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CulturalPulse 2019 Vivo IPL Wrap-Up: Week 5

IPL Wrap-Up: Week 5

CulturalPulse 2019 Vivo IPL Wrap-Up: Week 5

What an enigmatic week! With multiple last over finishes and a nail-biting last-ball finish, last week was an absolute treat for all cricket fans across the globe. We can’t wait to see what else the Vivo IPL 2019 has to offer in the coming weeks.

Game 39: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super Kings
Date: Monday April 22, 2019
Location: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium

IPL Wrap-Up: Week 5Still taken from official IPL match highlights

When we see Captain Cool MS Dhoni and the flamboyant and aggressive King Kolhi go head-to-head, the game is sure to be a thriller. 

The trend of winning tosses and choosing to bowl continues, MSD won the toss and put The Challengers to bat first. RCB lost King Kolhi early on and we saw PP & ABD hold the fort for Bangalore. PP was the highest scorer (53) and ABD (25), Akshdeep Nath (24) and Moeen Ali (26) contributed to get to a defendable score of 161. However, is 161 enough against CSK?

In this case, maybe.

CSK has a disaster of a start. Four out of the five top order batsman were dismissed for single digit numbers, and CSK were in all sorts of trouble. Captain Cool started building a partnership with Rayudu (29) and slowly but surely started getting close to the target. However, with a start like that, it was a herculean task.

CSK needed 45 runs of 15 balls, with just four wickets in hand. But, with the finisher MSD still out, nothing is impossible. Dhoni let from the front and the next thing we see is that CSK needs 26 of 6 balls to win. It almost seems impossible doesn’t it? Well MSD!!!! He absolutely smashed Umesh Yadav for fours and sixes, with one even hit out of the park.

All the CSK fans were on their feet, and it almost seemed like MSD was going to do it again. It had come down to two runs needed of one ball. After taking all the beating, Umesh Yadav managed to redeem himself by bowling a good last ball. MSD missed it, however, and went for a single, and PP was prompt and hit the stumps. CSK had a run out on the last ball and unfortunately lost the game by one run.

RCB won the match by one run. A nail-biting last-ball finish that went RCB’s way, but a heroic innings by the CSK captain that not only entertained everyone, but also reiterated why he is known to as the best finisher the game has ever seen.

Watch the official match highlights HERE

Game 36: Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings
Date: Saturday April 20, 2019
Location: Sawai Mansingh Stadium

IPL Wrap-Up: Week 5Still taken from official IPL match highlights

New RR captain Steve Smith won the toss and elected to bowl. A series of bat performances continues for Rohit Sharma when he was caught and bowled by Shreyas Gopal on five. Quentin de Kock (65), Suryakumar Yadav (34) and Hardik Pandya (23) were the run-getters to get MI to a defendable score of 161.

The Royals were chasing a target of 162 which is definitely gettable, specially on their home ground. They had a semi decent started with Rahane departing for 12 early on. Sanju Samson and skipper Steve Smith built a partnership, to get RR in a comfortable place and needed 72 of 59 balls with 7 wickets in hand. A brilliant knock by young Riyan Parag (43) and Steve Smith (59*) got the Royals home comfortably.

RR won the match with five balls to spare. A close game but well played by RR. It was good to see the change in leadership working for RR.

Watch the official match highlights HERE

Game 37: Delhi Capitals v Kings XI Punjab
Date: Sunday April 21, 2019
Location: Feroz Shah Kotla

IPL Wrap-Up: Week 5Still taken from official IPL match highlights

Shreyas Iyer captain of the DC won the toss and elected to bowl. The Kings XI Punjab lost KL Rahul (12) early on but we saw fireworks for Mr Consistent Chris Gayle who started trashing the bowlers all over the park.

Mr Stand and deliver, Chris Gayle, got 69 runs of just 37 balls with 6 fours and 5 sixes. Boy, he is a treat to watch. Mandeep and Harpreet got some suns towards the end of the innings to get The Kings to a respectable score of 163.

Just when it looked like The Capitals had a good start, young Prithvi Shaw departed to an unfortunate run-out. Shikhar and captain Shreyas got a partnership going to get The Capitals in a comfortable position.

Shikhar got 56 and Shreyas got 56 was not out towards the end. Although it was a last-over game, the Capitals were in control throughout the game, thanks to the partnership between Shikhar and Shreyas.

Watch the official match highlights HERE


Vivek Thakkar

Vivek is a CulturalPulse contributor with a passion for cricket and delicious food. In his spare time, Vivek plays indoor and outdoor cricket, and loves watching the Indian cricket team take on the world with their strategic skills and fast bowling.