Two pretty one-sided matches which the chasing team won convincingly.
1. KING XI PUNJAB v DELHI DAREDEVILS
Punjab’s new captain Ashwin opted to bowl first. Delhi struggled at the start as they lost Munro early, Shreyas Iyer and Vijay Shankar struggled to score as well. DD’s comeback captain Gambhir provided yet another powerful knock of 42 balls 55. Some late hit down the order from Pant, Morris helped Delhi to reach 166.
Mujeeb Zadran, the youngest player to play in IPL, grabbed two wickets and gave away only 28 runs.
Chasing 167 to win, Rahul played like he had a point to prove, scored the fastest IPL 50. He made 51 off just 16 deliveries. After his fall, Dan Christian and Tewatia bowled well to produce more dots. The in-form Karun Nair’s 33 balls 50 set the platform for Miller and Stoinis to take Punjab home.
2. ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE v KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
KKR’s Karthik opted to chase. De Kock went early; Kohli and McCullum had a little partnership in the middle. While McCullum blasted 27 balls 43, Kohli played the anchor role but ended scoring only 31 off 33. After McCullum wicket, De Villiers joined Kohli and as usual, he smacked it all over the park, scored 23 balls 44. It was an interesting decision by Karthik to give bowling to Rana, and he picked the wicket of both de Villiers and Kohli in consecutive deliveries which changed the momentum completely. Sarfraz Khan and Mandeep Singh couldn’t get it through until the last over where Mandeep smashed Vinay Kumar. RCB ended with 176, a low total considering the start the team had.
While chasing, Lynn, Uthappa failed to score huge. Narine, on the other hand, blasted 50 off 19 balls. He made the chase look easy. Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik added an important partnership where Rana played the attacking role, scored 34 off 25. After his departure, Woakes removed Rinku Singh and Russell, but captain stayed cool, scored an unbeaten 35, took KKR home.