Weekly Digest: An overview of this week's IPL action

Mumbai Indians added another win to its basket after thrashing Gujarat Lions by six wickets and reaches top of the table on Sunday.

Kieron Pollard in action against the Gujarat Lions on Sunday.   -  PTI

Indian Premier League

 

Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore

The week started with Kings XI Punjab defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight wickets at Holkar stadium in Indore on Monday.

A.B. de Villiers made a brilliant comeback smashing 89 of just 46 balls taking Bangalore to 148 for the loss of four wickets. But Kings XI Punjab managed to seal the deal by eight wickets with an unbeaten 58 by Hashim Amla. While Amla played his part, another South African batsman David Miller (43) helped Punjab reach home. And, he was awarded the Man of the Match for his feat.

 

Delhi Daredevils v Rising Pune Supergiant

A maiden T20 hundred from Sanju Samson (102) and a blistering unbeaten 38, off just nine balls, from Chris Morris, led Delhi Daredevils to its first win of the season. Delhi scored massive 205 for the loss of four wickets. Rising Pune Supergiant, which was without Steven Smith, crumbled in the face of a steadily mounting asking rate, all out for 108 in 16.1 overs. Zaheer Khan and Amit Mishra were the pick of the bowlers for Delhi, grabbing three wickets each.

 

Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad

Some quality bowling from Jasprit Bumrah and Harbhajan Singh restricted the Sunrisers Hyderabad to a modest 158 for eight as Mumbai easily chased down 159 after losing six wickets.

For Mumbai Indians, Nitish Rana played a crucial 45 run knock followed by a fiery 37-run innings of just 20 balls by Krunal Pandya taking Mumbai to the finish line.

 

Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab

Kolkata Knight Riders registered an eight-wicket win against Kings XI Punjab in its first home game. Kings XI Punjab had initially made a promising start with a 53-run opening stand between Hashim Amla and Manan Vohra, however it lost its way in middle-overs tussle losing five wickets. Umesh Yadav was pick of the bowler for KKR, scalping four wickets.

Chasing 171, Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Narine--promoted to open the batting--struck 76, using the powerplay to effectively kill the game. Gambhir made an unbeaten 72 as the Knights romped home.

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians registered a four-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore at M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore. The host managed to get a low 142 on the board as Virat Kohli made a fine comeback putting 62 for the team.

Chasing 143, Mumbai got off to a shocker, losing five wickets for 33 runs, with Samuel Badree picking up four wickets including this season's first hat-trick. But the match-winner for Mumbai was another Trinidadian, Kieron Pollard, who scored a brilliantly calculated 70 off 47 balls and added 93 for the sixth wicket with Krunal Pandya to hand RCB its third defeat in four games.

 

Gujarat Lions v Rising Pune Supergiant

Rising Pune Supergiant was put into bat first and it made full use of the conditions, scoring 171 for eight. With captain Steve Smith (45), Manoj Tiwary (31) standing their ground, Pune put up a big total on the board. Even, Rahul Tripathi (33) played his part perfectly. Australian fast bowler Andre Tye grabbed a five wicket haul for Gujarat Lions including a hat-trick.

In reply, Gujarat Lions started off aggressively with Brendon McCullum (47) and Dwayne Smith (49) providing a set platform with their 94-run opening partnership. Later, Raina (35) and Aaron Finch finished the game for Gujarat with seven wickets in hand.

 

Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab

Delhi Daredevils defeated KXIP by 51 runs to add its second win to the season. The platform was set by Sam Billings, who found 40 of his 55 runs on the leg side. With Daredevils reduced to 120 for five in the 16th over, it was left to Chris Morris and Corey Anderson (38) who hammered 68 runs in last four overs taking Daredevils' total to 188 for 6.

Kings XI Punjab needed its batsmen to pull off a heist. Instead, it sunk to 64 for 5 in the 11 overs, with Glenn Maxwell, Eoin Morgan and Hashim Amla all back in the pavilion. From there on, it was a no-contest and Daredevils won its first home game of the season by 51 runs.

 

Mumbai Indians v Gujarat Lions

Mumbai Indians added another win to its basket after thrashing Gujarat Lions by six wickets and reaches top of the table. Gujarat Lions rode on a mature 64 off 44 from Brendon McCullum and a blistering innings of 48 from Dinesh Karthik to get 176 for four.

Chasing a fighting total of 177, the promising youngster Nitish Rana lived up to the expectations and once again smashed a half century, followed by Rohit Sharma's crucial 40 and Pollard's quick 39 off 23 balls to clinch the show with three balls left.

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rising Pune Supergiant

Rising Pune Supergiant proved to be the better side on Sunday as it was able to defend a decent total of 161 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Ajinkya Rahane (30) and Rahul Tripathi (31) provided a fine start adding 63-run opening stand. In the middle Supergiant witnessed a flurry of wickets which restricted its total to 161 for eight.

The pitch, became slower in the second innings, and each of Rising Pune's bowlers varied the pace cleverly to restrict the RCB batsmen from scoring and created pressure. Ben Stokes and Shardul Thakur played starring roles, taking career-best T20 figures of 3 for 18 and 3 for 35 respectively.

In the end Rising Pune Supergiant won by 27 runs to return to the winning ways.