The first week of the Indian T20 league has ended with Kolkata winning against Hyderabad on 26th September. Let’s look at the tournament’s best XI from week one.
Note: The XI follows the ‘maximum of four overseas players’ rule
L Rahul (Team Punjab)
2 matches, 153 runs, strike rate 173.86
KL Rahul, captaining Punjab for the first time, scored the first century of the Indian T20 league 2020. His 21 in the first match against Delhi was followed by a super 132 in the second match against Bangalore. It is the highest-ever score by an Indian in the league. He is currently the Orange Cap holder for this season.
F Du Plessis (Team Chennai)
3 matches, 173 runs, strike rate 149.13
F Du Plessis has been scoring runs consistently at the top of the order for Chennai. He scored 58* against Mumbai and followed it up with 72 against Rajasthan and 43 against Delhi. That’s one of the positives for the Chennai team in this season in the absence of Raina.
M Agarwal (Team Punjab)
2 matches, 115 runs, strike rate 143.75
M Agarwal has formed a successful opening partnership with L Rahul for Punjab. While they added 30 runs against Delhi, they put up 57 for the first wicket against Bangalore. Agarwal scored 89 against Delhi, and almost won the match single-handedly, and added 26 in the next one against Bangalore. He is currently just behind the Orange Cap holder in scoring most runs.
M Pandey (Team Hyderabad)
2 matches, 85 runs, strike rate 119.7
Hyderabad has lost both their matches in the tournament so far. M Pandey, batting at number three, has been a strong point for the team in the tournament. In the first match, he scored 34 against Bangalore, before scoring 51 against Kolkata.
S Samson (Team Rajasthan)
1 match, 74 runs, strike rate 231.25
S Samson scored a 32-ball 74 against Chennai, including nine sixes, which took everyone by surprise. His knock helped Rajasthan win the match by 16 runs, which is their only match played in the first week of the tournament.
M Stoinis (Team Delhi)
2 matches, 58 runs, strike rate 241.66; 2 wickets, economy 9.66
Stoinis started his 2020 Indian T20 league campaign with a 21-ball 53 and 2 for 29 in Delhi’s thrilling super over win against Punjab. Stoinis’s knock took his side to a total of 157 from 86 for 4. Also, with the ball, he dismissed M Agarwal and C Jordan in the last over to force a super over, in which Delhi won.
S Curran (Team Chennai)
3 matches, 5 wickets, economy: 7.33; 36 runs, strike-rate: 257.14
S Curran, who played for Punjab last year, has already taken 5 wickets in this season, half of his last year’s count. Also, he has scored 36 quick runs with the bat in the 3 matches and helped Chennai win the opening game of the tournament.
M Shami (Team Punjab)
2 matches, 4 wickets, economy: 4.36
With four wickets at an average of 8.0 and an economy of only 4.36, Shami has been the best Indian bowler in the tournament so far. He bowled brilliantly against Delhi picking up 3 for 15 and took 1 for 14 against Bangalore. He is currently the Purple Cap holder for this season.
K Rabada (Team Delhi)
2 matches, 5 wickets, economy 6.75
Rabada has five wickets in the two matches played by Delhi so far, two against Punjab followed by three against Chennai. He bowled the super over against Punjab and gave away only 2 runs. His economy is brilliant, 6.75 runs per over. He is currently just behind the Purple Cap holder in the number of wickets taken.
Y Chahal (Team Bangalore)
2 matches, 4 wickets, economy 5.37
Chahal was the main reason for Bangalore’s win against Hyderabad in their first match, where he picked up 3 wickets for just 18 runs. And in the match against Punjab, which scored 206 runs, Chahal gave only 25 runs in his four overs and broke the dangerous opening partnership by dismissing M Agarwal.
R Bishnoi (Team Punjab)
2 matches, 4 wickets, economy 6.5
Playing his first tournament at such a big stage, Bishnoi has held his own and has impressed everyone with his bowling. His figures read 1 for 22 against Delhi and 3 for 32 against Bangalore. With an economy rate of 6.5, he will certainly be one to watch out for in the upcoming weeks.
The action has just started. And all these players will be key to their teams’ chances in the tournament. Can they hold on to their places, or will we see some new faces in the second week?
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