The second week of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 is over. There were some interesting matches in week two and some one-sided ones as well. The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are leading the points table after week two. They have played four matches, winning three and losing only one. The Gujarat Titans (GT) are second. They are yet to taste defeat in their maiden IPL, having won all their three matches so far.
The Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) have also been impressive. After going down to LSG in their first match, they have been brilliant, winning three games in a row. The Rajasthan Royals (RR) and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), with four points each, complete the top five. The Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are at the bottom of the points table and are yet to get off the mark. Here is the team for week 2.
Openers: Jos Buttler (capt), Shubman Gill
Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) Jos Buttler and Gujarat Titans’ (GT) Shubman Gill have been excellent for their respective teams in the past week. Buttler hammered 100 of 68 balls in the match against Mumbai. He was unstoppable as he smashed 11 fours and five sixes. Gill will open the batting with Buttler in the dream 11 for week two. The youngster played two match-winning knocks, scoring 84 off 46 against Delhi and 96 off 59 against Punjab.
Middle-order: Quinton de Kock (wk) Tilak Varma, Liam Livingstone, Dinesh Karthik
Lucknow opener Quinton de Kock was dismissed for 1 against Hyderabad but followed it up with a match-winning 80 off 52 balls against Delhi. He smacked nine fours and two sixes and almost single-handedly lifted the team to victory in a chase of 150 on a sluggish surface.
Mumbai may be struggling as a team, but young Tilak Varma has stood up and has made his opportunities count. He scored a wonderful 61 off 33 balls against Rajasthan. Against Kolkata, he contributed an unbeaten 38 off 27, featuring in an impressive stand with Suryakumar Yadav.
Liam Livingstone had a wonderful week for PBKS. He came up with a stupendous all-round effort against CSK. After smashing 60 off 32 balls, with five fours and as many sixes, he also claimed two wickets with the ball. Livingstone continued his great form, clobbering 64 off 27 against Gujarat, albeit in a losing cause.
Dinesh Karthik was the easy choice for the finishing role. He smacked an unbeaten 44 off 23 for RCB against RR, stunning the Royals’ bowling. From the time he walked into bat, Karthik asserted his dominance, pulling his team over the line.
Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Jasprit Bumrah, Harshal Patel, Rahul Chahar, Avesh Khan
Pat Cummins’ inclusion is a unique one. He finds his name among the bowlers but has actually been chosen in the team for his batting exploits. In the match against Mumbai, he equaled the record for the fastest fifty in the IPL, clobbering four fours and six sixes. He also chipped in with a couple of scalps.
Jasprit Bumrah was brilliant in the match against RR even as the rest of the MI bowlers struggled against Buttler. He finished with 3 for 17, getting the key scalps of Buttler and Shimron Hetmyer to give the team some hope.
RCB played only one match in the week, but Harshal Patel was superb with figures of 1 for 18 in the match against RR. He got the wicket of Devdutt Padikkal and kept the innings under check with his smart variations.
PBKS Leggie Rahul Chahar claimed 3 for 25 against CSK, playing a massive role in the franchise’s win. His scalps included that of MS Dhoni. He also contributed 22 with the bat against Gujarat.
It was a race between Avesh Khan (LSG) and Lockie Ferguson (GT) for the last pacer’s slot. Avesh piped the Kiwi as only four overseas slots are available. Khan claimed 4 for 24 in Lucknow’s triumph over Hyderabad.