As the play offs approach midweek sees three more group stage matches
Wednesday 9th May
KKR v Mumbai Indians
Teenager Shubman Gill blasted 57 not out from 36 deliveries as Kolkata Knight Riders strengthened their grip on an IPL play-off place with a six-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings at Eden Gardens.
Gill – part of the victorious India side at the Under-19 World Cup earlier this year – propelled KKR above CSK’s 177-5 with 14 balls in the bank as the hosts moved above Kings XI Punjab into third on net run rate and four points clear of top-four rivals Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals
Defending champions Mumbai Indians kept their IPL play-off hopes alive with a six-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab in Indore.
Rohit Sharma’s men are now four points adrift of fourth-placed Kings XI, albeit having played nine games to their opponents’ eight, after Suryakumar Yadav (57 off 42) and Krunal Pandya (31no off 12) propelled them to their target of 175 with an over to spare.
Kings XI opener Chris Gayle (50 off 40) struck his fourth fifty-plus score in five innings, backing up knocks of 104, 63 and 62 earlier in the tournament, but the hosts were restricted to 174-6, principally due to Jasprit Bumrah (1-19).
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Thursday 10th May
Delhi Daredevils v Sunrisers Hyderabad
Alex Hales struck an impressive 45 to help table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad seal their fourth-consecutive victory as they beat Delhi Daredevils by seven wickets.
The England opener struck three fours and three sixes in his 31-ball innings as Kane Williamson’s side returned to the top of table, having dropped temporarily to second following CSK’s win over RCB earlier in the day.
Daredevils opener Prithvi Shaw had struck 65 as the visitors set the Sunrisers a challenging 164 to win, but the hosts eased home in the end with captain Williamson ending unbeaten on for 32.
With four matches remaining, Delhi remain second bottom having won just three of their 10 group matches this season.
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Friday 11th May
Rajastan Royals v CSK
Jos Buttler blasted a first fifty of IPL 11, off 18 balls, but it was not enough to prevent Rajasthan Royals slipping to a four-run defeat to Delhi Daredevils, who move off bottom spot in the table with victory
Delhi’s third win of the tournament came in a rain-affected clash that was first reduced to 18 overs a side, and then left Rajasthan facing a steep 12-over chase of 151.
Buttler – promoted to open – was freed up by the mammoth target, smashing seven sixes and four boundaries in a 26-ball 67 and, even after he departed, the Royals managed to take the game right down to the last ball.
D’Arcy Short (45 off 25) fired fellow Australian Glenn Maxwell for three consecutive sixes in the 10th over, helping reduce the target to a manageable 30 from the final two overs – the Royals then halved that with 15 from the penultimate over, but fell just short in the last.
With 10 runs needed from the final two balls, Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer kept the Royals in the game by dropping Krishnappa Gowtham (18no off 6) in the deep and knocking the ball across the rope for four runs, but Gowtham failed to clear the boundary with the last ball.
Ravindra Jadeja bagged 3-18 and David Willey impressed on his IPL debut as Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in Pune.
Jadeja’s scalps included bowling Bangalore skipper and Virat Kohli for eight, while England star Willey picked up a wicket, a catch and a run out and went for just 24 runs from his four overs as RCB were limited to 127-9, a total Chennai topped in 18 overs, with MS Dhoni (31no off 23) steering them home.
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