Nine Australians took to the field across nine matches in the IPL this week, including Sean Abbott who made his season debut for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
There was a variation of results including big teams being knocked over, here is what happened in week six of the IPL:
Kolkata Knight Riders
Match 47 of 70 v Rajasthan Royals
Aaron Finch was back in action for the Knight Riders, when they took on the third-placed Royals. The Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bowl.
Finch played no highlighted part in the field, as the Royals posted a score of 5/152 (20.0). Finch then walked to the crease with Baba Indrajith to open the batting and begin the chase.
Unfortunately for Finch, he was the first to fall, chopping onto his own wicket. He was bowled by Kuldeep Sen at the beginning of the fourth over for 4 (7), unable to get his innings up and running.
Luckily for Finch, his team we able to pick up the pieces and continue the chase, after Indrajith was dismissed for 15 (16), two overs later.
Captain Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, and Rinku Singh completed the chase of their own bats, posting scores of 34 (32), 48 (37), and 42 (23) respectively.
Rana hit the winning runs, sending a six over the rope, the Knight Riders completing the chase with five balls to spare – 3/158 (19.1).
Match 53 of 70 v Lucknow Super Giants
Coming off the back of their fourth victory, the Knights Riders were full of hope as they faced the Super Giants. They also won the toss and chose to bowl.
Finch played no part with the ball, as the Knight Riders’ bowling attack was unable to completely banish the Super Giants batsmen, allowing them to post a score of 7/176 (20.0).
Finch opened the batting with Indrajith – who went for a duck during the first over, which turned out to be a wicket-maiden.
The Knight Riders continued to chase but continued to hit roadblocks. The Australian nurdled the ball around before Finch was dismissed for 14 (14), hitting only one boundary.
From there, the innings continued to fall apart, as seven batsmen were sent back to the pavilion with under 10 runs to their name, allowing the Super Giants to cruise to victory by 75 runs with over five overs to spare.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Match 49 of 70 v Chennai Super Kings
The Challengers faced the struggling Super Kings, in hopes of enhancing their top-four hopes with the superstar Aussie duo Glenn Maxwell and Josh Hazlewood in action.
Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis opened the batting for the Challengers, following the decision to bowl from the Super Kings. The pair made 62 from just over seven overs until du Plessis was dismissed for 38 (22), bringing Maxwell to the crease.
Maxwell only survived three balls, as he struggled to make a mark on the innings. He only made 3 runs (3), before being run out by Robin Uthappa.
Hazlewood didn’t get the chance to bat, as the Challengers posted a decent total of 8/173 (20.0). Although, Hazlewood would get the chance to wreak havoc will the ball.
The Australian duo was very economical with the ball, The usual suspect of Hazlewood was perhaps outshone by Maxwell with the ball despite both making a difference.
Between the pair, Maxwell struck first, with the second wicket of the innings, dismissing Uthappa for 1 (3). In his following over, Maxwell multiplied his tally with the wicket of Ambati Rayudu, bowling him for 10 (8).
Maxwell’s finishing figures were 2/22 (4.0) with an economy of 5.50, impressive from an all-rounder – who sometimes is not given the chance to bowl.
The Challengers sat in a comfortable position, halting the run rate of the Super Kings, significantly lower than what was required.
Hazlewood picked up his only wicket of the match in the penultimate over, knocking over MS Dhoni for 2 (3).
The Super Kings fell short of the total, posting a score of 8/160 (20.0), 13 runs short of the Challengers’ total. Hazlewood finished with figures of 1/19 (4.0), with an economy of 4.75.
Match 54 of 70 v Sunrisers Hyderabad
Maxwell and Hazlewood were up to the usual antics, as the Challengers faced the Sunrisers. The Challengers won the toss and batted, and it paid dividends.
Despite Kohli opening and being dismissed with the first ball, the remainder of the Challengers line-up made up for it massively.
A captain’s knock of 73* (50) from du Plessis was important to the Challengers’ innings. His knock was highlighted by the cameos of Rajat Patidar, Maxwell, and Dinesh Karthik who posted helpful totals of 48 (38), 33 (24), and 30 (8) respectively.
Maxwell’s innings of 33 (24) was decorated with 3 fours and 2 sixes as the Challengers made a stomped total of 3/192 (20.0).
The Aussie duo continued to make an impact with the ball, both picking up wickets as the Challengers eased to victory.
Maxwell opened the bowling, picking up one of the two wickets – bowling Abhishek Sharma for a duck, while Kane Williamson was run out at the other end. The tone was set from the start of the innings, with the Challengers in control.
Hazlewood outdid Maxwell this time, picking up two wickets at a very economical rate. He got the most important wicket of Rahul Tripathi for 58 (37), who was making an impressionable innings.
His second scalp claimed the wicket of Kartik Tyagi for a golden duck, with his next delivery.
Hazlewood finished with figures of 2/17 (4.0) and Maxwell alternatively with 1/13 (2.0), as the Challengers won by a storming 67 runs.
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Match 50 of 70 v Delhi Capitals
The Sunrisers selected Sean Abbott for his first match of the season, as they took on the Capitals in Delhi. The Sunrisers won the toss and chose to bowl, giving Abbott a chance to show his craft in the opening 20 overs.
He did just that, picking up the wicket of fellow countryman Mitch Marsh in athletic style. Abbott caught and bowled Marsh in the fifth over of the match for 10 (7), stopping him from tearing it up with the bat.
His bowling innings was not all fireworks, as David Warner continued to pounce the scoreboard, devasting every bowler coming his way.
Abbott completed his spell with figures of 1/47 (4.0). Warner and Powell a big factor in that, disturbing his economy rate – which ended at 11.75 per over.
Abbott then enjoyed a short cameo with the bat when chasing, posting 7 (5), including 1 six. But it was a little too late, as the Capitals had done enough damage to stop the chase early. The Sunrisers finished their 20 overs on 8/186, 21 runs short of the Capitals.
Match 50 of 70 v Sunrisers Hyderabad
David Warner, Marsh, and the Capitals hosted the Sunrisers at Brabourne Stadium, the visitors won the toss and decided to bowl first.
Warner, as per usual, opened the batting – this time with Mandeep Singh. Singh was gone before the first over completed, adding no runs to the total, with Marsh joining Warner at the crease.
With runs to catch up on, the pair went on a 4-over tear, before Marsh was sent packing by Abbott, making his first appearance this season.
The runs continued to flow from Warner’s bat, with the Australian notching up a fifty in quick succession. At the end of the tenth over, captain Rishabh Pant left the crease, bringing in Rovman Powell to help Warner.
Warner’s half-century was the 89th of his career, launching him to the top of the T20 fifties charts, surpassing the great Chris Gayle.
He and Powell charged towards a usually comfortable score of 3/207 (20.0). Warner notched an unbeaten 92 (58), an innings that included 12 fours and 3 sixes.
Marsh battled hard with the ball, picking up a solitary wicket in his four-over spell, with the third wicket of Rahul Tripathi at the end of the seventh over.
‘The Bison’ finished with 1/36 from his four overs, as the Capitals halted the Sunrisers’ run chase of 8/186 (20.0).
Warner collected the man-on-the-match for his record-breaking 92-run innings, to which he stated, “I didn’t need extra motivation”, upon defeating his former club.
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Match 55 of 70 v Chennai Super Kings
Following his record-breaking match against the Sunrisers, Warner was back in action to face the Super Kings alongside Marsh. The Capitals chose to bowl after winning the toss.
Warner provided some brilliance in the field, picking up two catches that in turn dismissed Shivam Dube off the bowling of Marsh and Moeen Ali before he was required to open the batting for the Capitals.
The Super Kings posted a monster total of 6/208, highlighted by Devon Conway who made 87 from 49 balls – including 7 fours and 5 sixes.
With a big total to chase, Warner and Marsh would need their best to overcome the odds. Warner made 19 (12) before he was dismissed. His innings included 1 four and 2 sixes.
Positively, Marsh top-scored for the Capitals with 25 (20), an innings that included 3 fours and a six. But unfortunately, the Capitals batting line-up had a minimum capacity.
The Capitals were eventually overrun by the Super Kings by a massive 91 runs and particularly Moeen Ali who grabbed three wickets for only 13 runs from his four overs.
Match 51 of 70 v Gujarat Titans
Daniel Sams and Riley Meredith were ready to go off the back of some handy cameos, as the Indians took on the Titans. The visitors won the toss and chose to bowl, giving the Aussie duo time to settle into the match.
The Indians were spurred on by some valiant knocks by the top order, Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma as they made 45 (29) and 43 (28) respectively.
Once that opening pair was removed, the Indians looked shaky. Another big knock of 44 (21) from Tim David drew the Indians back on course toward the end of the innings.
Sams added no runs to the total, as he was dismissed for a duck from two balls. Meredith didn’t bat as the Indians posted a score of 6/177 (20.0).
The Titans started similarly to the Indians, with the opening pair of Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill posting half-centuries. Both batsmen were gone by the end of 13 overs, the Titans appeared destined for victory at 2/111 (13.0).
Although neither Sams nor Meredith picked up wickets, Sams defended well in the final over. But, the Indians’ bowling line-up was able to reject the Titans’ attack. This halted the league leaders to 5/172 (20.0), triumphing in the final hour.
Lucknow Super Giants
Match 53 of 70 v Kolkata Knight Riders
Marcus Stoinis was on form with the bat when his Super Giants took on the Knight Riders. The Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bowl, giving Stoinis his chance to shine early into the piece.
KL Rahul was run out without facing a ball, putting a minor bump in the Super Giants’ innings.
However, Quinton de Kock shone with the bat, posting a quickfire half-century from 29 balls, restructuring the Super Giants’ innings.
Stoinis was introduced at number six, and provided a 28-run inning, striking at 200, including 1 four and 3 sixes in a row. The Super Giants finished the first innings with a defendable 7/176 (20.0).
The Super Giants interrupted the flow of the Knight Riders’ innings constantly, as only one batter, Andre Russell scored over 30.
three-wicket hauls from Avesh Khan and Jason Holder stopped the Knight Riders from making any scoreboard impact. They were bowled out for 101 (14.3), gifting the Super Giants a relatively outstanding victory, by 75 runs.
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