IPL 2019: Top Most Exciting Moments from Week 5 | Part 2
AB de Villiers floors Chinnaswamy, the main highlight as we revisit the top exciting moments from week 5 of IPL 2019.
IPL 2019 witnessed an action-packed second half of week 5 as CSK became the first team to qualify for the playoffs, Abd floored Chinnaswamy with a scintillating knock and much more interesting moments.
So, let’s look at part 2 of the top moments from week 5 of IPL 2019.
#4: AB DE VILLIERS FLOORS CHINNASWAMY
The most lovable player of the Bengaluru City, AB de Villiers floored Chinnaswamy once again as he smashed a scintillating 82*(44) with 3 fours and 7 sixes to keep RCB in the race of playoffs
Batting first, RCB lost captain Kohli cheaply for 13. AB de Villiers, who joined Parthiv Patel at the crease played the role of the second fiddle as Parthiv attacked the bowlers at the other end. By the time, Parthiv’s quick cameo of 43(24) in the seventh over came to an end, Abd had scored only 10(8).
With wickets tumbling at the other end, ABD’s innings looked full of control and patience as he didn’t play any risky shot until the 14th over. However, what came after his cautious 25(25) was an epic acceleration as he managed a total of 57 runs from the 19 deliveries he faced after that. He combined superbly with Marcus Stoinis as the duo smashed a total of 64 runs from their last 3 overs, thus taking the team’s total to 202-4 in 20 overs.
The highlight of his innings was an incredible one-handed ‘eyes-off-the-ball’ heave over long leg. The audacity of the shot was such that only Abd could have deposited that in the stands.
KXIP couldn’t chase the target as they fell short of the target by 17 runs.
#3: SHANE WATSON REPAYS FAITH SHOWN BY CSK
It wouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Shane Watson has been struggling to form in this IPL. His individual batting scores since his match-winning 44(26) against Delhi Capitals read 13, 5, 26, 17, 0, 6, 31 and 5. In his struggling period of 7 matches, he could only manage 104 runs at a miserable average of 14.85.
I believe, no team would have given him as many chances as CSK. But, that’s the magic of MS Dhoni and Stephen Flemming led CSK. The leadership and team management put so much faith in quality players that they can go up to lengths to bring the best out of them.
Anyway, after a slump of 7 matches, Shane Watson finally repaid the faith shown by CSK as he smashed a match-winning 96(53) against the quality bowling side of Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Chasing a stiff target of 176, Shane Watson started with a maiden as Bhuvi didn’t give him an opportunity to score runs. He didn’t score with freedom in his initial 14 balls, but a six off Khaleel Ahmed was enough to end his struggle and bring back the confidence.
He combined flawlessly with Suresh Raina for a 77 runs partnership in which he scored 35(29). However, post Raina’s departure, Watson changed his gears as he smashed 61 runs off just 24 deliveries after that.
With 16 needed off the last 3 overs, Watson fell short of a well deserved century. However, his 96(53) with 9 fours and 6 sixes was enough to take CSK home, and grant them their eighth win of the tournament.
#2: DINESK KARTHIK’S BLISTERING 97 GOES IN VAIN
Ohh, Dinesh Karthik, where have you been hiding all this while batting down the order?. He played a scintillating captain’s innings as he smashed an unbeaten 97(50)* batting at number 4 for KKR.
Batting first, KKR were in trouble at 31-2 as captain, Dinesh Karthik joined Nitish Rana at the crease. DK started cautiously as he managed only 3 runs from his initial 10 deliveries. However, he broke the shackles as he smashed RR’s best spinner, Shreyas Gopal for 6, 4, 4, 4, 6 and 1 to score 25 off the 11th over.
DK kept losing wickets at the other end as both, Russell and Narine didn’t trouble the scorecard. At the end of 17th overs, KKR’s score read 27-5 and Dinesh Karthik’s score read 57(37).
There was a need for acceleration at the end, and DK, who has had a quiet tournament till now went berserk as he smashed 40 runs from the 13 balls he faced to lift KKR to 175-6 in 20 overs.
However, even after DK’s scintillating knock, RR won the match, courtesy to the 17-year-old, Riyan Parag and the hard-hitting, Jofra Archer’s fabulous batting.
Also Read: IPL 2019: Key Highlights from Week 5
#1: CSK BECOME THE FIRST TEAM TO QUALIFY FOR PLAYOFFS
The defending champions, Chennai Super Kings have become the first side to qualify for the playoffs after Sunrisers Hyderabad’s loss against Rajasthan Royals.
In the 12 matches they have played so far, they have already mustered 8 wins. Out of these 8 wins, 5 victories have come at home from 6 games and 3 away from home from 6 games. Their only loss at home came against Mumbai Indians where they were playing without their star batsman and captain, MS Dhoni.
Currently, CSK sit at the top of the table with 8 wins from 12 games at an NRR of -0.11. Mumbai Indians sit second with 14 points from 11 games with an NRR of 0.54 while Delhi Capitals sit third with 14 points from 11 games with an NRR of 0.18.
Even after the loss against MI, Chennai Super Kings would be eying one of the top 2 spots from here on.
IPL 2019 STATS- 27 APR, 2019
- Orange Cap: 611 (David Warner, SRH)
- Purple Cap: 23 (Kagiso Rabada, DC)
- Highest Individual Score: 114* (56) (Jonny Bairstow, SRH)
- Best Bowling Innings: 6-12 (Alzarri Joseph, MI)
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