The trio of David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, and Kane Williamson clubbed a half-century each to take Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) over the line against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in match 33 of Indian Premier League (IPL). However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan rose to the occasion once again and yielded merely 43 runs between them, restricting the Kings to 175 in a chase of a mammoth 208 at IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. Now, from 10 games, the Sunrisers have emerged triumphant seven times against the Kings. Full Cricket Scorecard, Kings XI Punjab vs Sunirsers Hyderabad, IPL 2017, Match 33
With a player of Hashim Amla’s class in the arsenal, Martin Guptill had to wait for his opportunity. And when the South Africa sustained an injury, the Kings drafted Guptill without giving it a second thought. For the matter, given the way Guptill started, the Kings may not have missed Amla’s services. He started with two swashbuckling boundaries off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. With sheer power, he then obliterated the veteran Ashish Nehra as well. He collected a six over square-leg, a hoike to long-on that travelled like a tracer bullet (read it again in Ravi Shastri’s voice), and a pull past mid-on.
In the first 2 overs, he scored 22 runs in boundaries. However, in the next over, Bhuvneshwar proved why does he own the Purple Cap. He bowled a knuckle-ball to induce an outside edge off Martin’s bat and drew the first blood.
In came Shaun Marsh, the most capped player for the Kings. He, too, took Nehra to the cleaners, smashing two boundaries. All the same, Manan Vohra holed out to mid-on and gave Nehra some respite. To make matters worse, captain Glenn Maxwell was sent packing without disturbing the scoreboard. The Kings lost 3 wickets adding only 42 runs in the pursuit of 208.
The onus was then on Marsh and Eoin Morgan to steer them close to the target. The situation was such that they had no option but to put away everything that was on offer. The southpaws, especially Marsh reduced the bowling-heavy Sunrisers to rubble. Amidst the rampage, leg-spinner Rashid Khan was the only bowler to have troubled him. Marsh, in all probability, could not read Rashid’s googlies. In fact, Rashid conceded a boundary off the last ball of the last over. And before that, he had gotten rid of Morgan for 26. Full cricket updates: KXIP vs SRH, IPL 2017
Marsh was left with Wriddhiman Saha to lead the resurgence. However, Saha survived for only 4 balls.
With 70 needed off 5 overs, Warner had to bring in his go-to bowler Bhuvneshwar. With the third-man up, Bhuvneshwar misfired the yorker outside off. Marsh made no mistake in squeezing it past the point. All the same, that was Marsh’s last of many boundaries tonight. Bhuvneshwar, yet again with a knuckle ball, hunted down another batsman. Marsh went for 84 off 50.
Akshar Patel was the only recognised batsman to pull off the unlikely. However, he could score only 16 off 9, with the Sunrises falling short by 26 runs.
Unlike the Sunrisers, the home team could not bowl as a cohesive unit. Six of seven bowlers leaked over 10 RPO. Meanwhile, the Sunrisers took wickets at crucial intervals and kept the Kings at bay amidst the run riot.
Warner now has the most number of half-centuries in IPL, surpassing Gautam Gambhir.
Sunrisers Hyderabad 207 for 3 (David Warner 51, Shikhar Dhawan 77; Glenn Maxwell 2 for 29) vs beat Kings XI Punjab 181 for 9 (Shaun Marsh 84, Eoin Morgan 26; Siddharth Kaul 3 for 36, Ashish Nehra 3 for 42) by 26 runs.
Man of the Match: Rashid Khan