KL Rahul’s composure towards the end of the innings gave Kings XI Punjab two valuable points as they march towards the top half of the table.
After their botched chase at the Chepauk, Ravichandran Ashwin and co. learned their lesson to overcome the visiting Sunrises Hyderabad, who have endured their second loss in a row.
Kings XI skipper Ashwin’s ploy to introduce changes kept on as he brought back Ankit Rajpoot and Mujeeb ur Rahman for Andrew Tye and Murugan Ashwin. Meanwhile, Sunrisers played with an unchanged side.
The bowling attack of the home side kept the 2016 IPL Champions at bay as only 50 runs were scored in the first 10 overs with Jonny Bairstow back in the pavilion.
A well-constructed knock of 70 by the in-form David Warner and a very late blitz by Deepak Hooda took the Sunrisers to a total of 150-4.
Despite losing Chris Gayle up front to Rashid Khan, the Karnataka lads KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal stitched a 100-run stand to take the IPL 7 finalists home.
However, quick wickets forced the hosts into a state of frenzy. KL Rahul and Sam Curran dealt with the tricky final over from Mohammad Nabi to bring their third consecutive win at home this season.
SRH 150-4 (20 overs) (D.Warner 70; M.Shami 1-30)
KXIP 151-4 (19.5 overs) (KL Rahul 71*; R.Khan 1-20)