David Warner and Prithvi Shaw celebrate a 50-run opening partnership for the Capitals. (Image: Delhi Capitals)

Week three of the IPL has come and gone and the competition is beginning to take shape. Eight Aussies were in action. Who performed well? Who needs to improve?

Week three of the IPL has come and gone and the competition is beginning to take shape. Eight Aussies were in action.

Who performed well? Who needs to improve? Here is what happened in week three of the IPL:

Matthew Wade – Gujarat Titans

Match 4 v Sunrisers Hyderabad

The Sunrisers won the toss and elected to bowl, meaning Wade would open the batting, alongside Shubman Gill once again.

Gill couldn’t match the heroic 96 he made last game. He was dismissed in the third over for 7 (9). His replacement Sai Sudharsan also only lasted nine deliveries, dismissed for 11 (9).

Wade continued to knock them about until the eighth over. He reached 19, striking at 100 percent until he was adjudged out LBW off the bowling of Umran Malik.

Titan’s captain Hardik Pandya battled to a valiant 50* (42). His knock helped the Titans to a defendable total of 7/162 (20.0).

Behind the stumps, Wade was rarely needed, as the Sunrisers took full control of the match. The opening pair of Abhishek Sharma and captain Kane Williamson combined for a 99-run partnership that seized control of the chase.

The Sunrisers came home victorious after the first ball of the final over. Winning by eight wickets, with a total of 2/168 (19.1), handing the Titans their first taste of defeat.

Match 5 v Rajasthan Royals

The Royals won the toss and decided to bowl, with Wade opening the batting for the Titans once again.

He was the first to fall this time. In just the second over, his quick-fire innings of 12 (6) were over, run out by Rassie van der Dussen.

Titans’ captain Hardik Pandya led the charge once again, storming to 87* (52), helping the Titans to an impressive innings total of 4/192 (20.0).

Gujarat set the Royals 193 to chase. Do-able, but difficult. Jos Buttler got the best start speeding to 54 (24), before being bowled by kiwi speedster Lockie Ferguson.

Wade, was useful behind the stumps, holding onto a catch behind from Rassie van der Dussen for 6 (10), off the bowling of Yash Dayal. At this stage, the Royals sat at 5/90 (10.3).

From here, the chase looked unlikely, as the Royals were brought to a halt. Their innings ended with 9/155 (20.0).

The Titans claimed their first win of the week, by an important 37 runs.

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Josh Hazelwood – Royal Challengers Bangalore

Match 1 v Chennai Super Kings

Hazlewood entered the 2022 IPL season for the Challengers, coming up against the Super Kings, alongside fellow countryman Glenn Maxwell. The Challengers won the toss and elected to bowl.

Hazlewood snagged the first wicket of the match, catching Ruturaj Gaikwad off guard via LBW for 17 (16). Finishing his spell with economical figures of 1/33 (4.0).

The Super Kings pair of Robin Uthappa and Shivam Dube scored 88 (50) and 95* (46) respectively. Launching the Super Kings to a huge score of 4/216 (20.0). The highest score by any team so far this season.

217 to win was a tall order but RCB was up for it. There were no standout performances with the bat, although the highest scorer was Shahbaz Ahmed, scoring 41 (27).

Hazlewood was needed with the bat, coming in as the final batter in the 18th over. He made 7* (7) and completed the required overs, the Challengers were just 23 runs short, with a total of 9/193 (20.0).

Match 2 v Delhi Capitals

The Capitals won the toss and elected to bowl. Josh Hazlewood was unused in the batting innings, as the Challengers impressed, with a total of 5/189 (20.0).

Fellow countryman Glenn Maxwell notched up 55 (34), while Challengers’ wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik top-scored with 66* (34).

Hazlewood led the charge with the ball, claiming three wickets. His first was Rovman Powell for a golden duck, his bowling finished off with a nice piece of work behind the stump by Karthik.

His next two were within his next two overs. Lalit Yadav went for 1 (4), Suyash Prabhudessai with the catch in the outfield. His final wicket of Shardul Thakur 17 (9), ended the threat of any comeback, once again caught behind by Karthik.

Hazlewood finished his spell with figures of 3/28 (4.0). The Capitals finished their 20 overs, only managing 7/173, 16 runs short of the Challengers.

Glenn Maxwell – Royal Challengers Bangalore

Match 2 v Chennai Super Kings

The Challengers won the toss and elected to bowl. Unlike the last match where Maxwell didn’t feature in the bowling attack – he did this time.

Maxwell was unable to take any wickets bowling figures of 0/29 (3.0). Unfortunately for the Challengers, no one was able to stop Uthappa and Dube who combined for 183 runs.

The Super Kings duo helped Chennai to a total of 4/216 (20.0).

Maxwell was introduced in the fifth over, with the Challengers sitting 2/20 (4.1). With the bat, Maxwell made an impression, but it was short-lived.

‘The Big Show’ stormed to 26 (11) before he was bowled by Ravindra Jadeja and the end of the seventh over.

Some similar innings were played by Shahbaz Ahmed, Suyash Prabhudessai, and Dinesh Karthik, who scored 41 (27), 34 (18), and 34 (14), respectively.

These efforts were not enough as the Challengers fell short by 23 runs.

Match 3 v Delhi Capitals

For his third match of the season against the Capitals, it was also Maxwell’s 100th IPL match throughout his career.

The Capitals won the toss and elected to bowl; Maxwell was in early as the Challengers slumped to 2/13 (2.3). Maxwell was welcomed to the crease, partnering with Virat Kohli.

Kohli soon departed for 12 (14), run out by Lalit Yadav. Maxwell continued to crack on, putting the foot down.

Maxwell steamed toward his first 50 of the competition. Once he reached the milestone, his time at the crease was ticking.

He was out, momentarily after for 55 (34). Some tricky bowling by Kuldeep Yadav was rewarded when Lalit Yadav finished the job in the field.

The sixth-wicket stand of Shahbaz Ahmed, 32 (21), and Dinesh Karthik, 66 (34), led the Challengers to a competitive total of 5/189 (20.0).

With the ball, Maxwell provided two economical overs, bowling figures of 0/14 (2.0). But it was fellow Australian – Hazlewood – who did the most damage.

Hazlewood claimed three wickets, as the Challengers defended their tally of 189, halting the Capitals to a score of 7/173 (20.0).

Pat Cummins – Kolkata Knight Riders

Match 3 v Sunrisers Hyderabad

The Sunrisers elected to bowl after winning the toss. Pat Cummins, alongside Aaron Finch, would go out to bat in the first 20 overs.

Finch opened the batting with Venkatesh Iyer; however, their opening stand was not long-lasting. Both were gone before the end of the fifth over. Finch for 7 (5) and Iyer for 6 (13).

Nitish Rana provided some stability, midway through the innings. Torching the Sunrisers to make a quick-fire 50, before going out for 54 (36).

Cummins arrived at the crease with the Knight Riders on 6/142 (17.2). He did as much as he could, but it was no use. Cummins was sent packing shortly after, for 3 (3).

The Knight Riders completed their innings, posting an admirable total of 8/175 (20.0). Plenty would be needed to claim the win, but it relied on the bowling stocks.

With the ball, Cummins got the ball rolling early. In his first over of the match, he claimed the first wicket of the innings. Cummins bowled Abhishek Sharma, gone for 3 (10).

Andre Russell bowled Kane Williamson in the sixth over, for 17 (16) and the Sunrisers sat on 2/39.

The third-wicket stand of Rahul Tripathi and Aiden Markham combined for a 139-run partnership, to steady the ship for the Sunrisers and ultimately win them the match.

The Sunrisers completed the chase, shortly after losing Tripathi for 71 (37), with 13 balls remaining in the over.

Markham finished the chase with a knock of 68* (36), alongside Nicholas Pooran who helped the Sunrisers over the line.

Aaron Finch – Kolkata Knight Riders

Match 1 v Sunrisers Hyderabad

Representing his record ninth IPL franchise, Finch began his IPL campaign debuting for the Knight Riders in a match against the Sunrisers, alongside Australian test captain – Pat Cummins.

The Sunrisers chose to bowl, meaning Finch would sit at the top of the order, opening for the Knight Riders.

His first 2022 IPL innings were short-lived when he was caught by Pooran off the bowling of Marco Jansen, for 7 (5).

The Knight Riders climbed to 8/175 (20.0)

The Knight Riders field was very much in attendance for most of the Sunrisers innings. Only one of the Sunrisers’ three wickets involved the field, and that wasn’t until the 15th over.

Finch, Cummins, and the Knight Riders were caught, with only 13 balls remaining. As the Sunrisers completed the chase – with a total of 3/176 (17.5).

Marcus Stoinis – Lucknow Super Giants

Match 2 v Mumbai Indians

Stoinis was back in action to take on the Indians, who won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Stoinis was brought to the crease, with the Giants looking comfortable at 2/124 (13.2). He joined KL Rahul who was storming toward a century.

Stoinis was soon dismissed, departing for only 10 (9), after Jaydev Unadkat picked up his first wicket of the innings.

Rahul continued to dismantle the Indians’ bowlers, rushing to a brilliant century. He ended the innings with 103 (60), giving the Giants a super total of 4/199 (20.0).

With the ball, Stoinis provided some highlights, as he and the Giants looked to defend their total.

Stoinis claimed the third wicket of the innings, clean bowling the opener Ishan Kishan for 13 (17).

Stoinis only bowled the two overs – for figures of 1/13 (2.0).

Avesh Khan led the way for the Giants, with figures of 3/30 (4.0), as the Giants stormed home to win by 18 runs.

David Warner – Delhi Capitals

Match 3 v Royal Challengers Bangalore

Warner played alongside Mitchell Marsh for the Capitals, as they faced Maxwell, Hazlewood, and the Challengers.

The Capitals won the toss and chose to bowl first.

Warner opened for the Capitals, as they endeavoured to chase the big score set by the Capitals as they posted 5/189 (20).

Warner made his mark against his Australian counterparts – Maxwell and Hazlewood, sending them both over the rope in the early stages.

Alongside Warner was Prithvi Shaw, who collectively posted a 50-run opening stand, before Shaw was dismissed for 16 (13). Warner’s presence was known – as he contributed the majority of the runs.

Warner charged toward his second consecutive IPL 50 and claimed it. His work with the bat gave the Capitals hope of chasing the total.

The Australian was undone in the 12th over, when he was dismissed via LBW, off the bowling of Wanindu Hasaranga for 66 (38).

Despite Warner’s top score of 66, the Capitals were unable to complete the chase, falling short by 16 runs, with a final score of 7/173 (20.0).

Mitchell Marsh – Delhi Capitals

Match 1 v Royal Challengers Bangalore

Marsh opened his 2022 IPL account together with Warner, for the Capitals, as they faced the Challengers.

The Capitals won the toss and elected to bowl.

Just like Warner, Marsh had no particular highlight in the field, not getting thrown the ball. The Challengers set a score of 5/189 (20.0), Marsh would surely have a bat, with plenty of runs to chase.

Australian counterpart, Warner had a blistering start with the bat, eventually notching up another 50. Marsh entered the fray after the fall of Shaw, for 16 (13).

Unfortunately, Marsh’s first run in the IPL – just like many other Australians – wasn’t perfect. He climbed to 14 (24) before he was run out by Hasaranga.

For the remainder of the innings, the Capitals were chasing, but they never got close enough. They finished with a total of 7/173 (20.0), 16 runs short of victory.

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