David Warner marches on against the Challengers. (Image: Delhi Capitals)

This week we crossed the halfway mark of the competition. Once again, eight Aussies were in action, as the competition continues to ramp up.

This week we crossed the halfway mark of the competition. Eight Aussies were once again in action, as the competition continues to ramp up.

A variety of matches were displayed this week, here are the Aussies in action in week four of the IPL:

Aaron Finch – Kolkata Knight Riders

Match 2 v Rajasthan Royals

Finch was selected once again for a second consecutive time for the Knight Riders, to take on the Royals. The Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bowl;

Finch had no major highlight within the field, as his fellow countryman Cummins worked his magic with the ball.

The Royals posted a score of 5/217 (20.0). Jos Butler top-scored for the Royals with a breathtaking 103 (61), his second century of the competition this season.

A chase of the highest order was required for the Knight Riders to steal the victory. Finch opened the batting alongside Sunil Narine.

The Knight Riders’ innings began in the worst of ways, as Narine was run out for a diamond duck by Shimron Hetmeyer after the first ball of the innings.

The pair of Finch and new batter Shreyas Iyer then went on a tear. Finch notched up his first 50, in just his second match for KKR.

Finch was dismissed for 58 (28) after a 107-run partnership with his skipper Shreyas. The skipper continued to tick the runs over, as the Knight Riders looked destined to complete the chase – sitting 2/107 nearing the halfway stage of the innings.

After 16 overs, the Knight Riders were 4/178. With four overs remaining, the target score was not far away. Up stepped Yuzvendra Chahal.

Chahal picked up four wickets in the 17th over of the innings, including the wicket of Shreyas Iyer for 85 (51). Chahal took a hat-trick – within this was the wicket of Pat Cummins – which completed the hat-trick.

Following 17 overs, the Knight Riders were dismantled, at 8/180. The chase was all but over. Some late work by Umesh Yadav brought some hope, but it was just not to be. KKR was bowled out for 210, seven runs shy of what would have been a remarkable victory.

Pat Cummins – Kolkata Knight Riders

Match 4 v Rajasthan Royals

Alongside Finch, Cummins wore the purple kit of the Knight Riders to face the Royals. The Knight Riders chose to bowl, giving Cummins an early opportunity to make an influence.

The Royals got off to a belting start, as Buttler dominated the innings for the Royals.

Cummins put an end to it shortly after Buttler reached another century. Varun Chakravarthy completed the catch and Buttler was sent packing. However, the damage was already done.

The Royals reached the biggest total this season, of 5/217 (20.0). Cummins finished his spell with figures of 1/50 (4.0).

With the bat, Cummins was brought in during the middle of a collapse, as the Knight Riders were previously destined to steal the victory.

Cummins was gone for a golden duck, off the bowling of Chahal. This wicket in turn completed his hat-trick and was his fourth wicket of the over.

The Royals hung on for a tight victory of seven runs, as the Knight Riders were eventually bowled out for 210 (19.4).

Glenn Maxwell – Royal Challengers Bangalore

Match 4 v Lucknow Super Giants

Maxwell lined up alongside Josh Hazlewood for the Challengers, as they faced Marcus Stoinis and the Lucknow Super Giants. The Super Giants won the toss and elected to bowl.

Maxwell was introduced into the batting fray, just after Virat Kohli was dismissed for a golden duck, at the end of the first over.

After several overs of knocking the ball around consistently with captain Faf du Plessis, Maxwell was eventually dismissed for 23 (11).

His innings included 3 fours and 1 six. du Plessis continued to make a mess of the Super Giants bowling attack.

The captain’s knock of 96 (64) ended with one ball remaining in the innings. Nonetheless, helped the Challengers to a score of 6/181 (20.0).

With the ball, Maxwell made an impact. He claimed the important wicket of Krunal Pandya – who top-scored for the Super Giants with 42 (28).

From there the bowling attack of the Challengers was able to keep the Super Giants at bay, winning by 18 runs.

Match 5 v Sunrisers Hyderabad

Maxwell once again lined up alongside Hazlewood for the Challengers, this time as they faced the Sunrisers.

The Sunrisers won the toss and elected to bowl; little did they know how crucial that would be.

Throughout the Challengers innings, three players fell for ducks, one being a golden duck – Kohli – his second consecutive golden duck.

Maxwell scored the second-highest score for the Challengers – only 12 (11) – and he was one of two players to score double digits.

The Challengers were eventually bowled out in the 17th over for 68 (16.1). This would be assumed to be an easy chase home for the Sunrisers.

And it was. The Sunrisers scored the fourth-fastest run chase in IPL history. They mauled the Challengers to score 1/71 (8.0), to win by nine wickets.

Josh Hazlewood – Royal Challengers Bangalore

Match 3 v Lucknow Super Giants

Hazlewood was not used with the bat, but his teammates managed to lock a score of 6/181 (20.0) in their innings.

With the ball Hazlewood made a difference, with four wickets, dismantling the Super Giants batting attack.

Hazlewood efficiently halted the Super Giants batsmen. In the third over, he got the first wicket of the innings – Quinton de Kock – for 3 (5). He doubled his total in his next over, knocking over Manish Pandey for 6 (8).

Toward the end of the innings, Hazlewood was re-introduced back into the attack. In his penultimate over, he collected his third wicket – Ayush Badoni – for 13 (13).

With his final over, he managed to steal bragging rights over Stoinis, clean bowling him for 24 (15). With that, the hopes of the Super Giants completing the chase were all but over.

The Super Giants completed the 20 overs, with a tally of 8/163, 18 short of the Challengers. Hazlewood finished with figures of 4/25 (4.0).

Match 4 v Sunrisers Hyderabad

Hazlewood was quickly introduced with the bat against the Sunrisers, as the Challengers collapsed.

He made 3* (11), as the Challengers were bowled out for 68, after only 16.1 overs – a complete disaster from the team’s standpoint.

Hazlewood bowled three overs trying to salvage something from the wreckage that was their innings. However, he was unable to, as the Sunrisers punished him for 31 runs from his three overs.

The Sunrisers came home as victors by nine wickets, winning in just 8.0 overs – the fourth-fastest in IPL history.

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Marcus Stoinis – Lucknow Super Giants

Match 3 v Royal Challengers Bangalore

Stoinis faced two Australians – Hazlewood and Maxwell – when his Super Giants faced the Challengers. The Super Giants won the toss and elected to bowl.

Stoinis was given the chance to bowl this time around. However, it was only one over and it didn’t go to plan. He was punished for 14 off his sole over, ending his spell then and there.

With 182 needed for victory, Stoinis would be used with the bat around the middle of the order. He arrived at the crease with the Super Giants sitting at 5/108 (13.4).

74 runs were needed with 38 balls remaining, a serious shift was needed from the Super Giants’ lower order.

Stoinis got to work, pulling 2 fours and 1 six in quick succession, before his innings was brought to an abrupt end, at the hands of Hazlewood.

Hazlewood bowled Stoinis for 24 (15), simultaneously ending the Super Giants’ chances of completing the chase at hand.

Match 4 v Mumbai Indians

Stoinis had to face the Indians next – coming up against the Aussie pair Daniel Sams and Riley Meredith. The Indians won the toss and elected to bowl.

With the bat, Stoinis was given quite the wait, coming in at number four, in the 12th over. The Super Giants sat at 2/85 (11.5).

Stoinis however, was unable to get going. He was dismissed for a duck, undone by fellow Australian Daniel Sams.

The Super Giants’ batting innings was highlighted by captain KL Rahul, who scored his second century of the campaign – 103 (62). Leading the Super Giants to a total of 6/168 (20.0).

With the ball, Stoinis wasn’t given a run, leaving the match out of his hands. But enough was done, as the Super Giants kept the Indians from making any progress, winning by 36 runs.

David Warner – Delhi Capitals

Match 4 v Punjab Kings

Warner, who is in fine form, was re-selected for the Capitals in their encounter with the Kings. The Capitals won the toss and elected to bowl.

The Kings were dismantled by the Capitals’ bowling attack, being bowled out for 115 (20.0). Four bowlers claimed two wickets, in an evenly shared attack.

Warner opened the batting chase with Prithvi Shaw once again, the pair almost winning the game by themselves.

Shaw was dismissed in the seventh over for 41 (20) and the Capitals stood at 1/83.

Warner notched up his third 50 in just four games, as he took the reins and stormed towards one of the fastest run chases in IPL history.

After 10.3 overs, the match was sealed. Warner finished on 60* (30), his innings including a monster 10 fours and 1 six.

Match 5 v Rajasthan Royals

The in-form Warner was once again selected for the Capitals, as they faced the Royals. The Capitals won the toss and elected to bowl.

The Royals surged to the biggest total so far this season, 2/222 (20.0), headlined by Jos Buttler – who scored his third century of the competition.

223 runs needed for victory; Warner would have been hoping to be an integral part of the run chase.

The Capitals were off to a promising start; however, Warner was the first to drop, falling for 28 (14). The Capitals stood at 1/43 (4.3), plenty was left in the tank for a big finish.

An all-round performance from the likes of Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Lalit Yadav, and Rovman Powell, got the hopes of the Capitals’ faithful up and about.

Unfortunately for them, the Capitals fell 15 runs short after completing 20 overs. Buttler’s knock of 116 (65) was more than enough for him to be awarded the man of the match.

Daniel Sams – Mumbai Indians

Match 4 v Chennai Super Kings

Sams returned to the Indians lineup, following a momentary break on the sidelines. He was welcomed back alongside Indians’ debutant and fellow Australian – Riley Meredith.

The Super Kings won the toss and elected to bowl. The Indians got off to a shaky start, as both openers were dismissed in the first over, for ducks.

The ship had steadied, and Sams entered the crease on 6/111 (16.2). He lasted only three balls at the crease, managing to hit 1 four before he was caught LBW by Dwayne Bravo for 5 (3).

After 20 overs, the Indians had made 7/155. Both Sams and Meredith would take the ball and try to stop the chase.

Sams opened the bowling for the Indians, and collected his first wicket of the innings, with the first ball. Ruturaj Gaikwad was sent back to the pavilion for a golden duck.

In Sams’ next over, he had struck again, removing Kiwi Mitchell Santner, who was dismissed for 11 (9). Sams began to find some form, after a relatively shaky start to the competition.

In his second spell, Sams continued to find wickets, his third was courtesy of Shivam Dube for 13 (14), who nicked on Ishan Kishan behind the wicket.

Finally, in his fourth over, Sams had four. He picked up the wicket of the dangerous Ambati Rayudu for 40 (35) – who was beginning to pick up the pace.

Sams finished with figures of 4/30 (4.0), his best figures thus far this season. However, the chase was not over yet.

With the final five balls of the innings, the Super Kings needed 17 runs to win, enter MS Dhoni.

Bravo gave Dhoni the strike with four balls remaining – 16 needed for victory. Dhoni went on to hit a 6, 4, 2, and a 4 with the final ball of the over to win the match for the Super Kings.

Match 5 v Lucknow Super Giants

Sams held onto his spot in the Indians squad alongside Meredith. They won the toss and elected to bowl, giving both Australians a chance to take early wickets.

Sams picked up the wicket of Stoinis for a duck, a huge wicket, stopping the Super Giants from running away with their innings.

Sams finished his spell with figures of 1/40 (4.0). The Super Giants’ total of 6/168 (20.0), was very chaseable.

When Sams was introduced with the bat, the Indians were in need of saving. 5/124 (17.5), Sams had the ability to bring it home from here – 45 runs to win from 13 balls was still a tall order.

In the final over, Krunal Pandya picked up three wickets and simultaneously put the game to bed. The Indians finished on 8/132 (20.0), 36 runs short of victory.

Riley Meredith – Mumbai Indians

Match 1 v Chennai Super Kings

Meredith got his first taste of IPL this season when he was selected for the Indians against the Super Kings.

The Super Kings won the toss and bowled. Meredith did not get to bat, as the Indians set a total of 7/155 (20.0).

He got a chance with the ball, as suspected, making every chance he got, worthwhile.

Meredith managed to pick up a sole wicket on debut for the Indians. In the 16th over of the match, he picked up the wicket of Super Kings captain – Ravindra Jadeja – for 3 (8).

Meredith finished with economical figures of 1/25 (4.0), a decent debut for the Indians, and plenty of positives.

The Indians were unable to stop the chase, however, a super over by Dhoni closed out the match for the Super Kings – on the final ball of the match.

Match 2 v Lucknow Super Giants

Meredith retained his spot in the Indians’ side too, as they faced the Super Giants and Stoinis. The Indians won the toss and elected to bowl.

In his second game in the IPL this season, Meredith picked up two more wickets to add to his tally of one.

His first was Deepak Hooda for 10 (9) – who was caught by Dewald Brevis.

He doubled his figures in the final over of the innings, getting the wicket of Ayush Badoni for 14 (11). Meredith finished with figures of 2/40 (4.0).

His effort was still not enough, as the Super Giants posted a difficult total of 168.

Meredith was not used with the bat as he was listed at number 11. The Indians were unable to get close enough, falling 36 runs short with a score of 8/132 (20.0).  

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