IN PICS: Williamson stars in Sunrisers win

Sport360 staff 19/04/2017

Kane Williamson (89 from 51 balls) starred for the Sunrisers Hyderabad as the defending champions beat the Delhi Daredevils by 15 runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.

Playing in his first game of the season, Williamson looked in total control from the word go, pacing his innings well and choosing to hit the big shots at the right time. He slammed six fours and five sixes in an eye-catching knock.

The New Zealand skipper found support from Shikhar Dhawan (70 from 50 balls) and the duo went on to put on a 136-run stand for the second wicket after the Sunrisers lost skipper David Warner for just four.

Dhawan's first fifty of the season came at the right time for the hosts who had to endure a rare failure from Warner.

A feature of the Williamson-Dhawan partnership was their running between the wickets as they constantly put the Delhi fielders under pressure, taking quick singles and converting ones into twos with ease.

The Sunrisers would end their innings on 191-4 with Chris Morris the pick of the Delhi bowlers, picking up figures of 4-26 from his four overs.

In reply, Sam Billings started on a positive note but his innings was cut short on just 13 by IPL debutant Mohammed Siraj.

Sanju Samson and Karun Nair got together at the crease and the pair seemed to have been building a match-winning partnership until a run-out saw the end of the latter's innings, ending the partnership on 71.

In the same Yuvraj Singh over, youngster Rishabh Pant was dismissed for a golden duck and from there on, it was always going to be an uphill task for the visitors.

Set batsman Samson (42 from 33 balls) soon perished as Siraj picked up his second wicket of the day.

Shreyas Iyer (50 from 31 balls) and Angelo Mathews (31 from 23 balls) rallied, but some brilliant death overs from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddarth Kaul was enough for the Sunrisers to register their fourth win of the season.

The Delhi think-tank will regret their decision to not send Morris higher up the order as the South African, who has been in good striking form with the bat, faced zero deliveries during the chase.

With this win, Warner's side climb up to second in the table, with eight points from six matches. The Daredevils find themselves fourth with four points.

BRIEF SCORES

Sunrisers Hyderabad 191-4, 20 overs [Williamson 89, Dhawan 70, Morris 4-26] beat Delhi Daredevils 176-5, 20 overs [Iyer 50, Samson 42, Siraj 2-39] by 15 runs.

Man of the Match - Kane Williamson

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Kings XI Punjab will host Mumbai Indians in Match 22 of the 2017 Indian Premier League [IPL] in Indore on Thursday.

The Kings XI started the season in fine style, winning their first two matches, but have lost three matches since. On the other hand, Mumbai are on a four game winning streak.

Ahead of the match, we have the latest team news, time and date, as well as how you can watch all the action from the UAE.


DATE, TIME, VENUE INFO

Date: April 20, 2017 (Thursday)

Time: 18:30 GST, 20:00 local time (IST), 14:30 GMT

Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore


WHERE TO WATCH, LIVE STREAMING INFO

TV: UAE – OSN Sports Cricket HD, India – Sony Six, Sony Six HD (English), Sony Max, Sony Max HD 3 (Hindi), UK – Sky Sports

Online streaming: hotstar.com, Hotstar app (in India only)

LIVE: Sport360.com


TEAM NEWS, SQUADS, PREDICTED XIs

KXIP SQUAD: David Miller, Manan Vohra, Axar Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha, Nikhil Naik, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, KC Cariappa, Armaan Jaffer, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Hashim Amla, Eoin Morgan, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Darren Sammy, T Natarajan, Varun Aaron, Rahul Tewatia, Rinku Singh, Ishant Sharma

England limited overs skipper Eoin Morgan was given a run of two games but having failed to build on starts in both innings, don’t be surprised if he is left out this time.

At the top of the order, Hashim Amla was dismissed for a duck against the Sunrisers and Kings XI may be tempted to bring in New Zealand opener Martin Guptill for the experienced South African.

Punjab would also like a big contribution from David Miller, whose last fifty in the IPL came in 2015.

PREDICTED KXIP XI: Vohra, Amla, Maxwell, Miller, Saha (wk), Stoinis, Axar, Mohit, Cariappa, Ishant, Sandeep.

MI SQUAD: Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Hardik Pandya, Parthiv Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, R Vinay Kumar, Mitchell McClenaghan, J Suchith, Siddhesh Lad, Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Tim Southee, Jitesh Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Punia, Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, K Gowtham, Karn Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, Asela Gunaratne, Kulwant Khejroliya

Mumbai have been in red-hot form in this season’s edition of the IPL and seem to have a settled side with the Pandya brothers adding great balance to the team.

They would have expected more from Jos Buttler and there’s a possibility that West Indies’ Lendl Simmons could replace the English wicket-keeper in the playing XI.

On the other hand, the usually reliable Lasith Malinga was expensive in the match against the Gujarat Lions and that could see Mitchell Johnson playing his first match of the season.

If Ambati Rayudu is fit, he is likely to come back into the team.

PREDICTED MI XI: Parthiv (wk), Buttler, Rohit, Rana, Pollard, Krunal, Hardik, Harbhajan, McClenagahan, Johnson, Bumrah.


FORM

(Last five matches – with latest match first)

KXIP: L L L W W

MI: W W W W L

MATCH PREDICTION

Mumbai seem to be on a roll and we’re predicting another win for Rohit Sharma’s men.

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