Rishabh Pant’s 78(27), the top moments as we look at the top 5 moments from Week 1 of IPL 2019.
IPL 2019 began with a not so exciting contest between the Chennai Super Kings and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, post the first match, all the remaining 4 matches were really intense and full of excitement.
So, let’s revisit the top 5 most exciting moments from week 1 of IPL 2019.
#5: RCB’S DISASTER START TO IPL 2019
The less we talk about RCB’s first match, the better it will be for their fans.
In a star-studded line-up comprising of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shimron Hetmyer, RCB’s succumbed to their second-lowest total in IPL history.
On a spin-friendly pitch, RCB’s batting had no answers to CSK’s spin bowlers as they were eventually bundled out for a mediocre score of 70 in 17.1 overs.
Virat Kohli scored 6(12), AB de Villiers scored 9(10) while Shimron Hetmyer managed a duck on debut.
CSK too struggled while chasing, but eventually did it in 17.4 overs.
#4: WELCOME BACK DAVID WARNER
David Warner missed the IPL 2018 owing to a ban imposed by Cricket Australia. The Sunrisers Hyderabad had missed their star batsman a lot, and his return to the SRH camp was one of the most awaited events in the IPL.
David Warner didn’t disappoint as he made a fluent 85(53) against KKR on his return. He smashed a total of 9 fours and 3 sixes with a strike rate of 160.28.
Even though SRH ended on the losing side, Warner’s return was a pleasing sight for the fans.
#3: ANDRE RUSSEL’S AMAZING FINISHING SKILLS
The hard-hitting batsman from West Indies pulled out an incredible win against the SRH in the second game of the IPL 2019.
With 53 required from last 3 overs, KKR’s win looked a distant dream. Andre Russel, however, had other thoughts. After scoring 9(7), he smashed Siddharth Kaul for back to back sixes in the 18th over. In the very next over, he took Bhuvneshwar Kumar to shatters as he smashed 21 runs of the 19th over.
In a span of 2 overs, Andre Russel turned the match in KKR’s favor as they went on to win in 19.4 overs.
#2: RISHABH PANT DISMANTLES MUMBAI INDIANS
The young Rockstar from Delhi, Rishabh Pant played one of the most aggressive knocks I have seen in the last few IPLs.
A total of 78 runs from an unbelievable 27 balls with 7 fours and 7 sixes at a strike rate of 288.89 is some crazy hitting by Pant.
Pant started slowly scoring 1 of 5 balls, but went berserk after that scoring 77 runs from 22 balls. He didn’t spare a single bowler as he pulled, lofted, smashed bowlers around the corner.
He didn’t even spear the world’s best-limited overs bowler Jasprit Bumrah as he dominated him as if he was nothing.
#1: MANKADING CONTROVERSY BY RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN
The hot debatable controversial topic needs no introduction as almost the entire world is divided on opinions on this topic. Before we get into the actual debate views, let’s first understand what happened at the moment.
The controversial moment appeared in the over number 13, as Buttler was toying the Kings XI Punjab bowling while KXIP was desperate for Joss Buttler’s wicket. Ashwin, who was bowling to Samson stopped dead in his action stride, saw Buttler outside the crease, and then Mankaded him.
The rules say that Buttler was outside the crease when Ashwin ran him out, and it was a fair wicket. But, Spirit of the game was the main question in the picture as argued by many.
Those were the top 5 moments from week 1 of IPL 2019.
Thanks for reading! Which moment did you enjoy the most? Please, let’s know in the comments.
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