JP Duminy’s Delhi Daredevils lost for the fourth time in a row on Saturday, all but ending their hopes of progressing to the playoffs with a six-run defeat to the Sunrisers Hyderabad, while the Kolkata Knight Riders edged over the line thanks to a one-wicket victory over the Kings XI Punjab.
After posting 163 runs batting first, the Sunrisers fought off a spirited effort from the Daredevils to restrict them to 157-4 in their run chase.
The Sunrisers got off to a shaky start with the early departures of Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner, but Man of the Match Moises Henriques produced a masterful innings to give his side a competitive total. Coming in at No 3, he smashed a 46-ball 74, while late cameos from Ravo Bopara and Karn Sharma gave them 163-4.
De Kock – featuring for the first time in the tournament – was in fantastic form, and despite failures around him including that of JP Duminy and Yuvraj Singh, he raced to a 31-ball fifty. Kedar Jadhav also smacked the ball to all parts of the ground as he scored 63, but there wasn’t enough help at the other end of the pitch, as the Daredevils fell short to lose once again.
The Kolkata Knight Riders climbed to pole position in the Pepsi IPL 2015 standings after they defeated the Kings XI Punjab by one wicket in a thrilling contest at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
It continued a frustrating campaign for Punjab who have won just two games all season, while the defending champions have all but wrapped up their place in the playoffs.
George Bailey’s side posted a decent total thanks to blitzes from Glen Maxwell and David Miller as Beuran Hendricks was introduced to the lineup for the first time in the tournament, but Andre Russell kept up his fine form to hit 51 off just 21 balls, and help KKR emerge victorious with just one wicket in hand.