Mitch Marsh back in action for the Delhi Capitals. (Image: Delhi Capitals)

This week the IPL entered the second half of the competition, as the Aussies continued to make a mark within their respective clubs.

The IPL entered the second half of the competition this week, as the Aussies continued to make a mark within their respective clubs.

Following five weeks, the new Gujarat Titans sit atop of the league, ahead of the Lucknow Super Giants, with a game in hand. The Rajasthan Royals – who are currently third – may be able to challenge the Super Giants with their game in hand.

In week five, eight Australians were in action for the third time in a row. Here is what happened in week five of the IPL:

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Match 39 of 70 v Rajasthan Royals

Josh Hazlewood and Glenn Maxwell lined up for the Challengers to face the Royals. The Challengers won the toss, electing to bowl, throwing Hazlewood into the mix early.

Early into the Royals’ innings, wickets fell consistently. By the end of four overs, the Royals were 2/33, however danger-man Jos Buttler remained at the crease.

That was until Hazlewood stepped up and with the first delivery of his second over, Hazlewood had his man. Buttler was eventually dismissed for 8 (9), caught at long-on by Mohammed Siraj.

The wicket of Buttler was one thing, but Hazlewood also completed a wicket-maiden in his second over.

Hazlewood teamed up with his countryman Maxwell for his second wicket, dismissing Daryl Mitchell for 16 (24). Maxwell completed the catch in the outfield, the Royals sat on 5/99 after 14.2 overs.

Following the opening 20 overs, the Royals finished with 8/144. Both Hazlewood and Maxwell endured economical spells; Hazlewood with figures of 2/19 (4.0) and Maxwell with 0/4 (1.0).

Virat Kohli was promoted in the order, opening this time around – following two successive golden ducks.

However, his poor form continued, as he was dismissed in the second over for 9 (10), the match was well and truly on.

Maxwell was introduced at number four, after the dismissal of captain Faf du Plessis for 23 (21). Hoping to get off to a quick start as usual, oppositely, Maxwell was upended with his first delivery.

Gone for a golden duck, Maxwell returned to the pavilion. The match turned on its head, after 6.3 overs the Challengers were only 3/37.

It wasn’t meant to be for the Challengers as they were eventually bowled out for 115, in the final over of the match. Hazlewood remained not out for 0* (2).

The Royals claimed their sixth win of the competition – climbing to the top of the table, defeating the Challengers by 29 runs.

Match 43 of 70 v Gujarat Titans

The Aussie duo at the Challengers of Maxwell and Hazlewood took part as their side played the top-of-the-table Titans. The Challengers won the toss and decided to bat – a rarity.

Kohli got off to a much-needed good start with his innings, making his first 50 of the season, before being dismissed for 58 (53).

Rajat Patidar also provided a valiant performance, scoring his first 50 of the season – 52 (32).

Maxwell reached a quickfire 33 (18), involving 3 fours and 2 sixes before he was caught by Rashid Khan off the bowling of Lockie Ferguson.

His innings also clocked his T20 runs totaling over 8,000 runs.

The Challengers finished their innings with a total of 6/170 (20.0).

Hazlewood, Maxwell, and co. all tried their best to stop the Titans, but it was no use. It was close, but the Titans closed out the chase with three balls remaining.

All but one of their batsmen finished with a strike rate of over 100. Hazlewood was unable to replicate his best – with figures of 0/36 (3.3). Maxwell’s sole over rocketed for 10.

Kolkata Knight Riders

Match 41 of 70 v Delhi Capitals

Australia’s Aaron Finch lined up for the Knight Riders, as they faced the Capitals – who won the toss and elected to bowl.

Finch opened the batting with Venkatesh Iyer, with both batters ultimately not lasting long at the crease.

The Australian was the first to fall, in just the second over. Finch was bowled by Chetan Sakariya for just 3 (7).

The remainder of the Knight Riders innings was dominated by Shreyas Iyer who scored 42 (37) and Nitish Rana, top-scoring with 57 (34).

Following 20 overs, the Knight Riders finished their innings with 9/146.

The Capitals chased the Knight Riders’ score with six balls remaining.

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Delhi Capitals

Match 41 of 70 v Kolkata Knight Riders

David Warner was re-selected for the Capitals, while Mitchell Marsh was welcomed back into the squad – following a stint away due to COVID-19.

The Capitals elected to bowl after winning the toss. Both Warner and Marsh played no part with the ball.

The Knight Riders posted a total of 146, giving the Capitals more than a chance to chase the total.

Warner opened the batting alongside Prithvi Shaw, who departed first ball, after being caught and bowled by Umesh Yadav. Following the first wicket, Marsh joined Warner at the crease, who was yet to face a ball.

Marsh hit multiple boundaries before his time at the crease was up, in just the following over. He departed for 13 (7), after being caught by Venkatesh Iyer.

Warner continued to knock the runs over. He and Lalit Yadav steadied the ship for the Capitals, getting them to a more comfortable 2/82 before Warner was dismissed.

The Aussie’s innings of 42 (26) was ended, when he was caught by Sunil Narine for 42 (26). His innings included eight boundaries and a strike rate of over 160.

The remaining Capitals completed the chase with an over left to spare, finishing on 6/150 (19.0). Warner top-scored for the Capitals with 42, but it was Capitals’ bowler Kuldeep Yadav that picked up the man of the match honours – with 4/14 (3.0) in the first innings.

Match 45 of 70 v Lucknow Super Giants

Warner and Marsh were in action again when the Capitals faced the Super Giants. The Super Giants won the toss and elected to bat, and it paid dividends.

Despite de Kock being dismissed in the fifth over for 23 (13), KL Rahul continued to pile on the runs.

He was joined by Deepak Hooda, as the pair both score fifties, in their 10 over stint together.

The two put on a show, gaining their advantage on the Capitals, setting a gargantuan total of 3/195 (20.0).

In the chase, Marsh came to the crease in the second over – joining Warner – after Shaw was dismissed for 5 (7).

Warner – who was in hot form – fell early for 3 (4), in just the third over. Leaving Marsh to battle it out with Rishabh Pant.

Marsh raced to 37 (20) before he was dismissed in the eighth over. His innings included 3 fours and 3 sixes.

The chase heated up towards the end of the innings until the Capitals needed 13 to win from the final ball – which was eventually hit for six.

The Capitals fell short by six runs, with a total of 7/189 (20.0).

Lucknow Super Giants

Match 42 of 70 v Punjab Kings

Marcus Stoinis represented the Super Giants once again, to face the Kings. The Kings chose to bowl after winning the toss.

Quinton de Kock got the Super Giants off to the best of starts, to a total of 2/98 when he was dismissed for 46 (37).

Stoinis arrived at the crease with the Super Giants sitting at 5/109 (14.5). His stint at the crease was short-lived, departing in the next over.

The Australian made 1 (4), failing to make much impact after he was caught and bowled by Rahul Chahar.

The Super Giants eventually posted a total of 8/153 (20.0).

The Kings pressed for a decent win, however not one player was able to get into the higher gear. Jonny Bairstow top-scored for the Kings with 32 (28).

They fell 20 runs short of the Super Giants with a score of 8/133 from their 20 overs.

Match 45 of 70 v Delhi Capitals

Stoinis remained in the squad for Super Giants, when he faced Warner, Marsh, and the Capitals. His team opted to bat first.

KL Rahul and Hooda charged the Super Giants to a monster lead, following their innings of 77 (51) and 52 (34), respectively.

Stoinis joined the crease and made a minor impact on a massive total. During his 16-ball tenure at the crease, he managed 17 runs, including 1 four and 1 six.

Capitals’ bowler Shardul Thakur claimed every wicket of the innings, ending with 3/40 (4.0), as the Super Giants posted a first-innings total of 3/195 (20.0).

When bowling, Stoinis bowled the sole over, which was eventually the final over of the match, when the Capitals needed 20 runs for victory.

His over went for 14 runs, as the chase came to a close, with the Super Giants edging the Capitals by just six runs.

Super Giants’ bowler, Mohsin Khan claimed the man of the match, with bowling figures of 4/16 (4.0). He claimed the wickets of Warner, Pant, Rovman Powell, and Thakur.

Mumbai Indians

Match 44 of 70 v Rajasthan Royals

Once again Sams and Meredith were selected for the Indians as they faced the Royals. The Indians won the toss and decided to bowl.

Jos Buttler led the way for the Royals once again, top-scoring with 67 (52) – his third 50 of the season.

Sams beat Meredith to take the first wicket out of the pair. He snagged the wicket of Daryl Mitchell for 17 (20). Sams finished his four-over spell with figures of 1/32.

Meredith still managed to get on the board, besting Sams – with two wickets. Meredith got the final two wickets of the Royals’ innings – Riyan Parag for 3 (3) and Ravichandran Ashwin for 21 (9).

Meredith’s spell was arguably the best of the entire Indians bowling line-up. He finished with figures of 2/24 (4.0) – averaging only six runs per over.

The Royals completed their innings with 6/158 (20.0), giving the Indians every chance to complete the chase.

Suryakumar Yadav managed the highest score for the Indians – 51 (39) – his third 50 of the competition.

Sams was the final man to come to the crease for the Indians, completing the chase after only facing one ball and sending it over the rope.

The Indians won by five wickets with Sams hitting the winning runs to complete their innings of 5/161 (19.2).

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