Aussies in the IPL: The bowlers

We look at how the Australians have fared through six weeks of Indian Premier League action

Pat Cummins (Delhi Daredevils)

Matches: 12 | Wickets: 15 | Ave: 24.86 | SR: 18.46 | RPO 8.07 | BB: 2-20

Delhi thrash RPS as Cummins trumps Stokes

After making a successful comeback to Test cricket last month in India, Cummins carried his good form into the IPL. Playing with a new franchise in Delhi, the right-armer bowled with pace and hostility and linked up with fellow young gun Kagiso Rabada to form a frightening new-ball partnership.

Andrew Tye (Gujarat Lions)

Matches: 6 | Wickets: 12 | Ave: 11.75 | SR: 10.50 | RPO 6-71 | BB: 5-17

Tye stretchered off with shoulder injury

Having sat on the sidelines for the entire 2016, Tye wasted no time in making an impact when given an opportunity this year. In his IPL debut, the Perth Scorchers product claimed 5-17 including a hat-trick against Pune. A dislocated shoulder ended his tournament prematurely but now the world is well aware of Tye’s T20 skills.

Nathan Coulter-Nile (Kolkata Knight Riders)

Matches: 6 | Wickets: 11 | Ave: 17.54 | SR: 11.63 | RPO 9.04 | BB: 3-21

NCN snares three as KKR down Daredevils

Coulter-Nile returned from injury with a bang, taking 3-22 against the Daredevils in Delhi. He captured multiple wickets in his first four games before going wicket-less in his next two to fall out of favour with KKR. The pace, bounce and aggression was back for the injury-plagued Western Australian.

Dan Christian (Rising Pune Supergiant)

Matches: 12 | Wickets: 9 | Ave: 29.33 | SR: 24.00 | RPO 7.33 | BB: 2-10

In a career rebirth of sorts, the Victorian allrounder has had a tremendous season with finalists Pune. With the likes of Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Faf du Plessis and Usman Khawaja in the squad, Christian has forced his way into the starting XI as one of four overseas players with handy contributions with bat, ball and in the field. He’s the perfect jack-of-all-trades player the IPL demands and is a big reason with the Supergiant has stormed into the final.

Glenn Maxwell (Kings XI Punjab)

Matches: 14 | Wickets: 7 | Ave: 17.85 | SR: 16.28 | RPO 6.57 | BB: 2-15

Lynn unleashes blitz but Maxwell has last laugh

In his maiden year as Punjab captain, Maxwell was somewhat reluctant to bowl himself, averaging a tick more than one over per match. While he managed just seven wickets, his off-spin yielded just 6.57 runs per over, a brilliant figure considering the doom slow bowlers face in T20 cricket.  

James Faulkner (Gujarat Lions)

Matches: 8 | Wickets: 6 | Ave: 43.00 | SR: 26.33 | RPO 9.79 | BB: 2-34

Gujarat’s form mirrored Faulkner’s in IPL 10 as the Tasmanian struggled in the second year with the Rajkot-based outfit. His six wickets cost 43 runs each and conceded 9.79 runs per over. Faulkner is in a bit of a funk at the moment, but at his best the 27-year-old is match-winner with both bat and ball, as proven with a man-of-the-match performance in the 2015 World Cup final.

Adam Zampa (Rising Pune Supergiant)

Matches: 5 | Wickets: 5 | Ave: 26.20 | SR: 19.00 | RPO 8.27 | BB: 2-22

With ace Proteas leg-spinner Imran Tahir in the squad, Zampa has had to bide his time for an opportunity this season. That chance came at the back end of the tournament when Tahir headed to England early to link up with South Africa’s ODI squad. It’s been a steady return by the South Australian with five wickets in as many games, but his 6-19 in last year’s edition underlies his T20 abilities.

Shane Watson (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Matches: 8 | Wickets: 5 | Ave: 49.00 | SR: 32.20 | RPO 9.13 | BB: 1-16

RCB hold their nerve to defend 157 against Delhi

Self-described as his worst IPL season to date, Watson endured a difficult run with cellar dwellers RCB. In the past two years his performances with the bat haven’t met his lofty standards, but he was able to chip in with key wickets in 2016, unlike this season, where only five wickets came in eight games. 

Mitchell Johnson (Mumbai Indians)

Matches: 3 | Wickets: 2 | Ave: 43.50 | SR: 36.00 | RPO 7.25 | BB: 1-30

Only three matches for Johnson this season for the table-topping Indians. Hasn’t had the opportunity to carry on his electric form from the KFC Big Bash League where he captured 13 wickets in nine games and an incredible 3-3 from four overs.

Billy Stanlake (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Matches: 2 | Wickets: 2 | Ave: 35.00 | SR: 24.00 | RPO 8.75 | BB: 2-29

Just the two games for the towering quick, who was the surprise choice when Cricket Australia announced their 2017-18 central contract offers last month. At only 22, the Queenslander will learn from playing and training alongside Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle.

Moises Henriques (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

Matches: 12 | Wickets: 1 | Ave: 248.00 | SR: 144.00 | RPO 10.33 | BB: 1-6

Not the best year with the ball for Henriques, who is now well and truly a batting-allrounder. Used sparingly by captain David Warner, Henriques hasn’t found his bowling mojo this season, but has strongly contributed with the bat for the defending champions. 

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