Shikhar Dhawan stars in Hyderabad win
Opener Shikhar Dhawan hit a fluent 77 before Kane Williamson conjured up an unbeaten 54 to help Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kings XI Punjab by 26 runs in their IPL match in Mohali on Friday. Hyderabad posted a challenging 207 for three and later restricted their opponents to 181 for 9.
Mohali: Opener Shikhar Dhawan hit a fluent 77 before Kane Williamson conjured up an unbeaten 54 to help Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kings XI Punjab by 26 runs in their IPL match in Mohali on Friday. Hyderabad posted a challenging 207 for three and later restricted their opponents to 181 for 9. For Punjab, Shaun March 84 runs went in .Earlier, home skipper Glenn Maxwell invited Hyderabad to bat but could hardly trouble the visitors who negotiated the attack with remarkable ease.
The platform for Hyderabad's second 200-plus total was set by the whirlwind 107-run stand between Dhawan and skipper David Warner (51).
After Dhawan and Warner did the job with their half- centuries, Kiwi batsman Williamson provided the finishing touches to Hyderabad innings with his fiery knock that came off just 27 balls.Dhawan and Warner struck the ball hard and clean, sending the fielders on a leather hunt even as the ball swung a bit initially, suggesting that pacers may dictate the terms.However, none of the bowlers could make an impression with the two left-handers finding boundaries at will. The runs came at a good pace and Hyderabad had put on board 100 runs before the half-way mark.
Skipper Maxwell (2/29) introduced himself to the attack and succeeded in sending back his counterpart, who swept and missed only to see his stumps rattled. Warner's 51 came off just 27 balls with four sixes and and as many fours.By that time the damage was already done and Hyderabad were set for a big total. Kane Williamson joined Dhawan at the crease and there was a period of 18 balls when no boundary was scored.
Williamson broke the shackles as he opened his arms to smack Axar Patel for a huge six over mid-wicket region.KKR WIN
Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa's pyrotechnics with the bat handed Delhi Daredevils a seven-wicket defeat and pushed them on the verge of elimination in the Indian Premier League. This was Delhi's fourth loss on the trot.
Chasing a modest 161, KKR were nine for one in the second over, but Uthappa (59 from 33 balls) and Gambhir put together a 108-run partnership off just 66 balls to lay the foundation.After Uthappa was run out, Gambhir held fort and led the team from the front with an unbeaten 71 from 52 balls (11x4) to complete the chase with 22 balls to spare. He also completed 6000 runs in T20 cricket.KKR (14 points) have one foot in the playoff with seven wins from nine matches, while DD's campaign is all but over following a four-match losing streak to languish at the bottom of the table with four points from seven matches.