IPL 2022 – 3 Worst performing teams in the fourth week of the tournament
The fourth week of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 concluded with the Rajasthan Royals (RR) defeating the Delhi Capitals (DC) by 15 runs. With this victory, RR clinched first place in the points table, having won five of seven league games. Gujarat Titans (GT) are in second place on the points table, with the same points but a lower run rate than RR. Both matches were won by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
The Mumbai Indians (MI) were unable to win both of their fixtures in the fourth week, and they currently sit at the bottom of the points table with no wins in seven appearances. The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated their archrivals, the Mumbai Indians (MI). Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have had disappointing weeks, losing all of their games this week.
Let’s take a look at the 3 worst performing teams from the fourth week of the tournament.
Number 1. Punjab Kings
In their first game of the fourth week, Punjab Kings took on Sunrisers Hyderabad. They could only manage 151 runs, with Liam Livingstone contributing 60 off 33 balls and Shahrukh Khan contributing 26. In the final over of their innings, the team lost four wickets. Rahul Chahar took two wickets and Kagiso Rabada took one, while the rest of the bowling unit was ineffective in defending their score.
In the second match, they faced the challenge of DC, who thrashed them by nine wickets. Batting first, PBKS only managed 115 runs. Jitesh Sharma, the team’s wicket-keeper, scored 32 runs off 23 balls, while skipper Mayank Agarwal added 24 runs off 15 balls. The bowling unit struggled once more, with only Chahar taking a wicket and the opposition chasing down the total in only 10.3 overs.
On the bowling front, the team is expected to make some changes in order to consistently secure wickets. The openers, particularly Shikhar Dhawan, must perform admirably to put the team in a commanding position. Bhanuka Rajapaksa, the Sri Lanka batter, is expected to make a comeback for the team in the next match.
Number 2. Mumbai Indians
MI, one of the tournament’s most celebrated teams, has lacked potency in their opening partnership and bowling execution this season. Openers Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan have failed to replicate their previous performances, preventing the team from getting off to a good start. Because of the poor performance, there have been numerous changes in the bowling unit.
The bowlers were punished in the first game, as LSG tonked them for 199 runs. Jaydev Unadkat was the most successful bowler, taking two wickets. In response, openers failed, and players such as Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, and Kieron Pollard contributed significantly, but the team fell short by 18 runs.
They faced the Chennai Super Kings in the second game, but they were not the favourites this time. Tilak Varma scored an unbeaten half-century to lead the team to 155 runs. Daniel Sams took four wickets in the bowling unit, while Unadkat also took two but couldn’t hold his nerve in the death overs against MS Dhoni.
Number 3. Kolkata Knight Riders
The two-time IPL champion has the ideal players for this format who have proven themselves in the IPL but lacked the consistency to bring the club a much-needed triumph. Poor form from Venkatesh Iyer and Varun Chakravarthy, as well as a powerful wicket-keeper batter, are hampering their chances this season. This week, they lost their sole game against the Rajasthan Royals.
The Rajasthan franchise whacked them for 217 runs, led by Jos Buttler’s century. Sunil Narine was the best bowler, returning 2/21 in four overs in an exciting match.
The batting squad performed admirably, with Aaron Finch getting a half-century and Shreyas Iyer leading the team from the front with an 85-ball performance that included seven boundaries and four maximums. However, it was insufficient to send the team home. They succumbed under pressure in the last overs, falling seven runs short.