IPL 2017: First Week in review
From Lynn's blitz to Tahir's celebrations, the first week has produced intriguing cricket
Published - Apr 11, 2017 11:32 pm | Updated - Apr 12, 2017 3:17 am
The 10th edition of the Indian Premier League started off with a bang and before we even realized, it’s already a week old. Since the time of player auctions, it had created a buzz and after a flurry of Test cricket, T20s were the order of the day. It began with the finalists of the previous edition Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore locking horns in the inaugural game and the way that game panned out just gave an indication of what was in store for the rest of the matches to come.
From Sunrisers Hyderabad’s domination to the rejuvenation of Kings XI Punjab, the league has already witnessed plenty of action. There have been several surprises already with the team combinations and players’ performances in the 9 matches so far. In the week gone by, there is plenty to talk about in the league and here are the top things that made the highlights:
The show of Australian batsmen
First thing first and it’s the batsmen from down under who have literally dominated the proceedings so far. The likes of Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Lynn, David Warner and Moises Henriques have all done exceptionally well for their respective teams. Barring Lynn, all others have played heaps of IPL matches and the experience is showing in their performances. It’s not the first time the Australians have stamped their authority on the league but this time, it’s been really special. Each time these players contributed, their team went past the line.
It began with Henriques striking a 52 off 37 balls in the very first match against Royal Challengers Bangalore and he followed it up with another 52 in his next game against Gujarat Lions. Smith has been in a terrific form since the time he stepped his foot on the Indian lands and carried on the momentum from the Test matches to IPL with a magnificent 84 for Rising Pune Supergiant against Mumbai Indians that included a blistering finish in the last over.
Then it was the turn of Chris Lynn who literally tore the Gujarat Lions bowling line-up apart with a thunderous 93 off just 41 balls that gave Kolkata Knight Riders a win by 10 wickets as they chased down the score of 184 inside 15 overs. Sunrisers’ skipper Warner then arrived with a score of 76 against Lions that gave them an easy win. And the biggest plus amongst all has been the form of Maxwell for Kings XI Punjab. He was out of touch in the previous two editions but came to the fore first with a knock 44 off 20 against Supergiant and then 43 off 22 versus Royal Challengers that enabled back to back victories for his side.