Kolkata strangle Hyderabad and Delhi trounce Punjab
Kolkata Knight Riders beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs in the 14th match of the 2017 Indian Premier League season at Eden Gardens
Batting first KKR again tried the strategy of using Sunil Narine as a pinch hitter.
However, on this occasion, Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced a beautiful inswinger yorker that was too precise for the Trinidadian and uprooted his off stump.
Young leg spinning sensation Rashid Khan then unceremoniously clean bowled skipper Gautam Gambhir to set the home team on their heels 40/2 in the sixth over.
Robin Uthappa and Manoj Pandey spearheaded the rescue effort with 77 run partnership nine overs
Uthappa was a bit fortunate to be dropped twice and made the visitors pay smashing four sixes and five fours in a 39 ball 68.
Pandey struck three boundaries and two sixes scoring 46 from 35 balls, Yusuf Pathan added 21 enabling KKR to reach 177/6.
The Sunrisers got a good start to run chase as skipper David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan put on 46.
The problem was they did not get much else.
Warner reached 26 from 30 with four fours Yuvraj Singh also scored 26 from only 16 balls and Dhawan chipped in with 23, late in the innings Bipul Sharma added 21 but the visitors could only accumulate 155/6
Delhi Daredevils inflicted a 51 run thrashing of the Kings XI Punjab in the 15th match of the Indian Premier League at Eden Gardens
DD skipper Zaheer Khan won the toss and did not hesitate to take
Sanju Samson and Sam Billings got things off to a rousing start with a 53 run opening stand.
KC Cariappa floated a delivery enticing Samson to take a leg side heave but he got an outside edge and was taken by Eion Morgan.
Four balls later Karun Nair was caught behind off Varun Aaron.
Shreyas Iyer joined Billings and they added 46 before Mohit Sharma outfoxed and had him caught by Morgan.
Billings was aggressively motoring on smashing nine fours in 40
In the last five Delhi plundered 68 runs due mainly to some amazing power hitting from Corey Anderson who blasted an unbeaten 39 from 22 including three huge sixes three fours Chris Morris and Pat Cummins added 16 and 12 respectively and Delhi reached a challenging 188/6
Kings XI struggled from the inception losing Manan Vohra Wriddhiman Saha and Hashim Amla with only 31 on the board.
When skipper Glenn Maxwell was sent back to the change room for a duck the score was 65/ 5 and the visitors were in more than a spot of bother.
The best knock of their innings came from Axar Patel who struck three sixes in a 29 ball 44, David Miller labored for 28 deliveries scoring 24.
The Delhi bowling attack kept the situation well under control.
Morris used his variations to claim 3/23 and Cummins was fast and effective taking 2/23
Kings XI fell well short closing at 137/9.
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