Many matches in this week were dominated by the bowlers.
It has already been a week since the 13th edition of the IPL kick-started in the United Arab Emirates. Over the week we have witnessed a lot of action and this edition is already proving to be like a roller-coaster ride. After a couple of close finishes in the first two matches, we witnessed a few one-sided games. Majority of the games played this week were won by teams batting first.
The pitches in UAE haven’t been kind to the bowlers. However, the skill of the bowling line-ups along with huge boundaries in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have prevented batsmen from taking charge.
Nevertheless, matches have been extremely captivating and have come as a breath of fresh air to people craving for something positive and exciting during the pandemic. Many players like KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Sanju Samson, Faf Du Plessis and Kagiso Rabada have taken the stage by fire while many others have flattered to deceive.
Many matches in this week were dominated by the bowlers. Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi and Sheldon Cottrell from KXIP, Rahul Tewatia from RR, Trent Boult, James Pattinson from MI, Yuzvendra Chahal from RCB, Sam Curran and Piyush Chawla from CSK, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje from Delhi Capitals have been particularly impressive. In this article, we will look at the top-5 wicket-takers from the first week of the league.
Here’s the list of five leading wicket-takers of IPL 2020 by the end of first week:
5. Sheldon Cottrell
The Windies’ pacer made his IPL debut this year for KXIP. Though things were looking a little bleak for him a month ago in CPL where he was out of touch, he has managed to perform well for Punjab in his first two matches. Cottrell has formed a threatening partnership with Mohammed Shami.
KXIP’s powerplay bowling has improved significantly this year and Cottrell had a huge role to play in it. In both the matches, Kings managed to scalp 3 wickets inside the first 6 overs. In the first match, he dismissed Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin in the slog overs and kept them quiet.
In the next match against RCB, he was again impressive as he dismissed their prodigy Devdutt Padikkal in his first over and the skipper, Virat Kohli, in his next. He finished with figures of 3-0-17-2. As of now, he has 4 wickets to his name and is at the fifth number in the race for purple cap.
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