1. Vijay Shankar (Delhi Daredevils)
Shankar raced to 54 off 31 not out including one boundary and five maximums in Monday’s IPL defeat to the Chennai Super Kings.
After starting slowly while chasing 212, Shankar and Rishabh Pant partnered for 88 runs in fewer than nine overs to put the Daredevils in a better position and Shankar’s late-match sprint, scoring 30 runs in his last 10 balls to record his second-ever IPL half-century and his first of the year, having scored just 18 runs previously this season.
2. Rishabh Pant (Delhi Daredevils)
Pant top-scored with 79 off 45 including seven boundaries and four maximums in Monday’s IPL defeat to the Chennai Super Kings.
After coming out of the gates slowly, despite chasing down 212, Pant picked up the run rate considerably. After needing 34 balls to reach his fifty, he sprinted off the next 11 balls, finding the rope on five of those before Ravindra Jadeja made a nice play to catch him before he could keep up his head of speed. He’s now got 306 runs at a strike rate of 170.94 for the tournament with a pair of half-centuries to boot.
3. Ambati Rayudu (Chennai Super Kings)
Rayudu sprinted to 41 off 24 including five boundaries and one maximum in Monday’s IPL victory over the Delhi Daredevils.
After Faf Du Plessis’ innings mercifully ended after going at just a run per ball and then Suresh Raina was knocked out two balls later, Rayudu more than picked up the slack. Before being run out, Rayudu had another excellent spell as he’s averaging 46.25, despite having only two half-centuries with four scores of 39 or greater in eight innings.
4. MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings)
Dhoni raced to 51 off 22 not out including two boundaries and five maximums in Monday’s IPL victory over the Delhi Daredevils.
While Dhoni at times throughout his late-career has been chided for a slow pace, Dhoni was at his best on Monday. He needed just 22 balls to reach his half-century, finding the rope nearly every third ball. With his unbeaten half-century, he now has three fifties for the tournament and is averaging a whopping 71.50 at a strike rate of 169.23.
5. Shane Watson (Chennai Super Kings)
Watson was named Man of the Match after opening with 78 off 40 including four boundaries and seven maximums in Monday’s IPL victory over the Delhi Daredevils.
While Faf du Plessis was limping to just a run per ball to 33, Watson needed just 25 balls to reach his half-century and the two put up a 102-run first wicket partnership to put CSK in the ascendancy from the outset. After limping through the slog overs, an MS Dhoni sprint put them past 200 for the innings. Watson is now averaging 35.12 as the opener at a strike rate of 166.27 with a century and a half-century in eight innings this season.