IPL: RCB, CSK secure massive wins
Royal Challengers Bangalore 192 for 3 (du Plessis, 73*, Patidar 48, Suchith 2-30) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 125 (Tripathi 58, Hasaranga 5-18, Hazlewood 2-17) by 67 runs
Royal Challengers Bangalore secured a routine victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday, with captain Faf du Plessis and Wanindu Hasaranga playing a big part.
The South African batted through his team’s 20 overs, scoring 73 from 50 balls as RCB set their opponents a target of 193.
Opposite number Kane Williamson marched back to the pavilion without facing a ball, which set the tone as Sunrisers were bowled all out for 125, with Hasaranga taking 5-18.
Having won five of their first seven matches this season, Sunrisers have now lost their last four outings.
Things could not have started better for them as Jagadeesha Suchith claimed the wicket of Virat Kohli with the first ball of the match, but Du Plessis and Rajat Patidar (48) put on a partnership of 105 to rescue the innings.
Glenn Maxwell’s 33 helped RCB tick along, before Dinesh Karthik came in with some fireworks at the end of the innings, hitting 30 from just eight balls, including three sixes and a four from the final four balls.
It was a disastrous start for Sunrisers, with Williamson run out without facing a ball, before fellow opener Abhishek Sharma was also dismissed without scoring by Maxwell.
Rahul Tripathi’s 58 from 37 balls was the only real fight put up by Sunrisers, with Aiden Markram (21) and Nicholas Pooran (19) the only other batsmen to make double figures.
Hasaranga and Josh Hazlewood’s economical bowling ensured there was never a question of who was going to win here, and Harshal Patel wrapped up the 67-run victory after dismissing Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
A captain’s innings
Karthik may get some headlines after his explosive efforts in the final over, but Du Plessis was the spine of his team’s innings, playing the entire 20 overs and setting the table for the win with his eight fours and two sixes.
Hasaranga and Hazlewood shine
Hasaranga was deadly with his four overs, taking out the middle order with exceptional ruthlessness, while Hazlewood was even more economical with his 2-17 from four overs.
It could have been even better for the Australian, who conceded seven of those runs in his final over to a nothing-to-lose attitude from 11th wicket partnership, Kumar and Fazalhaq Farooqi.
CSK hammers Delhi
Chennai Super Kings 208 for 6 (Conway 87, Gaikwad 41, Dube 32, Nortje 3-42) beat Delhi Capitals 117 all out (Marsh 25, Moeen 3-13) by 91 runs
Devon Conway smashed a third consecutive half-century to set up a crushing 91-run Indian Premier League win for Chennai Super Kings over Delhi Capitals.
Fifth-placed Delhi missed a chance to move two points behind Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals at DY Patil Stadium, where CSK registered only a fourth win of the tournament.
Conway blasted 87 off 49 balls with support from Ruturaj Gaikwad (41) and Shivam Dube (32) as the Super Kings racked up 208-6 after Rishabh Pant won the toss and put them in.
The Capitals were all out for 117 in reply, Moeen Ali claiming brilliant figures of 3-13 from four overs in a one-sided contest on Sunday.
New Zealand opener Conway and Gaikwad got CSK off to an excellent start, taking them to 57 without loss at the end of the powerplay.
Anrich Nortje (3-42) ended an opening stand of 110 when he dismissed Gaikwad with the last ball of the 11th over, but Dube was dropped by Axar Patel on 14 during a partnership of 59 with the prolific Conway.
Khaleel Ahmed, the pick of the bowlers with 2-28, denied Conway a century when he had the left-hander caught behind by Pant before MS Dhoni added a quickfire unbeaten 21.
Delhi – without Prithvi Shaw after he was hospitalised with a virus – lost openers Srikar Bharat and David Warner early in their reply before Mitchell Marsh, who top scored with 25, and Pant (21) got starts but failed to push on.
Moeen saw the back of that dangerous duo in quick succession and the wickets continued to tumble, with Delhi all out in the 18th over.
Conway making hay at the top of the order
Conway only needed 27 balls to reach his latest half-century, hitting five sixes and seven fours in a scintillating knock.
He has scored 231 runs from four innings, averaging a mammoth 77.
Masterful Moeen puts Delhi in a spin
England all-rounder Moeen not only took three wickets, but also bowled 16 dot balls in a fine display of spin bowling.
Moeen conceded just one boundary (a six) as CSK dominated with bat and ball. (SportsMax)