David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan went bonkers and added 107 off 10 overs to set up a colossal target of 208 for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in match 33 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. The devastating duo of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) scored their fifth hundred-plus stand, setting ablaze the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. However, captain Glenn Maxwell was the only pick of the bowlers taking crucial wickets of Warner and Yuvraj Singh and conceding only 28 runs in his four-over quota, while five of six Kings bowlers gave over 10 RPO. Full Cricket Scorecard, Kings XI Punjab vs Sunirsers Hyderabad, IPL 2017, Match 33
Ishant Sharma beat David Warner’s outside off the very first ball of the match. With the seam pointing towards first-slip, Warner was beaten all ends up while defending it. Ishant bowled a similar delivery. This time the ball flew past the slip-cordon. Ishant, in all probability, generated serious pace and bounce, indicating that the pacers have something on offer. Eventually Ishant gave away only 3 runs off it. However, that was the only respite for the Kings. The opening duo of David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan launched an attack, scoring a half-century each.
Dhawan was the first purveyor of boundaries. He scored back-to-back fours off Anureet Singh to make amends for the first over. He then treated Ishant the same way, whipping a half-volley over backward square-leg.
Glenn Maxwell made the first bowling change, replacing Anureet with the veteran Mohit Sharma. That, though, did not change the course of the match. Warner and Dhawan scored a boundary each. Then there was another bowling change, and the outcome was even more severe. Warner swatted a four and consecutive sixes off Akshar Patel. However, Akshar would have had the last laugh had Wriddhiman Saha held onto a thick edge off the ultimate ball. Warner went on to score his consecutive half-century against the Kings and equalled the record of most half-centuries (35) with Gautam Gambhir. Full cricket updates: KXIP vs SRH, IPL 2017
Glenn Maxwell was forced to bowl himself. After a boundary off Dhawan, he knocked over Warner with a quicker delivery. The wicket, for a while, stopped the juggernaut as the Kings produced consecutive overs without a boundary. Kane Williamson, however, broke the shackles and pulled one over the midwicket boundary.
Dhawan extended his riot, hitting two more boundaries. However, Maxwell took a brilliant overhead catch at the boundary line, ending Dhawan’s master class at 77.
Yuvraj tried to provide late blitz, but could add only 15 off 12. All the same, it was Kane Williamson who obliterated the Kings blasting his second half-century of this edition in 26 balls to take the defending champions to 207 for 3. His innings included 4 fours and 2 sixes.
Ishant, whose first 2-over spell gave only 11 runs, ended with figures of 4-0-41-0.
Sunrisers Hyderabad 207 for 3 (David Warner 51, Shikhar Dhawan 77; Glenn Maxwell 2 for 29) vs Kings XI Punjab.