Kings XI decimate Daredevils
Sandeep Sharma Varun Aaron and Axar Patel led the Kings XI Punjab bowling attack that decimated the Delhi Daredevils for a paltry 67 runs in 17.1 overs then cruised to victory without losing a wicket in 7.5 overs in the 36th match of the 2017 Indian Premier League season at the Punjab Cricket Association in Mohali.
Only three Delhi batsman achieved double figures but none passed 20. Corey Anderson scored 18 while Karun Nair and Kagiso Rabada each added eleven.
Sandeep Sharma was fantastic taking four wickets for twenty runs including a brilliant return catch diving low to his left dismissing Shreyas Iyer. Aaron grabbed two for only three runs in two overs and Axar took 2/22 from his four overs.
Leading Kings XI in the run chase Martin Guptill completely manhandled the Daredevils bowling cracking six fours and three sixes in an even fifty scored off 27 balls.
Hashim Amla was the other not out batsman with 16 as the Kings XI overhauled the small total with more than twelve overs to spare.
Warner leads Sunrisers in Dominating KKR
Skipper David Warner hammered a century destroying the Kolkata Knight Riders bowling and inflicting a 48 run thrashing in the 37th match of the 2017 Indian Premier League season at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad.
KKR won the toss and skipper Gautam Gambhir would regret asking the home team to bat. The Sunrisers posted an opening partnership of 139 before Shikhar Dhawan was run out for 29 including two fours and one six.
Warner was magnificently brutal launching eight sixes into orbit and scorching the ground for 10 boundaries in a memorable 126 scored from a mere 59 balls at a strike rate of 213. When he was caught by his counterpart Gambhir off a Chris Woakes slower ball in the 17th over the score was 171/2. With such a fantastic platform set Kane Williamson smashed five fours in a 25 ball 40 taking the Hyderabad Sunrisers to an imposing 209/3.
In order to facilitate a successful reply, KKR needed a solid opening stand that did not happen instead they had a rough start of the challenging run chase losing Sunil Narine and Gambhir by the third over with only twelve on the scoreboard.
Robin Uthappa and Manoj Pandey spearheaded a fightback with a 78 run partnership but then with the last ball of the eleventh over Bhuvneshwar Kumar juggled and held on to a return catch to take care of Pandey for a well played 39 from 29 balls with three fours.
Uthappa was excellent as usual with an eye-catching 53 from 28 balls but chasing such a big target he was caught in the deep by Warner off the bowling of Mohammed Siraj in the 13th over.
KKR never got the partnerships necessary and could only reach 161/7.
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