Australian David Warner’s blazing half century helped set up the Delhi Capitals’ thumping 44-run Indian Premier League win over the Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai while Rajasthan Royals held on for a three-run win over the Lucknow Super Giants late last evening to move to the top of the table.
Warner thrashed 61 off 45 balls as Delhi posted 5-215 before Kolkata were bowled out for 171 in 19.4 overs with left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav taking 4-35.
Warner struck six fours and two sixes in a 93-run opening stand with Prithvi Shaw (51 off 29) in just 8.4 overs to set up Delhi’s impressive total after losing the toss.
Shardul Thakur (29 not out) and Axar Patel (22 not out) added 49 off the last 20 balls for Delhi.
Spinner Sunil Narine (2-21) impressed with the ball for Kolkata.
Kuldeep dealt a major blow to Kolkata’s run chase when he claimed Pat Cummins, Narine and Umesh Yadav in the 16th over.
Captain Shreyas Iyer (54 off 33 balls) had kept Kolkata in the hunt before he was outfoxed by Kuldeep and stumped in the 13th over.
Delhi moved to sixth place with four points from four games while Kolkata, after their second defeat in five games, has six points and sits in second spot behind the Royals.
Rajasthan (six points) took top spot with a superior run rate after their thrilling win in the later game.
Marcus Stoinis thrashed an unbeaten 38 off 17 balls – including four sixes – but Lucknow still fell short at 8-162 chasing the Royals’ 6-165.
Needing 34 off the last two overs, Stoinis smacked fast bowler Prasidh Krishna for 19 runs with two straight sixes and a flicked boundary to fine leg.
But with Lucknow requiring 15 off the last six deliveries to secure a stunning win, Kuldeep Sen (1-35) held his nerve.
He bowled three straight dot balls before Stoinis reduced the losing margin by thrashing 10 off the final two deliveries.
Trent Boult (2-30) and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (4-41) ran through the Lucknow innings before Stoinis threatened to turn the game on its head.
Earlier, Shimron Hetmyer held the Rajasthan innings together with an unbeaten 59 off 36 including six sixes.
Lucknow, which has played five games, are also on six points.