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IPL: Rajasthan, Gujarat Unbeaten in Week One

Rajasthan Royals lead the IPL 2024 points table with two wins from as many matches. New franchise Gujarat Titans remain the only other unbeaten team.

IPL Points Table as on 3 March 2024
FranchiseMWLPtNRR
RR22062.100
KKR32160.843
GT22060.495
PBKS32160.238
DC21130.065
LSG2113-0.011
RCB2113-0.048
MI2020-1.029
CSK3030-1.251
SRH1010-3.050

How Different Teams Have Fared So Far

Rajasthan Royals:

On 29 March, RR beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in their first game. Batting first, they scored 210/6 before restricting SRH to 149/7. On 2 April, RR beat MI by 23 runs after Buttler helped set a target of 194 with a brilliant ton.

Kolkata Knight Riders:

In the IPL opener on 26 March, KKR restricted CSK to 131/5 thanks to Umesh Yadav’s 2/20. They then won it with six wickets to spare. After losing their 2nd game to RCB on 30 March, KKR beat PBKS on 1 April by six wickets. Once again, Yadav (4/23) was the key player.

Gujarat Titans:

On 28 March, GT beat the other new franchise, LSG. Md Shami (3/25) helped keep the target down to 159. In their second game on 2 April, GT restricted DC to 157/9 against a set target of 172. This time around, Lockie Ferguson, who took 4/28 was their hero.

Punjab Kings:

On 27 March, PBKS chased down a target of 206 versus RCB with five wickets in hand. Odean Smith scored an unbeaten 25 off eight balls in an exciting finish. On 3 April, PBKS set CSK a target of 181 before bowling them out for 126. Liam Livingstone (60 runs, 2/25, and 2 catches) was their hero.

Delhi Capitals:

On 27 March, DC kept MI down to 177/5 before chasing down the target with four wickets to spare. Kuldeep Yadav impressed with the ball, taking 3/18, while Lalit Yadav scored an unbeaten 48. However, on 2 April, DC were restricted to 157/9 while chasing a target of 172 versus GT. Taking 2/23, Mustafizur Rahman impressed with the ball.

IPL Points

Lucknow Super Giants:

Though LSG lost their first match to GT on 28 March, their batters Hooda and Badoni made impressive fifties. In their 2nd game versus CSK on 31 March, De Kock and Evin Lewis scored half-centuries. In the process, they helped the side to a winning chase of 211 with six wickets to spare.

Mumbai Indians:

In MI’s first game versus DC on 27 March, an unbeaten 81 by Ishan Kisan proved of no avail. In their 2nd lost game on 2 April, Jasprit Bumrah took 3/17 to help keep RR down to 193/8.

Chennai Super Kings:

CSK have lost their first three matches to KKR, LSG and PBKS. However, they have had some good batting and bowling performances. These include fifties by Dhoni versus KKR and Uthappa versus LSG. Bravo, Jordan and Pretorius have been their best bowlers on display.

Sunrisers Hyderabad:

While SRH lost their only game to RR on 29 March, Aiden Markram impressed with an unbeaten 57.

Young Players Who Impressed

Among the batsmen, LSG’s young player Badoni scored an impressive fifty in their loss against GT. E followed it up with 19 from 8 balls to help chase down 211 versus CSK. Playing in first IPL match versus CSK, PBKS’s young fast bowler Vaibhav Arora took 2/21 in an impressive display. In the same game, PBKS wicketkeeper Jitesh Sharma scored 26 off 17 balls. He also took two catches, including a blinder, to dismiss Rayudu.

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Raj was born and raised in Nagpur, Rajesh moved to Pune to pursue a degree in the English Language at Savitribai Phule Pune University. Having a knack for writing from a very young age, he naturally excelled in his studies and decided to dip his toes in content editing, as well. Now, a full-time Editor, he enjoys spending his free time watching IPL and badminton matches and writing his first novel. His favourite sport is cricket and he believes cricket is life. But I’ve always dreamed of becoming a professional badminton player, so badminton is also at the top of my list. His biggest win is Saina Nehwal’s bronze at the 2016 Olympics landed him a brand new laptop after his bet on the winning margin came through. His biggest goal is meeting Saina Nehwal and telling her about his biggest win.