The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 picture has become a little clear at the halfway point. Delhi Capitals (DC), Chennai Super Kings (CSK), and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are likely to make it to the playoffs. Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians (MI), Rajasthan Royals (RR), and Punjab Kings (PBKS) might battle it out for the final knockout berth. Will strugglers Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) spring a surprise in the second half of the season?
We take a look at the latest IPL 2021 points table and orange cap and purple cap leaderboard.
IPL 2021 Points Table (after 29 matches)
|Chennai Super Kings||7||5||2||+1.263||10|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||7||5||2||-0.171||10|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||7||2||5||-0.494||4|
(M-matches, W-won, L-lost, NRR-net run rate, & Pts -points)
Prithvi Shaw and Sanju Samson climbed into the top five of the Orange Cap chart, but Shikhar Dhawan still leads the race. He scored an unbeaten half-century against PBKS, who were without injured K L Rahul, and is on course to cross 400 runs for the sixth season in a row. It would be interesting to see if the likes of Faf du Plessis and Shaw can mount a challenge.
IPL 2021 Orange Cap Leaderboard (after 29 matches)
|K L Rahul||331|
|Faf du Plessis||320|
Purple Cap battle intensifying
Harshal Patel didn’t enjoy a good week as he managed to pick up just two wickets and conceded plenty of runs. But the RCB bowler has a three-wicket lead over Avesh Khan and Chris Morris. Both of them have been taking wickets consistently and could overtake Harshal soon. Will an uncapped player remain top of the Purple Cap leaderboard next week?
IPL 2021 Purple Cap Leaderboard (after 29 matches)