In case you missed it, catch up on all the action from every side’s first IPL game. We take you through all the Aussies who took the field for their first games of 2021.
Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB won the toss and bowled first.
MI 9/159 (20 overs) defeated by RCB 8/160 (20 overs)
MI Chris Lynn 49 RCB Harshal Patel 5-27
RCB AB de Villiers 48 MI Jasprit Bumrah 2-26
Chris Lynn – Opening the batting for Mumbai in the absence of Quinten De Kock, Lynn did not fail to take this opportunity. While scratchy to begin, Lynn managed to get into his rhythm with 3 huge sixes and 4 fours. Unfortunately, he ran out his captain Rohit Sharma in the process.
“It’s not an ideal scenario running out your captain in the first game, my first game for Mumbai could be his last,” Lynn joked after the match.
However, he made up for this mistake with 49 off 35 before chipping the ball back to bowler Washington Sundar.
Glenn Maxwell – Having not scored a six in IPL13, Maxwell wanted to get that chip off his shoulder and did it quickly, with a huge six that went out of the stadium in Chennai. Kohli was so amazed by the shot he was in stitches laughing.
Maxwell managed to work his way to 39 from 28 balls before being caught by fellow Australia Chris Lynn.
Maxwell looks freed in such a strong batting line up and seems to be relishing batting alongside Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers.
Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals
Delhi won the toss and bowl first.
Chennai 7/188 (20 overs) defeated by Delhi 3/190 (18.4 overs)
Chennai Suresh Raina 54 DC Avesh Khan 2-23 (4 overs)
Delhi Shikhar Dhawan 85 CSK Dwayne Bravo 1-28 (4 overs)
Marcus Stoinis – The big Aussie all-rounder is a crucial player for the Delhi-based franchise, though he didn’t quite fire against CSK. Bowling the 13th and 15th overs, Stoinis took the difficult task of bowling to an in-form Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja, who took Stoinis for 26 from his two overs. A disappointing start to the tournament with the ball for the all-rounder.
With the bat, Stoinis did not have much opportunity to go big, after a 138-run opening partnership Stoinis came in at 4, with Delhi only requiring 22 runs for the victory. He did, however, manage to get to 14, including three boundaries, before holding out to the deep.
It was a slow start for Stoinis individually but a winning start for Delhi. As we advance into the tournament, Stoinis will be looking to replicate the skills of last year with the bat and dominate the tournament.
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Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Sunrisers won the toss and bowled first.
Sunrisers 5/177 (20 overs) defeated by Kolkata 6/187 (20 overs)
Kolkata Nitish Rana 80 Sunrisers Rashid Khan 2-24
Sunrisers Manish Pandey 61 Kolkata Pat Cummins 1-30
David Warner – A poor start for the Sunrisers captain who serves as a barometer of form for the Hyderabad franchise. He was dropped in the first over by Pat Cummins off the bowling of the 40-year-old Harbhajan Singh.
Warner only managed three from four balls before feathering one through to the keeper. A slow start to the tournament, however with Warner’s class, there is no doubt there are still great things to come.
Pat Cummins – Not required with the bat, Cummins was KKR’s best bowler in the side’s defence of 187. Not bowling until the sixth over, Cummins began with a characteristically tight over, only going for three runs. It seems KKR wants to use Cummins as a middle over, hitting the deck hard and putting the squeeze on the runs. Certainly an interesting use of the world’s best bowler and the IPL’s 3-million-dollar man.
Cummins essentially sealed the win for KKR when he managed Jonny Bairstow’s wicket just as SRH was looking to up the run rate. An excellent start to the tournament and significantly on a winning side. Cummins is arguably the most important KKR player, and an excellent economical start to the tournament will excite KKR fans.
Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings
Rajasthan Royals won the toss and bowled first.
Punjab 6/221 (20 overs) defeated Rajasthan 7/217 (20 overs)
Punjab KL Rahul 91 Chetan Sakariya 3-31 (4 overs)
Rajasthan Sanju Samson 119 Arshdeep Singh 3-35 (4 overs)
Jhye Richardson – In one of the highest-scoring matches in IPL history, Richardson suffered as most of the bowlers did. However, it was with the bat where he started in IPL 14. Richardson came into bat in the 20th over with only four balls left in the innings. Attempting to take the long handle, Richardson only lasted two balls before being out for a duck. However, with 221 already on the board Punjab should have been in a winning position.
Richardson’s first over was eventful, a six off the second ball and a dropped catch off the last meant that Punjab was on the back foot. He came back for the eighth over and took the important wicket off Jos Butler, bowling the English keeper with an excellent dipping slower ball. Richardson’s third and fourth overs were far from ideal, 13 coming from the third and 19 from the fourth.
In what was one of the most entertaining matches in the IPL, Richardson didn’t have a great day going at 13.75 an over when the opposition scored at 11. Bowling important overs it is obvious that Punjab will be relying heavily on Richardson throughout the season.
Riley Meredith – The step up in quality between the BBL and IPL was apparent quickly for Meredith. His first four balls all went to the boundary from the bat of Butler, three of those fours being from similar balls full outside off stump.
His second over started similar to the first with another full ball outside off, Samson smashing it back over Meredith’s head for six. Later in the over Samson tried to go big again, didn’t quite get there, and went straight down the throat of long-on. The fielder juggled it, then dropped it. The IPL was not off to a good start for Meredith.
Meredith was thrown the ball for the second to last over, Rajasthan favorites at this point needing only 21 off two overs for victory. A wicket came off the first ball, and only eight off the over. Meredith had clinched the match for Punjab. In his four overs of bowling Meredith had extreme ups and downs, importantly though he showed the skills that brought him to the IPL. A good performance for Meredith albeit ending with figures of 1-49 (four overs).
Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians
Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and bowled first.
Mumbai 10/152 (20 overs) defeated Kolkata 7/142 (20 overs)
Mumbai Suryakumar Yadav 56 KKR Andre Russell 5/15 (2 overs)
Kolkata Nitish Rana 57 MI Rahul Chahar 4/27 (4 overs)
Pat Cummins– After a winning start for KKR, Cummins would have been keen to continue that winning feeling. Unfortunately for KKR, Mumbai would be the next opponents. While KKR was in a winning position only needing a run a ball from the last 5 overs, Mumbai managed to continue taking wickets and squeezing the run rate, leading to a KKR loss.
Individually for Cummins, it was a solid match. Last season it took Cummins halfway through the tournament to get into his rhythm, IPL14 doesn’t seem to be going that way. With a metronomic action Cummins manages to put the ball wherever he likes, his defensive style means that batsman has to find ways to attack rather than waiting for bad balls.
Against KKR Cummins started with an innocuous over only going for 5 runs. His second over was much more entertaining with Suryakumar Yadav hitting a huge six, that was so big it went out of the stadium. With the first ball of his 3rd over Cummins, went with a short ball and it was hooked directly to fine leg, the attacking Ishan Kishan was out. In Cummins final, over he decided to go with an off-cutter to the captain Rohit Sharma, it turned six inches before Sharma managed to edge it onto the stumps. It was a good performance by Cummins albeit on a losing side finishing with figures of 2-24 (4 over)
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Royal Challengers Bangalore (Thursday 12 am AEST)
Aussies to watch: David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, and Dan Christian
Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Capitals (Friday 12am AEST)
Aussies to watch: Andrew Tye and Marcus Stoinis
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