David Warner almost out of reach in race for Orange Cap
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper David Warner is in with a great chance of winning the Orange Cap even though he will be unable to play any further part in the 2015 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).india Updated: May 23, 2015 03:34 IST
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper David Warner is in with a great chance of winning the Orange Cap even though he will be unable to play any further part in the 2015 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Warner still leads the batting charts with 562 runs despite SRH failing to make the playoffs.
With Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) knocked out by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Qualifier 2 on May 22, his closest competitors will not able to add to their tally.
RCB stars AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle had a chance to overtake Warner in the match but failed to take it, while Rajasthan Royals' Ajinkya Rahane - in second place with 540 runs - is also out of the race after his team were eliminated by Bangalore on May 20.
De Villiers ended his IPL 2015 campaign in third place with 513 runs, while teammates Kohli (505 runs) and Gayle (491 runs) are in fourth and fifth positions, respectively.
With Mumbai Indians (MI) facing Chennai in the final on May 24, MI opener Lendl Simmons still has a shot at the Orange Cap. But the Trinidadian will need to put up an extremely good show with the bat since he is some way behind in sixth place with 472 runs.
The race for the Purple Cap for the top wicket-taker is also set to go down to the wire.
CSK's Dwayne Bravo sits atop with 24 wickets, while RCB spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is second with 23 wickets.
Since Chahal will not be able to add to his tally, Chennai seamer Ashish Nehra (third position with 22 wickets) and Mumbai's Lasith Malinga (fourth position, 22 wickets) are Bravo's closest competitors.
Bangalore's pace spearhead Mitchell Starc is fifth with 20 wickets.