A week full of controversies and compromises. Know this week's cricket brief!
By S Sai Jagannath
A week full of entertainment, excitement, anticipation and emotion. Starting from Mandeep Singh's unattached devotion to universal boss's 99+1 century.
On Monday, just when Mandeep Singh came to bat out for the second time since his father passed, was a very important and emotional match not only for him but for the team as well. Mandeep scored 66 off 56 helpings KXIP beat KKR by 8 wickets to register their 6th win and 4th consecutive.
Tuesday, SRH smashed down DC while DC registered their 2nd consecutive win and proved to be unprofessional and inexperienced. SRH stand a chance to win the playoff spot only if they win the next 2 matches.
Wednesday, as MI beat RCB to cement their no.1 spot, the Rohit Sharma upset stole Surya Kumar Yadav controversies were the big highlights. While the selection of Surya Kumar Yadav for Australian tour was questioned, Rohit Sharma's changed bio caused a big fuss in the cricketing community.
Thursday, CSK was on a roll of shattering KKR's playoff hopes while Marlon Samuel and Ben Stokes banter took ugly shape as Samuels insensitive and racist comments shook the whole cricketing community.
Friday, Ben Stokes continued to play by his brutal form scoring a quick fifty helping RR keep their playoff hopes alive with 12 points on board and finally looking strong and in rhythm. Pakistan made a comeback to international cricket after almost a year beating Zimbabwe by 26 runs. While Shaheen Afridi and Wahab Riaz took 9 wickets among themselves Brendan Taylor was the lone wolf for Zimbabwe scoring 112 of 117 balls. Gayle storm took place in Abu Dhabi as the universal boss was unlucky getting out at 99. Chris Gayle created the world record of hitting 1000 sixes in T20 only. While the 99 disappointment struck fans Gayle replied wittily saying he scored 99 and he has one daughter which takes the total tally to 100.
Saturday, Delhi is all set to lose 2 more points which may prove to be very precious in the next few days.
Prediction: If MI wins today's match they will play their last with SRH which will be a knockout for SRH while RCB vs SRH will be another qualifier for SRH. CSK vs KXIP will be a decider for KXIP and if KXIP wins the match the winner of the KKR vs RR will be the decider as of who qualifies according to the net run rate. DC vs RCB will be a fight for a spot to gain the playoff advantage.