Mumbai, April 8: After a few back-to-back one-sided matches at IPL 2022, exciting and exciting endings written by Dinesh Kartik, Pat Cummins and Ayush Badoni for their respective teams have put the spark and interest back in the cash-rich league. .
Since the advent of T20 cricket, teams have preferred to chase after winning the toss and it gives them a good amount of time to re-access their batting strategy and play accordingly. IPL 2022 also saw the same trend in the first four matches and the dew factor also gave an advantage to the team batting second in Mumbai where the tournament’s league matches are played. As a result, the teams batting second won the first four games with ease.
Rajasthan led by Sanju Samson turned the tide by winning consecutive matches while batting first. The organizers also used Apsa 80, an anti-dew agent to nullify the dew factor and balance the competitions. Certainly, the dew was not the only factor for the one-sided matches, the tactical errors of the captains, the imbalance in the game of the XI, the poor form of the key players and the pressure are the other factors that contributed to that the parties were unilateral.
However, the last three IPL matches have seen some exciting finishes and have brought the spark and excitement back to the league. Social media has been full of praise for the finalists: Kartik, Cummins and Badoni.
Game 13: RR vs RCB — The ‘DK’ Show Chasing a target of 170, RCB was in trouble — 87/5 in the 13 over — when Dinesh Karthik came in to bat. The veteran changed the course of the game with his outstanding fast break shots and smashed three fours and a six against Ashwin in the over 14.
The right-handed batsman gave Navdeep Saini a similar deal, scoring 16 runs with three limits: one went through the middle of the wicket, another went through the round square backwards, and the third flipped the short, thin leg into the next.
With 28 required in the last three overs, Shahbaz Ahmed hit a four and six apiece against Boult before the left arm pacemaker cleaned him out. The equation was reduced to 15 in the last two overs as Dinesh Karthik ended the chase in style and remained unbeaten on 44 from 23 deliveries while Harshal Patel scored the last six to take RCB home.
Speaking after the game, Karthik mentioned that he is making a conscious effort to reinvent himself and show that he is “not done yet” and has a lot to offer any team.
“I made a conscious effort to do myself justice. I felt like I could have done better in recent years. The way I’ve trained has been different. I told myself I’m not done yet. I have a goal and I want to achieve something.” Karthik said during the post-match presentation.
Game 14: KKR vs MI — Cummins’ Carnage Chasing a total of 162 runs, KKR was 101 for 5 in 13 1/3 overs when Cummins came out to bat and turned the game around with his lead.
The Aussie cut the equation to 47 of 36 with a quick move over deep midwicket and a cut placed between point and short third man. In the next over, Cummins repeated the feat against Jasprit Bumrah, which dragged the match in favor of his team. But he wasn’t even done with Willow’s wild swing when KKR only needed 35 of 30 balls.
Cummins needed just six more deliveries than were available to complete the chase, crushing them all on a Daniel Sams miss that included four sixes, all big clean hits, and two fours. One ball before completing the chase with a six, he hit a half-century from 14 balls. He equaled KL Rahul’s record for the fastest half century of all time in the IPL and finished the match unbeaten with 56 from 15 balls and led KKR to victory, with four overs to spare and five wickets in hand.
Asked by his Kolkata teammate Venkatesh Iyer in a video posted by the IPL website on Thursday, Cummins tried to remember how his searing blow happened.
“I don’t know (on how his hit happened). I think you guys did the hard work early on, so when I came in, I was trying to hit big sixes, trying to think very clearly: If it’s in my area, I’m going to try it.” If it’s not in my area, I’ll just try to take a single. Batting late in the game, it’s not swinging, it’s not sewing, so it’s a little bit easier for me. It was a lot of fun,” he said.
Match 15: LSG vs DC: Badoni calm Chasing a target of 155 for victory, Lucknow needed just five runs in the last over, but lost Deepak Hooda’s wicket on the first ball of the last over. But young Ayush Badoni (10 not out of 3) held his nerve and ended the chase with a four and a six, with two balls to spare and six wickets in hand.
Earlier, in his IPL debut match, the 22-year-old Badoni shot an impressive 54 from 41 balls and stunned the cricket fraternity. The youngster, who was bought by LSG at his base price of Rs 20 lakh, also showed nerves of steel in a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings.
With his unique ability to play shots all over the pitch, Badoni certainly has a bright future ahead of him, not only for LSG, but also for the Indian cricket team. Coming from a middle-class family, Badoni is under the tutelage of the Sonnet Club, a top-tier academy in Delhi, which under the late peerless coach Tarak Sinha, had blossomed to produce more than a dozen Indian cricketers.