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IPL: Delhi thumps Kolkata, Rajasthan beats Lucknow

April 10, 2022 GMT

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav grabbed three wickets in four balls as Delhi Capitals thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders by 44 runs in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.

Fast bowler Kuldeep Sen bowled a brilliant last over against Marcus Stoinis as Rajasthan Royals recorded a thrilling three-run win over Lucknow Super Giants in the day’s other match. The victory lifted Rajasthan to the top of the table with six points from four games and a superior net run-rate.

Kuldeep dealt a triple blow to Kolkata’s pursuit of Delhi’s strong total of 215-5 when he claimed the wickets of Pat Cummins and Sunil Narine before holding onto a splendid two-handed diving catch to dismiss Umesh Yadav in the 16th over.

Kolkata was bowled out for 171 in 19.4 overs with Shardul Thakur claiming the last two wickets.

Captain Shreyas Iyer had kept Kolkata in the hunt of a huge target by scoring 54 runs off 33 balls before he was outfoxed by Kuldeep’s turning delivery and stumped in the 13th over as Delhi’s premier spinner finished with figures of 4-35.

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Fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed took 3-25 that included the key strikes of openers Venkatesh Iyer (18) and Ajinkya Rahane (8) in the batting powerplay that stalled Kolkata’s chase.

Earlier, after being put into bat, Delhi prospered with an opening stand between David Warner (61) and Prithvi Shaw (51). Both batters scored freely in a 93-run stand, compiling 50 runs in the first four overs.

Warner didn’t allow the bowling attack to settle down with his clean hitting as the Australian batter dominated Kolkata’s pace and spin.

“Felt pretty good,” Warner said. “Prithvi is an exciting player and he takes the pressure off.”

Skipper Rishabh Pant played a little cameo of 27 off 14 as only Narine returned impressive figures of 2-21 off his four overs.

Thakur (29 not out) and Axar Patel (22 not out) added a rapid 49 runs off the last 20 balls that included 39 in the last two overs of Pat Cummins (0-51) and Umesh Yadav (1-48).

“They got off to a really quick start (and) we were a bit clueless what to do,” Iyer said. “They built on a really good partnership at the start and carried that till the 10th over. We made a decision (to field first) and that didn’t work out well.”

SEN’S WINNING OVER

Stoinis hit 38 not out off 17 balls overall against Rajasthan but Sen bowled three successive dot balls to the Australian batter which restricted Lucknow to 162-8.

Asked to bat, Rajasthan had scored 165-6.

Lucknow fell to 1-2 in the first over after Trent Boult (2-30) claimed both his wickets off his first two legitimate balls. That included the dismissal of captain Lokesh Rahul for a golden duck for the second time this year.

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal ran through the middle-order with 4-41 before Stoinis threatened to turn the game on its head.

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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 Sen kept his nerve against Stoinis in the last over and didn’t concede runs off his second, third and fourth balls before Stoinis hammered a four and a six off the final two deliveries to reduce the margin of defeat.

Shimron Hetmyer had held the Rajasthan innings together with a gritty unbeaten 59 off 36 in the second half of the innings.

Hetmyer hit six sixes and a four and didn’t spare his countryman Jason Holder in the death overs. Holder returned figures of 2-50, conceding 34 off his last two overs.

Lucknow, which has played five games, has six points.

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