On nine out of 10 days, a knock as spellbinding as the one from Manan Vohra would have ended up in a winning cause, but ironically, this had to be that odd occasion.
Vohra, who was always termed as a bright prospect by the Kings XI Punjab since the last few seasons, as he stood out in a nail-biting run chase, as the Kings XI Punjab fell an agonising five runs short of the Sunrisers Hyderabad first innings total.
Having being put in to bat first by Glenn Maxwell on a sluggish track in Hyderabad, the hosts found it difficult to score early on. Skipper David Warner, however, played a superb knock to ensure that the hosts had a fighting 159 on board.
The Punjabis were rocked early with Bhuvneshwar Kumar in full flow and barring the young and dynamic Vohra, no batsman supported him well. Ultimately, thanks to a lethal spell from Kumar, Vohra’s knock of 95 went in vain.
Kings XI skipper Glenn Maxwell, however, was in complete awe of the young Vohra.
“An outstanding game, made by great innings by Vohra,” said Maxwell. Unfortunately, he didn’t have help from the rest of us. It was definitely chase-able. We did well in the middle with the ball but let is slip in the back end. To play an innings like that in a losing cause is criminal. He’s a superstar. A big score like that was around the corner for him.”
“We knew Bhuvi was going to swing it around a bit. We didn’t expect the wicket to be so up and down and he bowled good lengths. We had planned for him and Rashid, but giving seven wickets to them probably did us in. We wanted to take off and get 60 in the Powerplay, but it didn’t come off,” said Maxwell.