New Delhi: In the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), 18 matches have been played so far. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is the only team which has won all the games played. As a result, they are at the pinnacle of the points table. They have won 4 out of 4 games played till now.
Though it is still early days in the tournament, RCB can fancy big this time especially with the way they have started their campaign. Their team is looking settled as both the experienced and young players are firing at tandem.
Going neck to neck, three times champion Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is holding the second position with three wins out of the four games. They are looking quite at home this time and playing confidently as they have been playing in all the editions of the tournament barring the last edition. CSK have their combinations right this time. They have many all-rounders in the their team. They bat deep and have many bowling options up their sleeves. The 19th game of the IPL is highly anticipated one as CSK are going to lock horns with the RCB on Sunday aftenoon.
In the points table, Delhi Capitals (DC) hold the third spot. The team’s fortunes turned miraculously well during the last edition as they played finals. Their performance was quite oposite to what they had been doing in earlier editions of the IPL. They were a new unit with many new faces. It seems they are continuing with what they did last year. Shikhar Shawan is playing extraordinarily well for them.
The defending champions and the most successful team of the IPL – Mumbai Indians (MI) are at fouth spot. They have looked little out of sorts so far in the tournament but historically they have been a slow starter in the IPL. They step up their games substantially as the tournament progresses. This has been a trend for them. The five times champion team can turn the tables any time as they have that fire in the arsenal. Punjab Kings (PBKS), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are at 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th position in the points table.
DC batsman Shikhar Dhawan is holding the orange cap at the moment. He has scored 231 runs in 4 matches with an average of 57.75. He has been able to score two fifties so far in the tournament. The southpaw is looking in great control of his game and influencing the matches in great deal. KL Rahul (PBKS), Rohit Sharma (MI) and Sanju Samson (RR) are at 2nd, 3rd and 4th spot in the race for orange cap. Nitish Rana (KKR), Glenn Maxwell (RCB), Jonny Bairstow (SRH) and Faf du Plessis (CSK) are at 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th position.
As far as purple cap is concerned, Harshal Patel continues to be its custodian. He has taken 12 wickets in the four matches with an average of 9.66. His economy rate is 7.25. His good run has impacted the fortunes of the RCB. Rahul Chahar (MI), Chris Morris (RR) and Deepal Chahar (CSK) are at 2nd, 3rd and 4th position in the race for purple cap. On the other hand, Avesh Khan (DC), Chetan Sakaria (RR), Andre Russell (KKR) and Arshdeep Singh (PBKS) are holding 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th position.