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IPL Season 9: Warner powers Sunrisers Hyderabad to maiden win

There was relief more than joy on the face of Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner as the spunky Australian smashed an unbeaten 90 off just 59 balls to power his team to a long overdue first win of IPL Season 9, at the expense of the beleaguered reigning champions, the Mumbai Indians, who slumped to their third defeat of the season.

Another decisive toss decided the game, with the team chasing picking up their 11th win out of 12 games in the IPL so far. The flip of the coin went the way of the hosts, the Sunrisers Hyderabad, who gleefully accepted the opportunity to chase.


IPL Season 9: De Kock century scripts Delhi Daredevils win

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A fantastic century from South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, the first of Season 9 of the IPL, was the highlight of the day as the Delhi Daredevils picked up their second win of the tournament in a high-scoring affair at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

The Delhi Daredevils won the toss and unsurprisingly put their hosts, the Royal Challengers Bangalore in, with 9 out of the 10 victories in the tournament thus far having gone the way of the side chasing.


IPL Season 9: Maxwell guides KXIP to much needed first win

The Kings XI Punjab finally got their season up and running with more than a little help from their opponents the Rising Pune Supergiants, who surprisingly won the toss and opted to bat first, a decision that has proved largely fatal right through the tournament thus far.

Pune made three changes to their side for this game with Thisara Perera, Irfan Pathan and Ankit Sharma replacing the trio of Mitchell Marsh, RP Singh and Rajat Bhatia. Pune look super solid on paper with a lot of batting up the order and plenty of options on the bowling front though. Meanwhile, the Kings XI Punjab, still chasing their first win, made just the one change, Kyle Abbott coming in for the terribly out of form Mitchell Johnson.


IPL Season 9: Finch does it again as Gujarat Lions beat Mumbai Indians in last ball thriller

Aaron Finch scored his third half century in as many games, and the Gujarat Lions reclaimed sole possession of top spot in the Indian Premier League standings with their third win in succession as the Australian opener pummeled Jasprit Bumrah's ill-advised bouncer on the final ball of the match to the boundary to register a 3 wicket win for the visitors in a match that was a lot closer than it really should have been.

The Gujarat Lions won the toss and unsurprisingly invited the Mumbai Indians to have a bat at the Wankhede Stadium. The visitors dominated the (pardon the pun) lions share of the the innings as Mumbai slumped to 99-7 in 17 overs before some late striking from Tim Southee (25 from 11 balls) and Krunal Pandya (20* from 11) gave the hosts a fighting total of 143-8.


IPL Season 9: Gambhir, Yadav script another KKR win

The evergreen Gautam Gambhir showed once again that he continues to have a lot to offer to anyone willing to take him on, as the veteran Indian opener smashed an unbeaten 90 from just 60 balls to guide the Kolkata Knight Riders to their second win of the season, against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, who are yet to get off the mark once again this year.

Gambhir's half-century was his second of the tournament this season and his 28th overall as the spunky left-hander shared another quality opening stand with Robin Uthappa (38) to guide the Kolkata Knight Riders to a win. KKR move up to 2nd in the IPL standings behind the Gujarat Lions, who have played a game less and have a better net run rate.


IPL Season 9: Mishra takes 4 as Delhi Daredevils rout Kings XI Punjab

The battle between two of the three win-less sides left in the Indian Premier League turned out to be a no-contest as the Delhi Daredevils routed the Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets thanks to an outstanding bowling performance by Amit Mishra, who removed 4 of the top 5 batsmen in the Punjab line-up to restrict the visitors to the Feroz Shah Kotla to just 111-9 from their 20 overs.

Zaheer Khan won a good toss and unsurprisingly invited the Kings XI Punjab to have a hit. It turned out to be not that much of a hit as the Punjab top order struggled against Mishra, who took 4-11 from 3 overs after Murali Vijay was an early casualty, run out for 1.


IPL Season 9: Finch, McCullum power Gujarat Lions to easy win

Another Aaron Finch half-century, and his 85-run opening partnership with Brendon McCullum, who chipped in with a 31-ball 49, helped the Gujarat Lions register their second win in Season 9 of the Indian Premier League, beating fellow newbies Rising Pune Supergiants by 7 wickets in yet another comfortable chase this season.

The Supergiants won the toss and elected to bat first as Rajkot played host to an IPL game for the first time this season. Pune got off to a good start with South African skipper Faf du Plessis leading the way with an excellent 69 from just 43 balls. His innings was etched with 5 boundaries and 4 sixes. Du Plessis got good support from Ajinkya Rahane (21) and Kevin Pietersen (37), though in hind sight both batsmen should ideally have made better use of good batting conditions and scored at a brisker pace.


IPL Season 9: Sharma gets Mumbai Indians on the board

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The IPL's defending champions, the Mumbai Indians, picked up their first win of the new season, beating the Kolkata Knight Riders by 6 wickets with 5 balls to spare at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday night.

The Knight Riders lost the toss and were invited to bat first, and at the half-way stage of the game, felt that they had scored more than enough to win the game, having posted a very competitive 187-5 in their 20 overs. Skipper Gautam Gambhir had anchored the innings with a solid rather than spectacular 64 from 52 balls, while Manish Pandey and Andre Russell had provided the acceleration with the former making 52 from 29 balls, striking at nearly 180. Russell chipped in with 36 from 17 balls and barring 4 good overs from Mitchell McClenaghan (2-25), the Mumbai bowlers had largely been unimpressive.


IPL Season 9: De Villiers, Kohli guide RCB to easy win

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A 157 run second wicket partnership between AB de Villiers (82) and Virat Kohli (75) powered the Royal Challengers Bangalore to a comfortable 45 run win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad in a high scoring contest at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday night.

Both star batsmen struck attractive half-centuries with De Villiers hitting 6 sixes and 7 fours en route to making 82 from just 42 balls, while Kohli dropped anchor initially before accelerating himself later in the innings, making 75 from 51 balls, as RCB rebounded from the early loss of Chris Gayle, bowled off his thigh-pad for 1 by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, to post a mammoth score of 227-4 in their 20 overs.


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