, Shah Rukh Khan also scored two points in Punjab’s account.
On the other hand, Sanju Samson also showed his class by scoring 60 runs against Gujarat. It is a matter of relief for Sanju that his Caribbean batsman Shimron Hetmyer is continuously contributing something or the other. Hetmyer scored fifty with Samson. To stay on top in this season, it is necessary for Rajasthan Royals to run for both of them. By the way, Gujarat’s performance in this session is eye-catching. Losing three matches and winning only two, the road ahead is going to be difficult for him.
Mumbai Indians have earned the most confidence this week among all the teams. He has won both his matches. First against Kolkata Knight Riders and then against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Both these victories for Mumbai can act as a tonic for them. Playing Rohit Sharma and Ishaan Kishan in a few overs is going in favor of the team. Rohit is unable to reach the half-century, yet the five-time champion team is definitely benefiting from his average contribution. Ishaan Kishan also seems to have recovered after a bad start. He first scored 58 runs against KKR and contributed to the victory by adding 38 runs against Hyderabad. The truth is that if the opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Ishaan Kishan lasts for some time, then it can trouble the opposing teams. In the middle matches, Suryakumar Yadav is also trying to gain his confidence by scoring some important runs. In the latest ICC T20 rankings, Suryakumar has managed to retain his number one position, which may also increase his confidence level. Tomorrow, when the Mumbai team will play against Punjab at their home ground, it is possible that the positive effect of the ranking will be seen on their batting.
This time a name is associated with Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun Tendulkar for Mumbai Indians. He played an important role in Mumbai’s victory in his debut match. When Mumbai had to defend 192 against Hyderabad, it was Arjun Tendulkar who gave the team a 14-run victory by saving 20 runs in the last over.
The batting of Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis of Royal Challengers Bangalore is in constant discussion. Virat Kohli scored a half-century against Delhi Capitals and then yesterday against Punjab Kings and won the team. Although Kohli did not play against Chennai, but it is a matter of satisfaction that he is keeping himself in form. Faf du Plessis is not letting his batting get affected even after taking over the responsibility of captaincy. Kal du Plessis made a century debut for the first wicket with Virat.
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has also shown form in the middle matches. When RCB had scored 218 runs in reply to Chennai’s 226 runs, Maxwell had given 76 runs to the team on his behalf. In the coming matches, the trio of Kohli, du Plessis and Maxwell can become a stumbling block for the opposition teams. By the way, it is believed that in three out of six defeats, RCB has also had to bear the brunt of weak bowling.
The IPL has now entered the third week and till now the ball has been dominated by the bat. No century was seen in the first 19 matches. Two batsmen could not touch this figure even after reaching close. But two centuries were scored in the last nine matches. First English batsman Harry Brook of Sunrise Hyderabad scored an unbeaten 100, then Venkatesh Iyer of Kolkata Knight Riders scored 104 runs.
Harry Brook, one of the expensive players of this season, scored a century while facing a bowler like Andre Russell. Taking advantage of this, his team Hyderabad scored 228 runs against Kolkata. After a tough fight, Hyderabad finally won the match by 23 runs. By the way, amazing batting was seen from Kolkata when captain Nitish Rana scored 75 and Rinku Singh scored 58 runs. When Rinku hit five sixes in five consecutive balls in a match, there was a lot of headlines, this time Nitish Rana scored 28 runs in one over of Umran Malik. Nitish hit four fours and two sixes in this over.
Venkatesh Iyer, who scored his second century this season, will regret that his team Kolkata Knight Riders could not take advantage of it. Against Mumbai Indians, Venkatesh played an inning of 104 runs in 51 balls, hitting six fours and nine sixes. When his innings ended, Kolkata replaced Suyash Sharma as an impact player for the rest of the match. He also took two wickets but the Kolkata team could not win the match. It was a podcast based on the cricketing activities of the week – Suno Dil Se. Hello Sanjay Banerjee.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : April 22, 2023, 11:56 AM