SunRisers Hyderabad are again in the reckoning for the IPL 2020 title because the two-time IPL champions defeated Kings XI Punjab by 69 runs after some fireworks from Jonny Bairstow earlier in the primary innings in Dubai on Thursday.
The burly Englishman, who fell in need of a century by three runs, shot seven sixes and half a dozen boundaries in a 160-run opening wicket stand with David Warner, who struck his 50th IPL half-century and is the one batsman in IPL to take action.
Rashid Khan (12/3) T Natarajan (24/2) and Khaleel Ahmed (24/2) shone with the ball to bundle out KXIP at 132 in the 201-run chase.
The victory, nevertheless, got here troublesome than it seemed on the paper as KXIP batsman Nicholas Pooran gave SRH some motive to fret. The orange-clad outfit virtually thought that is their evening after they took out three top-order KXIP batsmen throughout the first seven over and 58 runs on board whereas establishing an enormous 201 goal in match 22 of IPL 2020 in Dubai. However, a swashbuckling 17-ball 50 by West Indian meant that SRH had been rapidly made to recollect the cliched adage ‘it is not over until it is over’.
The KXIP southpaw shot seven enormous sixes and a boundary to succeed in his 50 whereas the aspect was again in the sport, reaching 100 by the start of 11th over.
Pooran’s fifty got here at a vital stage after KXIP seemed down and out after a shaky begin in the powerplay.
Chasing 201, KXIP had been off to a shaky begin with Mayank Agarwal (9 off 6) being run out on the non-strikers finish after a mix-up with skipper KL Rahul. Prabhsimran Singh (11 off 8) didn’t impress in his second IPL outing as Khaleel Ahmed ended his innings in the fourth over with mere 31 runs on the board.
Pooran then had a 28-run stand with skipper Rahul (11 off 16) with the previous scoring all of the runs in the partnership with 2 runs coming from the additional.
Rahul was at blame for throwing away his wicket with a sweep shot off Abhishek Sharma, who was already dealing with the warmth after being shot for 2 enormous sixes earlier in the over by Pooran.
Glenn Maxwell (7 off 12) and Mandeep Singh (6 off 6) and Mujeeb ur Rahman (1) couldn’t present help to the Trinidadian, who fought lone battle from different finish because the run fee by no means dropped under 9 with Pooran on the sphere.
His 77-run innings got here to an finish in the 15th over after he fall prey to SRH’s ever-dependable Rashid Khan, who completed the maiden over with one other wicket of Mohammed Shami for a golden duck.
The match was only a formality from right here on because the tailender had been quickly worn out by SRH to limit KXIP at 132.
Earlier in the primary innings, Bairstow (97) and Warner (52) seemed set to place up a 200-plus complete with ease with each going gungho in the center till the 15th over.
However, the mammoth opening stand was damaged solely in the 16th over by Ravi Bishnoi after which KXIP did nicely to restrain SRH all the way down to a rating simply over 200. Bairstow was denied his second IPL hundred by Bishnoi in the identical over.
KXIP took six wickets and conceded 41 runs in the final 4 overs. While wickets fell round him, Kane Williamson stood sturdy and was unbeaten on 20 off 10 balls. The solely noteworthy stand outdoors of the opening partnership was between Williamson and Abhishek Sharma who put up 24 for the sixth wicket.