US media giant Walt Disney and India’s Reliance Industries have won the broadcasting rights for the IPL for more than $6 billion, making the Twenty20 cricket competition one of the most lucrative sports leagues in the world in terms of cost per game.
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) rode on blazing half-centuries by Evin Lewis (55 off 23 deliveries) and Quinton de Kock (61 off 45) to beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by six wickets and register their first victory in the IPL 2022 at the Brabourne Stadium.
From 21 of nine deliveries to 18 off the last five, Tewatia and David Miller brought it to 13 off three balls when Miller scrambled for a single, leaving Tewatia the unenviable task of hitting two sixes off the last two deliveries of the match and win it for Gujarat Titans, who successfully chased a target of 190.
The swashbuckling Suryakumar lifted Mumbai from 79-6 to 151-6 but the total barely tested Faf du Plessis' Bangalore who achieved their target with nine balls and seven wickets to spare in Pune.
The left-right opening pair of Warner (61) and Shaw (51) put on 93 runs to lay the foundation for Delhi's 215 for five — the highest total of the season so far — in the first match of the day in Mumbai.
Rahul, playing his 100th Indian Premier League match, steered Lucknow to 199 for four after being put into bat first at Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium.
Malik, an up and coming Kashmiri quick who has clocked speeds of over 150 kilometres per hour (93 mph) in this edition of the Twenty20 tournament, claimed three wickets in the final over that also witnessed a run-out to bowl out Punjab for 151.
Chahal took the first season hat-trick of IPL in a dramatic four-wicket over against Kolkata. Chahal sent back skipper Shreyas Iyer for 85 in Kolkata's chase of 218 for victory and then took down Shivam Mavi and Pat Cummins to return figures of 5-40 in Mumbai.
Cricket greats like Ian Bishop, Sunil Gavaskar and Dale Steyn are excited to watch this seamer from Jammu and Kashmir do so well in the tournament, and everyone is of the view that he has a bright future ahead.
"Whether it's two months or a month and a half, whether it's after (the) England (tour in July) or before England — he needs a break because he has got six to seven years of cricket left in him and you don't want to lose that with a fried brain."