With domestic English cricket concluding last weekend with the climax of the T20 Blast, full attention can turn to the IPL, a tournament that’s still throwing out some thrilling drama despite its lack of crowds.

This year, the competition is taking place in the UAE and with it, we’ve seen some fantastic performances from some of the England boys.

Whether it’s Jofra Archer bowling supreme pace or Jos Buttler smacking 6s out of the park, it’s been a pretty productive tournament for those travelling from the UK.

And it’s now set to get even better for an English audience with Ben Stokes finally joining up with the Rajasthan Royals. The all-rounder is yet to play but keep your eyes peeled for when he eventually lines up alongside the likes of Archer and Buttler.

But before he returns to the action, check out how those who have been available got on during week two…

Jofra Archer – Rajasthan Royals

5-142 and 86 runs in five matches

Archer had a slow start with ball in hand during week one of the IPL, taking just a solitary wicket. Since then, however, the paceman has found his rhythm in his last three outings for the Royals.

Although we’ve not quick seen the mesmeric six-hitting that he showed against the Super Kings early on, he still managed to score 24 against Mumbai Indians and was then quite brilliant against KKR when he took two wickets for just 18 runs.

Tom Curran – Rajasthan Royals

3-208 and 83 runs in five matches

With Stokes flying out from New Zealand to join the Royals squad, it wouldn’t be a great surprise if he replaced Tom Curran in the side. With ball in hand, the Surrey seamer has struggled to get any momentum but he has looked in good form with the bat.

Curran scored a superb 54* against KKR, an innings that included two 4s and three 6s.

Sam Curran – Chennai Super Kings

7 for 182 and 68 runs in six matches

Sam Curran picked up the scalps of Steve Smith and Quinton de Kock in week one and he continued in a similar vein by claiming the wickets of Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik against KKR on Wednesday. He hit 17 off 11 in the same match and 15* against the Sunrisers too, demonstrating signs that he’s ready and waiting to show his immense potential with the bat. The 22-year-old really is having an excellent tournament.

Eoin Morgan – Kolkata Knight Riders

143 runs in five matches

This has been a tournament to remember for the England white-ball skipper. Morgan has been in absolutely fantastic form and came alive during week two of the competition. He has a strike rate above 148 and his average for the tournament heading into their clash with CSK sat at a particularly healthy 70.50.

Since last week, he has hit 34* from 23 in a victory against the Royals, which was followed by a quite brilliant knock of 44 from only 18 deliveries. Although it came in a defeat against the Capitals, he hit a ridiculous five 6s.

Jonny Bairstow – Sunrisers Hyderabad

144 runs in five matches

Considering Bairstow ended week one with 119 runs, the wicketkeeper needs to rediscover his form a little. He was out for a duck against the Super Kings but did score a quickfire 25 against Mumbai Indians.

He’s been solid behind the stumps, though, taking three catches during the course of the tournament. Good work Jonny.

Jos Buttler – Rajasthan Royals

117 runs in four matches

Buttler only played once during week one because of his extended quarantine and thus, it took him a little while to get going during IPL 2020. That being said, he came alive in brutal fashion against Mumbai Indians.

He was superb, scoring 70 from 44 balls in a losing cause. Buttler hit four 4s and five 6s during that innings.

Chris Jordan – Kings XI Punjab

0-98 and five runs in two matches

Jordan played just once during two week of the competition but he struggled for form again, going for 42 runs without taking a wicket. A key member of England’s IT20 squad, he’ll be keen to show the world why he’s earnt such a good reputation in the shortest form of the game.

Moeen Ali – Royal Challengers Bangalore

1-21 and 11 runs in one match

Moeen didn’t play at all during week one but managed to get going in his first outing for RCB against Delhi Capitals. He impressively took the wicket of Shreyas Iyer but scored 11 from 13 balls. The spinner definitely has room for improvement but it was great to see him involved on Monday.

Tom Banton – Kolkata Knight Riders

Unfortunately, the opener is yet to play for KKR. Here’s hoping he gets a chance later in the competition.


written by Matt Dawson