Delhi Daredevils overtake Rajasthan in race for first
The Indian Premier League just past the quarter mark of the season, and there's a new leader, as Delhi Daredevils have rocketed into first place following three straight wins.
Delhi most recently posted a 162/5 to overcome Deccan Chargers. The Chargers were only able to manage a score of 157/8, which keeps the side rooted to the floor of the IPL table. Luckily for the side, it only has played four matches, so there is still hope to make the climb back into the playoff race.
For Delhi, the win puts them above Rajasthan Royals, as they have a superior net run rate (+1.018 to +0.646) despite being level on eight points a piece. In addition, Delhi has a match in hand, which could prove valuable as the race continues.
Pune Warriors India missed two opportunities to make a splash in the league this week, as the side lost two matches, dropping it to six points from as many contests. First, PWI scored a 182/6 against Royal Challengers Bangalore, but it was not enough to defeat the latter's 186/4. In the next match, PWI came up short again, as its 151/7 was outdone by Chennai Super Kings' 164/5.
Kings XI Punjab also missed two opportunities this week, as it posted a 124/7, which was easily overcome by Kolkata Knight Riders' 127/2. A meeting with Royal Challengers was much of the same, as Kings XI scored a 163/6. Royal Challengers continued its impressive form by winning with a score of 166/5.
There is a logjam in the middle of the table after this week's results. While Deccan and Rajasthan continue to battle it out at the top of the table, Kolkata, PWI, Chennai, Mumbai and Royal Challengers are all level on six points. Kings XI is immediately behind the pack with four, with Deccan at the bottom.
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