As another exciting Indian Premier League (IPL) season draws to a close, sports star takes a look at the standout moments from 2022. From six-hitting sprees to close finishes, here are the top five incidents from the competition that caught viewers’ interest.
1. Buttler, Chahal chasing the knights
A high scoring match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) on April 18 saw Jos Buttler score a century and Yuzvendra Chahal claimed the only hat-trick of the season.
RR, asked to bat first, finished with 217/5 on the board after 20 overs, thanks to a 61-ball 103 from Buttler. His hundred, dotted with nine fours and five sixes, was his second of the season.
KKR seemed to have the chase under control until the 17th, when RR skipper Sanju Samson chose to take out Chahal. The leg spinner let Venkatesh Iyer punch his very first ball from over the wicket. Sheldon Jackson, the new man, singled and passed the charge to his in-form captain Shreyas Iyer, who hit 85 for 50 balls. Fate struck when Shreyas was assigned LBW. KKR’s horror show at Brabourne Stadium continued as even Shivam Mavi and Pat Cummins left in succession, giving Chahal a well-deserved hat-trick. It was the 21st hat-trick in the IPL, with Chahal finishing 4-0-40-5.
When KKR dropped from 178/4 to 180/8 in six deliveries, RR took two points, beating Shreyas and Co. with seven runs.
2. Cummins’ Big Entry
Cummins, who played his first game of the season on April 6, gave KKR a rare win against its Mumbai Indians (MI) bogey team.
An effective short ball trick from MI’s pacers had half of the KKR side back in the hut. However, Rohit Sharma’s side was stunned by an imperious Cummins, who came in with 61 runs from 41 balls, but sealed the deal within the next 17 minutes!
Cummins’ exciting display of clean-hitting took him to 56* with just 15 balls. Not only did Australian all-rounder and Test captain KL Rahul’s 2018 record of fastest fifty in IPL from just 14 balls, but he also helped KKR surpass MI’s 161 for four with a whopping four overs left.
Pat Cummins’ Spider Map
Countryman Daniel Sams suffered the most, with one of his overs for 35 runs. It included four huge sixes, a four and a medium no-ball that was cleverly caught on the ropes by Suryakumar and Cummins ran two.
3. Tewatia does a Tewatia
Rahul Tewatia likes to play against the Punjab Kings (PBKS). In 2020, Tewatia, then a member of RR, skipped five sixes in an over from PBKS’ Sheldon Cottrell to get his side across the line.
On April 8, he reminisced about that match when his current side Gujarat Titans (GT) struggled – again against PBKS – after losing Hardik Pandya in the last over and needing 12 of the last two deliveries.
Odean Smith’s penultimate length delivery was pumped across the deep midwicket. It almost ended up in the hands of Jagadeesha Suchith, but Tewatia survived the shock and coolly delivered the last ball to the stands. (Match report)
4. Dhoni closes in style… again!
Mahendra Singh Dhoni turned back the clock in a match against MI on April 21. With Chennai Super Kings (CSK) taking 42 runs from three overs, opposition skipper Rohit would have thought his side was on the way to victory when Dwaine Pretorius and Dhoni ruined the party.
In the 18th over, Pretorius hit a six, Dhoni scored four runs and the duo had a few hits to narrow the comparison down to 28 out of 12. The 19th over from Jasprit Bumrah went for 11 runs when Pretorius hit two boundaries to enter CSK keep the hunt.
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Pretorius’ LBW sacking of Jaydev Unadkat in the final over may have given Mumbai some hope before one of the best finishers in the game’s history hit a six and two fours from the last four balls to take his side home.
5. All aboard the Umran Express…
Umran Malik of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) broke the speed gun in a match against the Delhi Capitals (DC) when he threw the second fastest delivery in IPL history at 157km/h. In 2020 he passed the 156.22 km/h of Anrich Nortje from Delhi.
It was unfortunate, however, that the fastest ball of IPL 2022 was hit by DC’s Rovman Powell via extra cover for four. It seems only a matter of time before Umran passes Shaun Tait, who holds the record for bowling the fastest delivery in the IPL in 2011 – 157.71 kph vs Aaron Finch (DC).
Umran recently got his first call-up for India’s upcoming Twenty20 International series against South Africa at home.