Warner fires, Stoinis falls just short in the IPL

David Warner’s blazing half century has helped set up the Delhi Capitals’ thumping 44-run Indian Premier League win over the Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai.

But big hitting from Australia’s Marcus Stoinis could not stop the Rajasthan Royals holding on for a three-run win over the Lucknow Super Giants and moving to the top of the table.

Warner thrashed 61 off 45 balls as Delhi posted 5-215 before Kolkata were bowled out for 171 in 19.4 overs with left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav taking 4-35.

Warner struck six fours and two sixes in a 93-run opening stand with Prithvi Shaw (51 off 29) in just 8.4 overs to set up Delhi’s impressive total after losing the toss.

Australia’s Test captain Pat Cummins (0-51 off four overs) couldn’t inspire a Kolkata attack that at one stage was dominated by the clean hitting Warner.

Cummins conceded 51 from his four overs // BCCI-Sportzpics

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

Shardul Thakur (29 not out) and Axar Patel (22 not out) added 49 off the last 20 balls for Delhi.

Spinner Sunil Narine (2-21) impressed with the ball for Kolkata.

Kuldeep dealt a major blow to Kolkata’s run chase when he claimed Cummins, Narine and Umesh Yadav in the 16th over.

SCORECARD: Rajasthan Royals v Lucknow Super Giants

Captain Shreyas Iyer (54 off 33 balls) had kept Kolkata in the hunt before he was outfoxed by Kuldeep and stumped in the 13th over.

Delhi moved to sixth place with four points from four games while Kolkata, after their second defeat in five games, has six points and sits in second spot behind the Royals.

Rajasthan (six points) took top spot with a superior run rate after their thrilling win in the later game.

Stoinis thrashed an unbeaten 38 off 17 balls – including four sixes – but Lucknow still fell short at 8-162 chasing the Royals’ 6-165.

Stoinis couldn't get Lucknow home in the last over // BCCI-Sportzpics
Stoinis couldn’t get Lucknow home in the last over // BCCI-Sportzpics

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 with Lucknow requiring 15 off the last six deliveries to secure a stunning win, Kuldeep Sen (1-35) held his nerve.

He bowled three straight dot balls before Stoinis reduced the losing margin by thrashing 10 off the final two deliveries.

Trent Boult (2-30) and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (4-41) ran through the Lucknow innings before Stoinis threatened to turn the game on its head.

Earlier, Shimron Hetmyer held the Rajasthan innings together with an unbeaten 59 off 36 including six sixes.

Lucknow, which has played five games, are also on six points.

The 2022 Indian Premier League will be broadcast live in Australia on Fox Sports and live streamed on Kayo

Australians in IPL 2022

Delhi Capitals: Mitchell Marsh, David Warner

Gujarat Titans: Matthew Wade

Kolkata Knight Riders: Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch

Lucknow Super Giants: Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye

Mumbai Indians: Tim David, Daniel Sams, Riley Meredith

Punjab Kings: Nathan Ellis

Rajasthan Royals: Nathan Coulter-Nile

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Glenn Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood, Jason Behrendorff

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