PBKS opener Jonny Bairstow had a fantastic week. He scored 56 off 40 against RR in a losing cause and followed it up with a scintillating 66 off 29 against RCB.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 is now seven weeks old. Apart from the Mumbai Indians (MI), the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have also been eliminated from the playoffs race. The Gujarat Titans (GT) sealed their berth in the top four by defeating the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). Gujarat have 18 points from 12 matches and Lucknow 16 from as many games. The Rajasthan Royals (RR) and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) complete the top four with 14 points each, but Bangalore have only one game in hand. The Delhi Capitals (DC) and the Punjab Kings (PBKS) have 12 points, while the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have 10 points each. Let’s take a look at IPL 2022’s team of week seven. 

Note: We have chosen more than four overseas players as there weren’t enough good performances by Indian players, and the week was dominated by foreign cricketers.

Openers: Jonny Bairstow (c & wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal

PBKS opener Jonny Bairstow had a fantastic week. He scored 56 off 40 against RR in a losing cause and followed it up with a scintillating 66 off 29 against RCB. In many ways, this was the knock of the week as Bairstow was in supreme control, clubbing four fours and seven sixes.

RR’s Yashasvi Jaiswal will be Bairstow’s opening partner. The youngster made a fantastic return to the side, smacking 68 off 41 balls as Rajasthan chased down 190 against Punjab with ease. Bairstow and Jaiswal also form a good left-right combination.

Middle-order: Shubman Gill, Mitchell Marsh, Liam Livingstone, Andre Russell

GT opener Shubman Gill played the defiant knock of the week. On a tough batting surface, he scored an unbeaten 63 off 49 balls to guide the team to 144 for 4 against LSG. Lucknow managed only 82 in response, showing crucial Gill’s resistance was. 

Mitchell Marsh came up with the all-rounder performance of the week for Delhi against Rajasthan. He first claimed two crucial wickets with his medium pace and then cracked 89 in 62 balls, slamming five fours and seven sixes. Thanks to the effort, Delhi chased down 161 with ease.

PBKS big-hitter Liam Livingstone also had a brilliant week with the willow. He smashed 22 off 14 against RR and had a field day against Bangalore, clubbing 70 in 42 balls. He took a liking to Josh Hazlewood and ended up slamming five fours and four sixes during his brilliant knock.

KKR’s Andre Russell had another memorable week with both bat and ball. In the match against LSG, he played a lone hand with 45 off 19 balls with three fours and five sixes. Earlier, he also claimed two wickets with his medium pace. Russell also picked up 2 for 22 as KKR hammered MI by 52 runs.

Bowlers: Wanindu Hasaranga, Kagiso Rabada, Mukesh Choudhary, Jasprit Bumrah, Daniel Sams

There were some brilliant, standout efforts with the ball in week seven of IPL 2022. RCB leggie Wanindu Hasaranga claimed 5 for 18 against SRH. His wickets included the big ones of form batters Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran. He followed it up with 2 for 15 against PBKS. 

Kagiso Rabada claimed figures of 3 for 21 against RCB. He sent back Virat Kohli, Shahbaz Ahmed and Harshal Patel to seal victory for Punjab. CSK pacer Mukesh Choudhary kept his team alive in defence of 97 against Mumbai. He picked up 3 for 23, dismissing Ishan Kishan, Daniel Sams and Tristan Stubbs.

The Mumbai pair of Jasprit Bumrah and Daniel Sams complete the bowling attack. Bumrah was sensational with figures of 5 for 10 against KKR. He was literally unplayable as he breathed fire. Unfortunately, the batters could not back him up. Sams’ 3 for 16 set up MI’s win over CSK. He dismissed Devon Conway and Moeen Ali in the first over and later sent back Ruturaj Gaikwad. Game, set and match Mumbai.

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