Daniel Sams celebrates his spell of 3/16 for the Mumbai Indians. (Image: Mumbai Indians/Twitter)

In Week Seven of the IPL, we look closer at the playoffs picture, as teams begin to qualify for playoffs by solidifying their position on the table.

In Week Seven of the IPL, we look closer at the playoffs picture, as teams begin to qualify for playoffs by solidifying their position on the table.

Nine Aussies were in action in India across nine games, here are those in action:

Kolkata Knight Riders

Match 56 of 70 v Mumbai Indians

Pat Cummins was welcomed back into the Knight Riders squad at the expense of fellow countryman Aaron Finch. After sitting the past four matches out, Cummins made an immediate impact with the ball as the Knight Riders trumped the Indians.

The Indians won the toss and elected to bowl, giving the Knight Riders a chance to set the tone with the bat. Their innings were boosted by Venkatesh Iyer and Nitish Rana who equally top scored with 43 runs each.

Cummins, along with the remaining four batters all made ducks, in a tail-order collapse. The Knight Riders made a reasonable 9/165 (20.0) total.

The bowling attack of the Knight Riders was on form. Cummins exploded with the ball, picking up three wickets as the Knight Riders charged to a massive 52-run victory.

His most important wicket of Ishan Kishan for 51 (43) stalled Mumbai’s chase, as the rest of the order followed suit. Cummins finished his four-over spell with figures of 3/22, in his welcomed return to the XI.

Post-match, Cummins expressed the lessons he learned whilst on the sidelines.

“The last few games on the bench have been a good chance to look at Tim Southee who has been bowling fantastically well, so learning off someone like him, and when I got my chance again just trying to be that little bit more disciplined,” he said.

Mumbai Indians

Match 56 of 70 v Kolkata Knight Riders

Daniel Sams and Riley Meredith proved themselves to be valuable members of the Indians XI, hence retaining their place in the squad. The Indians won the toss and bowled, giving them a chance to spur their side to victory early.

Out of the two, Sams was the only one to pick up a wicket, picking up Southee for 0 (4), toward the end of the innings. It proved to be a difficult night for Mumbai, with Sams finishing with figures of 1/26 (4.0) and Meredith with 0/35 (3.0).

The patience of the Indians’ batting attack was tested, when wickets began to fall frequently, midway through their innings.

Sams lasted two balls, departing for 1 run – off the bowling of Cummins, whilst Meredith was introduced at the end of the innings, facing one ball – making 0*.

Mumbai fell short of the required total by 52 runs and was bowled out with a little over two overs remaining.

Match 59 of 70 v Chennai Super Kings

Sams and Meredith may have established themselves in the Indians XI, with another esteemed performance against the Super Kings.

After winning the toss, the Indians chose to bowl – in what turned out to be a prized decision. Sams and Meredith went on a tear, collecting half of the wickets available.

Sams got Mumbai off to the perfect start, collecting two wickets in the opening over of the contest. The first being Devon Conway for a golden duck, and the next was Moeen Ali – just two balls later.

His third wicket came in the fifth over, knocking over Ruturaj Gaikwad for 7 (6), completing his spell of 3/16 from four overs.

Meredith picked up the fifth and sixth wickets of the innings and by the end of the eighth over, the Super Kings had already lost six wickets.

The Super Kings were eventually bowled out for 97, with still four overs remaining, giving the Indians every chance to claim the two points.

Sams was introduced much earlier into the piece with the bat, which didn’t pay out well, as he departed for 1 (6). Nonetheless, Mumbai was able to pick up the pieces with relative ease, completing the chase with five overs left.

Sams claimed the man-of-the-match award for his match-defining spell with the ball, as the Indians managed their third win of the season.

Gujarat Titans

Match 57 of 70 v Lucknow Super Giants

After almost four weeks on the sidelines, Matthew Wade was recalled to the Gujarat Titans squad to face the Lucknow Super Giants to book a playoff position. The Titans won the toss and chose to bat, allowing Wade to get into the match.

Rather than opening the batting, Wade was dropped to three in the order to ease the pressure. Following the wicket of Wriddhiman Saha in the third over, Wade was ready to go.

He began flashy, with two fours which may have been his downfall. When in the fifth over, Wade attempted a ramp-shot which wasn’t pulled off correctly – landing in the hands of wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.

Dismissed for 10 (7), Wade walked back to the dugout, but Shubman Gill pushed on, posting another half-century.

The Titans collectively made 4/144 (20.0), a reasonable total, yet work was to be done to make sure of their playoff qualification.

A rampant Rashid Khan made sure Gujarat were the first to qualify for the playoffs, with an outstanding 4/25 (3.5), guiding it to win by a monster 62 runs.

Match 62 of 70 v Chennai Super Kings

Wade made consecutive appearances for the Titans, as he faced the Super Kings in Mumbai.

As the Super Kings decided to bat after winning the toss, Wade was instantly involved, despite not wicket keeping.

Wade teamed up with Rashid Khan to pick up the wicket of the dangerous Gaikwad for 53 (49), catching him in the outfield. The Super Kings went on to post a score of 5/133 (20.0).

With the bat, Wade made an impressionable 20 (15), which comprised of two boundaries, after coming to the crease at first drop. The Titans’ batting attack made light work of the Super Kings, chasing their total in 19.1 overs.

Saha claimed the man-of-the-match, doing the majority of the work in the chase. He posted a score of 67 (57), which inspired the Titans to their tenth win of the season.

Despite already qualifying for the playoffs, the Titans are well within a chance of dominating the competition in just their first season.

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Lucknow Super Giants

Match 57 of 70 v Gujarat Titans

Like the Titans, the Super Giants would qualify for the playoffs with a victory, so a lot was on the line. The Titans won the toss and decided to bat first.

Following an impressive knock from Shubman Gill, the Titans posted a total of 4/144 (20.0), giving the Super Giants a big chance to steal the chocolates.

The Super Giants were unable to get their innings up and going. The entire order suffered a collapse, with only two batsmen reaching double figures and Deepak Hooda top-scoring with 27 (26).

Marcus Stoinis was run out early into his innings for 2 (2). The match was completed at the end of the 13th over when the Super Giants were bowled out for 82 – 62 runs away from victory.

Match 63 of 70 v Rajasthan Royals

Following a string of shaky results, Stoinis and the Lucknow Super Giants were looking for a much-needed pick-me-up when they took on the Rajasthan Royals.

The Royals won the toss and chose to bat. This time around, we would see Stoinis in action with the ball. However, from his one and only over, he was blasted for 15 runs as the Royals put their foot down to score 6/178 (20.0).

Stoinis was one of a few batters to get their batting innings up and running. He was one of three to reach at least 20 as the Super Giants once again found it difficult to chase a total.

Stoinis completed a quickfire 27 (17), which included one four and two sixes, once he departed the rest of his teammates crumbled under the pressure.

The Super Giants stopped like a deer in headlights toward the end of their innings, 24 runs short of the Royals’ total.

Delhi Capitals

Match 58 of 70 v Rajasthan Royals

Mitch Marsh and David Warner played vital roles in an important victory for the Dehli Capitals, as they edge closer to the top four.

The Capitals won the toss and bowled. Marsh came out of the gates quickly, making an impact with the ball. He got the two breakthrough wickets of Yashasvi Jaiswal for 19 (19) and Ravi Ashwin for 50 (38). Both had the Capitals’ bowlers stumped for some time.

Marsh finished with figures of 2/25 from only three overs, as the Royals posted a total of 6/160 (20.0).

Delhi needed someone to step up, following the early wicket of Srikar Bharat in the first over. That pair was Warner and Marsh.

Most of the strike was held by Marsh who scored his first half-century of the IPL season. Warner also contributed when on strike, notching up yet another half-century, steering the Capitals toward a comfortable victory.

Marsh departed for 89 from 62 balls – an innings containing five fours and seven sixes. Whilst Warner and Rishabh Pant claimed victory with 11 balls remaining.

Warner’s knock of 52* (41) included five fours and a six, as the Capitals reached another victory – by eight wickets. Marsh claimed the man-of-the-match for his mammoth contribution with both bat and ball.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Match 60 of 70 v Punjab Kings

Royal Challengers Bangalore found it difficult when they faced the Punjab Kings. Despite some good efforts, the Kings were too strong for Glenn Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood and co.

After winning the toss, the Challengers decided to bowl, which didn’t turn out to be so wise. Led by Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone, the Kings managed to surpass 200 runs with ease.

Maxwell picked up a singular wicket with the ball, bowling Shikhar Dhawan for 21 (15). Maxwell also claimed a runout with the final ball of the Kings’ innings, as well as catching Rishi Dhawan off the bowling of Harshal Patel.

With the bat, Maxwell battled hard, making 35 runs from 22 balls. An innings including three fours and a crafty swift-hit six, although the support was non-existent. Hazlewood managed to make seven not out as the last man in line, but the match was already out of reach.

Bangalore fell short by 54 runs, as it holds onto fourth spot by the smallest of margins, for now.

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