Rajasthan Royals secure the top spot in the IPL 2023 points table, and Venkatesh replaces Dhawan in the Orange Cap standings
In addition to giving Rajasthan Royals a 2-point advantage at the top of the standings, Venkatesh Iyer passed the top candidates for the Orange Cap with his first IPL century.
In the Indian Premier League (IPL), Venkatesh Iyer broke through the top competitors for the Orange Cap with his first-ever century, and the Rajasthan Royals solidified their position atop the standings with a thrilling comeback victory over Gujarat Titans on Sunday. After losing to Mumbai Indians by five wickets, Kolkata Knight Riders, despite Iyer’s century, were unable to move into the top four, and the Titans missed an opportunity to take the top spot.
MI vs KKR
In the final 14 balls of MI’s victory over KKR on Sunday, Suryakumar Yadav exploded back into form. In response to Kolkata’s 185/6, Mumbai scored 186/5 in 17.4 overs thanks in large part to 43-run innings from Suryakumar, who had only scored 16 runs in his previous six white-ball innings. Iyer raced to 50 off just 23 balls and kept going while the other Kolkata hitters had trouble getting the innings going. Iyer completed his first IPL century in 49 balls after adding 50 more runs in 26 more balls.
RR vs GT
Shimron Hetmyer later hit a 56-run unbeaten innings off just 26 deliveries, and captain Sanju Samson added 60 runs off just 32 deliveries to help RR defeat GT by a significant margin. In the first three overs of their 178-run chase, RR was down to 4/2 after Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya destroyed their top order. With the score at 55-4 after 10.3 overs, they continued to be in trouble, but Samson and Hetmyer added 59 runs in 27 balls to turn the innings around.
To quicken the pursuit, Samson hit six sixes and three fours. To reduce the scoring gap after Samson’s dismissal, Hetmyer and Dhruv Jorel (#18) added another 47 runs off 20 balls. The West Indian played until the very end, netting a total of five sixes and two fours.
Latest Team Rankings (After RR vs GT & MI vs KKR)
# With their significant victory over Gujarat Titans, Rajasthan Royals have increased their lead over the competition to two points. With eight points from five games and a net run rate of +1.354, RR currently leads the league by a reasonable margin.
# GT has six points and a net run rate of +0.192, keeping them in third place behind the Lucknow Super Giants.
# KKR has four points and a net run rate of +0.320, holding steady at fifth place.
# MI is now the fifth team in the league with four points, and their net run rate of -0.822 keeps them in the bottom two spots in the standings.
Orange Cap Table (After RR vs GT & MI vs KKR)
# Venktesh Iyer scored 234 runs in five games thanks to his magnificent century, which gave him a stunning strike rate of 170.80. Currently, he is holding the top position in the Orange cap.
# V. Iyer replaces Punjab Kings captain Shikhar Dhawan with the Orange Cap. With an average of 116.50 runs and a strike rate of 146.54, Dhawan is only one run behind with 233 runs in four games.
# Jos Buttler of the Rajasthan Royals fell out of the top five as a result of his five-ball duck on Sunday.
# Shubman Gill advanced to third place with 228 runs at an average of 45.60 and a strike rate of 139.87.
Purple Cap Table (After RR vs GT & MI vs KKR)
# After losing it to Mark Wood on Saturday, Yuzvendra Chahal regained possession of the Purple Cap.
# Chahal, Wood, and Rashid Khan, who is in third place, are all tied for first place in terms of wickets with 11 taken, with the Indian taking the top spot due to his higher economy rate.
# With a season-long total of 10 wickets, Mohammed Shami moved up to the fourth place.