Sunrisers once again proved that no total is too small to defend as they bowl out Punjab for 119 in another spectacular bowling display
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) produced another spectacular bowling display as they registered a 13 run victory against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in match 25 of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Punjab who were chasing a mere total of 132 looked to be cruising towards victory as their openers got them off to a quick start scoring 53 runs in just seven overs. The entire script changed though when Rashid Khan came in to bowl the next over dismissing KL Rahul with an absolute blinder of a delivery. Basil Thampi then got the wicket of Chris Gayle in the next over to set up a stunning KXIP collapse.
None of Punjab’s batsmen were able to register significant scores on the board as the SRH bowlers completely tore the team apart with Sandeep Sharma, Basil Thampi and Shakib Al Hasan all ending the night with two wickets each. The pick of the bowlers however was the young Rashid Khan who picked up three wickets with an economy rate of just 4.75.
Earlier in the game, Punjab won the toss chose to bowl first. Riding on the back of a Man of the Match performance by Ankit Rajpoot who picked up the first five wicket haul of this season’s IPL, Punjab were able to restrict the host to just 132 in their 20 overs. Manish Pandey (54) was the only batsman who put up a fight but was bowled out by Rajpoot in the final over of the innings.
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The turning point of the game was when Kane Williamson decided call in his spearhead Sandeep Sharma to end his spell in the 16th over itself. Sharma first dismissed Manoj Tiwary with a slower delivery and then went on to also dismiss Andrew Tye, this time with a knuckle ball to pile the pressure on the Kings XI tail end.
The best dismissal of the game was without doubt in the seventh over of the second innings when Rashid Khan outfoxed the in-form KL Rahul. Rahul looked all set to defend the good length leg break on the off stump, but Rashid got the ball to spin ever soo gingerly as it found a way past the outside edge to clatter into the stumps dismissing Rahul for 32 (26).
Batsman of the Match
The batsman of the match was Manish Pandey who was dropped twice in the opening 5 overs and went on to score a fighting half-century to help his team put up a defendable total on the board. Pandey’s 54 off 51 balls was the highest score by any player in the game.
Bowler of the Match
Ankit Rajpoot who picked up the first five wicket haul in this season’s IPL is without doubt the bowler of the match. He picked up the wicket of Kane Williamson in the very first over of the game before going on to scalp Shikhar Dhawan and Wriddhiman Saha in his second and third over respectively. He ended the night with figures of 5/14 with an astonishing 17 dot balls and an economy rate of just 3.50.
Kane Williamson (SRH captain), “We hadn't really played on surfaces where 180 was par. We want more from our batting unit, but often only 15-20 more. 145 would have been competitive here. But Kings XI bowled well to restrict us. Our bowlers fought hard, and though they ran away in the Powerplay, we knew our spinners could pull things back. It's nice to defend these totals, but we want to be smarter with the bat. The bowlers have been operated really smartly. And our fielding and energy is great.”
Ravichandran Ashwin (KXIP captain), “From where we were, we should have put this game away. It's disappointing. It was not the greatest of wickets, the ball got stuck in it. It can happen in this format, we've been on a roll, but these kinds of things happen. Always difficult to catch under lights, but there are no excuses. We are professionals, we have to work harder to get back in. Seven days off, looking at the loss, it's probably a good thing. Rashid bowled very well, you have to expect it from him and on a wicket like this, he is a handful.”
Sunrisers Hyderabad next travel to Jaipur where they will face off against the Rajasthan Royals in the early game on Sunday. Kings XI Punjab have a week’s break before they next take the field for a home fixture against the Mumbai Indians on 4th May, Friday.
Points tableThe victory takes Sunrisers up to second position on the IPL points table with ten points from their seven fixtures. They exchanged positions with Punjab who are tied on points with the Sunrisers but behind only due to an inferior net run rate. Find the updated points table here.Are you happy with your current monthly income? Do you know you can double it without working extra hours or asking for a raise? Rahul Shah, one of the India's leading expert on wealth building, has created a strategy which makes it possible... in just a short few years. You can know his secrets in his FREE video series airing between 12th to 17th December. You can reserve your free seat here.