We are back with eminent sports analyst and commentator Ayaz Memon in another episode of Firstpost Gameplan to review the host of matches that happened over the past week and discuss the matched slated for the weekend.
The week started with Kings XI Punjab putting a choke hold on Royal Challengers Bangalore, except of course on a certain AB de Villiers. The South African came back after a layoff and hit the ground running, sending the KXIP bowlers to all ends of the park. Delhi Daredevils took on Rising Pune Supergiant in the next match and it would be remembered for Sanju Samson's fantastic hundred – the first of the season, which set up a win for Delhi. The beauty of the IPL has been that it provides a platform for domestic players to express themselves against the best in the world. It also gives you a peek into the rich talent pool Indian cricket has.
Mumbai Indians were in their elements, bringing the high-flying defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad back to the ground, as Jasprit Bumrah, Nitish Rana and Krunal Pandya led them to a win at the Wankhede. The Pandya brothers are clearly destined for big things. Stalwarts Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan proved in their respective matches that they have still some fuel left in the tank.
And then Kolkata Knight Riders came back to winning ways in style on Thursday by putting it past KXIP quite easily in the end, though their fielding will be a concern.
The weekend promises to be exciting again, with Mumbai taking on RCB in the first encounter on Friday, with the big news for RCB being that Virat Kohli may be back. The struggling Gujarat Lions face Pune at home and would badly need a win under their belt.
Another double header on Saturday, with KKR taking on SRH at the Eden Gardens and Delhi clashing with Punjab in the 'North Indian derby'. Mumbai return to the Wankhede on Sunday to take on neighbours Gujarat and RCB face Pune at home to round off the matches scheduled for the weekend.