IPL- Review Of Season 5


This was the fifth edition of the Indian Premiere League held in India. The tournament began on 4 April and ended on 27 May 2012.Kolkata Knight Riders were the winning team, beating defending champions Chennai Super Kings by five wickets in the final. This season the number of teams in the league went from ten to nine with the termination of Kochi Tuskers Kerala after it breached the BCCI’s terms of conditions. The opening ceremony was held on 3 April night in Chennai at the YMCA Ground. The ceremony included some performances by Amitabh Bacchan, Priyanka Chopra, Katy Perry and other celebrities. The opening game was held in M.A. Chidambaram stadium, Chennai, the home venue of the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings.


DDR and KKR were the leaders at the top of the table in the group stage with 22 and 21 points respectively. The first match on 4th April was a low-key affair between MI and CSK where MI had an easy victory chasing down an unremarkable total of 112 posted by CSK. The second and the third matches were also low scoring matches. This edition was mainly known for its close finish matches as evidenced by MI versus DC on 9th April where DC put on 138 batting first and MI chased it in literally the last ball of their innings thanks to Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 73 for which he won the player of the match award. And also RCB versus CSK on 12th April where CSK chased down a remarkable total of 205 posted by RCB in the last ball of the match due to an excellent innings by the South African Francois Du Plessis. On 17th April RR beat DC by chasing 196 with 2 balls to spare. The entire tournament was marked by high octane games that kept the audience hooked with various twists and turns.


RCB beat Pune Warriors India by chasing a huge total of 182 in the last ball with Chris Gayle scoring 81. KKR beat DDR by 18 runs in the first qualifier held on 22 may. CSK beat MI in the eliminator by 38 runs thanks to a captain’s knock of 51 from just 20 balls by Mahindra Singh Dhoni. In the 2nd qualifier CSK posted a huge total of 222 against DDR. Once again Murali Vijay who has been a prolific run-scorer in all 5 editions scored 113 of just 58 balls and deservingly won the player of the match award. The final match between KKR and CSK was a crackerjack of a contest with both teams not willing to give up until the end. Suresh Raina’s 73 helped CSK post a respectable 190 but it turned out to be in vain as Manvinder bisla led his team to a close victory with just 2 balls to spare. Manvinder Bisla was declared Man of the Match for his 89 from 48 balls which included five sixes and eight fours. Chris Gayle once again won the Orange cap for being the top-scorer in the tournament by piling up 733 runs from 14 innings and Morne Morkel won the purple cap for picking up the highest number of wickets.


Despite a slow start, IPL 5 earned a higher cumulative viewership than any previous edition of the IPL. The cumulative reach for 74 IPL 5 matches was recorded at 163 million against 162 million for 73 matches in IPL 4, and the final match had a higher reach than any previous final. This edition of the IPL has been the most competitive with 19 matches in which team won in the last over and 6 matches in which team won by a margin of less than 10 runs. Near the end of the season, the season faced various hurdles including a spot fixing case, which allegedly included 5 players caught on a sting operation carried on by a local news channel.


Overall, 22453 runs were scored at an average of 26.2 with an overall run rate of 7.82. 857 wickets fell in the whole of the tournament. Both the amount of runs and the amount of wickets are the most that has occurred in one tournament out of all five IPL tournaments. During the course of this tournament, pace bowlers took 531 wickets with an average of 27.20 and average run rate of 7.81 whereas spinners took 241 wickets at an average of 31.35 and average run rate of 7.41. Overall, 6 centuries were scored.IPL 2008 and IPL 2011 also had the same amount of centuries. In this tournament, 96 fifties were scored, which was the most in any edition of the IPL. This edition also saw 1911 fours, 2 fours less than previous edition of 2011 IPL 731 sixes were also scored, which was another record for a season. On the other hand, this edition had only 2 instances in which a single bowler took a 5 wicket haul within his quota of 4 overs as per the rules of T20 cricket.

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