Cummins impresses in Kolkata IPL romp

Pat Cummins was in fine form for Kolkata with three wickets in the IPL match against Delhi.
Pat Cummins was in fine form for Kolkata with three wickets in the IPL match against Delhi.

Australian paceman Pat Cummins impressed with three wickets and legspinner Varun Chakravarthy grabbed the season's first five-wicket haul as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Delhi Capitals by 59 runs in the Indian Premier League.

Nitish Rana, whose father-in-law died on Friday, put the personal turmoil aside to score 81 off 53 balls and Sunil Narine also plundered a half-century in Kolkata's formidable total of 6-194.

Delhi, playing their first day game in this IPL, always lagged behind once Cummins (3-17) uprooted in-form batsman Shikhar Dhawan's off stump in the second over.

Chakravarthy then went on to snare 5-20 as Delhi were restricted to 9-135.

Delhi are still second on the table behind defending champions Mumbai Indians, while Kolkata are fourth.

"This is surreal," said Chakravarthy, who rated Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer's wicket as the best among his five dismissals. "The last few games I didn't get wickets. I wanted to get one or two today, but thank God I got five."

Delhi's run chase faltered early when Cummins had struggling Ajinkya Rahana lbw off the first ball and then Dhawan, who scored centuries in his last two games, could make only six before he was clean bowled by the Australian in his second over.

Chakravarthy then hurried the collapse when Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, top scorer Iyer with 47, and Marcus Stoinis all holed out in the deep, while Axar Patel was clean bowled by the legspinner.

In the day's second game in Dubai, Kings XI Punjab grabbed the last seven Sunrisers Hyderabad wickets for just 14 runs to record their fourth successive win.

Needing 27 off the last four overs with seven wickets in hand, David Warner's Hyderabad side fell short as Chris Jordan (3-17) and Arshdeep Singh (3-23) grabbed six of the last seven wickets and bowled out their rivals for 114.

Punjab were earlier restricted to only 7-126 as legspinner Rashid Khan grabbed the key wicket of captain Lokesh Rahul (27) midway through the innings to finish with 2-14.

Fast bowlers Jason Holder (2-27) and Sandeep Sharma (2-29) also bowled economical spells.

Punjab's brittle middle order continued to struggle with Glenn Maxwell yet again being dismissed cheaply, this time for 12. The Australian's poor form has seen him score just 102 in 11 matches.

Captain Warner (35) and Jonny Bairstow (19) did provide a solid start of 56 off 37 balls for Hyderabad before both fell soon after the powerplay.

Australian Associated Press