1. Marcus Stoinis (Kings XI Punjab)
Stoinis recorded 23 off 16 not out including two boundaries and one maximum with the bat and conceded six off his only over with the ball in Sunday’s IPL victory over the Rajasthan Royals.
While he bowled just one dot ball, Stoinis was able to keep the ball inside the rope and his medium-pace bowling helped considerably as Kings XI were able to hold the Royals to just 152. With the bat, Stoinis and Lokesh Rahul were able to partner for 68 runs on the fifth wicket in fewer than six overs to successfully chase down the reasonable target with eight balls to spare, despite a steadily creeping required run rate prior to Stoinis’ introduction. In four matches this season, he’s made out just once while scoring 85 runs at a strike rate of 154.54.
2. Lokesh Rahul (Kings XI Punjab)
Rahul top-scored with 84 off 54 not out including seven boundaries and three maximums in Sunday’s IPL victory over the Rajasthan Royals.
After his opposing wicketkeeper, Jos Buttler opened with a half-century for the Royals, Rahul started a little slowly, needing 44 balls to reach his half-century-his third of the tournament. However, with the required run rate creeping up, Rahul turned on the jets, scoring 30 runs off his last 10 balls to ace the chase with eight balls to spare. Rahul is now fourth on the orange cap rankings on 376 runs and is 47 runs behind Ambati Rayudu with an innings in hand and hasn’t scored fewer than 18 runs in a match thus far this tournament.
3. Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Kings XI Punjab)
Ur Rahman was named Man of the Match after taking three for 27 off four overs in Sunday’s IPL victory over the Rajasthan Royals.
The Afghani teenager has been excellent throughout the tournament and Sunday was his best performance of the bunch, turning in career-best figures of three for 27, has never taken more than two wickets in a T20 prior to the proceedings. He’s now taken 12 wickets at an average of 20.00 with a sparkling economy of 6.85, the second-best economy of anyone who’s bowled at least 10 overs this tournament.
4. Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals)
Buttler opened with 51 off 39 including seven boundaries in Sunday’s IPL defeat to Kings XI Punjab.
After a rough start to the tournament, Buttler is rounding into form with Sunday giving him back-to-back half-centuries for the fledgeling Royals. Buttler’s move up the order from No. 5 to opening proved an inspired move as the Royals batting order seems solid from top-to-bottom; however, the results just haven’t been there, with Sunday’s defeat dropping them to the bottom of the table on six points through nine matches.