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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2017

Kolkata Knight Riders moved to the top the 2017 Indian Premier League standings as they beat Delhi Daredevils by four wickets on Monday.

Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad ended a run of two defeats on the bounce to beat Kings XI Punjab by five runs.

Sunrisers captain David Warner set his side up with an excellent 54-ball 70 before Bhuvneshwar Kumar took five wickets for just 19 runs, per Cricbuzz:


Here are the full results from Monday’s play, along with an updated table and the upcoming schedule:

IPL 2017: Monday Results
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad Sunrisers Hyderabad (159 for six) beat Kings XI Punjab (154 all out) by five runs
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi Kolkata Knight Riders (169 for six) beat Delhi Daredevils (168 for seven) by four wickets
espncricinfo.com
IPL 2017: Updated Table
Kolkata Knight Riders 5 4 1 0 0 8 +1.013
Mumbai Indians 5 4 1 0 0 8 +0.302
Sunrisers Hyderabad 5 3 2 0 0 6 +0.549
Delhi Daredevils 4 2 2 0 0 4 +1.635
Kings XI Punjab 5 2 3 0 0 4 -0.302
Rising Pune Supergiant 5 2 3 0 0 4 -0.942
Gujarat Lions 4 1 3 0 0 2 -1.084
Royal Challengers Bangalore 5 1 4 0 0 2 -1.095
Cricbuzz.com
IPL 2017: Upcoming Schedule
Tuesday, April 18 3:30 p.m. BST/8 p.m. local time Gujarat Lions vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore
Wednesday, April 19 3:30 p.m. BST/8 p.m. local time Sunrisers Hyderabad vs. Delhi Daredevils
Thursday, April 20 3:30 p.m. BST/8 p.m. local time King XI Punjab vs. Mumbai Indians
IPLT20.com

All matches can be streamed live via Sky Go (UK) or Willow TV (U.S.).

 

Neither Gujarat Lions nor Royal Challengers Bangalore have made a good start to the 2017 IPL. Both have just a single win under their belts and they are the bottom two teams in the standings.

As a result, Tuesday’s match between the two sides at Rajkot’s Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium should be a very intense encounter.

The Lions and Royal Challengers will both be desperate to get more points on the board and move up the table.

The batting power set to be on show is stunning. Gujarat’s XI could boast such big-hitters as Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina and Aaron Finch, while RCB’s unit includes Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson. 

The upshot of such batting talent on both sides is likely to be a high-scoring encounter in Rajkot. As such, bowling efficiency will be vital. 

In Australian Andrew Tye—who has already taken a hat-trick at IPL 2017—Gujarat have an excellent strike bowler.

However, per Firstpost’s Peter Miller, the lack of any decent support is a major worry:


Bangalore have a better attack that includes Adam Milne, Samuel Badree, Sreenath Aravind, Pawan Negi and all-rounder Watson.

On that basis, with RCB looking in better shape to restrict Gujarat’s batting and take advantage of their opponents’ lack of depth in the bowling department, it should be a victory for Kohli’s side on Tuesday. 



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