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Indian Premier League 2019: Bangalore All But Out, Delhi Go Top of Table

Indian Premier League 2019: Bangalore All But Out, Delhi Go Top of Table Photo: TT
Rajasthan Defeated Sunrisers

The Rajasthan Royals beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets.

Put into bat in Jaipur, David Warner and Kane Williamson looked to give Hyderabad a good start, but Williamson was bowled by Shreyas Gopal for 13 before Warner and Manish Pandey added 75 for the second wicket. Warner was caught by his Australian team mate, Steve Smith off Oshane Thomas for 37, before Pandey, who had reached 61, was caught off the bowling of Gopal.

His dismissal precipitated a mid-order collapse, with Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda, Wriddiham Saha and Shakib Al-Hasan all fall cheaply – Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, and Thomas, again, among the wickets. Rashid Khan scored 17 not out, helping his side close on 160 – 8, despite losing Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the last over to Aaron.

In reply, Liam Livingstone and Ajinkya Rahane put on 78 for the first wicket for Rajasthan, until Livingstone, who had hit 3 sixes, was caught off the bowling of Rashid for 44. Rahane then added 15 with Sanju Samson, until he too fell, this time for 39. Caught by Warner, with Shakib the bowler.

Samson and his captain then shared a stand of 55 that helped their side close in on victory, until Smith, who had reached 22, was caught by Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed the bowler. Samson though, together with Ashton Turner, saw their side home with 5 balls to spare, with Samson, who had hit one six, 48 not out at the end.

Jaydev Unadkat was named man of the match.

The Delhi Capitals beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 16 runs in Delhi.

Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan shared an opening stand of 35 until Shaw was caught by Parthiv Patel off Umesh Yadav for 18. Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer then put on 68 until Dhawan, who had scored 50, including 2 sixes, was caught by Washington Sundar, with Yuzvendra Chahal the bowler. And it was he also who accounted for Risbabh Pant, lbw. Iyer was the next wicket to fall, top scoring with 52, caught by Virat Kohli, off Sundar, who also caught Colin Ingram off Navdeep Saini’s bowling.

However, Sherfane Rutherford, who hit 28 not out, including 3 sixes, and Axar Patel, who was unbeaten on 16, bolstered the final score of the home team to 187–5.

Patel and Kohli gave Bangalore a solid start with a stand of 63, but then both fell in quick succession. First to fall was Patel, top scoring for his side with 9, caught by Patel off Kagiso Rabada, and then Kohli was out for 23, Rutherford the catcher, whilst the bowler was Patel.

AB de Villiers and Shivam Dube added 35 but then a clutch of wickets fell – de Villiers out to Rutherford for 17, Heinrich Klaasen was caught behind of Amit Mishra, and Dube, who had scored 24, was caught by Dhawan off the same bowler. Marcus Stoinis and Gurkeerat Singh added 49 for the sixth wicket, but Singh fell to the bowling of Ishant Sharma, caught behind for 27, and Sundar was caught off Rabada. Stoinis was 32 not out, but his side finished well short of their target.

Shikhar Dhawan was named man of the match.

The Kolkata Knight Riders beat the Mumbai Indians by 34 runs.

Put into bat, Kolkata were given a strong start by Shubman Gill and Chris Lynn who put on 96 for the first wicket in less than 10 overs, before Lynn, who had hit 2 sixes, was caught by Evin Lewis off Rahul Chahar for 54. Gill then added 62 with Andre Russell until the opener fell for 76, Lewis again the catcher, and Hardik Pandya the bowler.

However, Russell and Dinesh Karthik shared an unbeaten stand of 74 for the third wicket, with Russell at his destructive best, scoring 8 sixes in an unbeaten 80, with Karthik the junior partner with 15 not out.

Mumbai got off to a poor start, losing Quinton de Kock in the second over, caught by Russell with Sunil Narine the bowler. The Harry Gurney had Rohit Sharma lbw for 12. Lewis scored 15, but he was the next to fall, caught by Karthik off the bowling of Lewis for 15. Suryakumar Yadav made 26, including 2 sixes, but he fell to the Karthik – Russell combination also.

Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya then shared a stand of 63 before Pollard, who had reached 20, was caught by Rana off Narine, leaving Pandya to carry the fight to Kolkata. He did an excellent job of it too, scoring 91 off just 34 balls, including 9 sixes, but with the asking rate rising, he took one chance too many, and was caught by Russell off the bowling of Gurney. Krunal Pandya hit two sixes in his 24 but he was chasing a lost cause by this stage and fell to Piyush Chawla in the final over, as Mumbai closed on 198 – 7.

Andre Russell was named man of the match.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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