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Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner and Kings XI Punjab captain Glenn Maxwell at the toss © BCCI
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) managed to win a thriller game by 5 runs against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) as Bhuvneshwar Kumar took his career-best figures of 5 for 19 in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. Despite KXIP middle-order batsman Manan Vohra’s carnage of 95 off just 50 deliveries, KXIP still fell 5 runs shot as the game went down to the wire at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. Batting first, SRH riding on skipper David Warner’s splendid 70* off 54 deliveries, posted a healthy total of 159 on the board. Chasing 160, KXIP kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. But it was Vohra who ensured of the game going down till the ultimate over with some big shots all around the park. But in the end, Bhuvneshwar struck hard taking 5 wickets and clinching the victory for his team. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab – Match 19
Earlier, Warner continued to gather runs as he completed his 50 in 45 deliveries. But others continued to struggle at the other end. New batsman, Deepak Hooda (10) couldn’t do much, while Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi scored just two in the three deliveries he faced in his debut.
During the chase, Punjab suffered a poor start as Bhuvneshwar Kumar plumbed Hashim Amla (1) in front of the wickets and removed Glenn Maxwell (10), who offered a catch to Warner at long-off, reducing the visitors to 16/2 in 2.5 overs.
But Vohra’s breezy knock helped them recover from it as he and Eoin Morgan (13) forged a 41-run partnership. Morgan’s stay was however cut short as he was bowled by off-spinner Mohammed Nabi, leaving Punjab at 57/1 in 8.1 overs.
Vohra turned the heat on the hosts, hitting 20 runs in the 15th over bowled by Barinder Sran. He didn’t stop there, going on to milk 21 run in the following over off Rashid. Bhuvneshwar then hauled Hyderabad back in the 19th over by removing Cariappa (1) and rattling the stumps of Vohra, leaving Punjab to score 11 runs in the final over.
Kaul gave a couple of wides in the final over but held his nerve to bowl Ishant (2) and give Hyderabad a five-run win.
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.