Riding on wonder spinner Rashid Khan's brilliant effort, SunRisers Hyderabad produced an inspired bowling display to eke out a fighting 13-run win over in-form Kings XI Punjab in a low-scoring Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Thursday. Rashid (3/19)) turned out to be the star for SunRisers once again as he along with Shakib (2/18) turned the tables around for the hosts in the middle overs after Manish Pandey's fighting 54 propelled them to 132 for six. Besides Rashid and Shakib, Basil Thampi (2/14) and Sandeep Sharma (2/17) also rose to the occasion for the home team. Earlier, young Kings XI pacer Ankit Rajpoot (5/14) registered his career-best bowling figures to restrict SunRisers to the modest score. But the total proved enough for SunRisers as Kings XI batsmen crumbled like a pack of cards to fell short eventually and slump to their second loss in the tournament. Chasing the modest target, openers KL Rahul (32) and Chris Gayle (23) got Kings XI's off to great start as the duo stitched quick 55 runs in just 47 balls. But just when it looked Kings XI will run away with the game, Afghan leg-spinner Rashid got the big breakthrough when he cleaned up Rahul with a gem of a delivery. Big-hitting Gayle then miscued a short delivery off Thampi in the next over and the pacer accepted the chance of his own bowling. The two wickets derailed Kings XI's chase as Rashid and Shakib bowled brilliantly in the middle overs to keep SunRisers afloat with wickets at regular intervals. Rashid, in particular, was unplayable as the Kings XI batsmen completely failed to read his variations.
Sunrisers Hyderabad failed to recover from the early blows from medium pacer Ankit Rajpoot (5/14) as Kings XI Punjab restricted the hosts to a paltry 132/6 in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Ankit ran through the home batting line-up bagging the key wickets of skipper Kane Williamson (0), Shikhar Dhawan (11) and Wriddhiman Saha (6) off his first three overs before returning to pick Manish Pandey (54) and Mohammad Nabi (4) in the final over of the innings. Put in to bat, the hosts were saved from the blushes by Pandey's fighting 51-ball knock, laced with three fours and a six after Rajpoot reduced them to 27/3 in the first five overs. Rajpoot had almost jolted the hosts with the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan (28 off 29 balls; 4x3) on the very next ball only if Andrew Tye hadn't missed a dolly at mid-wicket. Shakib once again got a reprieve in the next over from left-armer Barinder Sran, who induced a thick edge off to third man, only for the umpires to call it a front foot no-ball.
SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) defended a modest 118 against Mumbai Indians (MI) on Tuesday night to bring their campaign back on track after suffering back-to-back defeats. Despite missing the services of injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar, SRH showed their bowling prowess. Pacer Siddarth Kaul and leg-spinner Rashid Khan helped the home team dismiss the two-time champions for 87 on a slow wicket at the Wankhede Stadium to record a 31-run victory. SRH have looked a balanced side with skipper Kane Williamson leading them from the front with 259 runs and Kaul standing out with nine wickets in the tournament so far. It was KXIP who had handed out a 15-run loss to the SRH earlier at Mohali. They were, in fact, blown away by Chris Gayle, who had cracked a 63-ball 104. The West Indian T20 exponent has looked in ominous form this season with a hundred and two fifties. However, Gayle had missed the last match against Delhi Daredevils as he was a bit sore and Punjab would hope the opener makes it to the playing XI today. His opening partner K L Rahul too has looked in good touch scoring 236 runs including two half-centuries. SRH will be again banking on the dangerous duo to give them another flying start while Hyderabad will be focused on dismissing them cheaply. Take a look at the NDTV Fantasy cricket section here.
In Bhuvneshwar's absence, Siddarth and Basil Thampi will have to take the responsibility early on and the spin trio of Rashid, Shakib Al Hasan, and Mohammad Nabi will hold the key in the middle overs. Among the batsmen, SRH would hope Shikhar Dhawan, who had suffered a hit in the elbow during the match against KXIP and missed a match, finds his touch after getting out cheaply in the last game. After the batsmen scored a lowly 118, skipper Williamson said he expected more from them. "Without a doubt, we were expecting a lot more from our batsmen. Perhaps we could have gotten to 140 mark. A fantastic second half for us, but we are still to put a collective performance together," Williamson had added. (SCORECARD)
SunRisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (captain), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Shakib Al Hasan, Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul, T Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Basil Thampi, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Billy Stanlake, Tanmay Agarwal, Shreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Alex Hale.
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), AJ Tye, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Chris Gayle.
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