New Delhi: The 10th edition of the IPL is just a week old, but fortunes have already started fluctuating. Starting off on a winning note, defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad are placed in the second place after losing to Mumbai Indians on Wednesday. On the other hand, last year’s bottom-placed Kings XI Punjab are on a roll, having beaten both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rising Pune Supergiant. They sit atop the points table with 4 points after two games.
But last year’s finalists Bangalore have not had the most auspicious start, losing two of the three games they have played. They have won only against Delhi Daredevils and are placed sixth on the table with 2 points.
Interestingly, Mumbai Indians have started well, having made it a habit in the last few seasons to start the season on a losing note. They lost their first game, the Maharashtra Derby, against Rising Pune Supergiant, but have come back strongly since then, having beaten both Kolkata Knight Riders and Hyderabad.
But sadly, last year’s debutants Gujarat Lions have failed to impress this year. Having started off on a high last season, they are yet to register a win, having lost both their games against Hyderabad and Kolkata. They are placed at the bottom of the points table with a net run-rate of -2.731.
For Pune too, it has not been a joy ride. Having won the first game against Mumbai, they have lost their second and third game against KXIP and Delhi Daredevils. They sit on the seventh place with just 2 points from three games.
Delhi Daredevils have got their campaign back on track after losing the first game against RCB by 15 runs. They thrashed Pune by 97 runs as Sanju Samson hit his maiden IPL ton and Chris Morris played a cameo in the death. They are seated in fourth place with a net run-rate of +2.050.
Shah Rukh Khan-owned KKR have also had a topsy-turvy start to the season. Having won the first game against Gujarat by 10 wickets, they lost a nail-biting encounter against Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium and are placed fifth on the list.