In the 43rd match of the IPL 2020, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) snatched a brilliant 12-run victory after beating SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the thrilling game at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Dubai) on Saturday (24th October) evening.
SunRisers Hyderabad captain David Warner won the toss and decided to field first. At the end of the first innings, KXIP only managed to score 126/7 (20 overs). In reply, SRH failed to chase that low target as they were bundled out for just 114 runs in 19.5 overs.
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IPL 2020, Match 43: Kings XI Punjab vs SunRisers Hyderabad (KXIP vs SRH) – Highlights
SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) innings
SRH opening batsmen, skipper David Warner and wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow provided a strong start with the 50+ partnership. While SRH scored 52/0 at the end of the powerplay, they put the 56 runs partnership for that opening wicket. But soon after the completion of the powerplay, Ravi Bishnoi dismissed Warner in the seventh over, who scored 35 runs off 20 balls (3 fours and 2 sixes).
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In the very next over, Murugan Ashwin bowled Bairstow for 19 runs off 20 balls (4 fours). In the ninth over, Mohammed Shami dismissed Abdul Samad for just 7 runs as SRH were suddenly battling on 67/3.
Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar then played vital roles as they set up a solid partnership to take control in that innings. Though Pandey was struggling to move his scorecard easily, they calmly set up the crucial 33 runs partnership for the fourth wicket. Just after the second strategic time-out in that innings, Chris Jordan dismissed Manish Pandey (15 off 29 balls).
In the crucial moment, the set batsman Vijay Shankar (26 off 27 balls; 4 fours) was caught behind as Arshdeep Singh picked that important wicket. During that dismissal, SRH still had to score 17 runs in 13 balls and they had five wickets in hands.
Chris Jordan bowled brilliantly in the 19th over as he conceded only three runs and dismissed Jason Holder (5) and Rashid Khan (0) in two consecutive deliveries.
In the final over, SRH had to score 14 runs to win while Arshdeep Singh bowled that deciding over. Arshdeep bowled excellently in that final over as he took two back-to-back wickets before Khaleel Ahmed was run-out on the fifth ball of that over that ended the game.
At the end of that innings, Chris Jordan (3/17) and Arshdeep Singh (3/23) picked up three wickets each. While all their other three bowlers managed to pick up one wicket each, Ravi Bishnoi was incredible as he had the bowling figures of 4-0-13-1.
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) innings
KXIP batsmen struggled in the entire innings. The new opening partners, skipper KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh managed to provide a positive start with the 37 runs partnership for the opening wicket. In the 5th over of that innings, Sandeep Sharma completed his 100 IPL wickets after dismissing Mandeep Singh for 17 runs.
Then opener Rahul and Chris Gayle put the 29 runs partnership for the second wicket. Jason Holder and Rashid Khan dismissed them in the back-to-back deliveries, and since then, KXIP lost their wickets at regular intervals as they failed to produce another 20 runs partnership. While Gayle scored 20 off 20 balls (2 fours and only six), Rahul similarly scored 27 runs off 27 balls (2 fours and only six).
After their dismissals, Nicholas Pooran tried hard to control that innings but he didn’t any support from the other end. While Pooran was the highest run-scorer in that innings as he remained not out on 32 runs off 28 balls (2 fours), Glenn Maxwell was the only other batsman in that innings to reach the double-digit mark as the Aussie scored 12 runs.
SRH leg-spinner Rashid Khan was brilliant with the ball in hand as he managed the bowling figures of 4-0-14-2. Sandeep Sharma (2/29) and Jason Holder (2/27) also managed to pick up two wickets. All the SRH bowlers were very much in control in that entire innings as they didn’t allow KXIP batsmen to score freely.
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