The ninth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has already given the fans and viewers plenty of reasons to cheer and celebrate. Here’s Mayukh Bhattacharya's summary of the highlights of the tournament so far.
Chris Morris smashed an unbeaten 32-ball knock of 82 runs in a chase of 173 but Gujarat Lions survived to secure a thrilling one-run victory against Delhi Daredevils in the 23rd match of the Indian Premier League at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Ashok Dinda and Mitchell Marsh exhibited a fine display of swing bowling as Rising Pune Supergiants restricted Sunrisers Hyderabad to 118 for eight and later completed the chase as per Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method with seven wickets in hand in game 22 of the Indian Premier League in Hyderabad.
A breezy 81 from Parthiv Patel and a quick-fire 65 from Ambati Rayudu combined with a disciplined performance from the fast bowlers gave Mumbai Indians a comfortable win as they defeated Kings XI Punjab by 25 runs in the 21st match of the Indian Premier League in Mohali.
England pace bowler Chris Jordan is all set to join the action in the Indian Premier League after Royal Challengers Bangalore signed him as a replacement for the injured Australian speedster Mitchell Starc.
A maiden fifty from Suryakumar Yadav was the defining knock for Kolkata Knight Riders as they chased down a target of 161 runs in 19.3 overs to claim a tense two-wicket victory over Rising Pune Supergiants in the 20th match of the Indian Premier League in Pune.
A maiden Twenty20 hundred from Virat Kohli went in vain as an all-round batting effort and an unbeaten fifty from Dinesh Karthik saw the Gujarat Lions chase down a target of 181 runs in 19.3 overs to secure a six-wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 19th match of the Indian Premier League in Rajkot.
Mustafizur Rahman bowled a brilliant spell while David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan laid the perfect platform in a chase of 144 runs as Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Kings XI Punjab by five wickets in 17.5 overs in the 18th match of the Indian Premier League in Hyderabad.
A well-paced fifty from Sanju Samson and a disciplined bowling performance saw Delhi Daredevils ascend to the second spot in the points table by defending a total of 164 runs and defeating Mumbai Indians by 10 runs in the 17th match of the Indian Premier League in Delhi.
Kane Richardson and Shane Watson held their nerve in the death overs as Royal Challengers Bangalore defended 185 to defeat Rising Pune Supergiants by 13 runs in the 16th match of the Indian Premier League in Pune.
David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan helped Sunrisers Hyderabad chase down a target of 136 runs in 14.5 overs, inflicting a massive 10-wicket defeat on Gujarat Lions in the 15th match of the Indian Premier League in Rajkot.
A fluent fifty from Rohit Sharma and belligerent cameos from Kieron Pollard and Jos Buttler delivered a much needed six-wicket win for Mumbai Indians against Royal Challengers Bangalore as they chased down a target of 171 runs in 18 overs in the 14th match of the Indian Premier League in Mumbai.
Indian fast bowler Barinder Sran has been handed a 10 percent fine for inappropriate behaviour while playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad against Mumbai Indians during their Indian Premier League encounter.