Aussie Watch: which Aussies are lighting up the Indian Premier League

Aussie Speedster Jhye Richardson takes the wicket of England's Jos Buttler (credit PunjabKings Twitter)

Week 2 of the 2021 IPL is now complete. Catch up on all the action from every side. We take you through all the Australians who took the field from matches 6 through 11.

Match 6 Sunrisers Hyderabad v Royal Challengers Bangalore

SRH won the toss and elected to bowl.

RCB 8-149 (20 overs) defeated SRH 9-143 (20 overs)

RCB Glenn Maxwell 59 SRH Jason Holder 3-30 (4 overs)

SRH David Warner 54 RCB Mohammed Siraj 2-25 (4 overs)

Australian Performers

Glenn Maxwell– A change of scenery from Punjab to Bangalore has seemed to do wonders for Maxwell. He now looks settled, knowing he has the skill of Virat Kohli above him and the brutality of Ab De Villiers below him and is in some explosive form.

Maxwell was the first overseas to win player of the match in his performance of 59 from 41 balls against Hyderabad, Striking 5 boundaries and 3 sixes.

While he took him some time to get into his work, there was no doubting his ability towards the end of the innings. Eventually, he was out on the final ball, putting Bangalore in an excellent position to win the match.

Dan Christian- In his first IPL in 3 seasons, the 37-year-old all-rounder is not having the start he would have wanted. Christian has expressed his desire to play in the world cup come November, and he will need a change of luck and fortune for it to be a reality.

Coming in to bat during the 17th over, Christian was in the perfect position to play one of his excellent cameo innings. This wasn’t to be, only scoring one before being out to the left armer Natarajan. Christian is an integral part of this stacked Bangalore side, but he won’t stay in the middle order for too much longer with more failures.

With the ball, he was only used for one over by Virat Kohli. He went back to the right arm around the wicket tactic that was so successful in BBL10. It was a good over, with Christian only going for 7 from it. He would call himself unlucky for not getting given a second over.

David Warner- As captain Warner needs to lead from the front for Hyderabad, and that is precisely what he did here. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t get the backup that is required to win IPL matches.

As captain, his tactics were excellent. Being able to keep RCB’s brutal batting line up to under 150 requires excellent strategy. With the bat, he was also excellent, although he seems to be batting with a burden knowing that Hyderabad needs him to score every match.

He managed 54 off only 37, including 4 boundaries and a six. An innings that comprised both brutal hitting and soft touch. Warner seems to be hitting form at the right time; with 12 matches left for Hyderabad, he will want to continue this form further into the tournament.

Match 7 Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Capitals

RR won the toss and chose to bowl

DC 8-147 (20 overs) defeated by RR 7-150 (19.4 overs)

DC Rishabh Pant 51 RR Jaydev Unadkat 3-15 (4 overs)

RR David Miller 62 DC Avesh Khan 3-32 (4 overs)

Australian Performers

Marcus Stoinis: While IPL 13 in the UAE was a career-changing year for Stoinis, being back in India hasn’t seemed to help him. The big all-rounder will need to correct his form with bat and ball sooner rather than later.

Batting first, Stoinis came in at the end of the powerplay and was gone sooner than he would have liked. With the game poised at 3-36, Stoinis batted out 4 dots before getting out on the 5th, striking the ball to Jos Butler off the bowling of Bangladeshi Mustafizur Rahman. A duck for Stoinis to go along with the 14 he made in the first match. With the ball, he was given the crucial task of a critical middle over. It didn’t go well, with 15 coming from it. Ricky Ponting suggested that Stoinis shouldn’t have bowled at all after the match, this is difficult to disagree with.

Match 8 Punjab Kings v Chennai Super Kings

CSK won the toss and bowled first

PK 8-106 (20 overs) defeated by CSK 4-107 (15.4 overs)

PK Shahrukh Khan 47 CSK Deepak Chahar 4-13 (4 overs)

CSK Moeen Ali 46 PK Mohammed Shami 2-21 (4 over)

Australian Performers

Jhye Richardson- In a game that was lost by the time Richardson got the chance to affect. He did about as well as could be expected. When the number 7 batsman is coming in during the 7th over, you know there are problems.

Needing to stabilize the innings, Richardson managed to halt the flow of wickets. After he struck his first ball for 4, Punjab’s fans hopes were lifted. While he didn’t continue that boundary barrage, his batting did settle the innings. Striking only one more 4, he ended on 15 from 22 balls, which would usually be considered a terrible IPL innings but was required in the circumstances.

Unfortunately, with Punjab only scoring 106, Richardson bowling was never going to make a huge difference. Chennai didn’t need to take risks and play out Richardson, giving him the respect he deserves. He didn’t manage a wicket but did bowl well, finishing with 0-21 from his 3 overs.

Riley Meredith- Meredith is having his first experience with the IPL. Scoring only 106 from 20 overs wasn’t something he could’ve imagined when he went for 1.4 million dollars at the auction. The tall Tasmanian couldn’t affect the batting innings but was unleashed with the ball and gave an excellent effort.

While the game was almost lost from ball one, Meredith still had much to show on the world stage. Bowling with raw pace and aggression, Meredith scared almost every batsman he bowled to. The Chennai batsman couldn’t hit him.

The winning runs may have been struck off him, but he was the best bowler on the field. Finishing with 3.4 overs 0-21 with 14 dots. If Punjab had bowled first, Meredith would’ve put the side in a winning position. A lot of positives for Aussie fans heading towards the world cup.

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Match 9 Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad

SRH won the toss and chose to bowl

MI 5-150 (20 overs) defeated SRH 10-137 (19.4 overs)

MI Quinton de Kock 40 SRH Vijay Shankar 2-19 (3 overs)

SRH Jonny Bairstow 43 MI Rahul Chahar 3-19 (4 overs)

Australian Performers

David Warner- Warner continued where he left off in his second match of the week. After a half-century against Bangalore, Warner was keen to continue his excellent form in what looked like a winnable match at the innings break. He decided to bring Jonny Bairstow back to the top of the order, and it seemed to pay off with a 67-run opening partnership.

Unfortunately for Warner, he was run out just as he started to get going. 36 from 34 balls for the Aussie, including two boundaries and two sixes. With Hyderabad needing just 61 from the final 8 overs for the win, Warner was rightfully frustrated when the side was bowled out for only 137. Saying in the post-match press conference, “These scores are chaseable. It’s just poor batting. We’ve got to learn from the mistakes, and right now, it’s just the batsman.” While Warners own form is good as captain, he has a massive amount of responsibility. The rest of his team now need to step up and join him.

Match 10 Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders

RCB won the toss and batted first

RCB 4-204 (20 overs) defeated KKR 8-166 (20 overs)

RCB Glenn Maxwell 78 KKR Varun Chakravarthy 2-39 (4 overs)

KKR Andre Russell 31 RCB Kyle Jamieson 3-41 (3 overs)

Australian Performers

Glenn Maxwell– He is on track to have the best IPL of his life. His high strike rate combined with excellent scores mean he is currently one of the most valuable players in the tournament. Maxwell can hit any ball to all parts of the ground. His skills are second to none.

Arriving at the crease at the end of the second over, the pressure was on. Today that was not an issue; Maxwell looked in form from ball one. He seems to be happy and enjoying his cricket which couldn’t always be said during the past decade.

Maxwell struck 78 from only 49 balls; boundaries were the order of the day. 9 fours and 3 sixes for the Big Show. His innings took RCB from a knife-edge with the score 2-9 to a score of 4-148 when he exited the field. He almost single handily won Bangalore the match and deflated the Kolkata side. If Maxwell can continue this form, he will take Bangalore deep into the playoffs.

Pat Cummins- In a match so dominant by the bat, it was always going to be hard for Cummins to make his mark. Essentially all Cummins could do was sit back and watch the heroics going on for the other side by Maxwell and AB de Villiers. When two players are going that well, it’s almost impossible to change the momentum.

Cummins was one of the best bowlers for Kolkata. When the overall run rate is over 10 runs an over, to go at only 8.5 per over is a massive achievement. Cummins finished with figures of 1-34 from his 4 overs, a respectable finish in a bad loss for Kolkata.

He did get his countryman Glenn Maxwell out, although most of the damage was done at this point. Cummins managed only six with the bat, striking a massive ball over the fence before being caught behind. Altogether a disappointing match for the Aussie speedster.

Match 11 Delhi Capitals v Punjab Kings

DC won the toss and bowled first

Punjab Kings 4-195 (20 overs) defeated by Delhi Capitals 4-198 (18.4 overs)

PK Mayank Agarwal 69 DC Avesh Khan 1-33 (4 overs)

DC Shikar Dhawan 92 PK Jhye Richardson 2-41 (4 overs)

Australian Performers

Steve Smith- Arguably the best batsman in the world, Smith replaced West Indian young gun Shimron Hetmyer in the Delhi eleven for the first time this IPL season. Unfortunately, it didn’t play out in the way Smith would have wanted. But for Australian fans, it was good to see Smiths fidgeting and obsessive characteristics back at the crease.

Coming in with the score at 1-59 halfway through the 6th over Delhi were off to a flyer. Smith’s job was to turn the strike over and give Shikhar Dhawan on strike as much as possible. While this worked for a period, Smith never looked comfortable at the crease. Fellow Australian Riley Meredith broke the 48 run partnership between him and the eventual man of the match Dhawan.

Marcus Stoinis: After struggling in his first match, Stoinis looked a lot freer in his approach. With Delhi requiring 195, Stoinis came in with 5 overs to go, and 54 needed to win. He managed to launch the ball all over the field and secure the win for Delhi.

Stoinis managed 27 from 13 balls, launching the ball to the boundary 3 times and 1 six. There was a possibility that Stoinis could have found himself out of the side with another subpar performance. However, his quick-fire winning innings has likely secured his spot in Ricky Ponting’s side for at least the next few matches.

Jhye Richardson- It has been an excellent start to the IPL for Richardson taking consistent wickets. In defending 195, Richardson should have been able to keep the economy low and go a long way to winning the match. Unfortunately for him, it seems pace bowling was easy to hit. With Shami Richardson and Meredith all going at more than 10 runs an over, there wasn’t a lot of hope for Punjab’s pace-heavy attack.

Richardson started well before being targeted towards the end of the innings. He ended with 2-41 from his four overs, with only 8 dot balls. He did manage two massive wickets, getting the in-form Shikhar Dhawan on 92 and the captain Rishabh Pant for 15. While he didn’t bowl badly, there is no doubt Richardson is going to want to bring that economy down in his next match.

Riley Meredith- The big Tasmanian quick is intimidating for any batsman. His height and sheer raw make him a danger to all who face up to him. Unfortunately, on a flat pitch like in Mumbai, it was impossible to bowl pace effectively, every quick bowler went for big runs.

Meredith is inexperienced and has plenty to learn at IPL level but it would seen that he has the backing of captain KL Rahul and there is plenty of room for improvement for the young Aussie quick.

About Rory Denis 28 Articles
Rory writes on cricket, rugby league and Aussie Rules for The Inner Sanctum. His focus is cricket, with a focus on analysis recaps and commentary via Twitter. He has also featured on the Over and Stumps podcast on the inner sanctum network. Outside of the Inner Sanctum, he is a law student at the University of Canberra.

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