• Wiese’s Royal Challengers seal victory

    There were wins for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday, as David Wiese¬†contributed for RCB, while Du Plessis’s 33 wasn’t enough for the Chennai Super Kings against the Sunrisers.

    RCB beat defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the earlier match, after a rain-affected encounter saw RCB win by seven wickets with two balls remaining.

    Wiese only picked up a solitary wicket but it was a crucial one, as he claimed the scalp of skipper Gautam Gambhir for 12. The in-form Andre Russell scored 45 off just 17 balls for KKR however, as he guided them to a competetive 111-4 from the revised 10 allotted overs.

    In response Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli got off to a flier. They approached 50 inside five overs but fell two short of that as Gayle departed for 21. AB de Villiers fell cheaply for just two, but it would be Mandeep Singh to provide the heroics for RCB, matching Russell’s 45 off one ball more to get his side over the line.

    Rain wouldn’t hamper the match between Hyderabad and Chennai, as David Warner provided a crucial knock once again in their victory over the two-time champions.

    The skipper from Australia notched up his fifth fifty of the tournament, while Shikhar Dhawan also put in a solid shift at the top of the order with an opening stand of 86. Cameos from Eoin Morgan and Naman Ojha allowed them to post 192-7.

    The Super Kings looked promising in their response. The top five all chipped in, but a 33 from Du Plessis would be the most they could boast, as regular wickets fell hampering their charge. Dale Steyn was left out once again for the Sunrisers, but it would be Moises Henriques to impress the most with 2-20 from his four overs.

    Despite Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja’s best efforts at the death too much was left to do, as the Sunrisers pulled off the 22-run victory, keeping them firmly in the hunt for the play-offs.


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    Tom Sizeland