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9th October 2020

Week 1 of the Indian T20 League 2020

The Indian T20 League 2020 finally got underway on September 19, and the first week of the edition lived up to the hype with plenty of close games and enthralling cricket. Here’s a look at all the talking points from Week 1. 

Sky-high viewership: The viewership for the first week of the 13th edition of the League went through the roof, with 269 million viewers across 86 million houses tuning in. This is a 15% growth from the viewership numbers in 2019. 

Batting first gains ground: Over the years, win the toss and chase has been the success mantra in the League. However, in Week 1, skippers chose to field first in all seven games but managed just one win - in the tournament opener, with defending teams winning six. This is the highest number of games that teams have won while batting first since 2014. 

Slow and steady: Ever since the BCCI shifted the tournament to the UAE, it was well-known that spinners would have a huge say in the competition. The slower bowlers have already started getting purchase from the venue. The spinners sent down 100 overs in Week 1, and picked up 32 wickets at an average of 27.95 and an economy rate of 7.24, with 19 of them coming in the middle overs (7-15). The pacers, on the other hand, picked up 54 wickets but at an average of 32.33 and an economy rate of 8.83. If trends are to be believed, it is expected that teams with a superior spin attack will face greater success as we move ahead. 

The unfortunate death of Dean Jones: Week 1 was marred by the unfortunate and sudden demise of Australian cricketer Dean Jones, who was part of the commentatory team. Jones, 59, lost his life after a sudden cardiac arrest in his hotel in India. The Aussie, who redefined the art of running quick singles, scored over 6000 ODI runs for his team, along with 3631 Test runs in 52 matches. 

Butter fingers: Rustiness and the effects of being away from the cricket field for well over six months were visible in the first week of the league, as there were plenty of misfields and dropped catches. As many as 19 catches were dropped, of which 13 came in the four games that were played in Dubai. The presence of the “Ring of Fire”, or 350 small floodlights all across the roof of the stadium in Dubai, has further made catching difficult. 

Sixes galore: As many as 90 sixes were hit during the first seven games of the league, with a record 33 being smashed in a match between MS Dhoni’s troops and Rajasthan Royals at Sharjah - the highest in any venue in the first week. Dubai saw 32 sixes, while Abu Dhabi had 25 sixes.

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