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IPL 2017: Highest run scorers, wicket-takers after Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab

The points table, leading run scorers and leading wicket takers after Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab.

Delhi Daredevils Kings XI Punjab 2017
Chris Morris was again the pick of the bowlers for Delhi

The Delhi Daredevils started this IPL in a pallid manner. They failed to chase down an easy target of less than 160 on a batting-friendly wicket at the Chinnaswamy stadium against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The side looked inexperienced, mellow and especially weak against big teams with big names. 

However, the team has truly come into its own now. 

They have won two back to back matches by more than 50 runs each. If that isn’t emphatic in T20 cricket, nothing else is. The ‘Double Ds’ have a very sorted and smart captain in Zaheer Khan whose understanding of the game does deeper than most individuals. Calm faces of Paddy Upton and Rahul Dravid are also helping the youngsters in channelling their potential into performances on the pitch.

Their bowling attack is one of the best in the tournament, and with the likes of Rishabh Pant, Sam Billings, Sanju Samson and the newly added Corey Anderson, their batting too is slowly coming into its own.

Yesterday, a sensational 58 from Billings and a quick-fire 38 from Anderson helped DD to set up a steep chase for Kings XI Punjab. Their promising bowling attack did not disappoint as they scalped consistent wickets throughout the innings to bundle up the visitors for 137 runs. Chris Morris got a three-for while Shabaz Nadeem and Pat Cummins got a couple of wickets each. All in all, in was a good outing for the home side with the bat, with the ball and on the field.

Let us look at the leading run scorers and wicket takers in the tournament after DD v KXIP – 

Leading Run Scorers: 

Gautam Gambhir KKR KXIP.jpg
The Kolkata Knight Riders captain leads the chart by a margin of 17 runs
PositionPlayerMatchesInningsRunsAverageStrike RateHighest
1Gautam Gambhir
2David Warner
3Steve Smith
4Manish Pandey
5Nitish Rana
6Sanju Samson
7Hashim Amla
8Chris Lynn
9Keiron Pollard
10Shikhar Dhawan

Leading wicket takers: 

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar has the purple cap with 10 tournaments wickets with an economy of 5.56 (Photo credit: BCCI)
PositionPlayerMatchesOversWicketsEconomy Best Figures
1Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
416105.563 for 20
2Chris Morris
31076.33 for 21
3Rashid Khan
41676.43 3 for 17 
4Imran Tahir
41678.37 3 for 28 
5Andrew Tye
1454.25 5 for 17 
6Pat Cummins
411.156.8 2 for 23 
7Zaheer Khan
410.458.25 3 for 20 
8Varun Aaron
31058.9 2 for 21 
9Mitchell McClenaghan
41659.31 2 for 20 
10Ashish Nehra
41659.37 2 for 42 

As we can see, even one day of action changes the table positions by a substantial margin. While Gambhir and Warner have maintained their top spots in the orange cap race, the places below them have all changed considerably.

The purple cap is now on Bhuvaneshwar Kumar’s head. As the season progresses, it would be interesting to see which player plays that one big innings or takes those five crucial wickets to create a significant gap between him and others.

Let us look at the points table now:

PositionTeamMatchesWon LostNo ResultNRRPointsLast Result
1 Kolkata Knight Riders43101.2656Beat SRH by 17 runs
2 Mumbai Indians43100.3086Beat RCB by 4 wickets
3 Delhi Daredevils32102.2174Beat KXIP by 51 runs
4 Sunrisers Hyderabad42200.6324Lost to KKR by 17 runs
5 Kings XI Punjab4220-0.3094Lost to DD by 51 runs
6 Royal Challengers Bangalore4130-1.0442Lost to MI by 4 wickets
7 Gujarat Lions3120-1.3862Beat RPS by 7 wickets
8 Rising Pune Supergiant4130-1.5372Lost to GL by 7 wickets

The Kolkata Knight Riders have overtaken the Mumbai Indians and are looking stronger with every match. The Gambhir-led team defeated the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the day game yesterday at the Eden Gardens. The Delhi Daredevils are looking good at the third place wherein they have an extra match to make up for their 2-point deficit.

The tussle for the top four will be tight this season. Let us wait and watch to see who manages to breakthrough and how!

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