The eighth edition of the Pepsi IPL 2015 has entered its climax and with 3-4 games remaining, none of the teams have qualified for the playoffs as yet.
Chennai Super Kings march ahead, Rajasthan slip at the top:
The ever-consistent Chennai Super Kings moved to the top of the table after beating the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 24 runs. Rajasthan Royals failed to register a win after they fell short by 7 runs against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday.
Bangalore, Kolkata going neck to neck, Mumbai and Hyderabad find rhythm:
Barring Kings XI Punjab, all the other teams are still in contention for the playoffs. This list is led by the Kolkata Knight Riders with 13 points from 11 games. The Bengal side defeated the Delhi Daredevils by 13 runs to climb to the third spot. They are followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore who were at their devastating best in their massive 138-run win over Kings XI Punjab. They have 11 points from 10 games with a better net run rate.
Sunrisers Hyderabad moved to the fifth spot with a win over Rajasthan on Thursday and they are tied with the Mumbai Indians at 10 points from 10 games. Mumbai play Chennai on Friday and a win for the boys in blue will see them shoot up to the fourth position at the IPL 2015 points table.
Game over for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2015:
For the Kings XI Punjab, their IPL 2015 campaign is almost done and dusted. With only 2 wins from 10 games, the runners-up in last season have barely managed to combine well and are placed at the bottom of the table. They play Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai in their remaining fixtures and getting a win against any of these teams seems tough for them at this stage.
Best recent individual performances so far
The Indian Premier League has seen some jaw dropping performances with the bat and also with the ball. Here are some recent individual performances that have taken the IPL 2015 by storm:
#1. Chris Gayle’s 117 vs Kings XI Punjab
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s opening batsman Chris Gayle was at his very best on Wednesday as he stormed to a 57-ball 117 at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. His knock included 7 fours and 12 majestic sixes and RCB put up a total of 226/3.
#2. Eoin Morgan’s 63 vs Rajasthan Royals
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s new recruit Eoin Morgan finally made his presence felt at the IPL stage in the best possible way. On Thursday, he blasted a quickfire 63 off 28 balls to take his team to 201/4. They went on to win the game by 7 runs.
#3. Sreenath Aravind’s 4-27 vs Kings XI Punjab
Sreenath Aravind made a fantastic return to the Bangalore side after two years with a four-wicket haul against Kings XI Punjab in Bangalore. His figures of 4-0-27-4 helped RCB bowl their opponents out at just 88.
#4. Ajinkya Rahane’s 91 vs Delhi Daredevils
Ajinkya Rahane made a statement with the bat once again with a fluent 91 off 54 balls against the Delhi Daredevils. He helped Rajasthan Royals post a match-winning total of 189/2. Rahane also leads the list of the highest run-getters.
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