Manan Vohra finally lived up to the promise he had first shown long back, hammering a classy 95. However, he got virtually no support from the other end as his side Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) went down to hosts Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 5 runs in Indian Premier League (IPL) match 19 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium at Uppal, Hyderabad. Vohra’s 95 came on a track where rest of his teammates struggled to put bat to the ball. Such was his knock that SRH, who dominated the match for the major part, had no answer to his onslaught. Even Rashid Khan, who has troubled best of the batsmen in IPL 10 so far, was ineffective against Vohra, who took him for cleaners, hitting 4 fours and 3 sixes off his bowling. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab – Match 19
However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar showed his class, picking up a timely fifer to seal the game, where the fortunes fluctuated like a pendulum, in his side’s favour. The second highest individual score in KXIP’s innings was 13 by Eoin Morgan, which shows what went wrong for them. If only one more batsmen showed up and Vohra had got more support, match could have went in their favour.
With 16 needed off final 12 balls and Vohra stil out there in the middle, KXIP still had a chance. But Bhuvneshwar removed KC Cariappa and Vohra in the over to seal the game. Kaul then finished the proceedings in the final over by cleaning up Ishant Sharma.
For SRH, it was a collective bowling effort. While Bhuvneshwar returned with terrific figures of 4-0-19-5, he was well supported by Moises Henriques, Siddharth Kaul and Mohammad Nabi. Though Rashid Khan proved costly for the first time in this tournament, he did pick two vital wickets of David Miller and Wriddhiman Saha.
Earlier, batting first on a wicket which was two-paced and where the ball was not coming on to the bat, David Warner almost single-handedly propelled his side to a beyond-par total. He was well supported by Naman Ojha (34), while other batsmen struggled to get going. Rashid remained unbeaten on 1-ball 6, hitting the final ball of the innings over the boundary ropes.
Glenn Maxwell won the toss and opted to bowl first. His side made a solitary change for this game, with Ishant Sharma replacing Varun Aaron. SRH, on the other hand, made as many as three changes for this important home game. Barinder Sran and Kaul were brought in for Ashish Nehra and Ben Cutting in like-for-like replacements. Bipul Sharma, the spin-bowling all-rounder, made way for Aghan sensation Nabi. The match, thus, gained historical significance even before the first ball being bowled. This was, after all, first occasion when two players from an Associate Nation were featuring in the same XI in an IPL game.
Warner and Shikhar Dhawan gave a slow start to the SRH innings. Dhawan was the first to fall, when he departed trying to hook a short ball from Mohit Sharma for a run-a-ball 15. More than the bowler’s wicket, it was Saha’s, who timed his jump well and took a smart catch.
Henriques then joined Warner, while the KXIP bowlers continued to keep things tight. Akshar Patel removed Henriques and Yuvraj Singh off successive balls. While Henriques was stumped trying to hit the ball out of the park, Yuvraj was caught behind for his golden duck. From here on, Ojha joined forces with Warner.
While the captain decided to drop the anchor, Ojha took his chances and scored some vital runs at a brisk pace. The duo added 60 runs for the fourth wicket and bailed the team out from a precarious situation of 50 for 3. Deepak Hooda 12 (10) and Nabi departed quickly but Warner kept going and brought up his fifty. He also earned the Orange Cap in the process.
Sunrisers Hyderabad 159 for 6 in 20 overs (David Warner 70*, Naman Ojha 20; Mohit Sharma 2 for 25, Akshar Patel 2 for 33) beat Kings XI Punjab 154 all-out in 19.4 overs (Manan Vohra 95; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 5 for 19) by 5 runs.
Man of the Match: Bhuvneshwar Kumar