SunRisers Hyderabad fed off a 160-run opening stand between skipper David Warner and Jonny Bairstow after which Rashid Khan’s immaculate traces with the ball as they beat Kings XI Punjab by 69 runs in Dubai on Thursday. Bairstow narrowly missed out on a second Indian Premier League (IPL) century, scoring 97 off simply 55 balls and mixed with Warner, who smashed 52 off 40, to attain the majority of the runs as SRH completed on 201/6. In reply the fabled top-two of Punjab, captain KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, did not fireplace and regardless of Nicholas Pooran’s breezy 77 off 37 they had been dismissed for 132 within the 17th over.
Rahul (11) and Agarwal (9) had been each dismissed inside the primary seven overs as Punjab discovered themselves 58/Three and behind the asking charge.
Nonetheless, Pooran tried to take the assault to the Hyderabad bowlers and added 47 for the fourth wicket with Glenn Maxwell (7).
28 of those runs got here off Abdul Samad as Pooran smashed the leg spinner for 4 sixes and a 4 in a single over as Punjab appeared firmly within the contest at 91/Three on the finish of 9.
However two quiet overs from Rashid Khan and T Natarajan – Hyderabad’s high two wicket-takers up to now this season who stepped up within the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar – led to Maxwell’s run out earlier than Mandeep Singh (6) was bowled by way of the gate by Rashid to scale back Punjab to 117/5 within the 13thr.
Pooran tried to counter-attack by hitting Khaleel Ahmed for consecutive fours within the subsequent however a skinny batting line-up – Mujeeb Ur Rahman batted at No. 7 – and wickets on the different finish advised on the Caribbean.
Mujeeb was dismissed in controversial vogue as an preliminary referral by the on-field umpires for bump-ball was adjudged out caught behind by the third umpire.
The batsman reviewed the choice however solely after being prompted to take action by the Punjab dugout. Replays confirmed Mujeeb had certainly hit it.
With 76 wanted off 36 and Ravi Bishnoi on the different finish, Pooran determined to play out Rashid’s final over – 15th of the innings – earlier than having a mind fade within the center and slicing the fifth ball straight to level.
Rashid’s final over was a two-wicket maiden as he pinned Mohammed Shami lbw on the ultimate ball of the spell to finish Punjab’s hopes.
Earlier, Warner selected to bat after successful the toss and the SRH openers tore into the Punjab bowling assault, hitting 100 runs with out getting separated within the first 10 overs.
At 160/zero after 15, SRH appeared set for a complete effectively in extra of 200. Nonetheless, each Warner and Bairstow departed one after the opposite within the 16th over off Bishnoi and that initiated a mini-collapse as Hyderabad misplaced six for 41 within the final 5.
Maxwell was hammered for 20 runs within the 11th over after Bishnoi was taken for 18 within the eighth because the Hyderabad opening duo appeared set to complete the innings off.
A slide in direction of the demise ensured SRH might solely muster 201 however Punjab capitulated quite poorly.
Rashid completed with 3/12 whereas Natarajan and Khaleel Ahmed returned two wickets every for SRH.
Bishnoi acquired three wickets for Punjab whereas Arshdeep Singh, the left-arm medium pacer, returned with two.
SRH at the moment are positioned third on the factors desk with six factors from as many video games. Punjab are but to get off the underside of the desk.
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