New Delhi: The 14th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) started on April 9 with a high-octane clash between the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Ever since then, nine matches have been played so far.
As of now, the matches have been competitive with scores keeping around 150 runs mark in almost all the games played in the tournament. At only one game, the mark of 200 runs was breached. Both Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) had scored in excess of 200 runs.
As far as current standings are concerned, the defending champions are at the top position with two wins out of three matches. They lost their first match against RCB and won their next two matches to attain the top position in the standings. So far they have won against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
Virat Kohli-led RCB are at the second spot in the standings. They have won both their matches played so far in the tournament. They won against MI and SRH. Three times champion Chennai Super Kings (CSK) stand at third position in the standings with a win and a loss in two of their matches played so far. Delhi Capitals (DC) are standing at fourth spot with a win and a loss in two matches played as of now.
Rajasthan Royals (RR), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are at fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth (last) spots respectively in the points table. SRH is the only team which is yet to win a match in IPL 2021. They have played three games and lost all the three matches.
The current Orange Cap holder is Nitish Rana (KKR) with an aggregate of 137 runs scored in two matches with an average of 68.50. He has scored half centuries in both the games that he has played in the tournament.
Sanju Samson (RR) is at the second position with 123 runs from two games in this season. He had scored the first century of this edition of the IPL against PBKS. That was their first game of the IPL. However, he was not successful in winning the match for RR as fell short by a meagre 4 runs. He got out cheaply in the next game against DC.
Jonny Bairstow (SRH) is at the third position in highest run aggregate by the players. He has scored 110 runs from three games he played so far with an average of 36.66. On the other hand, another SRH player Manish Pandey is at the fourth position with an aggregate of 101 runs from three matches played in the tournament. He is scoring at an average of 50.50.
RCB pace bowler Harshal Patel is the purple cap holder with 7 wickets from two games. His average is 7.42. He is taking wickets at a strike rate of 6.85 and his economy rate is 6.50. He took his maiden five-wicket haul in the first game of the tournament.
Rahul Chahar from the MI is at the second position. He has also taken 7 wickets with an average of 12.71. Trent Boult from MI is at third position with six wickets in his kitty whereas Andre Russell from KKR is at the fourth spot with six wickets. He is also having the best bowling figures of 5/15.