Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore won their respective games in IPL on Sunday. In the first game of Sunday’s double header, Sunrisers Hyderabad thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets to register their fifth win of the season.
Asked to bat first, the Knight Riders started brightly and had raced away to 42 in just 15 balls before Khaleel Ahmed castled Sunil Narine. It completely changed the course of the game as the Knight Riders just could not recover from it. They soon found themselves four down for just 73 before Chris Lynn and Rinku Singh steadied the ship. But the Knight Riders eventually ended on a modest 159 for 8.
In reply, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow then came out all guns blazing with the bat. They helped Sunrisers race away to 72 for no loss inside the powerplay and did not stop the onslaught later too. Warner and Bairstow added 131 runs to the board before Yarra Prithviraj dismissed the former for 67. With just 29 runs needed from 8 overs, Bairstow and Kane Williamson helped Sunrisers reach the target with 30 balls to spare. Bairstow remained unbeaten on 80.
In the second game of the day, Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Chennai Super Kings by one run in one of the best IPL games of all time. MS Dhoni scored an unbeaten on 84 off 48 – his highest T20 score – nearly took the Super Kings over the line but Parthiv Patel produced a direct hit off the final ball to deny the Super Kings a stunning win.
Updated IPL points table:
Despite suffering back-to-back losses, Chennai Super Kings are at the top of the points table with 14 points, while Royal Challengers Bangalore are at the bottom of the table with 3 wins.
Orange Cap table:
Sunrisers Hyderabad opening pair of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow are sitting at first and second spot respectively in the Orange Cap list. Kings XI Punjab opening pair of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul and Kolkata Knight Riders’ Andre Russell complete the top five. Virat Kohli, who scored just nine against the Super Kings, has fallen out of top five.
Purple Cap table:
In the Purple Cap list, Delhi Capitals’ Kagiso Rabada stands atop with 21 wickets in 10 games. Super Kings’ leg-spinner Imran Tahir is at second with 16 wickets in 10 matches. Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar and Mohammed Shami completes the top-five.