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Sunrisers Hyderabad Rise against Kings XI Punjab; Log 20-run Win on Bailey’s Boys

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Sunrisers Hyderabad Rise against Kings XI Punjab; Log 20-run Win on Bailey’s Boys

April 28
09:02 2015

sunrisers3New Delhi, Tuesday, April 28 – The contests among Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore , Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad are entering into interesting phase. The significance of winning is well understood but several teams are not able to perform up to the mark.

When the new season of Indian Premier League kicked off, the expectations were up with MI, KXIP, DD and RCB. The defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders weren’t leading on the points table but have performed well this year. But the squad that maintained its excellence is Rajasthan Royals, who are at top with 11 points in 8 matches.

Chennai Super Kings hold second rank with 10 points in six matches. No wonder if the men in yellow shirts become the first playing XI to enter next round wherein 4 top teams will play against each other.  In another important match on Monday, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab met at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali with the motto to be victorious. However, at the end it was terrific efforts of Sunrisers Hyderabad that made them pocket a victory over Kings XI Punjab.

The toss was won by George Bailey, the skipper of KXIP, who elected to bowl first. Perhaps the decision was taken keeping in mind not so deep batting unit of SRH since most of the teammates in the camp of Sunrisers Hyderabad are new in this format and on the way to hold expertise how to bear the pressure in T20 matches. However, it is also a truth that hardly a squad with all talented players wins against the rivals. Mumbai Indians are current example of this.

Well, the decision to bowl in opposition to Kings XI Punjab turned perfectly right given that Shikhar Dhawan was sent back to the pavilion at 1 run on a delivery by Mitchell Johnson. Murali Vijay did not make any mistake to take a good catch. His dismissal let Hanuma Vihari come on the crease and lend a hand to his group in accumulating some more runs. The 21-year-old cricketer showed a bit proficiency in facing the ball and struck a couple of boundaries. Nevertheless, before he would have gone further, the promising bowler Anureet Singh brought his play to an end.

Moises Henriques came on the 22 yards pitch to give a hand to the opener David Warner, who was doing his job perfectly. 10 fours and a six in his 58-run innings kept the momentum up but young Axar Patel, whose last minute shot made his group beat Rajasthan Royals in super over, stopped him from getting dangerous in 9.5 over. Wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha added 28 runs in 26 balls, together with 3 boundaries prior succumbing to Patel when only few balls were remaining to be bowled.

Ravi Bopara failed to make best use of the given opportunity and was out for a duck. Johnson once again gave Sunrisers Hyderabad a quick jolt. Henriques contributed 30 runs of 32 balls, with 1 four, and fell short to Sandeep Sharma. An impressive unbeaten innings by Ashish Reddy (22 runs of just 8 balls; 4 x 1 and 6 x 2) perhaps made SRH win the match by shaking confidence of Kings XI Punjab, who had the benefit of playing at home and in the midst of home crowd. Karn Sharma was not out at 1 run. With the run  rate of 7.5 and 6 men down, the players in black outfit anyhow managed to score 150 runs in 20 overs. A total of 7 extras were bowled by Kings XI Punjab.

Chasing wasn’t too difficult especially when several hard hitter of the ball were there to let KXIP register victory. But three quick shocks were felt when the opening duo Murali Vijay & Manan Vohra were out at 12 runs & 5 runs, respectively, and Shaun Marsh at 1 run. If truth be told then match went in the pocket of SRH when Marsh was taken by surprise by Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s bowling. Bailey, on the other hand, tried to bring a tad stability in the wobbly innings of his squad and played a knock of 22 runs in 16 balls, comprising three 4s. Henriques compelled him to depart when his team needed him the most.

David Miller did not succeed in putting his best foot forward and lost his wicket in a rush. He scored 15 runs in 14 balls (4 x 1). Wriddhiman Saha was on track as he struck two fours and a biggie to score 42 runs in 33 balls. But failing to read a delivery by Trent Boult cost KXIP a match as the lower order collapsed the moment his wicket was taken. Even though Patel (17 runs in 13 balls) endeavored to keep the hopes alive by daring to hit a six, this wasn’t adequate to shrug off the unwanted stress. Rishi Dhawan and Anureet Singh were out at 4 and 0 runs, respectively, while Mitchell Johnson and Sandeep Sharma were corresponsdingly not out at 4 and 1 runs. In 20 overs, only 130 runs were hoarded by Kings XI Punjab. SRH heaved a sigh of relief post this victory in view of the fact that they are not considered strong batting & bowling combination. Trent Boult was awarded ‘man of the match’ for his outstanding show on the field.

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