Kings XI Punjab hoped to change their fortunes from the bottom of the table ahead of a clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai. However, KXIP succumbed to their fifth loss of the tournament after an all-round performance by SRH. KXIP’s net run rate also took a major hit with the 69-run loss to the 2016 IPL champions.
David Warner won the toss for SRH and chose to bat first. The captain named a solitary change for the game with Khaleel Ahmed back into the side in place of Siddharth Kaul, who did not enjoy the best of outings against MI in Sharjah.
KL Rahul, on the other hand, named 3 changes. Prabhsimran Singh, Arshdeep Singh and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman were given their first chance this season in place of the underperforming Chris Jordan, Sarfaraz Khan and Harpreet Brar.
KXIP’s bowling attack who had failed to pick up a wicket against CSK faced a similar fate after failing to break through the opening stand of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. The pair registered their 5th century stand in just 16 innings while opening together. David Warner scored his 9th consecutive fifty against KXIP.
The 160-run opening partnership was finally breached in the 16th over by Ravi Bishnoi who got the wicket of Warner. Bairstow followed suit right after 3 balls and missed his second IPL hundred by 3 runs.
Despite a pompous start, SRH failed to capitalize on it to score a mammoth total. KXIP clawed their way back into the game in the death overs with wickets falling at regular intervals.
A brief cameo by Kane Williamson and Abhishek Sharma helped the team cross the 200-run mark.
Nicholas Pooran fought a lone battle to get KXIP over the line
Chasing a total of 202, KXIP did not get the start they were hoping for from their in-form opening pair. Mayank Agarwal departed early after a huge mix-up in the middle of the pitch, resulting in a run-out.
Simran Singh, promoted to number 3, was also quick to make the walk to the pavilion despite some flashy shots early on. KL Rahul’s struggling knock of 11 off 16 was brought to an end right after the powerplay.
Nicholas Pooran kept the chase alive with a missive 28-run over off Abdul Samad by the halfway mark of the second innings. However, the wicket-keeper batsman lacked any sort of support from the other end with only two other batsman recording double-figures.
Pooran’s blistering knock of 77 off 37 balls was brought to an end by Rashid Khan. The Windies hard-hitter recorded 5 fours and 7 sixes during his knock.
Rashid Khan, once again, was the pick of the bowlers for SRH with his figures for the evening reading 4-1-12-3.
SRH 201-6 (20 overs) (J.Bairstow 97; R.Bishnoi 3-29)
KXIP 132 all out (16.5 overs) (N.Pooran 77; R.Khan 3-12)