Despite its lack of fans, the 2020 Indian Premier League is showing why it’s one of the best sporting spectacles in the world.

T20 cricket is usually full of drama, but when it comes to the IPL, it follows you around on a regular basis. Whether it’s dramatic finishes, huge 6s or elite players batting and bowling to each other, not many competitions get better than this.

From an English point of view, we’re getting to see some of our boys light up the competition too. Jofra Archer is bowling serious wheels while Jonny Bairstow has been clubbing it to all parts.

Sam Curran has been one of the most consistent players at this year’s tournament and we now have Ben Stokes to sit back and admire too.

So, how did they all do in week three? Read on to find out…

Jofra Archer – Rajasthan Royals

12-210 runs and 89 runs in eight matches

Archer has been absolutely breathtaking during week three of the IPL and is now one of the highest wicket-takers in the tournament. He has claimed seven victims in the last week alone, including two three-wicket hauls, one of which he bowled 14 dot balls in. That came against the Delhi Capitals when the seamer bowled Prithvi Shaw with the very first ball of the game. Exceptional.

If that wasn’t enough, Jofra also got the better of his nemesis, David Warner, by bowling him when the Royals took on Sunrisers Hyderabad. The Aussie must be sick of the sight of him.

Tom Curran – Rajasthan Royals 

3-208 and 83 runs in five matches

Curran has fallen victim to one of the worst bowling attacks statistically in this year’s IPL. The Royals had the highest economy rate and had taken the fewest wickets heading into their match with the Capitals.

As a result, Curran hasn’t played in the past week and has since been replaced by the returning Ben Stokes.

Ben Stokes – Rajasthan Royals

0-31 and 46 runs in two matches

Stokes has spent the last couple of months on leave in New Zealand with his family but has returned to action and was back with a bang while opening the batting alongside Jos Buttler for the Royals on Wednesday evening.

He blitzed 41 from 35 deliveries in that encounter, hitting four 4s. It’s great to see him back in action.

Sam Curran – Chennai Super Kings 

9-248 and 99 runs in eight matches.

Is there anything this boy can’t do? Curran has been phenomenal for CSK during this edition of the IPL and has now even taken to opening the batting. He made 31 from 21 and is hitting at a strike rate of 190 in the competition.

He’s also taken some vital wickets including Steve Smith, Eoin Morgan, Quinton de Kock and David Warner. Sam clearly loves a big scalp.

Eoin Morgan – Kolkata Knight Riders

175 runs in seven matches

Morgan had a rather quiet week three at the IPL, managing two single-figure scores, but overall he has been brilliant during this edition.

The England white-ball skipper has an average of 35 and a strike rate of 129. He’s also hit the most 6s of anyone in the Knight Riders squad – including Andre Russell.

Jonny Bairstow – Sunrisers Hyderabad 

280 runs in eight matches

Bairstow is one of the leading run-scorers in the 2020 IPL and enjoyed a brilliant week three. He fell desperately short of a century against Kings XI by clubbing a breathtaking 97 from 55 balls.

During that knock, he managed seven 4s and six 6s. It’s great to see Jonny back in such good form.

Jos Buttler – Rajasthan Royals 

168 runs in seven matches

The wicketkeeper has been in excellent touch throughout the course of the IPL and has been hitting at a strike rate of a quite remarkable 154. He hit 70 against the Mumbai Indians and then smacked a brutal 22 off nine balls against the Capitals. Typically, Buttler managed two glorious ramp shots for four. Vintage stuff.

Chris Jordan – Kings XI Punjab

0-135 and five runs in three matches

The tricky bowler is having a tough time of it and is still yet to take a wicket for Kings XI. It’s no surprise to see him in and out of the squad but we hope he can find his feet sooner rather than later.

Moeen Ali – Royal Challengers Bangalore 

1-21 and 11 runs in one match

The spinner has still only played in one match at IPL 2020 and has his work cut out to get into the squad.

Tom Banton – Kolkata Knight Riders

Eight runs in one match

The Somerset batsman has had to wait until week three to finally make his IPL debut but unfortunately, didn’t really set the world alight when it came, making eight from 12 balls. Here’s hoping he gets another chance to show what he’s capable of.

When Banton gets going, he is so destructive.

 

by Matt Dawson