With a dramatic end to the double-header Sunday, IPL 2021 has moved into an interesting position. In the first match, Chennai Super Kings defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 2 wickets in the last ball of the match at Abu Dhabi. Meanwhile, in the second match which was expected to be a big one, Royal Challengers Bangalore returned to winning ways by getting past Mumbai Indians by 54 runs at Dubai. The upcoming week is going to be very crucial as the teams continue to fight for a playoffs spot.
The twists and turns in the point table continue as Chennai Super Kings again move to the top surpassing Delhi Capitals. Kolkata Knight Riders remain at 4th spot after the loss to CSK. Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore registered their first win of IPL 2021 second phase and move a step closer to the playoffs. Things are getting tougher for defending champions Mumbai Indians as they slip to 7th position in the point table. MI quickly need a win to get their championship back on track.
|Team||Matches||Wins||Losses||Net Run Rate||Points|
|Chennai Super Kings||10||8||2||+1.069||16|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||10||6||4||-0.359||12|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||10||4||6||+0.322||8|
CSK’s openers Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad are having an excellent time in the middle together. Both have been giving strong starts to the team which paves the way for middle order to cash in. Both have found a place in the top 5 of Orange Cap list and both average above 40. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli too, go up in the list after decent contributions with the bat. Shikhar Dhawan still holds the Orange cap with KL Rahul just behind him in the list.
|Player||Matches||Runs||Bat Avg.||Strike Rate||Highest Score|
|Faf du Plessis||10||394||49.25||141.21||95*|
With a brilliant hat-trick on Sunday against Mumbai Indians, Harshal Patel has consolidated his top position in the purple cap list. He is now 8 wickets ahead of second placed Avesh Khan. Jasprit Bumrah moves into the 4th position with a 3-wicket haul against RCB. Punjab Kings youngster Arshdeep Singh is 5th on this list. If Morris gets a game on Monday, he will have a chance to be second on the list. Varun Chakravarthy is having a brilliant season so far and can be a threat to the opposition in the upcoming matches.
|Player||Matches||Wickets||Bowl. Avg.||Econ. Rate||Best Figures|