Sunrisers Hyderabad 132 for 6 (Pandey 54, Shakib 28, Rajpoot 5-14) beat Kings XI Punjab 119 (Rahul 32, Rashid 3-19, Shakib 2-18) by 13 runs
Hyderabad : Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) produced another spectacular bowling display as they registered a 13 run victory against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in match 25 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Thursday.
Punjab who were chasing a mere total of 132 looked to be cruising towards victory as their openers got them off to a quick start scoring 53 runs in just seven overs
The entire script changed though when Rashid Khan came in to bowl the next over dismissing KL Rahul with an absolute blinder of a delivery
Basil Thampi then got the wicket of Chris Gayle in the next over to set up a stunning KXIP collapse
None of Punjab’s batsmen were able to register significant scores on the board as the SRH bowlers completely tore the team apart with Sandeep Sharma, Basil Thampi and Shakib Al Hasan all ending the night with two wickets each
The pick of the bowlers however was the young Rashid Khan who picked up three wickets with an economy rate of just 4.75
Earlier riding on the back of a Man of the Match performance by Ankit Rajpoot who picked up the first five wicket haul of this season’s IPL, Punjab were able to restrict the host to just 132 in their 20 overs.
Manish Pandey (54) was the only batsman who put up a fight but was bowled out by Rajpoot in the final over of the innings.
The turning point of the game was when Kane Williamson decided call in his spearhead Sandeep Sharma to end his spell in the 16th over itself.
Sharma first dismissed Manoj Tiwary with a slower delivery and then went on to also dismiss Andrew Tye, this time with a knuckle ball to pile the pressure on the Kings XI tail end.
Best Dismissal The best dismissal of the game was without doubt in the seventh over of the second innings when Rashid Khan outfoxed the in-form KL Rahul.
Rahul looked all set to defend the good length leg break on the off stump, but Rashid got the ball to spin ever soo gingerly as it found a way past the outside edge to clatter into the stumps dismissing Rahul for 32 (26).
Batsman of the Match The batsman of the match was Manish Pandey who was dropped twice in the opening 5 overs and went on to score a fighting half-century to help his team put up a defendable total on the board.
Pandey’s 54 off 51 balls was the highest score by any player in the game.
Bowler of the Match Ankit Rajpoot who picked up the first five wicket haul in this season’s IPL is without doubt the bowler of the match. He ended the night with figures of 5/14 with an astonishing 17 dot balls and an economy rate of just 3.50.