Hyderbaad won by 13 runs in the end in a low scoring clash.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) produced yet another remarkable bowling performance by beating Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) quite comprehensively by 13 runs in the end at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Thursday night.
For the second time in succession, the Hyderabad batsmen failed to put up a reasonable score after batting first. Ankit Rajpoot became the first Indian to bag a five-wicket haul in Vivo Indian Premier League’s (IPL) edition 11, as Punjab restricted Hyderabad to 132 for six in their allotted 20 over.
The Hyderabad bowlers were all over Punjab. They kept losing wickets on a consistent basis despite getting off to a reasonable start. KL Rahul and Chris Gayle began pretty well but following their dismissals it was a road too far for Punjab.
Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin won the toss and put the hosts in.
Fast bowler Rajpoot provided a sensational start with the wicket of Kane Williamson. It was a very important wicket especially given the fact that Williamson has been in supreme form all through the tournament.
Shikhar Dhawan struck a couple of gorgeous drives, to begin with. However, Rajpoot bowled a brilliant delivery which was enough to send the southpaw back to the pavilion.
The experienced batsman Dhawan was squared up totally as the short of length delivery took an outside edge of his blade.
Rajpoot added one more wicket immediately into his kitty as he dismissed Wriddhiman Saha with a rising delivery. The wicketkeeper-batsman went for a big shot but ended up giving an easy catch.
Moreover, it was a sensational spell by Rajpoot which reduced Hyderabad to 27 for three in the fifth over.
From there on, it was a 52-run partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Manish Pandey. The latter made a good comeback and scored a fluent half-century. However, the innings of 54 came in 49 deliveries.
Rajpoot came back more strongly in his second spell bagging the wicket of Mohammad Nabi and Manish Pandey to finish with exceptional figures of five for 14 in his 4 overs.
It was indeed a splendid spell of bowling by the lanky speedster. To be precise, it was largely courtesy his spell that Punjab was able to restrict Hyderabad to a modest total.
Punjab began quite well. Openers KL Rahul and Chris Gayle walked out in the middle. Rahul began in a splendid fashion and struck some exquisite shots in the process.
The duo raced off to a 55-run partnership in the eighth over as they looked well in pursuit of the target. Rahul stuck four fours and a solitary six during his innings of 32 off 26 deliveries. Sandeep Sharma, who had dismissed Chris Gayle quite a few times began well.
Gayle managed to hit a four and a couple of sixes during his knock of 23 of 22 deliveries.
Rahul also went in quick time. From there on, Hyderabad made a sensational comeback and changed the course of the match. It was a brilliant piece of bowling by Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan in the middle overs which restricted Hyderabad.
Both bagged five wickets between them which proved to be the main reason behind them defending the total.
Rashid bagged three while Shakib ended with a couple. Sandeep Sharma also bowled splendidly. After a couple of tight overs, to begin with, he bagged a couple of wickets in his second spell to restrict Punjab to 119.
Mujeeb Zadran struck a couple of reverse sweep boundaries to countrymen Rashid Khan – to kindle the hopes of Punjab.
However, it was Basil Thampi who castled Rajpoot in the final over to bring down curtains on the match. It was indeed a special performance by Hyderabad – to defend two back to back a total of less than 140.
Sunrisers Hyderabad 132/6 in 20 overs (Manish Pandey 54, Ankit Rajpoot 5/14)
Kings XI Punjab 119 all-out in 19.2 overs (KL Rahul 32, Rashid Khan 3/23)
Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 13 runs at home venue in style.