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IPL Match 26: Royal Challengers Bangalore rout Delhi Daredevils by 10 wickets

It was a disappointing Sunday for the fans of the Indian Premier League as a washout in Kolkata was followed by an early knockout in Delhi with the Royal Challengers Bangalore wiping the floor with the Daredevils in a no-contest.

The Royal Challengers won the toss and chose to send the Delhi Daredevils in, a fantastic decision with the benefit of hindsight.


IPL Match 25: Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals share the spoils after match washed out in Kolkata

The Rajasthan Royals have reclaimed top spot in the Indian Premier League standings for a few days at the very least as they went ahead of the Chennai Super Kings thanks to a point they have gained following a wash-out in Kolkata against the Knight Riders.

With the ground staff putting in an excellent shift at the Eden Gardens, it looked for a long while that a 5-over a side game might be squeezed out between the reigning Champions the Kolkata Knight Riders and the inaugural winners of the IPL, the Rajasthan Royals, but it was not to be as damp areas around the ground made conditions unsafe for play.


IPL Match 24: Chennai Super Kings rout Kings XI Punjab in virtual no-contest

The Chennai Super Kings produced the near perfect game, hammering the Kings XI Punjab by 97 runs at Chepauk on Saturday night.

The Super Kings won the toss and opted to make first use of a gorgeous batting track in Chennai. Brendon McCullum (66 from 44 balls) and Dwayne Smith (26 from 13 balls) shared a half-century stand for the first wicket in just 4.3 overs to put Chennai en route to a big score.


IPL Match 23: Mumbai Indians produce excellent bowling display to stun Sunrisers Hyderabad

The Mumbai Indians took a giant step towards making a case for qualification for the knockout rounds of the IPL by beating the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 20 runs in a lopsided contest.

An outstanding bowling effort from Lasith Malinga and Mitchell McClenaghan set the foundation for Mumbai's win as the duo shared 7 wickets between them as Mumbai defended a paltry score of 157-8 with considerable ease.


IPL Match 22: Starc, Kohli crush Rajasthan Royals

The Royal Challengers Bangalore got a much needed win under their belt, hammering the table topping Rajasthan Royals by 9 wickets in a non-contest in Bengaluru.

Having been put into bat by RCB, the Rajasthan Royals struggled to 130-9 in their 20 overs with Mitchell Starc and Harshal Patel doing the bulk of the damage, sharing 5 wickets between them.


IPL Match 20: Nehra, Raina lead CSK to easy win against RCB

The Chennai Super Kings returned to winning ways and closed the gap on Indian Premier League leaders Rajasthan Royals by picking up a comfortable 27 run victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru.

Having been put in to bat, Chennai made the most of some ideal batting conditions on offer to post a very decent total of 181-8 on the board. Truth be told considering the platform that was laid by the likes of Dwayne Smith (39) and Suresh Raina (62 from 32 balls), they should have comfortably gone past 200, but the likes of young leggie Chahal, brought them back into the contest by taking three wickets, including the big ones of Raina and skipper MS Dhoni (13).


IPL Match 19: Bhuvneshwar, Warner down Kolkata Knight Riders

The Sunrisers Hyderabad returned to winning ways in Visakhapatnam, stunning the reigning champions Kolkata Knight Riders by 16 runs in a rain-reduced contest.

With a bit of rain in the air, the Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and unsurprisingly opted to chase. The Sunrisers Hyderabad got off to an excellent start with David Warner smashing an incredible 91 runs from just 55 balls, and sharing an opening stand worth 130 with Shikhar Dhawan, who chipped in with a steadier 54.


IPL Match 18: Kings XI Punjab stun Rajasthan Royals in Super Over

In what was arguably the most enjoyable game in Season 8 of the Indian Premier League thus far, the Kings XI Punjab handed the Rajasthan Royals their first defeat of the campaign, needing a super over to upset the runaway IPL leaders.

The Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to send the Rajasthan Royals in to bat, a decision they were soon left to rue as the home-less Royals shared a 95-run stand for the opening wicket with Shane Watson (45) and Ajinkya Rahane (74) continuing from where they left off in the last game.


IPL Match 17: Kolkata Knight Riders hand Delhi disappointing defeat

Being on the path of victory doesn't appear to have been destined for the Delhi Daredevils for too long as the reigning IPL champions the Kolkata Knight Riders handed the Daredevils a heavy 6 wicket defeat at the Feroz Shah Kotla, with the Delhi franchise now losing 9 matches in a row on home turf.

The Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and decided to invite Delhi to make first use of a pitch that skipper Gautam Gambhir knows better than the back of his hand. Another Delhi boy in Kolkata clothing, Umesh Yadav excelled with the ball, taking 2-18 in his 4 overs, and was helped by an ex-Daredevil in Morne Morkel, who also chipped in with two wickets. Piyush Chawla meanwhile also picked up a couple of wickets, and in doing so joined the growing 100 wicket club in the IPL.

Manoj Tiwary top scored for the Daredevils, making 32, while Indian youth prospect Shreyas Iyer made 31. Many of the other Delhi batsmen too got starts, but no one went on to make a big score. Delhi were ultimately restricted to 146-8, a mediocre score by any standards.

Gautam Gambhir then took on the mantle of chasing down the runs himself, top scoring with 60 and fell in the penultimate over of the game with Kolkata just 3 runs shy of victory. Yusuf Pathan made another excellent contribution, remaining unbeaten on 40, while Surya Kumar Yadav once again provided some fireworks, chipping in with 24 from 16 balls.

The win takes Kolkata Knight Riders to 6 points, level with the Chennai Super Kings, who have also won 3 games so far this season, and are sitting in 2nd place in the standings.

Mini Scorecard:

Delhi Daredevils 146/8 (20 overs, 7.30rpo)

M Tiwary 32 (28) U Yadav 2-18 (4)

S Iyer 31 (24) P Chawla 2-27 (4)

Kolkata Knight Riders 147/4 (18.1 overs, 8.09rpo)

G Gambhir 60 (48) D Muthuswami 2-18 (3)

Y Pathan 40 (26) N Coulter-Nile 1-30 (4)

Kolkata Knight Riders win by 6 wickets

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