After 20 completed games, Rajasthan Royals continue to lead the IPL 2023 points table with three wins and a loss in four matches played. With three wins from as many games, Gujarat Titans continue to remain the only unbeaten side.
|IPL Points Table as on 10 March 2023|
Highlights of the Previous Week
New Franchises GT and LSG Continue to Impress
Both GT and LSG have registered three wins each. While LSG have played five games, GT have established a 100%-win record. They have had wins over LSG, DC, and PBKS. LSG, who lost their opening game to GT, won three on the trot versus CSK, SRH and DC before losing to RR on 10 April.
SRH Register Their First Win
In only their 3rd win in 14 IPL matches, SRH beat defending champions CSK on 9 April 2023. Batting first, CSK scored 154/7 in their allotted overs on the back of Moeen Ali’s 48 off 35 balls. Washington Sundar (2/21) was the pick of the SRH bowlers. When SRH replied, they surpassed the target with eight wickets and 14 balls to spare. Opener Abhishek Sharma led the way with a 50-ball 75.
CSK and MI Remain Winless
Both CSK and MI, with nine titles between them, have lost all four matches played by the respective franchises this season. MI’s next opportunity will arise on 13 April when they clash with PBKS in Pune. CSK will face off versus RCB a day earlier on 12 April in Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium.
Matches That Have Gone Down to the Wire
RR vs LSG on 10 April
RR batted first and scored 165/6 in their allotted overs. Ashwin joined Hetmyer at the crease with the scorecard reading 67 for four and the pair rescued the innings with a 68-run stand. The RR management decided to retire Ashwin out, with ten balls remaining in the innings.
The decision paid off when Parag joined Hetmyer to help his side score 30 runs from the last ten deliveries. As things transpired, LSG fell short by three runs, despite a late flourish by Marcus Stoinis (38 from 17 balls). RR’s hero of the night was Yuzvendra Chahal, who took four for 41 to stop LSG in their tracks.
PBKS vs GT on 8 April
Batting first, PBKS scored 189/9 in their allotted overs, thanks mainly to Liam Livingstone’s 64 from 27 balls. In their reply, GT found themselves at 172 for 4 in 19.1 overs. They needed 18 runs, with five balls to go. For GT, Tewatia and Miller were at the crease, facing Odean Smith, who bowled the last over. Ball number 2 to Tewatia was slashed to deep point for a single.
Miller dispatched the next ball to the deep square leg fence for four. He scampered across for a single off the next delivery, leaving 12 runs to be got from two balls. Tewatia took a swing at the fifth ball of the over, a length delivery on middle and leg. It went all the way over deep midwicket for a six. Smith bowled the last ball wide of off-stump. Tewatia was ready for it, slog-sweeping the ball beyond long on for another six.