Kings XI Punjab locked horns with Sunrisers Hyderabad in their sixth game of the season in Mohali on April 8. Punjab won the toss and chose to field first. Asked Hyderabad to bat first, Punjab picked up Hyderabad’s in-form opener Jonny Bairstow in the second over.
However, they chose to play in a defensive manner on a typical slow wicket. David Warner, on the other hand, anchored the innings till the end, scoring an unbeaten 70 off 62 including six fours and one six. Apart from him, Vijay Shankar scored 26 off 27 and they put up 150-4 in 20 overs.
While chasing, Punjab also lost their opener, Chris Gayle, very cheaply. Later, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal played a steady knock. Both added 114 runs and guided their side to finish the chase with ease with 1 ball to spare.
Sunrisers Hyderabad faced another defeat over Kings XI Punjab; where once again their middle-order showed that if openers fail to score, they can’t put up a huge score.
Put into bat, Hyderabad lost their blistering opener Jonny Bairstow very early. David Warner tried to steady the ship with Vijay Shankar and added 49 runs. Their rather defensive game gave them a slow start. To ease the pressure, Warner rotated the strike in every over. But that was not enough to put up a decent competitive total.
In between Hyderabad lost Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Nabi and Manish Pandey as they crumbled under pressure. However, Warner played some beautiful shots at the end. He took 49 balls to reach his fifty in the 16th over. He remained unbeaten at 70 off 62 which included six boundaries and a six.
Deepak Hooda came to bat when Manish Pandey lost his wicket in the very first ball of the final over. However, Hooda faced only 3 balls off Mohammed Shami.
The first one went for a boundary. The second one was a straight drive down the ground which was also a boundary. Everyone started expecting that the last one could be a maximum and Hooda did that only. The final delivery was a low full toss which Hooda smashed over long off for a maximum. His quickfire 3-ball 14 helped Hyderabad to reach 150-mark after 20 overs.
After having started a wonderful IPL journey and scoring maiden IPL century, Jonny Bairstow failed to provide a flying start to his side. He has been in a blistering form and shared 118 runs, 110 runs, 185 runs and 64 runs opening partnership with his partner David Warner from the first four matches. However, he got out for 16 in the previous game against Mumbai Indians.
He once again failed to impress and got dismissed in the second over of the game for mere 1 off 6. Mujeeb Ur Rahman bowled a carrom ball which he failed to keep it down the ground and Ravichandran Ashwin took a well-judged low catch at mid-wicket.
With his dismissal, Hyderabad once again failed to capitalize and somehow lost the game as well.
Mohammed Nabi is one of the trump cards of Sunrisers Hyderabad. He has proved his worth many times earlier also. But he failed to contribute in the last game. He came into bat in the 11th over when everyone was expecting a quickfire innings from him. But he couldn’t manage a single boundary in his 7-ball 12 runs before his dismissal by a direct throw from Ashwin.
He failed to impress with the ball as well. It was expected to give an early breakthrough but he had rather an off day. He conceded 42 runs in his 3.5 runs without having a wicket in his name.
However, Hyderabad need to plan well prior to their next game so that they can bounce back strongly.