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IPL Season 9: Kohli, Gayle take Royal Challengers Bangalore up to 2nd place

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Nine stitches to repair a split-webbing on his left hand did not prevent Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli from taking the field on Wednesday night, and fans of the club will be happy that he did, as the irrepressible 27 year old smashed his fourth ton of what has been an exceptional season for the Delhi lad as he led his side to yet another win, one which takes them to the dizzying heights of second place in the Indian Premier League standings, ahead of three other teams also on 14 points courtesy of a better net run rate.

And than net run rate for the Royal Challengers could well be worth a point in itself as the side racked up a third straight win, this time by another ridiculous margin of 82 runs after the rain had reduced their contest with the Kings XI Punjab to 15 overs a side.

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IPL Season 9: Delhi's playoff hopes in disarray after another defeat

The Delhi Daredevils' hopes of making the playoffs of Season 9 of the Indian Premier League suffered another major setback today as they lost their second straight game at Visakhapatnam, following up their loss to the Mumbai Indians at the weekend with a defeat suffered at the hands of the Rising Pune Supergiants.

Having been put in to bat on losing the toss, the Delhi Daredevils stuttered to 121-6, getting to that score largely on the back of contributions from Karun Nair (41) and Chris Morris (38*). The former held the innings together at the top of the order, while the latter smashed 4 fours and 2 sixes towards, the end, helping the Daredevils reach 121 when for a long time it looked like they would struggle to reach three figures.

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Maxwell returns to Australia with minor injury

Cricket Australia has today advised that all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is returning home from the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a side strain injury.

Support Team Physiotherapist, David Beakley said: “Glenn reported increasing soreness in his left abdomen area following last night’s match and as such a decision was made for him to return home for further assessment and treatment ahead of the West Indies tour.

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IPL Season 9: Kohli, De Villiers do it again as RCB brush aside KKR to stay alive

The Royal Challengers Bangalore continued to make a late dash for the play-off berths, following up their impressive thrashing of the Gujarat Lions at the weekend with an equally exciting 9 wicket rout of the Kolkata Knight Riders in front of a capacity crowd at Eden Gardens.

The Royal Challengers won the toss and invited their hosts the Kolkata Knight Riders to have a bat. KKR produced a stop start innings, recovering from losing Robin Uthappa for just 2 to add 76 for the second wicket as Gautam Gambhi (51) and Manish Pandey (50) hit matching half-centuries. Both batsmen scored their runs freely, Gambhir taking 34 balls, while Pandey batted a ball longer.

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IPL Season 9: Mumbai Indians crush Delhi Daredevils to stay alive

A fantastic allround performance from Krunal Pandya helped the Mumbai Indians stay in contention for a play-off berth courtesy of a thumping 80 run win over the Delhi Daredevils.

The Indians, playing their 13th game of the season, were put in to bat by the Daredevils and posted a match winning total of 206-4 in their 20 overs with Pandya contributing an amazing 86 off 37 balls with the help of 6 sixes and 7 fours. The rookie left-hander shared in a 98 run partnership with Martin Guptill for the second wicket which was eventually broken when Zaheer Khan got rid of Guptill for 48.

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IPL Season 9: Yuvraj finds form to take Sunrisers Hyderabad to 16 points

A fantastic innings of 96 from Man of the Match Hashim Amla went in vain as the Kings XI Punjab suffered another defeat, their 8th of the season, going down to the table topping Gujarat Lions by 7 wickets in a thrilling contest which went down to the final over and was settled by some late big hitting from veteran Indian left-hander Yuvraj Singh.

Yuvraj came out to bat with the Sunrisers Hyderabad at 97-2 in the 13th over after David Warner (52) had become the latest victim of the Sunrisers' hit-wicket curse, funnily enough falling in Yuvi's footsteps. He shared a handy 42 run partnership with young Deepak Hooda, who smashed 34 off 22 balls, before taking the Sunrisers home in the company of Ben Cutting, who also hit 2 sixes, chipping in with an unbeaten 18 off 11 balls.

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IPL Season 9: Kolkata Knight Riders crush Rising Pune Supergiants to climb into 2nd place

The Kolkata Knight Riders joined the leaderboard logjam at the helm of the Indian Premier League standings, picking up another couple of points to move to 14 points and with it second place, courtesy of a thumping 8 wicket win over the Rising Pune Supergiants, who have as a result been mathematically eliminated from the competition.

Pune were realistically already out of contention for a play-off berth even before the game began, but a poor display with the bat as they stuttered to 103-6 in 17.4 overs before a long rain delay meant that they were given just 66 runs to defend in 9 overs courtesy of Messrs. Duckworth & Lewis. The Kolkata Knight Riders needed just 5 overs to achieve the target with Yusuf Pathan pummeling his way to 37 off 18 balls to ensure an easy win for KKR at the Eden Gardens on Saturday night.

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IPL Season 9: De Villiers, Kohli smash tons as RCB rout Gujarat Lions

The Royal Challengers came into today's match with IPL co-leaders Gujarat Lions knowing that they needed to win each of their remaining 4 games to stand a shot at making the play-offs, and produced their best performance of the tournament thus far, smashing their way to 248-3 in their 20 overs, courtesy centuries from AB de Villiers (129* off 52 balls) and Virat Kohli (109 off 55 balls).

The hosts then went on to completely rout the rudder-less Gujarat Lions, bowling them out for just 104 runs in 18.1 over, registering a thumping 144 run victory to give a massive boost to their net run rate.

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IPL Season 9: Kings XI Punjab rout Mumbai Indians to move off the bottom

The Kings XI Punjab finally relegated their perch at the bottom of the Indian Premier League standings with an excellent win over the defending champions, the Mumbai Indians, crushing their 'hosts' in Visakhapatnam by 7 wickets with 3 full overs to spare.

The Mumbai Indians won the toss but made a surprisingly poor decision to have a bat, one which they were instantly made to regret as they slumped to 8-2 and then 61-5. Unmukt Chand given a rare chance at the top of the order in place of Parthiv Patel fell to Mohit Sharma for naught, while Sandeep Sharma followed up with the wicket of Ambati Rayudu for another duck.

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