The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 has completed eight weeks. Only two league games are left now, which will be followed by the playoffs. The Gujarat Titans (GT) have qualified for the playoffs as the top-ranked side. Despite the defeat to the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), they have 20 points from 14 games. The Rajasthan Royals (RR) finished on number two after getting the better of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by five wickets in their last league game. RR pushed the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) to the No. 3 spot. Like Rajasthan, they have 18 points but have an inferior run rate. The clash between the Delhi Capitals (DC) and the Mumbai Indians (MI) on Saturday will confirm the last playoff team. A win for DC will push them through; a loss will give a berth to RCB. Here is IPL 2022’s team for week 8.
Openers: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Quinton de Kock (wk)
The left-handed pair of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Quinton de Kock will open the innings for the team of week 8. Jaiswal played two crucial knocks for RR in the week. He smashed 41 off 29 against the LSG and followed it up with 59 off 44 in a key win over CSK.
De Kock played arguably the innings of the IPL against KKR. Opening the innings for LSG, he clobbered an unbeaten 140 off 70. The innings featured 10 fours and as many sixes as KKR bowlers were taken to the cleaners. Tim Southee went for 57 in his four, Andre Russell for 45 in three.
Middle-order: Virat Kohli (capt), Rahul Tripathi, Moeen Ali, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell
Virat Kohli announced his return to form with a sublime 73 off 54 against Gujarat. The innings that featured eight fours and two sixes lifted RCB to a crucial win. He will lead the team of the week. Rahul Tripathi was the star performer in SRH’s three-run victory over MI. He smashed 76 off only 44 balls in an impressive display.
The all-round trio of Moeen Ali, Mitchell Marsh, and Glenn Maxwell feature in the middle order, with Rinku Singh missing out narrowly. Moeen scored a brilliant 93 off 57 against RR, whacking 13 fours and three sixes. The second half of his innings lacked momentum, but the first half was so brilliant that it cannot be ignored.
Marsh played another key knock against Punjab. After DC lost David Warner on the first ball, the all-rounder’s 48-ball 63 guided the innings. His knock lent solidity to DC’s batting. Maxwell finds a place for smashing 40* off 18 balls against GT. In the same match, he took a brilliant catch of Shubman Gill at slip and trapped Matthew Wade lbw, albeit under controversial circumstances.
Bowlers: Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Mohsin Khan, Ravichandran Ashwin
GT pacer Mohammed Shami was brilliant against CSK with figures of 2 for 19. He dismissed Devon Conway cheaply with beauty and came back to send back opposition skipper MS Dhoni. The tournament seems to be getting better and better for Shami.
DC all-rounder Shardul Thakur found much-needed form in the match against Punjab. He returned with figures of 4 for 36 to dismantle PBKS’ chase of 160. Thakur got the big wickets of Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and Jitesh Sharma.
LSG left-arm seamer Mohsin Khan had another memorable week with the ball in hand. The youngster registered 3 for 20 in the two-run win over KKR. He sent back both the Kolkata openers, Venkatesh Iyer and Abhijeet Tomar, cheaply. He returned towards the end to claim the massive scalp of Andre Russell.
Ravichandran Ashwin grabs the spinner’s spot on the back of his all-round brilliance against CSK. He impressed with figures of 1 for 28, claiming the big scalp of Conway. With the bat, he took the team past the finish line by cracking an unbeaten 40 off 23 balls, a knock that featured two fours and three sixes.