Eoin Morgan at the IPL

England at IPL 2020: Week four round-up

If you needed any evidence that the IPL was the best domestic tournament in the world, then look no further than what happened during week four.

We all love a good super over here at the Barmy Army (for obvious reasons) but we had three in one day last Sunday at the IPL.

The drama was riveting as Chris Jordan’s Kings XI Punjab beat Mumbai Indians after two super overs had to be contested, while Eoin Morgan guided his team home against Jonny Bairstow’s Sunrisers Hyderabad in the same format.

It didn’t quite need two super overs on that occasion, but it was a truly ridiculous day of cricket on the other side of the world.

The cricket on show has been excellent and right at the heart of it has been plenty of our English boys. How did they all get on during week four, I hear you ask? Keep reading to find out…

Jofra Archer – Rajasthan Royals

13 wickets and 91 runs in 10 matches

Archer has had an absolutely fabulous IPL and with 13 victims at an average of 20.61, is the fifth-highest wicket-taker at the tournament. He has taken just one scalp in his last two outings but last week he was in breathtaking form with the ball in hand. His economy rate of 6.75 is the fourth-best of any player to feature in more than five matches. Exceptional work.

Tom Curran – Rajasthan Royals 

3 wickets and 83 runs in five matches

Curran has a mighty fine batting average of 83 at this IPL but hasn’t really been too great with the ball in hand. Ever since Ben Stokes has returned to the Royals side, he’s had to settle for a place on the sidelines. Further chances, unfortunately, look slim for the tricky seam bowler.

Ben Stokes – Rajasthan Royals

0 wickets and 80 runs in four matches

Stokes has been promoted up the order and is now batting as an opener for the Royals. He had a few bites of the cherry alongside Jos Buttler but has had nothing more than a few starts with the bat. It’s unsurprising given he hasn’t played cricket since the summer but he’s beginning to show signs of his destructive best. Against Delhi Capitals, the all-rounder smacked 41 off 35 in a losing cause.

Sam Curran – Chennai Super Kings 

10 wickets and 121 runs in ten matches

Curran has had a terrific tournament and is now opening the batting for the Super Kings. In a brand new role for the all-rounder, he has had mixed success, but it’s been blistering when it’s come off. He scored 31 off 21 against the Sunrisers and also hit 21 against the Royals, fending off some mean fast bowling from Archer. His fourth week at the IPL hasn’t been as profitable with the ball but he has a solid economy rate for T20 cricket of just over eight.

Eoin Morgan – Kolkata Knight Riders

278 runs in ten matches

Well, it’s been quite the week for England’s white-ball skipper. Morgan was handed the keys to the Knight Riders’ captaincy and enjoyed three consecutive scores of 30+ against Mumbai Indians, the Sunrisers and RCB. The aggressive batsman had an average of 41 before their clash against RCB and a strike rate north of 130. Impressive stuff.

Jonny Bairstow – Sunrisers Hyderabad 

316 runs in nine matches

Bairstow is the ninth-highest run-scorer in this year’s IPL and is also the English batsman with the most runs. He has been consistently good and his 36 from 28 against KKR summed that up. Opening alongside New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, Bairstow struck seven 4s and is now averaging 35.11 for the tournament. Not bad at all.

Jos Buttler – Rajasthan Royals 

262 runs in nine matches 

Buttler is just beginning to motor now in the IPL. He initially opened the batting with mixed success but was absolutely superb when he came in at five against the Chennai Super Kings last week, hitting 70* from 48 balls to guide his team home. The wicketkeeper hit seven 4s and two 6s and is batting at an average of 32.75 for the tournament.

Chris Jordan – Kings XI Punjab

2 wickets and 18 runs in five matches

Jordan had endured a wretched tournament before week four of the competition kicked in. He has since been much improved and has taken two wickets in his last two outings for Kings XI. That included the crucial scalp of Quinton de Kock against the Mumbai Indians.

Moeen Ali – Royal Challengers Bangalore 

1-21 and 11 runs in one match

Moeen has still only played the one match at this year’s IPL which came much earlier in the competition. We can’t wait to see him get another opportunity if and when it comes.

Tom Banton – Kolkata Knight Riders

18 runs in two matches

Banton has found game time hard to come by during his first IPL but with Morgan at the helm, he may find his chances of receiving match action improved at KKR. However, he won’t have done his hopes much good with a score of just ten against RCB on Wednesday.

by Matt Dawson