Things are beginning to heat up in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as teams try to gain an early lead in the tournament as the second week came to a close.
The second week witnessed 233 fours and 81 sixes in nine matches. The Express Tribune took a look at the best performers of week two in the cash-rich T20 league.
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Best batsman: David Warner
After disappointing in the first week, little Aussie dynamite David Warner produced three sublime batting performances in three back-to-back victories for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Warner, who is also captaining the side, brought his team back into the top teams' mix after they started off their campaign with two consecutive losses in the opening matches.
The 29-year-old scored 90 not-out off just 59 balls against Mumbai Indians, an unbeaten 74 off 48 balls against Gujrat Lions and 59 off 31 balls against Kings XI Punjab to help his side overcome a slow start in the event.
With a top heavy batting line-up, Sunrisers will be hoping that their captain will carry this good form in the rest of the tournament as well.
Best bowler: Mustafizur Rahman
Following in the footsteps of his leader, the best bowling performance of the week came from young Bangladesh left-arm fast-bowler Mustafizur Rahman, who arguably bowled the spell of the tournament so far.
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The 20-year-old left-armer gave away just nine runs and picked up two wickets in his four overs while playing against Kings XI Punjab, which is the most economical spell in the history of IPL.
He bowled 17 dot balls during his spell equaling Australian Mitchell Johnson’s record for Kings XI Punjab.
Team of the week: Surisers Hyderabad
It won't be hard to guess the team of the week after two of its players featured in the best performers of the week with the bat and the ball.
Sunrisers Hyderabad are without a shimmer the toppers of second week's team performances. After losing the first two matches of the event comprehensively, the Warner-led side managed wins against Mumbai, Gujrat and Punjab, which pushed them to third position on the points table.
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With tide shifting in their favour, Surisers will be hoping to finally make it to the playoffs this year after narrowly missing out on the previous two occasions.
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