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April 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:
FIVE WICKETS for BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR. Heart break for Manan Vohra, OUT for 95. So near, yet so far for him. #KXIP 145/9 #SRHvKXIP
4/17/2017, 5:55:22 PM
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|
|IPL 2017: Updated Table|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||5||4||1||0||0||8||+1.013|
|Kings XI Punjab||5||2||3||0||0||4||-0.302|
|Rising Pune Supergiant||5||2||3||0||0||4||-0.942|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||5||1||4||0||0||2||-1.095|
|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|
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:
#GujaratLions’ lack of match-winning bowlers to support #AndrewTye costing them dear, writes @TheCricketGeek https://t.co/lu3r5cik4K #IPL https://t.co/Jv6H3l7tst
4/17/2017, 3:18:48 AM
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.