The 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is on in full flow, with some sparkling performances by batsmen and bowlers. A novelty of conducting the opening ceremony at each of the eight franchise’s home match was introduced by the administrators. Till now millions of fans from around the world have enjoyed some of the finest moments of the series. Here’s a look.
MS Dhoni smashes ball out of Chinnaswamy stadium
Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is going through a rough patch at the moment, playing for the Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in the IPL. But that didn’t hold him back when he was up against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). On Sunday, Dhoni came into bat at No. 4 when his side lost a couple of wickets. While facing the leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in the last ball of the 13th over, MS came down the track and smashed the ball out of the park. The ball was hit with such power that the ball cleared the fence and landed on the roof of Chinnaswamy Stadium.
One day, two hat-tricks
Fans witnessed the first hat-trick of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) being claimed by the West Indian leg-spinner Samuel Badree of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against the Mumbai Indians in a maiden over that rocked the Chinnaswamy stadium last Friday. Badree ripped apart MI’s top order with a hat-trick of their chase, and then, on the same day, Gujarat Lions’ Andrew Tye took three in the 20th over of Rising Pune Supergiant innings.
Virat Kohli’s smashing return
A dodgy right shoulder kept Virat out of the decisive Dharamasala Test and early IPL games. When the RCB skipper smashed 62 against Mumbai Indians’, including a sweet 17 off a Tim Southee over, it was evident ‘the warrior start’ had returned to complete fitness and form.
Superbly talented and notoriously underperforming, Delhi Daredevils’ Sanju Samson underlined his potential and showcased his wares in a classy display of controlled shot-making in his 102 of 63 balls against the Rising Pune Supergiant. Sanju Samson did it once again, it was the second ball of the 19th over of the innings when Manish Pandey bludgeoned Chris Moris straight towards the long-on boundary. Six was pre-conceived conclusion when Samson moved to his right, jumped up, caught the ball mid-air over his head and then flicked it back in the play as he dived over the rope. Samson’s efforts assured Delhi to stay in the game until the last over.
An Afghan star
Teenager Rashid Khan has caught everyone’s attention after foxing the likes of Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma with his googly. The Sunrisers leg-spinner is always confident and cheery. Rashid is one of most exciting new faces of IPL 10. His presence in the IPL is remarkable, his success astounding.
Nitish Rana slammed his second half-century of the IPL season on Sunday against the Gujarat Lions. Rana came out in the middle after opener Parthiv Patel fell on the second ball of the innings. Rana is currently the ‘Orange Cap’ holder with 193 runs in five innings. Rana’s pedigreed 50 off 29 deliveries helped MI snatch victory from near defeat against KKR and his 45 off 36 balls against SRH anchored the team’s winning chase.
Southee ‘wash-room’ break
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 18, 2017
A cricket match has seen awkward moment at times when nature’s call gets the better of players. However, Mumbai Indians’ pacer Tim Southee was not in the midst of his bowling but on the roads, travelling in his team bus when he suddenly wanted to visited a toilet. To make the matter worse for Southee, Harbhajan filmed the entire incident on his phone and shared it on Twitter. While the entire MI unit had a good laugh at Southee’s expense, the Kiwi bowler was sporting enough and did not got angry. In fact when someone asked him to share his experience, Southee said, “Not bad toilets in there.”