KXIP vs SRH: Kings XI Punjab beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 15 runs

Apr 20, 2018, 00:52
KXIP vs SRH: Kings XI Punjab beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 15 runs

Kings XI have wrapped up the Mohali leg of their home games with a 100 per cent win record. In the leggie's third over, Gayle slaughtered him completely, clubbing 4 back-to-back sixes. he brought up his century in the 19th over with a single off Kaul.

Gayle, 38, is the most successful T20 player in history but was not even picked up in the first two rounds of bidding at the IPL auction in January. His innings was laced with 11 sixes and a solitary four.

Andrew Tye's variations would prove to be the difference with the Aussie returning figures of 2/23 including the wickets of Williamson and Deepak Hooda (5).

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Gayle moved to 99 with his 11th six hit off Bhuvneshwar Kumar over long-off. This hundred is dedicated to my daughter. Punjab were fantastic with the ball not so much in the field.

However, Punjab will want another veteran, Yuvraj Singh, and Mayank Aggarwal to also be among the runs as the home batsmen will require to be on top of their game against the Hyderabad bowlers. The SRH bowlers have been exceptional and they exhibited the same viciousness till the fourth over after which Christopher Henry Gayle ripped the heart out of the Sunrisers bowlers.

For SRH, captain Kane Williamson is coming into match fresh from a half-century he scored against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), and the Kiwi would be hoping for more of the same against the 2014 IPL finalists. Rashid ended his spell conceding 55 runs from four overs. Saha then fell in the second over, bowled by Mohit Sharma (2-51). It was impossible to make a comeback from that stage as Sunrisers succumbed to defeat by 15 runs.

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On the other hand, KXIP, led by Ravichandran Ashwin, is just behind SRH on the table with four points in three games.

While chasing, Sunrisers were dealt with a blow at the start when Shikhar Dhawan retired hurt after being hit on the elbow off the very first delivery that he faced from Barinder Sran.

The feared left-hander carried his bat through, scored an unbeaten 104 for his sixth IPL century as Kings XI Punjab batted Sunrisers Hyderabad out of the contest. The margin of 15 runs could be flattering, and Williamson and Manish Pandey's fifties will only ensure against a drastic fall in net run rate.

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