After Shikhar Dhawan left the pitch early in the 1st over, suffering a knock on his shoulder it was all down to Kane Williamson who had to anchor his side from thereon. The SRH skipper tried his best but after his departure, the batting collapsed with Kings XI Punjab displaying one of their finest bowling performances of the season. Mohit Sharma picked two crucial wickets of Wriddhiman Saha and Yusuf Pathan at the right time ensuring that pressure was always there on Kane Williamson who succumbed to a ball from Andrew Tye giving away an easy catch to Aaron Finch after a well played 51. Manish Pandey and Shakib Al Hasan remained unbeaten throughout the end but failed to take the team over the line as the Sunrisers Hyderabad lost their first game of the season.
Earlier in the game, Universe boss Chris Gayle took Mohali by storm as he smashed the SRH bowlers who have been one of the best in the tournament so far. The explosive West Indies batsman hammered a 104 unbeaten in just 63 balls with eleven sixes and a four to go absolutely bonkers on the best bowling line-up of the tournament. He stayed there until the end helped the team post a massive 193 on board which was always going to be difficult for SRH to chase. Karun Nair 31(21) cameo ensured the SRH bowlers were always under pressure as they witnessed the best of the two batsmen today.
Highlights from the IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and the Sunrisers Hyderabad from PCA Stadium in Mohali:
Kings XI Punjab beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 15 runs
11:35 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 161/4, 19 overs Shakib – 10, Manish – 55
KXIP skipper R Ashwin with the final over for the Kings XI Punjab. Two brilliant balls from Ashwin before Shakib Al Hasan smashes him for a six to the long-on. That went miles up in the air. Again, Shakib gets another six off Ashwin. It seemed like he had got the third one but it went to Mujeeb who dropped the catch. A single from Manish Pandey with 17 runs off the over as they fall short by 15 runs.
11:31 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 161/4, 19 overs Shakib – 10, Manish – 55
Mohit Sharma with the 19th over for the Kings XI Punjab. Manish Pandey takes him on and completes his 37-ball 50 with a six. Singles, wide and a double which will do nothing for SRH here, only a miracle from here can save SRH from the inevitable defeat as they now require 33 runs in 6 balls. All sixes or no game. 14 runs off the over from Mohit Sharma.
11:25 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 147/4, 18 overs Shakib – 8, Manish – 44
After a single off the first ball from the 18th over from Barinder Sran Shakib Al Hasan gets a boundary of the no-ball. Yorker from Sran to trouble Shakib as he fails to read that one. Another one in the slot from Sran as he nails some perfect yorkers and keeps Shakib silent. He has been economical for KXIP today with an economy rate just over 6. 13 runs off the over as Barinder finishes with 22/0 in 4 overs. 47 needed of 12 now for SRH.
11:20 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 134/4, 17 overs Shakib – 0, Manish – 42
Andrew Tye with the 17th over for the Kings XI Punjab and the Sunrisers Hyderabad batsmen Deepak Hooda and Manish Pandey are under pressure here. Out! Manoj Tiwary takes the catch and Hooda walks back. Shakib Al Hasan is the new man to walk in as Andrew Tye finishes with his best figures in IPL 2018 so far. He gave away just 23 in his four while picking up 4 wickets.
OUT! Deepak Hooda c (sub)Manoj Tiwary b Andrew Tye 5(5)
It was a mistimed shot and went hight, got the height but not the distance as pressure piles up on Sunrisers Hyderabad who lie on the verge of their first defeat in the IPL 2018.
11:16 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 130/3, 16 overs Hooda – 5, Manish – 38
Mujeeb back into the attack. A couple from Manish Pandey to start the over followed up by two singles and a cheeky boundary. The googly was well read by Manish Pandey this time and he directed it towards the third man for a good boundary. No wickets for Mujeeb but he finishes with just 27 of his 4 overs. No big shot there but SRH take 12 runs off the over.
11:11 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 118/3, 15 overs Hooda – 4, Manish – 28
After starting the over with a good boundary, Williamon departs, wicket for Kings XI Punjab. A comfortable catch to Aaron Finch and he doesn’t miss those seaters. Williamson c Finch b Andrew Tye 54(41). Andrew Tye gets the breakthrough and he has got the big fish as Willaimson was looking in stupendous touch and could have made the difference in the game. A good slower one from Tye to end the over on a confident note. Deepak Hooda is the new man in for SRH and they need 76 runs off the last 5 overs.
11:05 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 109/2, 14 overs Williamson – 50, Manish – 27
Fifty! for Kane Willaimson. Brilliant effort from the Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper. 13 runs off the over from R Ashwin as SRH steadily continue their march towards the massive target. R Ashwin and Mujeeb have both failed to pick a wicket today.
11:02 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 96/2, 13 overs Williamson – 42, Manish – 24
In the last couple of overs Manish Pandey has accelerated well. 14 runs off the over from Mohit Sharma as Manish Pandey dispatches him for two boundaries. Mujeeb bowled a good 12th over for KXIP with only 6 runs off it. It has been an even contest with Manish Pandey and Willaimson easing things down for SRH.
10:53 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 72/2, 11 overs Williamson – 36, Manish – 7
Andrew Tye with the 11th over for the Kings XI Punjab. Brilliant start from him with just three runs off the first five balls. A single to end it and its another good one for KXIP as they give away just 4 runs of the over.
10:49 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 72/2, 10 overs Williamson – 36, Manish – 7
Williamson is leading with example here but the Sunrisers Hyderabad will have to up the ante to ensure they don’t let this game slip off their hands. A good over from Mujeeb with just 4 runs from it. Willaimson is steadily approaching his half-century and has been solid with the bat today.
10:45 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 68/2, 9 overs Williamson – 33, Manish – 6
Ravichandran Ashwin with the 9th over for the Kings XI Punjab. A brilliant over for the Sunrisers Hyderabad with 16 runs from it. Williamson started the over with a six and it was followed up by 5 singles to get 11 runs from it. A good over for Sunrisers here as they keep a track of the required rate.
10:40 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 57/2, 8 overs Williamson – 24, Manish – 4
Mujeeb Ur Rahman brought into the attack by R Ashwin and as expected, Williamson and Manish Pandey take time to settle down against him. Good over for the Kings XI Punjab with just 5 runs from it. The Afghan spinner’s performance today will be key for KXIP in restricting SRH here in Mohali.
10:35 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 52/2, 7 overs Williamson – 21, Manish – 2
Ravichandran Ashwin with the ball and he will bowl the 7th over for Kings XI Punjab. Good over for the Sunrisers Hyderabad with Williamson bringing the 50 up on the 50th ball with a brilliant boundary. A good one for the Sunrisers as they take 12 runs from the over. KXIP have done well so far to contain them from going big.
10:31 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 40/2, 6 overs Williamson – 12, Manish – 1
Barinder Sran with the 6th over for the Kings XI Punjab as he looks to get another breakthrough for his side. With just three singles off the first 5 balls, Sran has been effective with just 9 runs in three overs. That’s a brilliant one for KXIP as SRH manage only 3 runs from it.
10:27 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 37/2, 5 overs Williamson – 10, Yusuf Pathan – 19
Mohit Sharma with the 5th over for Kings XI Punjab. Pathan welcomes him with a boundary, a splendid shot towards the mid off to begin the over. Two singles to follow it up. A short ball and Pathan whacks it get a couple off it. And wicket! Yusuf Pathan bowled. Manish Pandey is the new man in.
OUT! Y Pathan b Mohit Sharma 19(13)
Huge blow to the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mohit Sharma’s slower one has done the trick for them. Pathan wanted to slog it, got an edge and the ball kissed his stumps. Second wicket of the day for Mohit.
10:21 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 29/1, 4 overs Williamson – 10, Yusuf Pathan – 12
Andrew Tye brought into the attack by R Ashwin. He starts off well with two singles in the first three balls, one each from Pathan and Williamson. Yusuf Pathan flicks a half-volley on his legs to the deep midwicket. Great shot from the Indian batsman to gain some confidence in this long chase. Just 7 off the over and it won’t hurt Kings XI Punjab in the powerplay overs.
10:17 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 22/1, 3 overs Williamson – 9, Yusuf Pathan – 6
Barinder Sran brought back with the third over for Kings XI Punjab. He is using his variations well to keep Yusuf Pathan at bay. Three singles in the first balls and it has been a good over so far for Kings XI Punjab. Dropped, Yusuf Pathan dropped by Yuvraj Singh and Sran is not happy. But a good over from him, with just 4 off it. Williamson and Pathan will have to utilize the powerplay overs fully if they have to put pressure on Punjab.
10:13 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 18/1, 2 overs Williamson – 7, Yusuf Pathan – 4
Mohit Sharma with the second over for the Kings XI Punjab. Williamson welcomes him with a boundary, a delightful shot, Saha too joins with a boundary. Wicket! Saha is gone. Mistimed it and Saha cleaned up by Mohit Sharma. 16 runs off the over with Yusuf Pathan walking in to bat.
OUT! Saha b Mohit Sharma 6(7)
Wriddhiman Saha wasn’t looking in bets of his touch today, he mistimed it and paid the price. Wanted to play across but was completely bamboozled and got bowled.
10:06 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 2/0, 1 over Williamson – 0, Saha – 1
Brilliant start to the proceedings from Barinder Sran who uses his pace and the bounce from the track well to give away just 2 runs in the first over. KXIP went for a review but it was ruled out in SRH’s favour with the verdict being umpire’s call. Dismal start for SRH with Shikhar Dhawan leaving the field after injuring his fingers. Williamson replaces injured Dhawan in the middle.
9:55 PM IST: Shikhar Dhawan and Wriddhiman Saha will open the batting for SRH with Barinder Sran bowling the first over for the Kings XI Punjab.
9:50 PM IST: Chris Gayle gets his first IPL 2018 century in spectacular fashion, what an inning it has been from the universe boss. Came into the game on the back of a solid show against the Chennai Super Kings on the same ground and continued his dominating run while remaining unbeaten. 11 sixes and a four in that 63-ball 103 from Gayle, but yet again KXIP despite a great start failed to make it past 200. After taking a few overs to settle down, KL Rahul and Gayle got going as they dispatched SRH bowlers for biggies. Mayank Agarwal too contributed well with his Karnataka teammate Karun Nair also hitting it well. SRH’s star spinner Rashid Khan’s only bright moment in the game came when he scalped KL Rahul, rest everything was a nightmare for him as he conceded a huge 55 in just 4 overs. His worst IPL performance till date.
9:43 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 193/3, 20 overs Finch – 14, Gayle – 104
Rashid Khan with the last over for SRH. After a single from Gayle, Finch smashes a six and a four of him in quest of 200. A single off the last ball to point. That’s it somehow the SRH bowlers have managed to restrict KXIP 7 runs short of 200.
9:38 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 180/3, 19 overs Finch – 3, Gayle – 102
Century! for Chris Gayle. A single to the point and the southpaw celebrates in his trademark style. His sixth IPL hundred and 22nd in T20s. A good over from Kaul with just three runs off it. Can KXIP make it to 200?
9:33 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 174/2, 18 overs Gayle – 99, Finch -0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the 18th over for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. He is the only bowler as expected who has managed to keep Gayle at bay. After three singles, Karun Nair gives away a catch. Wicket there. Chris Gayle bangs a six on the last ball to end the over with 10 runs and move on to 99.
OUT! Nair c Dhawan b Bhuvneshwar 31(21)
Shikhar Dhawan makes no mistake with the catch, Karun Nair went after the knuckleball, he targeted the longest boundary but failed to get the distance. Much needed breakthrough for SRH.
9:28 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 164/2, 17 overs Nair – 30, Gayle – 91
Chris Jordan with the 17th over for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Starts off with a wide before Nair takes a single off his first ball. Chris Gayle is on fire, another massive six to square leg, this is his 10th six of the day. It was a slower one from Jordan and was sent into the crowds. Gayle follows it up with a single, and Karun Nair tops it with a four. A length ball from Jordan and Nair smashes it down the ground. 13 runs off the over and KXIP are heading towards a huge total here in Mohali.
9:21 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 151/2, 16 overs Nair – 25, Gayle – 84
Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the 16th over for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Two couples followed by a single from Gayle. He has looked much improved between the wickets today and has converted most of the singles into doubles. A single each from Nair and Gayle as Kings XI Punjab reach the 150 run mark. The West Indian is now racing towards his century.
9:15 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 143/2, 15 overs Nair – 23, Gayle – 78
Siddarth Kaul with the 15th over for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Two fours from Karun Nair to make it a good one for the Kings XI Punjab. Nair has also been in stupendous touch in the IPL this year, he is showcasing his brilliance here in the game. Over 140 in 15 overs is a spectacular score to have against one of the best bowling line-ups in the IPL.
9:10 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 131/2, 14 overs Nair – 12, Gayle – 77
Incredible batting from Chris Gayle as he smashes the best T20 bowlers Rashid Khan for three straight sixes. And its another biggie into the crowd. The man is back and he is truly making it count. Rashid Khan has given his worst IPL performance in this game. That’s 27 runs off the over as Gayle takes on SRH single-handedly.
9:05 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 104/2, 13 overs Nair – 11, Gayle – 51
13th IPL half-century for Chris Gayle and his second straight in the IPL 2018. Chris Jordan with the 13th over for the Sunrisers Hyderabad with KXIp looking in cruise control. A good one from him with just 4 runs off the over. How far can Gayle go from here? The West Indies powerhouse has carried his good form from the CSK match into this one.
9:01 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 100/2, 12 overs Nair – 9, Gayle – 49
Chris Gayle is just a run away from his second straight half-century, 100 up for the Kings XI Punjab. After Nair opened the over with a six off Shakib Al Hasan, Gayle plundered another to get a good 14 runs off it. The left-hander has been phenomenal once again tonight.
8:57 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 86/2, 11 overs Nair – 2, Gayle – 42
Kaul with the 11th over for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Gayle starts off with a one. And Mayank Agarwal is gone! Big breakthrough for Siddarth Kaul. Good over for the Sunrisers Hyderabad with 4 runs and a wicket from it. Karun Nair is the new man in for KXIP.
OUT! Mayank Agarwal c Deepak Hooda b S Kaul 18(9)
Soft dismissal for Mayank Agarwal was looking in a great touch and then handed an easy one to Deepak Hooda. He could have gone on to play a good innings with the support of Gayle but gave it away easily.
8:51 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 82/1, 10 overs Mayank – 18, Gayle – 40
Shakib Al Hasan brought into the attack by Kane Williamson after a brief discussion with his teammates about the game during the strategic timeout. Mayank Agarwal welcomes the Bangladesh spinner with a beautiful boundary, it was tossed up to him and Agarwal lofted it well to long off. Gayle takes a single before Mayank Agarwal goes straight down the ground to smash Shakib for a huge six. 14 runs off the over, a good one for the Kings XI Punjab.
8:46 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 68/1, 9 overs Mayank – 6, Gayle – 38
Deepak Hooda with the 9th over for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Starts off with a dot before Gayle smashes him for a biggie. Gayle is in no mood to spare anyone here. A flighted delivery and Mayank Agarwal gets a boundary. 15 runs off the over and its a brilliant one for the Kings XI Punjab with Agarwal joining the party immediately. Strategic timeout called by the umpires.
8:40 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 53/1, 8 overs Mayank – 0, Gayle – 31
Rashid Khan with the 8th over for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Two good dot balls to start off with Chris Gayle taking a single on the third ball. KL Rahul gone! Wicket for Rashid Khan. Brilliant over from Rashid Khan with a wicket and just 2 runs off it. Mayank Agarwal is the new man in.
OUT! Rahul lbw b Rashid Khan 18(21)
SRH were desperately searching for a wicket and their star spinner Rashid Khan has got the breakthrough. His first wicket of the day and KL Rahul walks back after a surprisingly slow 18 off 21. He tried to pull and got beaten on pads.
8:35 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 51/0, 7 overs Rahul – 17, Gayle – 30
Deepak Hoods introduced into the attack by Kane Williamson. Chris Gayle starts off with a single off the first ball with KL Rahul adding another single on the second ball. Good over from the part-time spinner. Just 2 runs off the over with Gayle remaining silent. He takes the last three balls of the over to understand Hooda’s variations. 50 up for Kings XI Pujab.
8:31 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 49/0, 6 overs Rahul – 16, Gayle – 29
Siddarth Kaul brought in with the 6th over of the innings, the last powerplay over. Gayle starts the over with a single. KL Rahul too takes a single and brings Gayle back on the striker’s end. A good ball from Kaul, short of length with a single from Gayle. KL Rahul with a beautiful stroke from the middle of the bat, perfect timing and gets the boundary. Another splendid shot and another boundary to follow it up. 11 runs of the final powerplay over.
8:26 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 38/0, 5 overs Rahul – 7, Gayle – 27
Rashid Khan introduced in the attack by Kane Williamson earlier in the game. After a good first ball, Gayle smashes Rashid for a huge one. It was a full toss and got the right treatment from Gayle. Good two balls before The West Indies batsman once again nails it from the middle off the bat for another huge six. Smashed over long-on this time as Rashid Khan has nightmare start. Gayle in destructive mood here.
8:22 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 25/0, 4 overs Rahul – 7, Gayle – 14
Chris Jordan with the fourth over for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kane Williamson would be happy with how things have turned out for his side in the powerplay overs. After a dot first ball, KL Rahul drives the second one to earn a run off it. And Bang! Chris Gayle starts the party. Gayle with the first six of the match and it was a dynamic pull over the mid-wicket. A four to follow it up and the pressure is now on Jordan. Another good pull shot from Gayle but just a single off it. A dot ball to finish the over, 12 runs off the over.
8:17 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 13/0, 3 overs Rahul – 6, Gayle – 3
Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the third over for SRH. Sweetly timed by Rahul to send that ball past the boundary line. Yusuf Pathan couldn’t time his dive well and a boundary to Rahul. It was a huge appeal from SRH, Rahul took a review straightaway after being given out and it turned out that there was a huge nick on the bat first before the ball hit the pads. 5 runs off the over as Bhuvneshwar bowls another good over for SRH.
8:11 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 8/0, 2 overs Rahul – 1, Gayle – 3
Chris Gayle faces the first ball off the over from Chris Jordan who has replaced Billy Stanlake in the playing 11 today. A leg bye and its a boundary, the first one of the match. The ball hit his thigh pad before racing down the boundary line with a slight misfield from Wriddhiman Saha. Shot and a miss! Siddarth Kaul put his best effort but couldn’t take that one. Gayle gets a life and a couple of runs. 6 off the over but only 2 with the bat.
8:06 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 2/0, 1 over Rahul – 1, Gayle – 1
Good first two balls from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The second one was a knuckleball, a slower one which got a respectful treatment from Rahul. A dot third ball and a good start from SRH here in Mohali. Rahul wanted to play it on the back foot but missed it completely, before taking his first run of the match on the 5th ball. 2 for no loss as SRH get off to a brilliant start.
8:00 PM IST: The umpires are walking on the pitch with the match ball. The Sunrisers Hyderabad players are strategizing in the team huddle as KL Rahul and Chris Gayle walk in to open the attack for Kings XI Punjab. Can they put on another solid show tonight? Bhuvneshwar Kumar will take the ball for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
7:50 PM IST: In Chris Jordan, Kane Williamson has gone with an extra batsman and a successful T20 bowler. Billy Stanlake has also been quite effective in the tournament so far but considering how heavy Punjab is with the bat, SRH have matched their opponents well.
7:45 PM IST: So Kings XI Punjab have gone with an unchanged combination from their last win. Both Chris Gayle and Aaron Finch have been chosen in the playing XI which means the star-studded SRH bowling line up will be put to test against a bat heavy KXIP.
7:42 PM IST: Playing XIs
Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Yuvraj Singh, Aaron Finch, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Wriddhiman Saha(w), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Chris Jordan
7:38 PM IST: Williamson: There may be a little bit of dew factor in the second innings, so it’s important we do the job. Both (their openers) are good players, exciting players, and it’s important we execute our plans better. Just one chance: Jordan comes in for Billy Stanlake.
R Ashwin: We are going to bat first. We have got a formidable batting line-up and we would like them to go out and express themselves. We had a wonderful win in the last match and we would like to keep the momentum going. We are unchanged for this match.
7:35 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab have won the toss and Ashiwn has opted to bat first
7:30 PM IST: Chris Gayle stole the show in his debut match for the Kings XI Punjab in the IPL 2018 with a superb show with the bat. There were doubts, Ashwin could once again play a gamble and rest the West Indies explosive batsman for Australian Aaron Finch but Gayle was seen knocking a few in the nets and is likely to feature in the clash.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (captain), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Rashid Khan Arman, Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Sandeep Sharma, Shakib Al Hasan, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi Eisakhil, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Billy Stanlake, Siddarth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Syed Khaleel Ahmed, Shreevats Goswami, Basil Thampi, T. Natarajan, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Ricky Bhui, Sachin Baby, Tanmay Agarwal.
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), AJ Tye, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Chris Gayle, Akshdeep Nath, Mayank Dagar, Ben Dwarshuis, Manzoor Dar, Ankit Rajpoot, Pardeep Sahu, Barinder Sran, Manoj Tiwary