IPL Week Two: The Aussies in action

Pat Cummins blasts the fastest T20 50 by an Australian for the Kolkata Knight Riders. (Image: Kolkata Knight Riders)

The Indian Premier League is now in full swing with many Australians beginning to filter into IPL action, following their tour of Pakistan.

Several players played vital roles in their franchises. Here are the Aussies in action with a wrap of their performances from the second week of IPL action.

Andrew Tye – Lucknow Super Giants

Match 1 v Sunrisers Hyderabad

Tye played his first match of the IPL season for the Lucknow Super Giants, facing the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The Sunrisers won the toss and elected to bowl. As a natural bowler, Tye, if needed to bat, wouldn’t be needed until the Giants’ tail was exposed.

Fortunately, Tye wasn’t required to bat. An innings of 68 (50) from KL Rahul and 51 (33) from Deepak Hooda, inspired the Giants to a total of 7/169 (20.0).

The Sunrisers needed 170 to win, however, the bowling trio of Avesh Khan (4/24, 4.0), Jason Holder (3/34, 4.0), and Krunal Pandya (2/27, 4.0), had other ideas.

Tye was unable to pick up a wicket. Instead displaying figures of 0/39 (4.0). Proving the Indian pitches are tough to get used to for the Aussie bowlers.

The Giants halted the run rate of the Sunrisers, keeping them to a score of 9/157 (20.0), to win by 12 runs.

Match 2 v Delhi Capitals

Tye remained in the Giants XI for a consecutive match, this time he faced fellow Australian David Warner and the Delhi Capitals.

The Giants won the toss and elected to bowl, throwing Tye into the mix early.

Tye was unable to claim his first wicket of the competition, as he bowled figures of 0/28 (3.0).

The Capitals launched to a total of 3/149 (20.0), with the majority of that score off the bat of Prithvi Shaw who scored 61 (34).

A target of 150 was well within reach for the Giants, yet Tye was not needed with the bat, as they were able to complete the chase with two balls left.

Quinton de Kock led the charge with 80 (52), as the Giants won by six wickets, with two balls to spare.

Daniel Sams – Mumbai Indians

Match 3 v Kolkata Knight Riders

Sams was hoping to get his IPL season on track, as he faced Australian Test Captain, Pat Cummins, and the Kolkata Knight Riders.

The Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bowl. Sams was not needed with the bat, as the Indians posted a total of 4/161 (20.0).

With the ball – in the second innings, Sams picked up his first IPL wicket of the season. He took the wicket of Knight Riders Captain – Shreyas Iyer for 10 (6).

Sams was also involved in two other dismissals within the field. Catching both Ajinkya Rahane for 7 (11) and Nitish Rana for 8 (7).

He finished the night with figures of 1/50 (3.0), Most of his runs coming off the bat of his countryman Pat Cummins, who took 35 runs off one over to help guide KKR home by five wickets with four overs remaining.

Pat Cummins – Kolkata Knight Riders

Match 1 v Mumbai Indians

Fresh from leading Australia’s successful Test tour of Pakistan, Cummins was ready to go for the IPL, and he did not disappoint.

The Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bowl, and collectively picked up four wickets as the Indians tallied 4/161 (20.0).

Cummins was the first Australian to grab a wicket in the IPL thus far. He snagged two wickets, the first was Ishan Kishan for 14 (21). His second was the all-important wicket of Suryakumar Yadav for 52 (36), who was running away with the innings.

His night was far from over, as he unexpectedly had a sensational night with the bat too. Cummins came to the crease at number seven, with plenty of work left to do.

Facing off against fellow Australian Daniel Sams, Cummins, made the most of it. Throughout one of Sams’ overs, Cummins belted him for 35, on his way to an astounding innings.

The Australian captain reached 50, in just 14 balls – two off the record for the fastest T20 half-century in history. Albeit Cummins still equalled the fastest IPL T20 half-century, and his record now stands as the fastest T20 half-century by an Australian.

The Knight Riders came home to win by five wickets, with a score of 5/162 (16.0). Thanks to 50* (41) from Venkatesh Iyer and Cummins’ 56* (15) – which included 4 fours and 6 sixes.

Cummins’ efforts didn’t go unnoticed, as he won the Man of the Match, the first Australian to do so this season.

Match 2 v Delhi Capitals

Off the back of his record-breaking match against the Mumbai Indians, Cummins was back in action to face the Capitals, including new recruit David Warner.

Cummins’ Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bowl, giving Cummins the chance to add to his wicket tally.

Cummins didn’t pick up any wickets. Instead, he was quite expensive, bowling figures of 0/51 (4.0).

The opening stand of Prithvi Shaw and Warner lasted 8.4 overs until Shaw lost his wicket for 51 (29). Warner continued to shine as the Capitals proceeded to put runs on the board.

Warner advanced to 61 (45) before he was caught by Rahane off the bowling of Umesh Yadav. The Ricky Ponting-coached Capitals surged to an innings total of 5/215 (20.0).

The Knight Riders struggled with the bat early, as they found themselves 2/38 (4.4). From here, the run chase looked unlikely to be completed.

Cummins was introduced to the crease at number seven; however, his heroics of last game were not produced. He was sent back to the pavilion with only 4 (3), thanks to Kuldeep Yadav via LBW.

The Knight Riders fell short by 44 runs, after being bowled out for 171 (19.4).

David Warner – Delhi Capitals

Match 1 v Lucknow Super Giants

Warner kicked off his IPL campaign at his new franchise against the Lucknow Super Giants and Tye. The Giants won the toss and elected to bowl, sending Warner in to open with Shaw.

Warner only made 4 (12), as Shaw led the charge with 61 (34). Struggling to get off the mark, as many Australians have found so far throughout the competition.

The Capitals finished the innings with 4/149 (20.0). A chaseable score meant something special was needed from the Capitals.

The Giants’ innings went the distance, as they completed the chase with two balls remaining. Warner was particularly unneeded in the field, resulting in no bowling cameo or catches in the field.

Match 2 v Kolkata Knight Riders

Warner kept his spot in the Capitals XI for the match against the Knight Riders and Cummins, and it brought the heat.

The Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bowl, sending Warner out to open alongside Shaw.

Their opening stand lasted 8.4 overs, as they raced to 0/93 until Shaw was bowled by Varun Chakravarthy for 51 (29).

Warner continued to put a score on the board, notching up his first 50 of the IPL season.

With the scoreboard looking promising, Warner was upended by Umesh Yadav and Rahane for 61 (45). With a little over 4 overs remaining, the Capitals stood at 5/166 (16.4).

His innings included 6 fours and 2 sixes.

The innings ended with the Capitals reaching 5/215 (20.0) and Warner then had to defend in the field.

He played no major part in the field; however, the Capitals bowling team got the job done.

Knight Riders’ Shreyas Iyer proved to be a thorn in the side of the Capitals, making 54 (33), before he was stumped by Rishabh Pant off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav.

This was not merely enough for the Knight Riders, as they were bowled out for 171 (19.4), the Capitals claiming the win by 44 runs.

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Matthew Wade – Gujarat Titans

Match 3 v Punjab Kings

Wade’s Titans won the toss and elected to bowl, putting Wade behind the stumps for the first innings.

Rashid Khan took the important wicket of Shikhar Dhawan, who rocketed to 35 (30) before Wade caught him behind the stumps.

The Kings raced to a stirring tally of 9/189 (20.0), giving Wade plenty to do at the top of the Titans’ order.

It wasn’t meant to be for Wade, as he only made 6 (7), struggling to make a mark on the innings. Although, the chase was very much alive.

Shubman Gill made an imposing 96 (59) and was very unlucky not to make a century. He was upended by Kagiso Rabada and Mayank Agarwal in the 18th over.

Needing 18 from the final over, it did not start well, as Hardik Pandya was sent packing due to being run out at the non-striker’s end.

In stepped Rahul Tewatia. The runs kept coming, but not as fast as they’d hoped. Until the final two balls.

The Titans needed 12 from the final two balls to secure victory. Tewatia knocked the penultimate and final ball over the rope for an emphatic victory.

Tewatia single-handedly dragged the Titans over the line with the last delivery of the innings, notching up the final score of 4/190 (20.0).

Glenn Maxwell – Royal Challengers

Match 1 v Mumbai Indians

Maxwell’s first game of the IPL season was against the Mumbai Indians. The Challengers won the toss and elected to bowl, meaning Maxwell would sit in the field for the opening 20 overs.

Suryakumar Yadav led the charge for the Indians, scoring 68 (37), before the Indians stormed to a total of 6/151 (20.0).

Anuj Rawat hastily made 66 (47) before he was unfortunately run out. The dismissal of Virat Kohli for 48 (36) only a couple of overs later brought Maxwell to the crease.

Only eight runs were needed for victory with 11 balls remaining, giving the Challengers a more than a good chance of claiming the two points.

Maxwell only needed two balls to finish the job, smashing two fours in consecutive fashion to bring the win home for the Challengers.

Their total of 3/152 (18.3) resulted in quite a convincing win and a great start to Maxwell’s IPL season.

Marcus Stoinis – Lucknow Super Giants

Match 1 v Rajasthan Royals

Stoinis began his IPL career with the Lucknow Super Giants, as he faced the Royals. The Giants won the toss and elected to bowl.

Stoinis, who usually bowls within T20 format in competitions such as the Big Bash League, was unused in the first innings.

The Royals raced to a total of 6/165 (20.0). Most of the credit is due to Shimron Hetmyer who blasted 59* (36).

With the bat, Stoinis was introduced to the crease at number 8, with a little over five overs to play. The Giants needed 64 runs to reach victory.

Into the final over and the Giants needed 15 to win. Stoinis remained at the crease. But all props went to Kuldeep Sen, who astonishingly halted the Giants’ force, bowling three dot balls.

The Giants fell short by three runs making 8/162 (20.0), allowing the Royals to win, only just.

Stoinis tried his best, battling to an unbeaten 38* (17), including 2 fours and 4 sixes.

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