KKR nip Daredevils and Sunrisers beat Kings XI
Manoj Pandey cracked an unbeaten 69 leading the Kolkata Knightriders to a thrilling four-wicket victory over the Delhi Daredevils in the 18th match of the 2017 Indian Premier league at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.
Delhi took strike after winning the toss and was delivered a solid platform of 53 before Sam Billings was caught behind off the bowling of Nathan Coulter-Nile for 21 at the start of the seventh over.
Sanju Samson was again looking in excellent nick stroking seven well-timed boundaries before played a loose shot to an Umesh Yadav ball and was caught behind for 39.
Young Rishabh Pant continued to represent the emerging Indian players blasting four sixes and two fours in an incredible 16
Coulter-Nile took 3/22 and Sunil Narine bowled four economical overs for twenty runs taking one wicket helping to restrict Delhi to 168/7.
KKR were shaken early in the run chase losing most of their top order including Colin de Grandhomme, Robin Uthappa and skipper Gautam Gambhir with only 21 on the scoreboard.
Yusuf Pathan and Pandey brought things under control with
At 131/4 in the 15th over KKR were still not out of the woods even with their long batting lineup.
Pandey did as required and stayed there till the end while blasting three sixes and four fours in his 49
Bhuvneshwar Kumar grabbed five wickets enabling the Hyderabad Sunrisers beat the Kings XI Punjab by five runs despite an amazing 95 run blast by Manan Vohra in the 19th match of the 2017 Indian Premier League at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
Kings XI won the toss and chose to field only to find that scoring was difficult on this pitch, wickets fell early and by the time Yuvraj Singh was caught behind for a golden duck off the bowling of Axar Patel in the tenth over the visitors were 50/3.
Naman Ojha and skipper David Warner added 60 to resuscitate the innings before Ojha was also caught behind off KC Cariappa for 34 from 20 balls including two fours and one six.
The steady trek to the change room continued but Warner was steadfast, the normally ultra aggressive left-hander was resolute in defense displaying great patience and shot selection carrying his bat through the innings.
The Sunrisers captain struck two sixes and seven fours in his remarkable innings of 70 to take the competition individual scoring lead.
Rashid Khan hit the only ball he faced the last of the innings for six the lift his team to 159/6.
The visitors run chase suffered a major setback when Hashim Amla was trapped leg before by Kumar for a first ball duck, The innings was devoid of partnerships a plethora of low scores kept wicket falling as Kumar and Rashid Khan wreaked havoc.
In the 14th over Axar Patel cut a Moses Henriques delivery hard to Shikhar Dhawan leaving Kings XI 82/6 with most of the top order gone.
However Manan Vohra was still there, while all the other batsmen struggled he played with a surprising fluency, and even he kept losing partners, as long as he was there the visitors had an outside chance.
The Punjab-born right-hander struck five sixes and nine boundaries in an amazing 95 from 50 balls. finally trapped
However, Kumar was just as relentless and finally trapped him leg before in the 19th over with the Kings XI 14 runs short it was all over bar the shouting.
The Sunrisers now have the competition’s top scorer in Warner and the leading wicket taker as Kumar claimed 5/19 retaining the purple cap
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