Caribbean all-rounder Andre Russell and Mumbai Indians’ Hardik Pandya were the stars of Week 5 in the Indian Premier League 2019. Some outrageous and hard-hitting shots played by the duo kept fans on edge of their seats, and microblogging site Twitter buzzing. Russell’s 40-ball 80 undismissed took KKR to a formidable 232/2. That knock could have sealed the match but things got close as Pandya’s breathtaking 34-ball 91 cameo turned the encounter interesting and a nailbiting affair. In the end, Kolkata Knight Riders comprehensively clinched the match, and cricket fans on Twitter couldn’t stop pouring out their emotions.
Pandya’s 91 embodied Mumbai’s fighting spirit right through this tournament. It’s clear the fans were pleased with what they witnessed from the side in blue and gold.
It can undoubtedly be ascertained that when a match has two scintillating brilliant knocks and a total of 430 runs collectively, it is bound to be the most talked about fixture in the week. No element of surprise that #KKRvMI emerged as the most Tweeted about match of Week 5.
Apart from that double good performance, the Twitterati also did not hesitate to write and share posts about the close encounter where Chennai Super Kings beat Sun Risers Hyderabad at home deck to hold the top position on the leaderboard. MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have become the first team to qualify for the IPL 2019 playoffs.
In another game in Week 5, Royal Challengers Bangalore marquee player Mr 360 AB De Villiers hit 82 crucial runs off just 44 delivery against Kings XI Punjab, making the Twitterati go berserk.
David Warner, who recently returned to competitive cricket after serving his one-year ban for ball tampering, played his final innings of IPL 2019, and has now joined the Australian team for their series against Pakistan and showpiece ICC World Cup event. Fans bid farewell to this season’s highest run-getter, and he gave them something to cheer about with a 56-ball 81. David Warner finished 2019 Indian Premier League with 692 runs, including eight half-centuries from 12 matches.
David posted on Twitter: “I cannot express my gratitude enough to the SunRisers family for your support, not just this season but also for the last year. It’s been a long time waiting but it was great to be back.”
Most Tweeted about moments in Week 5
- Innings by Andre Russell and Hardik Pandya. #KKRvMI
- CSK beat SRH at home. #CSKvSRH
- RCB beat KXIP with AB De Villiers’ 82 off 44. #RCBvKXIP
Most Tweeted about matches
Most tweeted about Teams
- Mumbai Indians
- Chennai Super Kings
- Kolkata Knight Riders
- Rajasthan Royals
- Sunrisers Hyderabad
Most tweeted about players
- Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45)
- MS Dhoni (@msdhoni)
- David Warner (@davidwarner31)