IPL 2020 Review: New Season, New Stories in the Bubble

  • Match 6: KL Rahul’s 100: Earlier in the tournament, KL Rahul faced his former team and blasted them all over the ground for 132 runs off 69 deliveries. He was dropped twice credit to the captain on the other side, but he made sure the opposition suffered because of that. Result: KXIP won by a whopping 97 runs.
  • Match 9: Rajasthan Royals chasing 224: If your team scores anything above 200 batting first, you will breathe easy in the next half of the game. But it wasn’t true for KXIP. Chasing a massive 223, Royals maintained a steady pace with Samson and Steve Smith’s innings. But it was Rahul Tewatia who boosted the chase to make it look like a comfortable victory in the end.
  • Match 10, Super over drama for RCB and MI: RCB put up a massive 201 on board thanks to Padikkal, Finch and ABD’s 50s. MI’s early wickets gave hope to RCB until Ishan Kishan and Pollard’s partnership made them sweat. So ironic, that Ishan Kishan goes out on 99 and MI fell a run short to win the match. Match went to super over for RCB to grab a major victory.
  • Match 18, Watson and du Plessis in the vintage form: While CSK was struggling with back to back losses, it looked another uphill task to chase 178 scored by KXIP. But the Chennai openers had a different plan to give their batsmen additional rest. They went on to chase the score comfortably in the 18th over without losing a wicket, with the second biggest opening partnership in a 10-wicket win in IPL.
  • Match 34, Dhawan’s century and Axar’s last over blitz: Delhi Capitals had a difficult start chasing 180 against CSK. Dhawan held his ground while the wickets kept tumbling on the other hand. He managed to score his first ton of IPL with the last over remaining. Axar Patel smashed Jadeja all over the park hitting 3 sixes in the final over to win the match.
  • Match 36, IPL’s first second super over: While chasing 176, KXIP only needed 9 off the final over. But Bumrah managed to give a lifeline to MI by taking a wicket on the last delivery taking it to the super over. While Bumrah bowled to his strength in the 1st super over, Shami bowled superbly to tie the score yet again. With KXIP determined to make playoffs, they took home the match eventually, making it the first IPL game to be decided in the 2nd super over.
  • Match 39, RCB dismantling KKR: KKR didn’t know what was about to come. RCB’s bowlers just bulldozed through the KKR’s batsmen restricting them to the lowest score in IPL history. Mohammed Siraj bowled 2 maiden overs in his spell taking 3 wickets. Nonetheless, it was an easy chase for RCB.
  • Match 42, Chakravarthy’s fiver: Delhi Capitals had the knack of scoring big this season. While chasing 195 against an inconsistent KKR should have not been a lot difficult. Yet the mystery spinner Chakravarthy stopped Delhi in their tracks. He bowled the best spell of the season to snatch a victory for Knight Riders.
  • Match 43, SRH’s collapse against KXIP: KXIP found themselves in a do or die situation in every match in the latter half of the group stage. Their chances looked slim with only 126 to defend. SRH got off to a confident start but broke down like a house of cards losing 6 wickets in the last 13 balls. KXIP managed to keep their playoff hopes alive.
  • Match 45, Ben Stokes’ century: MI flexed their muscles scoring 195 in the first innings. While Rajasthan did chase 200+ previously in the season, it looked highly unlikely considering their form. The addition of Ben Stokes to the squad turned the tides in Royals’ favour. The world cup winner scored a century with Sanju Samson’s 50 to make it an easy win in the end.
  • Match 49, Jadeja’s heroics for CSK: While CSK’s season was more or less complete, they still rained on other team’s parade. Chasing 173 should have been easy for CSK but this was a season, unlike others. Ruturaj Gaikwad provided the stability giving CSK a chance but it was Jadeja who scored hefty in the last 2 overs including 2 sixes in the last 2 balls. Another win for men in yellow.
  • Qualifier 1, Delhi’s top order disappearing like a magician: With the top 2 teams meeting in the first qualifier, everyone expected a tight battle. Mumbai scored a massive 200, making room for an exciting chase. But all the excitement just went poof. Delhi’s first 3 batsmen returned to the pavilion without adding to the score. For the first time in IPL, the scoreline read 0/3. The damage was already done and Mumbai made it to the final.
  • Qualifier 2: Delhi Capitals’ redemption and Rabada’s almost hattrick: While facing SRH in the second qualifier, Delhi did learn from its previous qualifier experience. They put up a great 189 against impressive SRH bowlers. On the other hand, SRH kept losing their wickets in a regular interval but were on the course to make it to the final. Until Delhi’s saviour in the purple cap took 3 wickets in a row in the 19th over to derail SRH. Well, not exactly 3 balls considering a wide delivery in between.

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Aditya Agrawal

Aditya Agrawal

A sports fanatic who would like to discuss anything and everything on sports. Trying to express my views through my blogs.