The 12th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen some enthralling and entertaining cricket in the first two weeks and some really unfortunate moments to go with it as well. From high-scoring contests to some low-scoring ones, from centuries to super overs, from nail-biting thrillers to hat-trick and unwanted controversies, the first two weeks of IPL totally lived up to its billing.
The IPL presents itself in a bigger and better way ever year. It has been the same this year as well, with almost every game going down to the wire. In some good games, some unwanted controversies, coupled with some poor umpiring, have had a telling effect in the eventual result.
Here’s a look at some of the memorable moments from the first two weeks of the IPL:
1. R Ashwin ‘Mankading’ Jos Buttler
The first big moment of season 12 happened as early in the fourth match. During Rajasthan’s chase of 185, Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin ‘Mankaded’ Jos Buttler out to turn the game in favour of his team.
The incident happened in the final ball of the 13th over when Buttler was set on 69 and his dismissal had a telling effect on the game. Not only did Rajsthan lose the game, the season also saw the first ever ‘Mankading’ incident in IPL history, something that never happened in the past 11 years of the cash-rich league.
Twitter was talking about the incident all the way and former and current cricket experts, including Royals mentor Shane Warne questioned the sportsman spirit of Ashwin.
2. Umpiring Error Costs RCB Game vs Mumbai
Umpiring blunders are a common sight in the IPL over the years and the seventh game of the season between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Wankhede was witness to yet another one.
With RCB needing to win 17 off the final over, Lasith Malinga who was thrusted with the responsibility of bowling the final over, bowled a no-ball which was overlooked by the on-field umpire. The ball was also the last of the game and as a result of which Mumbai won the game by 6 runs.
RCB skipper Virat Kohli was absolutely gutted with the glaring mistake and spoke about the umpires being more careful as the IPL is not club cricket and these kind of errors are just not admissible in the game of cricket.
3. Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders: Season’s First Super Over
The 10th game of the season between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals was arguably the best game of the first two weeks.
With KKR being 61 for 5, Andre Russell’s power hitting took them to 185. Russell’s knock was matched by an equally well played innings by Prithvi Shaw who scored 99 and narrowly missed out on a hundred.
With 6 runs needed off the final over, Kolkata managed to take the game to a Super Over, the season’s first.
As it turned out Delhi beat KKR in the Super Over as Kagiso Rabada defended 9. The game was played in good spirits and cricket was the ultimate winner on the night.
4. David Warner & Jonny Bairstow Score Centuries
Australian opener David Warner and England wicketkeeper batsman Jonny Bairstow put on a batting exhibition against Royal Challengers and broke a plethora of records in the process.
Not only did they become the second team to have two batsmen score centuries in a single match, they also had an opening stand of 185 which is the highest ever in the IPL.
They also registered the season’s second 200 plus total as they scored 231 for 2 in their 20 overs. Bangalore were then bowled out for 113 to succumb into their third loss of the season.
5. Sam Curran Takes Season’s First Hat-Trick vs Delhi
Finally the last memorable moment of the first two weeks of the IPL was Sam Curran’s hat-trick against Delhi Capitals.
He dismissed Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada and Sandip Lamichhane off consecutive deliveries to help Punjab beat Delhi by 14 runs.
From 144/4, the Capitals were bowled out fir 152 as they lost 7 wickets for just 8 runs in 17 balls.
With the season getting into its third week on Saturday, April 6, fans will continue to wait in anticipation as to how many more surprises are in store for them in this T20 league never fails to surprise and shock at the same time.
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