IPL Week One: The Aussies in action

Matthew Wade batting for new outfit - the Gujarat Titans. (Image: cricket.com.au)

The Indian Premier League is back, and several Australians were in action throughout the first week.

Daniel Sams and Matthew Wade played two matches each for the Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Titans respectively, while Nathan Coulter-Nile played a singular match for the Rajasthan Royals.

Here are the Aussies in action within week one of the IPL.

Daniel Sams – Mumbai Indians

Match 1 v Delhi Capitals

In the second game of the season, Sams and his 5-time IPL winning Indians took on the Delhi Capitals.

For the first innings, the Indians were thrown in to bat. Sams played a minor cameo role toward the end of the innings. Coming in after the fifth wicket had fallen, Sams made 7* (2).

His role toward the tail helped the Indians to a total of 5/177 (20.0), alongside Ishan Kishan who top-scored for the Indians with 81* (48).

With 177 runs to defend, Sams had a role to play as a bowler. Unfortunately, his performance wasn’t his best, displaying figures of 0/57 (4.0). The Capitals stormed home to win by four wickets, with 10 balls remaining.

Match 2 v Rajasthan Royals

Sams lined up for the Indians in back-to-back fixtures, taking on the Royals, in their second match of the season.

The Indians won the toss and elected to bowl. Sams would have hoped he could have improved with the ball compared to his last showing.

He did, to some extent. Drawing figures of 0/32 (4.0), still wicket-less however more economical in comparison.

The Royals ended their first innings with impressive figures of 8/193 (20.0). Jos Buttler was the main contributor for the Royals, notching up 100, before being bowled by Jasprit Bumrah.

With the bat, Sams was unable to get going. He was caught behind by Buttler, dismissed for a golden duck, off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal.

The Indians fell short once again, only achieving 8/170 (20.0). The Royals won by 23 runs, while the Indians are still yet to win a match.

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Matthew Wade – Gujarat Titans

Match 1 v Lucknow Super Giants

Wade and the Gujarat Titans kicked off their season against the Lucknow Super Giants, in what was the fourth game of the season.

The Titans won the toss and elected to bowl, sending Wade behind the stumps for the opening 20 overs.

With the first delivery of the day, Mohammed Shami steamed in and caught the edge of KL Rahul before Wade finished the job behind the stumps, Shami and Wade working together to send the Giants captain back to the pavilion.

That was all the work Wade was needed for behind the stumps. The Giants posting a score of 6/158 (20.0). Wade was then sent in, to open the batting alongside Shubman Gill.

Gill only lasted three balls, but Wade stuck around. Wade climbed to 30 (29), before he was upended by Deepak Hooda, who crashed through his gate.

Luckily, the Titans were able to finish the job, winning by five wickets, with two balls to spare. Their total of 5/161 (19.4) got the job done.

Match 2 v Delhi Capitals

Wade and the Indians then faced the Capitals for their second match of the competition.

This time, the Titans were forced to bat first, meaning Wade and Gill would open once again. However, Wade didn’t last as long, dismissed for 1 (2).

His opening partner, Gill however, went on to make a total of 84 (46), top scoring for the Titans and helping them to a score of 6/171 (20.0).

The Capitals then had to chase, and it was no easy task. Wade accommodated for a third of the wickets forced onto the Capitals, with three catches behind the stumps.

He caught Mandeep Singh for 18 (16), Axar Patel for 8 (4) and Khaleel Ahmed for a golden duck, which sealed the victory for the Titans.

The Capitals only managing a total of 9/157 (20.0), giving the Titans a 14-run win and back-to-back victories.

Nathan Coulter-Nile – Rajasthan Royals

Match 1 v Sunrisers Hyderabad

Coulter-Nile featured in the sole match for the Rajasthan Royals against Sunrisers Hyderabad. His performance was not up to par, from the grand scheme of things.

The Sunrisers won the toss and elected to bowl. Coulter-Nile was forced to bat at the tail of the Royals innings. He only faced two balls, managing a total of 1* (2).

His addition helped the Royals to a stunning total of 6/210 (20.0). The all-round batting performance saw one individual highlight, Sanju Samson top scored for the Royals with 55 (27).

211 was always going to be a tough target for the Sunrisers, who crumbled in the power-play, making it hard for them to make a comeback. The order was just too tall for them, as they only managed 7/149 (20.0).

Coulter-Nile’s bowling figures of 0/48 (3.0), put a minor dent on what was a perfect night for the Royals.

Despite this, Coulter-Nile did not feature in the Royals’ second match against the Indians and fellow-Aussie Sams.

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