IPL 2020:- Analysing all the teams after Week 1

IPL 2020 began with a bang between arch rivals- Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. A week later, we can all agree that it was worth the wait! In just a span of a week, we saw a match that went into the super overs, witnessed some brilliant individual performances and lots of drama and action. After 7 days of the much awaited tournament, here is what the table looks like,

While some teams have lived up to the expectations, some have dissapointed. In this article, we will see where does each and every team stand after Week 1 of IPL 2020.

1st- Delhi Capitals

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Before the IPL, DC looked one of the strongest teams on paper. They were considered to be one of the favourites to win the IPL 2020. After Week 1, one can say that they have certainly started on the right track.

Batting

DC’s batting looks to be sorted and very well balanced. The opening duo of Shaw and Dhawan are performing well together. In the second match against CSK, they put up 94 runs for the first wicket. Shreyas Iyer scored 26 and 39 in the first two matches and as the tournament progress, he can surely do much better. Rishabh Pant has scored 30+ in both matches. So in short nobody in DC’s Indian batting unit is in a bad form. They have performed well as a unit and there is no question marks on that.

When it comes to their overseas department, one hero that stood out was Marcus Stoinis. In a pressure situation where DC was nearly sure to end up with a bad score, he came and smashed a brilliant half century to take them to 157. He has been the x-factor for DC this season. His explosiveness down the middle order will benefit DC a lot. Players like Shimron Hetmeyer and Axar Patel provides more depth to an already sound batting lineup. So in short, DC’s batting looks sorted and there’s nothing to worry about.

Bowling

The only headache DC seems to have for now is which Indian pace bowler to play. In the first match, they tried Mohit Sharma but he had an economy of 11.25. He was replaced with Avesh Khan in the second match but he too had an economy of 10+. This has caused a headache for DC because if a lead bowler conceedes 10+ runs a over then efforts of bowlers like Rabada may end up going to waste.

Talking of Rabada, he has been simply sensational. He is sitting on top of the wicket-takers list. In the first match against KXIP, he took the wickets of Maxwell and Gowtham and also took 2 wickets in the super over which made all the difference. In the next match, he had a 3 wicket haul with scalps of big fishes like Faf and Dhoni. He has been a brilliant wicket-taker, economical, excellent death bowler, match-winner and insanely consistent for DC. What more would you want?

One unexpected hero for them has been Axar Patel who has been highly economical. He had an economy of 3.5 and 4.5 in the first two matches and also took two wickets combined.

Nortje and Amit Mishra have been decent too and after the recovery of Ashwin, DC will only get better. So overall, apart from the headache of a quality Indian pace bowler, DC bowling looks sorted. It is no surprise that they are at top of the table at the end of week 1 with brownie points to the mature, calm and energetic captaincy of Shreyas Iyer.

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