With the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) coming to an end on 27 May, we saw some outstanding effort with both bat and ball in this highly-contested tournament this year. Almost every game lived up to the hype that IPL generates.
In IPL 2018 final, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) completed a fairy-tale return to the fold by overpowering Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by eight wickets in the final that took place at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Shane Watson blasted an unbeaten 117 off 57 balls to help the MS Dhoni-led side lift the trophy for the third time — their first title victory since 2011. Watson was crowned the 'Player of the Final' for his herculean effort.
Alongside the exciting matches, the race for individual honours also caught everyone's eyes.
Four batsmen – KL Rahul, Kane Williamson, Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu– breached the 600-run mark. Williamson finished with 735 runs in 17 games that he played to earn the Orane Cap. Pant amassed 684 runs runs from 14 matches. Rahul scored 659 runs from 14 matches, while Rayudu (602 runs from 16 innings) managed to breach the mark after finishing unbeaten on 16 off 19 balls in the final.
Whilst, on the back some consistent performance, another Kings XI Punjab player, Andrew Tye, surged ahead in the battle for the Purple Cap. Sunrisers Hyderabad spinner Rashid Khan finished at the second spot, having gone wicketless in the summit clash.
Here is the updated list of the highest run scorer (Orange Cap) and leading wicket-taker (Purple Cap) in IPL 2018:
Orange Cap Holder:
Sunrisers Hyderabad's Kane Williamson has returned to the top of the pole to get the Orange Cap back. He was in sublime form this season, having made 735 runs in 17 innings, which include eight half-centuries at an average of 52.50 and a brilliant strike rate of 142.44.
Purple Cap Holder:
Andrew Tye, a renowned T20 specialist, sits atop of the wicket-takers chart, having bagged 24 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 18.66 and an impressive economy of 8.00. He has made optimum use of his shrewd variations to bamboozle the batsmen.
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