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April 17, 2017
Mumbai Indians (177 for four) kept their superb start to the 2017 Twenty20 Indian Premier League going on Sunday, beating Gujarat Lions (176 for four) by six wickets. The win was their fourth in five matches, leaving Indians in sole possession of the top spot in the standings.
Elsewhere, Rising Pune Supergiant (161 for eight) easily beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (134 for nine) by 27 runs. Bangalore find themselves in the IPL cellar with four losses in five tries.
Monday’s double-header will see Delhi Daredevils go head-to-head with Kolkata Knight Riders before Sunrisers Hyderabad take on Kings XI Punjab.
Here’s a look at Sunday’s results:
|Mumbai Indians vs. Gujarat Lions||Mumbai Indians won by 6 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Rising Pune Supergiant||Rising Pune Supergiant won by 27 runs|
The current IPL standings:
|Kolkata Knight Riders||4||3||1||0||0||6||+1.265||705/71.2||688/79.5|
|Kings XI Punjab||4||2||2||0||0||4||-0.309||621/73.3||670/76.3|
|Rising Pune Supergiant||5||2||3||0||0||4||-0.942||790/99.5||859/97.0|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||5||1||4||0||0||2||-1.095||753/100.0||805/93.2|
Here’s a look at the schedule for the upcoming days:
|Monday, April 17||11:30 a.m. BST/4 p.m. local time||Delhi Daredevils vs. Kolkata Knight Riders|
|Monday, April 17||3:30 p.m. BST/8 p.m. local time||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs. Kings XI Punjab|
|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.).
Delhi and Kolkata are two of the most in-form teams early in this year’s IPL, and fans likely can’t wait to see the two go head-to-head on Monday.
Both teams have won their last two matches, with Delhi in particular impressing in lopsided wins over Rising Pune Supergiant and Kings XI Punjab.
Per Broken Cricket, even their opening loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore was close:
Broken Cricket @BrokenCricket
Delhi Daredevils in this IPL season:
vs RCB: Nearly won..
vs RPS: Walk in the park..
vs KXIP: Comfortable win..
4/15/2017, 6:02:26 PM
Daredevils are balanced throughout the squad and have formidable depth in their lineup. Even if the team loses batsmen early, the players further down the order can come up big at the death.
Kolkata do most of their damage at the top of the order, where the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan stand out. Even star bowler Sunil Narine has gotten in on the act of late, impressing in the win over Kings XI Punjab.
The West Indies spinner will be a key contributor with the ball, especially in the death overs, where so many T20 matches are won.
Monday’s other match will be between Kings XI and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Both teams sit roughly in the middle of the standings but need to find momentum, having lost their last match. Delhi blew Punjab out of the water, while Hyderabad failed in the chase against Kolkata.
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The defending champions are led by star bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ashish Nehra, but consistency has been an issue so far. With the bat, David Warner, Moises Henriques and Shikhar Dhawan have flashed their talent, but once again, consistency has been lacking.
Kings XI aren’t nearly as explosive as in past years, with Eoin Morgan, David Miller and Glenn Maxwell the batsmen responsible for driving up the total. If one or two lose their wicket before they’re capable of doing so, Punjab rarely have a back-up plan.
The players remain confident and excited moving forward, however:
Kings XI Punjab @lionsdenkxip
.@Eoin16 and @amlahash talk about being a part of the lions ahead of our game tomorrow. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi https://t.co/UjQasaN5aI
4/16/2017, 12:30:46 PM
If Punjab’s top performers find their form, this team is capable of making the play-offs. Winning on the road is never easy, and grabbing points in Hyderabad would be a major boost for the visitors.