The Indian Premier League continued into its last few games in the league stage and Kolkata Knight Riders beat the Kings XI Punjab by 7 wickets.
Put into bat in Chandigarh, Punjab got off to a poor start, losing both KL Rahul and Chris Gayle, both to the bowling of Sandeep Warrier. Mayank Agarwal and Nicholas Pooran put on 69, but then Pooran, who hat hit 4 sixes, was caught by Warrier off Nitish Rana for 48, and Agarwal was run out for 36.Mandeep Singh and Sam Curran shared a stand of 38, but Singh fell to the bowling of Harry Gurney for 25.
Andre Russell dismissed Ravichandran Ashwin for a duck, but Curran’s unbeaten 55, including 2 sixes, helped his side reach 183 – 6 at the end of their 20 overs.
In reply, Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill gave Kolkata a fast start, adding 62 for the first wicket until Lynn was caught and bowled by Andrew Tye for 46. Gill then put on 38 with Robin Uthappa, until the latter fell to Ravichandran Ashwin for 22.Andre Russell scored a quick cameo 24, including 2 sixes, before Gill and Dinesh Karthik got the needed runs as Kolkata reached their target with two overs to spare.
Karthik was 21 not out at the end, and man of the match Gill was undefeated on 65.
The Delhi Capitals beat the Rajasthan Royals by 5 wickets.
Rajasthan won the toss in Delhi, but were in trouble almost from the start, as Ishant Sharma took the wickets of KL Rahane, Liam Livingston and Mahipal Lomnor, and Sanju Samson was run out. Shreyas Gopal fell to the bowling of Amit Mishra for 12, with the same bowler then accounting for Stuart Binny. When Krishnappa Gowtham gave Mishra a third wicket, the visitors were reduced to 65 – 7.
Riyan Parag and Ish Sodhi added 30, before Sodhi fell to his New Zealand team mate Trent Boult. Last man out was Parag for exactly 50, also falling to Boult, as the Royals recorded a meagre 115 – 9 from their 20 overs.
Mishra took 3 for 17, and Sharma 3 for 38.
Delhi got off to a poor start themselves, losing both Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan to the bowling of Sodhi. Shreyas iyer and Risbabh Pant added 33, but Iyer fell to Gopal for 15. Colin Ingram gave Sodhi a third wicket, but Pant and Sherfane Rutherford took their side close to victory. Rutherford was caught off Gopal, but Pant scored 53 not out, including 5 sixes, as his side cruised to victory with nearly 4 overs to spare.
Mishra was named man of the match.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 4 wickets.
Put into bat in Bangalore, Hyderabad got off to a reasonable start with Wriddiham Saha and Martin Guptill putting on 46, before Saha fell to Navdeep Saini for 20. Guptill, who had scored 30, and Manish Pandey fell in successive balls to Washington Sundar, but Kane Williamson and Vijay Shankar added 45 before Sundar took his third wicket , having Shankar caught for 27.
Williamson then saw successive partners in the shape of Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, and Rashid Khan fall cheaply, but put on an unbeaten 38 for the 8th wicket with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, enabling their side to reach 175 – 7 at the end of their innings, with Williamson unbeaten on 70, with 4 sixes to his name.
Bangalore got off to a terrible start in response, losing Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers early, with Kumar taking 2 wickets and Khaleel Almed the other.
But Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh shared a stand of 144 to put their side in control. Hetmyer who had hit 6 sixes, eventually fell for 75 to Rashid, and Singh was out in the next over for 65 to Ahmed, who also took the wicket of Sundar. However, Colin de Grandhomme and Umesh Yadav saw their side home with 4 balls to spare.
Hetmyer was named man of the match.