Big wins for Chennai and Bangalore in Indian Premier League

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MUMBAI, India (AP) — Devon Conway smashed his third straight half century and Moeen Ali picked up 3-13 as Chennai Super Kings registered an emphatic 91-run victory against Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.

Earlier, leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga grabbed 5-18 and led Royal Challengers Bangalore to a 67-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Conway’s blistering 87 off 49 balls gave Chennai an impressive total of 208-6 with his opening partner Ruturaj Gaikwad making 41.

Both openers took charge against spinners and fast bowlers as they combined in a blazing 110-run stand in 11 overs and laid a solid foundation for a big total.

Delhi, which had chosen to bat second, stumbled to 117 all out with more than two overs left as Dwayne Bravo claimed the last two wickets off successive deliveries.

Moeen had wrecked Delhi’s middle-order with the wickets of Mitchell Marsh (25) and Rishabh Pant (21) soon after the batting powerplay before fast bowler Mukesh Chaudhary took two wickets to reduce Delhi to 99-8.

Shardul Thakur delayed the inevitable by scoring 24 before he was caught behind off Bravo in the 18th over as Delhi was destroyed by some disciplined Chennai bowling.

With three league games to go for both teams, Delhi has 10 points and is at No. 5 while Chennai is eighth with eight points.

BANGALORE BEATS HYDERABAD

Bangalore won the toss and scored 192-3. Hyderabad’s chase was in trouble from the start and it was bowled out for 125 in 19.2 overs as Kane Williamson’s team lost its fourth successive game.

Hyderabad had dismissed Bangalore for the season’s lowest score of 68 in their first meeting.

The big win kept Bangalore among the top four with 14 points from 12 games. Hyderabad has 10 points in 11 games and is sixth.

Skipper Faf du Plessis anchored Bangalore’s innings with an unbeaten 73 off 50 balls despite Virat Kohli getting his third golden duck of the season and second against Hyderabad.

Dinesh Karthik continued to impress with his power-hitting in the late overs as the wicketkeeper smashed 30 off just eight balls to provide Bangalore with a perfect finish.

Hyderabad struggled to pace its chase after Williamson was run out off the first ball while going for a needless run and Abhishek Sharma was clean bowled by Glenn Maxwell without scoring.

Hasaranga bowled superbly in the middle overs on a wicket where the ball gripped for the spinners and claimed two key wickets of Aiden Markram (21) and Nicholas Pooran (19).

Rahul Tripathi (58) made a fighting half century before holing out to deep backward square leg in Josh Hazlewood’s return spell.

Hasaranga, who dropped Tripathi just after the batter had completed his half century, ran through the tail in quick succession and finished his superb spell with a double-wicket maiden over.

Earlier, du Plessis and Rajat Patidar (48) dominated Hyderabad’s fast bowlers after Kohli chipped a catch to Williamson at midwicket against left-arm spinner Jagadeesha Suchith.

Du Plessis and Patidar revived the innings with a 105-run stand off 73 balls before Suchith had Patidar caught in the deep in the 13th over.

Maxwell played a little cameo of 33 with three fours and two sixes but Karthik’s late charge against Afghanistan fast bowler Fazalhaq Farooqi propelled Bangalore’s total.

The pacer conceded 25 runs off the final six deliveries to finish with 0-47 as Karthik smashed three sixes — the first going through the hands of Tripathi at midwicket boundary — and finished off the innings with a straight drive for four.

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