What a Sunday it was for all the IPL fans! Two matches were scheduled on Sunday, the first being CSK vs KKR followed by RCB vs MI. The results of these matches shook the IPL points table 2021. It made a clear way for some teams at the playoffs whereas some teams saw their chances fading of entering the playoffs.
Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR won the toss and decided to bat first. This match was the last encounter between them in IPL 2021. Even in their first face-off this year in India, CSK had a comfortable win against KKR.
The First Innings from KKR:
The first-order batters created a literal storm in the past few matches but failed to do it in the last match. Both the openers Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer went wrong in contributing to the team. Rahul Tripathi was so close to a half-century yet could not reach the feat as Jadeja dismissed him. Also, captain Eoin Morgan failed in executing his best. But the match changed after small knocks of Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, and Dinesh Kartik. The first innings ended with 171 runs at the board.
The Chase from CSK:
CSK has successfully booked its spot into the playoffs this year. The Dhoni-led team shows the perfect example of team performance and paves out of the difficulties each time. This match was nothing different from this instance. Fans witnessed some classy knocks yesterday from the openers, Moeen Ali, and Lastly Ravindra Jadeja. The climax was the most nail-biting moment as Sam Curran was sent to the pavilion on the first ball of the over followed by Jadeja in the fifth ball. From 4 runs in 6 balls, it went to 1 run in 1 ball and the possibility of super over was quite on the charts. Lastly, Deepak Chahar scored the last run and CSK won this neck-to-neck match by 2 wickets.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians
The second match from yesterday was nothing less exhilarating than the previous one. RCB was probably in its best form and defeated Mumbai Indians with ease. The rivalry between these two teams is much entertaining for the fans and last night was surely a great one especially for the RCB fans.
The First Innings from RCB:
The captain opened the innings with a dot ball followed by a six. The first shock for RCB was the wicket of Devdutt Padikkal. He was sent back for a duck by the legend Jasprit Burmah. Well, it wasn’t that a big loss for RCB as KS Bharat scored 32 runs in 24 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes. Then Maxwell came on the pitch to create a storm at the Dubai International Stadium. Both Kohli and Maxwell scored half-centuries but the turning point for MI was the 18th over. Burmah once again saved his team after netting the big fishes- Maxwell and Devilliers. Bowlers were also the stars of the night. The purple cap holder Harshal Patel took a hattrick and overall 4 wickets, Yuzvendra Chahal scalped 3 wickets, and the Man of the Match picked up 2 wickets. Lastly, the first innings ended with 165/6.
The Chase from MI:
The captain, Rohit Sharma started the chase with sheer class but got hurt on the wrist during his chase. He went out after scoring 43 runs and it was a huge blow for MI. After Rohit, no other cricketer could create an impact on the team’s win. Fans hoped a lot from Surya Kumar Yadav and Pollard in the dire situation but they also failed to contribute.
The IPL 2021 Points Table:
CSK holds the 1st position as usual with 16 points on the IPL 2021 points table similar to DC. RCB is still at the 3rd position with 12 points. CSK has the highest NRR of +1.069 whereas RCB is still lagging behind when it comes to NRR with -0.359. KKR is at the 4th spot with 8 points and an NRR of +0.322. Lastly, MI is at the 7th position and in a very bad state as it was their 3 consecutive losses with an NRR of -0.551.
What is NRR in the IPL points table?
NRR stands for Net Run Rate. It is a statistical method used in determining and calculating teamwork.
Net Run Rate = (Run Rate For) – (Run Rate Against)
(Run Rate For)= (Runs Scored by Team) / (Number of Overs Faced)
(Run Rate Against)= (Runs Scored by Opponent Team) / (Number of Overs Bowled)