New Delhi: It seems like just the other day that Royal Challengers Bangalore took on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the opening game of this edition of the IPL. But time and tide waits for none and 30 games have already been played this season with Kolkata Knight Riders thrashing Rising Pune Supergiant in Pune on Wednesday.
While there have been highs of Pune skipper Steve Smith guiding his team to victory in the Maharashtra derby, there have also been lows of last yearâs finalists RCB failing to chase KKRâs total of 131 and getting out for 49. Fortunes have fluctuated and so have standings on the points table.
[blurb]After three weeks, Kolkata Knight Riders are sitting pretty at the top with 12 points after 8 games. They have won 6 games and lost 2. Skipper Gautam Gambhir has been instrumental in leading his boys to the top and it was only poetic justice that KKR won against RPS on Wednesday as it was Gambhirâs 100th game as KKR skipper.[/blurb]
Close second are Mumbai Indians. Even though they are equal on points with 12 from 8 games, their net run-rate is slightly below KKRâs at +0.514. They were on a six game winning spree before Pune defeated them at the Wankhede Stadium.
Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad are placed third as they have collected 9 points from 8 games with 4 wins and 3 loses. A washed-out game against RCB hasnât helped their cause.
Having risen through the ranks after a poor start, Pune sit on the fourth spot with 8 points from 8 games. They have won 4 and lost 4 and had they managed to defend a total of 182 against KKR, they could well have managed a place in the top three.
[blurb]Kings XI Punjab are sitting in fifth place with 6 points from 7 games. They have played one game less than the top four and that puts them in a win-win situation going into the business end if they can keep winning games. After a horrible start, they finally seem to have found a balance in the team composition although the bowling has still left a lot to be desired.[/blurb]
Last yearâs finalists RCB are sitting at the sixth spot and the rain-washed game against SRH makes their job all the more tough from here on. Skipper Virat Kohli needs to lead from the front just like he had in the business end last season and the bowlers too need to pull up their socks.
Perennial under-performers Delhi Daredevils once again find themselves in the seventh spot with 4 points from 6 games. Like last year, this year too, they have failed to finish games and close contest have gone in favour of opponents. Need to get a grip soon if they wish to stay alive in the tournament.
Last yearâs debutants Gujarat Lions find themselves in the last spot with just 4 points from 7 games. Two wins and 5 losses has not augured well for the fortune of this team as the bowling has left a lot to be desired. Dwayne Bravoâs pull-out makes life all the more difficult for skipper Suresh Raina.