1. Suresh Raina (Chennai Super Kings)
Raina top-scored with 61 off 48 not out including four boundaries and two maximums in Sunday’s IPL victory over Kings XI Punjab.
Struggling for consistency of late-totaling just 17 runs off his last two innings-Raina stayed calm as wickets fell on every side of him to record his fourth half-century of the tournament, with Sunday’s coming off 45 balls, before kicking things into another gear to close out the chase with MS Dhoni by his side, combining for 45 runs on the sixth wicket in just 18 balls.
2.Deepak Chahar (Chennai Super Kings)
Chahar raced to 39 off 20 including one boundary and three maximums with the bat and took one for 30 off four overs with the ball in Sunday’s IPL victory over Kings XI Punjab.
After a more than two-week absence, Chahar turned in another solid spell with the ball, taking a wicket for the third-straight match, but did his real damage with the bat. While he was a bit wild and the beneficiary of some good fortune, he showed good attacking intent to post his highest batting score by nearly double, having scored 20 not out earlier this year in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Chahar’s ability to chip in with both bat and ball will be key for the Super Kings’ success in the playoff.
3.Ankit Rajpoot (Kings XI Punjab)
Rajpoot toppled two for 19 off four overs including one maiden in Sunday’s IPL defeat to the Chennai Super Kings.
Defending just 154, Rajpoot turned in an excellent spell with the ball, bowling 18 of his 24 balls for dots; however, he did concede a pair of boundaries and a maximum. He was at his most impressive when he knocked out Faf du Plessis and then Sam Billings on the next ball. A fifer by Rajpoot in Hyderabad against Sunrisers was surely the high point on a disappointing season for KXIP, but finished the tournament with 11 wickets in eight matches and looks poised for a bright future.
4.Karun Nair (Kings XI Punjab)
Nair top-scored for his side with 54 off 26 including three boundaries and five maximums in Sunday’s IPL defeat to the Chennai Super Kings.
With wickets falling every side of him, Nair turned on the jets and put KXIP in a position to try to defend their total. He needed just 25 balls to reach his fifty. The half-century was his second of the tournament and in his 12 innings, he often lacked fluency, scoring a total of seven runs across his previous three innings. Nair will captain India A’s four-day squad for their tour of England and will push for a place in the Test squad.
5.Lungi Ngidi (Chennai Super Kings)
Ngidi was named Man of the Match after taking four for 10 off four overs including one maiden in Sunday’s IPL victory over Kings XI Punjab.
A powerplay Ngidi won’t soon forget as his first over, he took the wicket of Chris Gayle on the second ball and saw just a single bye conceded, good for his first-career IPL maiden and his fifth T20 maiden in 43 innings. By the end of the powerplay, Ngidi conceded just seven runs off his three overs and took the scalps of Gayle and Lokesh Rahul in the process. After KXIP scored 18 runs in the 17th over, Ngidi stepped back into the attack and conceded just three runs while taking the wickets of R Ashwin and Andrew Tye, both for a duck, to secure his third-career T20 four-for and his best-bowled innings. He’s now taken six wickets over his last seven overs while conceding at just 3.43 an over and will be a big part of the attack during the playoffs.