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IPL 2016 – SRH vs KXIP: Sunrisers Crush Kings XI By Five Wickets To Post Third Successive Win

By on April 24, 2016

Sunrisers Hyderabad 146 for 5 (Warner 59, Dhawan 45) beat Kings XI Punjab 143 for 6 (Marsh 40, Axar 36*, Mustafizur 2-9) by five wickets…

Skipper David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan put on another fine opening stand of 90 runs to power Sunrisers Hyderabad to a five-wicket victory, their third on the trot, over Kings XI Punjab in the 18th match of the IPL season nine at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday.

Chasing a modest 144-run target, Hyderabad cantered home with 13 balls to spare with Warner scoring 59 off 31 balls and Dhawan chipping in with useful 45.

Mustafizur Rahman (2/9) and Moises Henriques (2/33) were the pick of the bowlers as they helped Hyderabad restrict Punjab to 143/6. Axar Patel played a breezy unbeaten knock of 36 that came in 17 balls with the help of three sixes and one four to take Punjab’s score to a fighting total, after being put into bat, which turned out insufficient in the end.

IPL 2016 - SRH vs KXIP: David Warner

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Warner and Dhawan started the chase in the most belligerent fashion as they raced to 65/0 in six overs of Powerplay in comparison to their opposition’s 35/2. Dhawan and Warner hit a boundary each in the first two overs before Warner broke loose as he targetted Kyle Abbott in the third, smacking him for two big sixes and a four, to garner 18 runs from it.

Warner scored a blistering half-century off 23 balls studded with six fours and three sixes. Warner departed soon after his fifty and Hyderabad lost their first wicket on 90. Warner checked his shot off a Sandeep Sharma’s delivery which went to long on where Punjab skipper David Miller made no mistake in pouching a good catch. Next batsman Aditya Tare was unlucky to get run out in the following delivery.

Dhawan, who gave a good company to Warner, played an uncharacteristic knock of 45 which came in 44 balls with the help of four boundaries. Hyderabad stuttered in their chase post Warner’s dismissal as they lost Deepak Hooda and Eoin Morgan in quick time. But by then, they needed just five more to seal the game in three overs.

Earlier paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar set the ball rolling for Hyderabad as he landed a perfect seam in the very first ball of the innings as Punjab opener Murali Vijay negotiated it well for a single while his opening partner Manan Vohra edged one, which swung away from him, in the next but it fell short of Shikhar Dhawan at first slip.

Vohra dispatched Barinder for a six over covers in the tidy second over that otherwise had five dot balls. Bhuvneshwar dismissed Vijay (2) with the first ball of the third over to give Hyderabad early breakthrough. Vohra, who scored 23-ball 25, hit two cracking boundaries before being run out in the next.

Now the onus was on out-of-form Miller and Shaun Marsh to mend the dwindling Punjab innings. But Miller once again perished after contributing just nine off 11 balls while Marsh kept hitting odd boundaries to push the scoring. Moises Henriques struck twice in the 10th over to break Punjab’s back.

He first got rid of Miller in the second ball followed by the dismissal of Glenn Maxwell in the last ball of the over. This is the third time that Miller and Maxwell have been dismissed in the same over, in the ongoing season. Dwayne Bravo, Amit Mishra and Henriques are the bowlers who sent the duo back in the hut.

Maxwell’s dismal run continued to haunt him as he has just 39 runs in five innings with a highest score of 32* in this year’s IPL.

Marsh, who scored 34-ball 40 which included two sixes and three fours, added 24 runs with Nikhil Naik for the fifth wicket. But in-form Mustafizur returned to send Marsh back into the dugout. Mustafizur unleashed a fine off-cutter from his armoury that totally foxed Marsh to hit on the flap of his pads. The ball was little high and appeared to have missed the leg stump too but umpire raised his finger to dispel any doubts. Punjab lost half of their side at the score of 85

Axar produced some late burst by hitting Bhuvneshwar for a six and a four, snatching 15 runs in the penultimate over. Mustafizur again came to the fore to break crucial Patel-Naik 50-run partnership for the sixth wicket in the final over. Naik played a fine cameo of 22 that came in 28 balls.

Source: Times Of India

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