With the curtains coming down on the 2018 edition of the IPL, we take a look at the best all-round performances over the course of the tournament.
BEST ALL-ROUND DISPLAY
34* & 3-19, Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kolkata Knight Riders in Eliminator
Often match-winners star with either the bat or the ball but to excel with both is rare. The Afghan teen did just that by dashing Kolkata’s hopes of making it to the final.
He first smashed 34 runs off just 10 balls, including four sixers and two fours, to help Hyderabad raise a strong total of 174, which at one stage looked bleak as they were struggling at 124-5 after 17 overs. He then returned to haunt Kolkata by unleashing his leg-breaks and claimed the wickets of Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn and Andre Russell to derail Kolkata’s chase.
He also took two catches in the final over and affected a run-out. The remarkable aspect of Rashid’s brilliance was that he stepped up every time it looked like the game was slipping away. Everyone knew how effective he was as a bowler but it was his batting that was a revelation as until that game he had scored just 25 runs from 15 matches.
Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders) 75 and 1-44 vs Kings XI Punjab
The Trinadian’s 36-ball 75 laid the foundations for the season’s highest total (245) and he then claimed the prize scalp of KL Rahul as Kolkata eked out a 14-run win.
Hardik Pandya (Mumbai Indians) 3-28 and 50 runs vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
It was an excellent all-round display by Pandya but it went in vain as Mumbai lost by 14 runs.
With the latest edition of the IPL now over, we cast a look at the best individual bowling performances of the season.
4-20, Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals
It was a big game as both teams were in contention for the playoffs. Rajasthan, put into bat, scored 59 runs in four overs and looked set for a big total. But once Kuldeep Yadav was pressed into the attack in the eighth over, Rajasthan’s hopes were dashed. The left-arm wrist spinner turned the game in Kolkata’s favour by claiming Rajasthan’s top batsmen – Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Stuart Binny and Ben Stokes. He claimed a wicket in every over to finish with 4-20.
It was top class spin bowling as he slipped in the googlies with telling effect. Rajasthan were bowled out for 142 and Kolkata chased it down easily in 18 overs. It was Yadav’s best bowling display in the IPL and it came at a crucial time as it helped Kolkata progress in the league. The 23-year-old also emerged as the best Indian spinner in the tournament by claiming 17 wickets, which was also his best haul in the event.
3-23 by Umesh Yadav (Royal Challengers Bangalore) v Kings XI Punjab
The fast bowler triple strike triggered Punjab’s capitulation for a paltry 88 as RCB romped home with 10 wickets.
5-14 by Ankit Rajpoot (Kings XI Punjab) v Sunrisers Hyderabad
It was the best haul of the season but the Punjab’s pacer display was not enough to help his side fetch a win.
Shane Watson scored a magnificent century to grab the Man of the match in the all-important clash.
The Yellow Army returned from a two-year suspension, to defy all odds and clinch the trophy under captain MS Dhoni.
With CSK announcing their comeback in style, we take a look at some key stats from their title-winning campaign.
145 – The number of sixes hit by the Super Kings. Also the most by any team in IPL 2018. They went past Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) record of 142 sixes in the 2016 edition.
99 – Of those sixes were accounted by the trio of Shane Watson (35), Ambati Rayudu (34) and Dhoni (30).
3 – The number of Chennai Super Kings batsmen who went past 400 runs in this season at a strike of more than 145. Again the same trio – Rayudu (602 runs at 149.75), Watson (555 at 154.59) and Dhoni (455 at 150.66). Also the first time a team has had three batsmen scoring more than 400 runs at a strike rate above 145 in an IPL season.
75.83 – Dhoni’s average in IPL this season – highest after 16 games.
16 – Number of wickets CSK’s top wicket-taker Shardul Thakur took.
1 – CSK were the only team to win against each of the other seven teams at least once.
4 – Number of times CSK defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad, first time a team has beaten an opposition four times in an IPL season.
6.00 – Lungi Ngidi’s economy rate, second only to Ish Sodhi. The leg-spinner played one game less than the seamer.
11 – Number of catches Ravindra Jadeja completed. Second only to Shikhar Dhawan (12).
8 – Number of different stars to win Man-of-the-match awards for CSK – most by any team this season. Watson and Rayudu received three and two each respectively, while Dwayne Bravo, Sam Billings, Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Lungi Ngidi and Faf du Plessis won one each.