Kings XI Punjab won the match by 72 runs thanks a another Maxwell special as the Aussie went to score another 95, his second in three matches sandwiched in between 89 against Rajasthan Royals. His 43 ball stay included 5 fours and 9 sixes.
In reply, the Hyderabad’s top order struggled as the star trio of Warner, Finch and Dhawan got out cheaply.
For Kings XI Punjab, Balaji was the destroyer returning with figures of 3/14 in his four overs.
At the toss, Sunrisers Hyderabad elected to bowl after winning the toss, on a Sharjah pitch which is considered batsmen’s paradise. The rationale behind SRH’s decision was the previous two matches of Kings XI Punjab which saw them build up a status as formidable chasers. The other reason was that Sunrisers Hyderabad are widely considered as one of the better bowling sides in the tournament.
On to the team news now, Sunrisers brought in all-rounder Irfan Pathan in place of fast bowler Ishant Sharma to bolster their batting. That was the sole change made by Sunrisers Hyderabad. On the other hand, Kings XI made two changes, as they brought back Rishi Dhawan and former India u-19 quick bowler Sandeep Sharma his first game of the season. Parvinder Awana and Murali Kartik were the casualties.
Hyderabad Sunrisers 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Shikhar Dhawan (capt), 3 David Warner, 4 KL Rahul (wk), 5 Darren Sammy, 6 Venugopal Rao, 7 Irfan Pathan, 8 Karn Sharma, 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Amit Mishra, 11 Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Kings XI Punjab 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Cheteshwar Pujara, 3 David Miller, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 George Bailey (capt), 6 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 7 Mitchell Johnson, 8 Rishi Dhawan, 9 Akshar Patel, 10 Sandeep Sharma, 11 L Balaji