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Excellent bowling buy Jasprit Bumrah in the Super Over saw Mumbai Indians edge out a brave Gujarat Lions in a thrilling Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter on Saturday evening. Chasing a moderate target of 153 runs, Mumbai were off to a good start before some excellent bowling by young pacer Basil Thampi and excellent fielding by Gujarat saw then lose six wickets in the last four overs to leave the scores tied.

Kieron Pollard gave Mumbai a promising start in the Super Over, hitting James Faulkner for a boundary to long-off and a six over long-on off consecutive balls. But he hit the very next ball into the hands of the fielder at the long-on boundary. Jos Buttler also fell when he skied an attempted big hit and Mumbai were restricted to 11 runs.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Kings XI Punjab by 26 runs in an Indian Premier League match at the I.S. Bindra Stadium on Friday. Chasing 208, Punjab were restricted to 181/9 with Shaun Marsh (84), Eoin Morgan (26) and Martin Guptill (23) the only big contributors. For Hyderabad, Siddharth Kaul and Ashish Nehra scalped three wickets each while pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar took two wickets for 27 runs.

Punjab started off on a positive note but after adding 26 runs for the first wicket, opener Guptill was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar as he tried to loft the knuckle ball but was caught by Moises Henriques. Guptill's 11-ball knock was laced with four boundaries and one six.

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There was no stopping the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) juggernaut as Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa tore apart Delhi Daredevils' bowling to script a seven-wicket win and inch closer to a play-off berth in an Indian Premier League (IPL) game at the Eden Gardens on Friday.

Gambhir remained unbeaten on 71 off 52 deliveries, his fourth IPL fifty, joining hands with Uthappa (59; 33b 5x4 4x6) for a match-winning 108-run stand for the second wicket to script the two-time champions' fourth successive victory. Delhi, on the other hand, were condemned to their fourth loss on the trot.

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Gujarat Lions dominated with both bat and ball to thrash Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by seven wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday evening. Chasing a modest target of 135 runs, Gujarat crossed the line in 13.5 overs. Aaron Finch and skipper Suresh Raina played a crucial role with 92-run stand.

Finch produced a whirlwind innings of 72 runs, hitting five boundaries and six sixes during his 34-ball stay in the middle, while Raina remained unbeaten on 34, off 30 balls with four hits to the fence and a six.

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Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will aim to consolidate their stay in their top three positions of the Indian Premier League (IPL) standings when they take on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in an away game at the I.S. Bindra Stadium on Friday.

With just three wins from seven matches, the home side are currently placed fifth, one short of where they would at least like to be at the end of the league format.

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West Indian all-rounder Marlon Samuels will join the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils on Saturday, skipper Zaheer Khan said ahead of their game against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens here on Friday.

Samuels was named as replacement for the injured Quinton de Kock for the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season.

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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) rode skipper Gautam Gambhir and in-form Robin Uthappa's crackling half centuries to sail to a facile seven-wicket win over Rising Pune Supergiant in an IPL game and go on top of points table on Wednesday.

Uthappa (87; 47b 7x4 6x6) stole the show with some crisp power hitting as he brought up his third IPL 50 in this season of the Indian Premier League at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. Gambhir (62; 46b 6x4 1x6) at the end played second fiddle as the visitors made the most of some poor bowling by the hosts to finish on 184/3.

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