Chase and win the game, the notion has been challenged and countered by the Sunrisers Hyderabad who continue to pull off incredible defenses batting first. Yet again, SRH’s bowling unit proved it’s might defending a low key target of 133 against an in-form Kings XI Punjab. After Chris Gayle and KL Rahul gave KXIP a good start in the chase, it was the decisive pair of Shakib Al Hasan and Rashid Khan which ran through the KXIP middle order with 5 wickets between them. Little did Williamson would have thought that a paltry total of 132 will be defended so comfortably against the likes of Gayle, Rahul, Finch and Karun Nair but his bowlers who have been absolutely phenomenal in the IPL 2018, scripted another memorable comeback from them.
Highlights from IPL match between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab from Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad:
Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kings XI Punjab by 13 runs and it has been a wonderful bowling display by them.
11: 38 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 119/10, 19.2 overs Mujeeb – 10, Rajpoot – 8
Basil Thampi with the last over for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Perfect situation for the youngster to flourish. Solid pace in the ball and it followed Mujeeb as he moved away from the stumps. Bowled! Cleaned up, brilliant pace by Thampi to beat Rajpoot and wrap up the win for SRH by 13 runs.
11: 35 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 118/9, 19 overs Mujeeb – 10, Rajpoot – 8
Kaul with the 19th over for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Starts off with 1 run off the leg bye from Rajpoot. A single from Mujeeb on the next ball with 21 required off 10. A single from Rajpoot as Kaul keeps it tight. Some words from Williamson to Kaul now who has the ball. Another single from Mujeeb and this is turning out to be an SRH game with the hosts being just a wicket away from a win. Edge and four, Rajpoot will be relived as KXIP get runs no matter how. Mujeeb misses it completely, the ball was swinging well but the stumps were safe. 15 to get on the last 6 balls.
11: 30 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 110/9, 18 overs Mujeeb – 8, Rajpoot – 3
Rashid Khan with the 19th over for the Kings XI Punjab. Rajpoot went for the slog, couldn’t connect with the ball landing in a no man’s zone. Ashwin went big and out. Wicket! Ashwin c Williamson b Rashid Khan 4(6) Terrible shot from Ashwin in this situation as he throws away his wicket in desperation leaving his team in dismay. Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the new man in for KXIP. Gets a four of Rashid, a cracking shot, and 4 runs. Another boundary from Mujeeb and things are getting complicated in this chase with 10 off the over and a wicket.
11: 25 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 100/8, 17 overs Rajpoot – 1, Ashwin – 4
36 required of 24 now and Kaul has been given the ball to bowl the 17th over. No run on the first ball from Sran as he defends it. Short ball and Sran gets a single off the second ball. Williamson making changes in his field as per the bowler’s requirements. Ashwin makes some room for himself and gets a single as Rashid Khan cuts it off on the boundary line. Sran wanted to slog and missed it completely. This is becoming tense for KXIP, from looking a 15 overs finish it has come down to a game which might go in the last over. Run Out! Sran gone for 2. Barinder run out (Saha) 2(5). Ridiculous display of sense from the KXIP batsmen as they continue to slog and go for the wrong shots. Sran went for a single despite Saha stopping the ball comfortably and couldn’t come back with Saha breaking the stumps well in time. Ankit Rajpoot walks in to bat for KXIP, goes up in the air on the first ball and Nabi drops the catch.
11: 17 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 97/7, 16 overs Sran – 1, Ashwin – 2
Kings XI Punjab needs some calm heads to finish this chase from here. Can Ashwin rise to the occasion? Sandeep Sharma with the 16th over for the Sunrisers. A single from Ashwin to start with. A dot ball from Manoj Tiwary and he is gone. Sandeep Sharma has struck. OUT! Manoj Tiwary c Williamson b Sandeep Sharma 1(5). Manoj Tiwary couldn’t control his shot and Williamson took a brilliant catch to pile up more pressure on a struggling Kings XI Punjab. The SRH bowlers are running havoc at home. Andrew Tye is the new batsman for KXIP and he goes up in the air on the very first ball he faces, Shakib was almost there but couldn’t save the catch or the boundary. Wicket! Andrew Tye lbw b Sandeep Sharma 4(2) That’s the second in the over for Sandeep Sharma and KXIP have completely lost the plot towards the end. What an over from Sandeep this one, Tye went for a review but it ended up being an umpire’s call and KXIP are yet to reach the 100 run mark. A single from Sran to end the over. 6 runs from the over with two wickets.
11: 05 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 91/5, 15 overs Tiwary – 1, Ashwin – 2
Shakib with the 15th over for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Finch goes after him from the first ball. A mighty ball into the park for a huge six. And it’s Shakib who will have the last laugh OUT! Finch caught by Manish Pandey, went for the slog and gone. Finch c Manish Pandey b Shakib 8(4). Shakib has been brilliant with the ball so far, he couldn’t do much with the bat but is right up there with the ball. R Ashwin is the new man in with 9 off the over.
11: 00 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 82/4, 14 overs Tiwary – 0, Finch – 2
Rashid Khan with the 14th over for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. A dot ball to start off with and Nair tosses the next one for a single. Finch takes a single too. And Rashid Khan has done it again, he dismisses Nair. Manoj Tiwary is the new man to walk in for the Kings XI Punjab. Two shouts on first two balls but both ruled in the batsmen’s favour.
OUT! Nair lbw b Rashid Khan 13(17)
Stepped out to tackle that one and completely misread it getting hit on the pads.Rashid Khan has got going and he is not leaving any stones unturned in pulling his team back in the contest.
10: 56 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 77/3, 13 overs Nair – 8, Finch – 1
Shakib Al Hasan into the attack from the other end. Mayank Agarwal caught as SRH slowly get back into this one. 50 IPL wickets for Shakib Al Hasan and he has given just singles of the next five balls. Three singes precisely. Brilliant over from Shakib Al Hasan as SRH make a comeback into this one. Aaron Finch is the new man in for KXIP.
OUT! Mayank Agarwal c Manish Pandey b Shakib 12(15)
Shakib gets his first wicket of the day. Agarwal stepped out to get a biggie and couldn’t get on the pitch of the ball, went with it and ended up getting caught by Manish Pandey. Brilliant comeback from the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
10: 52 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 77/2, 12 overs Nair – 8, Agarwal – 10
Rashid Khan brought into the attack by Williamson and it could be the game-changing over for SRH if he manages to get a wicket. Just two runs off the first four balls with googlies and the slower ones all coming into action. A dot ball to finish the over as both Karun and Agarwal fail to read him. Excellent over, just 4 runs off it.
10: 48 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 73/2, 11 overs Nair – 8, Agarwal – 10
Kaul into the attack, with the 11th over for the Sunrisers Hyderabad with almost a run-a-ball situation. A double from Mayank Agarwal to start off the over. A dot ball from Kaul to follow it up. A single from Mayank Agarwal towards the third man. Kaul is bowling good line here and KXIP are desperately looking for boundaries. A single from Nair. Mayank Agarwal Two more singles to finish the over with 6 runs from it. 60 required in 54 for KXIP to win it from here.
10: 44 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 67/2, 10 overs Nair – 6, Agarwal – 6
Shakib Al Hasan introduced into the attack by Kane Williamson. A double from Karun Nair to start the over. Two singles in the next four balls. A single converted to two with some good running between the wickets and some misfielding. Six runs off the over, a good one for the Sunrisers Hyderabad after taking a big wicket.
10: 39 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 61/2, 9 overs Nair – 1, Agarwal – 5
Basil Thampi with the 9th over for Sunrisers Hyderabad. A single from Mayank Agarwal towards the third man. Chris Gayle goes up in the air and Basil Thampi takes the catch. Big Dismissal. Karun Nair is the new man in for KXIP. A couple from Agarwal after Gayle’s departure and a single to the third man. Life inflicted into this game now with a much-needed wicket. Good over from Thampi just 5 off it.
OUT! Gayle c and b Basil Thampi 23(22)
Didn’t offer much with the bat today except for a few exciting blows. Wanted to go big on the short ball, ends up mistiming it and Thampi gets his man and its a big fish for him and SRH. Caught and bowled Chris Gayle.
10: 34 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 56/1, 8 overs Gayle – 23, Agarwal – 1
Rashid Khan into the attack now and a loud cheer from the crowd as they show their belief in their hero. A good ball from him to Rahul who finds it difficult to pick. Another good ball and a loud LBW appeal but height seemed to be a problem there. A single from it and Gayle takes another single. Bowled him! Rashid Khan cleans up Rahul. Mayank Agarwal joins Gayle in the middle and gets of the mark straightaway with a single. Brilliant over from Rashid with just three runs and a wicket from it.
OUT! Rahul b Rashid Khan 32(26)
A much-needed breakthrough for the Sunrisers Hyderabad and their best bowler once again stands up to deliver. Skidded away into Rahul’s stumps as he had no idea how to pick that one up. SRH have their first wicket of the day, can this be the start for many to come?
10: 25 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 53/0, 7 overs Gayle – 22, Rahul – 31
Basil Thampi introduced into the attack by Williamson. Bowls it on the good length to Rahul who takes a single from it. Gayle defends it well and a dot ball from Thampi. A mighty blow from Gayle and there is no stopping to that one, a six and this partnership between Gayle and Rahul is off to a flyer. A powerful shot that one on a back of the length delivery and Gayle absolutely smashed it. 50 up for KXIP with dot last ball after two singles.
10: 20 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 44/0, 6 overs Gayle – 15, Rahul – 29
Siddarth Kaul with the 6th over for SRH. A good ball on the line from him to Rahul and the KXIP opener goes after him on the next. A good boundary that with KL Rahul stepping out and going over the mid-on. Sandeep Sharma with a good diving effort on a cut from Rahul but manages to only put his body and stop it, no catch opportunity there. Gayle gets a boundary, finds the gap and plays it nicely towards the third man. A dot ball from Kaul to finish the over. 9 runs of it and a good one for KXIP.
10: 15 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 35/0, 5 overs Gayle – 11, Rahul – 24
Sandeep Sharma with his third over in the row, a gamble by Williamson this one in desperate need of a wicket. A good over from him with just a boundary and a single off it. A good cover drive by Rahul as he shows he can go after anyone on his day. But couldn’t finish it well with Gayle playing a dot last ball. Superb powerplay from KXIP against a stern bowling line-up.
10: 10 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 30/0, 4 overs Gayle – 11, Rahul – 19
Nabi back into the attack for SRH. Good first ball to start with, a single from Gayle. KL Rahul rotates the strike with another single. And KL Rahul gets a hold of that one, into the slot a back of the length ball, he got under it and smashed it away for a six. Exquisite timing this time as Rahul gets a boundary off the next ball. Another boundary as KL Rahul takes on Nabi and Williamson would be disappointed with how things are unfolding. A single from Rahul to end the over with 16 runs from it.
10: 06 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 14/0, 3 overs Gayle – 10, Rahul – 4
Sandeep Sharma with the third over for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Starts well with two dot balls to KL Rahul before he gets a single off the third with a single to mid off. KL Rahul has been in magnificent form in this IPL and is proving his mettle with stylish stroke play in almost every game. Gayle gets a single to mid-wicket and is giving the needed respect to Sharma as he knows one mistake can cost him his wicket. A knuckleball and Rahul gets a single. Chris Gayle gets a single off the last ball and a good one from Sandeep with just 4 runs off it.
10: 02 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 10/0, 2 overs Gayle – 8, Rahul – 2
Mohammed Nabi with the 2nd over for SRH. A plan to tackle Gayle probably. Gayle took a dot ball to see what turn was Nabi getting off the track and banged a biggie for a six. First six of the KXIP innings and Gayle is looking destructive here. A single to couple the six with Rahul getting another. Gayle steps down looking to smack it out of the park and Saha was quick behind the wickets to take the bails off. The big man is still in as he landed back safely in time. 8 runs off the over.
9: 57 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab – 2/0, 1 over Gayle – 1, Rahul – 1
Chris Gayle and KL Rahul will open the chase for KXIP with Sandeep Sharma taking the ball for SRH. A good length ball to start with, no runs from it. Another dot ball from Sandeep Sharma and KL Rahul has made his intentions clear by stepping out on the very first ball. A single from Rahul to get off the mark and it will be Sandeep Sharma facing the mighty, in-form Gayle now. A good ball to the left-hander, inside the line with Gayle keeping his bat away. Another good ball from Sharma, much fuller this time. Good over from Sandeep with just two runs from it.
9:45 PM IST: A power packed performance by the Kings XI Punjab bowlers to get things going at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. Ankit Rajpoot ran havoc at the SRH batsmen, dismantling the top order by sending back the top three of Saha, Dhawan, and Williamson for a mere total of 17 inside two overs. What followed was a good 52 runs stand between Shakib Al Hasan and Manish Pandey to get things back on track with Yusuf Pathan also contributing with the bat but none of the SRH batsmen managed to hit the top gear as a result of which they failed to clip the 140 run mark. Ankit Rajpoot bowling the pressure last over for KXIP, showed his talent with two wickets in the final over giving away just 6 runs off it.
9:35 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 132/6, 20 overs Nabi – 4, Pathan – 21
Ankit Rajpoot with the final over for KXIP and it’s a good opportunity for him to learn how to absorb the pressure and bowl the last over in a tense game. Starts off well with a single from Pandey towards the cover point on an outside off delivery. Another one outside off was a full toss edged by Pathan with no run from it. A dangerous single taken by Yusuf and Manish as they look for runs desperately. Bowled! Manish Pandey cleaned up by Rajpoot. Nabi walks in to bat and gets a boundary off the first ball. Caught on the last ball as Rajpoot finishes with a fifer. Nabi c Mayank Agarwal b Rajpoot 4(2)
OUT! Manish Pandey b Rajpoot 54(51) [4s-3 6s-1]
What a ball by Rajpoot, he has now recorded his best IPL performance with his 4th scalp of the day. Absolutely rattled Manish Pandey finish a good last over. Sensational stuff from the youngster today.
9:30 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 126/4, 19 overs Pandey – 51, Pathan – 21
Andrew Tye with the 19th over for Kings XI Punjab. Starts with a straight one the pads to Manish Pandey with no run from it. A good slog from Pandey on the wide slower ball to get a boundary and complete his half-century. Fifty! for Manish Pandey. A single to follow it up and Pathan back on strike. With the fine leg in the circle, Pathan dodges it off his pads to get a boundary and finish with 9 runs off the over. SRH will be targetting 140 from here.
9:25 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 117/4, 18 overs Pandey – 48, Pathan – 17
R Ashwin with the 18th over for Kings XI Punjab. A single from Mansi Pandey to start the over with. A double to follow as once again the KXIP fielders who have been sluggish so far make another blunder with SRH earning a run extra on an overthrow. A six from Yusuf Pathan as Manoj Tiwary misses a comfortable one on the boundary line. David Miller with a good throw after cutting off the boundary but Pathan landed safely, two runs there. 13 off the over so far. A dot ball to finish the over and 13 from it, a much-needed one for SRH.
9:20 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 104/4, 17 overs Pandey – 47, Pathan – 5
Andrew Tye with the 17th over for Kings XI Punjab. Manish Pandey struggles to play the first ball with Tye using his variations well. Another dot ball from him. A single from struggling Manish Pandey and it’s 100 up for SRH. The Sunrisers batsmen have struggled against the KXIP bowlers. Yusuf goes hard this time but Miller cuts it off for just a single. A knuckleball from Tye to Pandey and he cuts it for a couple. Pandey goes big towards the deep mid wicket region and is dropped by Mayank Agarwal. Pandey just three runs away from his half-century now.
9:15 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 99/4, 16 overs Pandey – 43, Pathan – 4
Mujeeb with the 16th over for Kings XI Punjab. Starts off with a dot ball with a back of length delivery to Yusuf Pathan who blocks it well. Pathan gets a couple with a good shot this time. Four dots balls from Mujeeb to follow it up as the over ends with just two runs from it. That’s also the end of Mujeeb’s four overs with just 17 from it and a wicket.
9:10 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 97/4, 15 overs Pandey – 43, Pathan – 2
Ashwin back into the attack for Kings XI Punjab. A double from Manish Pandey to start off with. A single to follow it up. Manish Pandey goes bonkers against Ashwin this time. A boundary on the 4th ball with Ankit Rajpoot misfielding. A brilliant six from Pandey to follow it up, that’s the first six of the innings for SRH.
9:07 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 83/4, 14 overs Pandey -30, Shakib – 27
Mujeeb with the 14th over for Kings XI Punjab. He has had a good match so far and will look to continue it. Three singles from the first three balls. Shakib goes in the air this time and caught. Wicket! Yusuf Pathan is the new man to walk in for SRH and he gets off the mark with a single. Just 7 off the over and a wicket, good one for KXIP.
OUT! Shakib c Mayank Agarwal b Mujeeb 28(29)
Shakib Al Hasan becomes Mujeeb’s first wicket of the match and this gives the control of the game back in Ashwin’s hands. The Afghan young sensation has done what was asked of him and he has got a big wicket.
9:03 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 76/3, 13 overs Pandey – 27, Shakib – 27
Andrew Tye with the 13th over for the Kings XI Punjab. A dot first ball. A boundary from Shakib Al Hasan on the next ball, a much-needed one for his team. Towards the short fine leg, it was a fine shot by the Bangladesh all-rounder. A dot ball to follow up from Tye with a single and a double of the next two. Manish Pandey ends the over with a single.
9:00 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 67/3, 12 overs Pandey – 25, Shakib – 20
Mujeeb with the 12th over for KXIP. Brilliant start from him with a dot ball. Two singles on the next two balls before a dot from Manish Pandey. Played it fine this time to the third man but no boundary with Pandey getting just a couple. A single taken on the next ball and another solid over for the Kings XI Punjab with just 5 from it, SRH really needs to change gears to go big from here.
8:57 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 62/3, 11 overs Pandey – 21, Shakib – 19
Andrew Tye with the eleventh over for the Kings XI Punjab. Starts off with a slower one with Manish Pandey earning a single. Another single from Shakib on a bouncy delivery from Tye. Another slower one and Manish Pandey read it this time and get two runs. Two dots balls from Tye to follow it up, a length delivery and Pandey earns a single off the last ball. Good start from Tye with just 5 from it.
8:53 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 57/3, 10 overs Pandey – 17, Shakib – 18
Mujeeb Ur Rahman brought into the attack by R Ashwin. What a ball to start with, just a single after flighting through Manish Pandey’s pads. Shakib plays three dot balls before taking a single. Another single from Manish Pandey to finish the over with just three runs from it. Brilliant start from Mujeeb.
8:50 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 54/3, 9 overs Pandey – 15, Shakib – 17
R Ashwin with the 9th over for the Kings XI Punjab. Starts off with a dot ball. A single from Shakib on the next one. Strict bowling from Ashwin with just singles a double coming from it. So far it has been Kings XI Punjab dominating the proceedings. Both Shakib and Manish Pandey will have to up the ante from here if they have to take their team to a good total. Strategic timeout called by umpires.
8:45 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 50/3, 8 overs Pandey – 12, Shakib – 16
Manoj Tiwary with the ball for the 8th over for Kings XI Punjab. And some really unusual action from him there, he is keeping his bowling arms quite low just like Malinga. Two singles to start off with. A couple by Shakib to follow up. Three runs on the wide ball as KL Rahul fails to grab it. Two more singles on the 4th and 5th ball. 10 runs off it with a single off the last ball. Half century up for SRH.
8:40 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 40/3, 7 overs Pandey – 10, Shakib – 11
Ravichandran Ashwin with the 7th over for the Kings XI Punjab. Starts off with two successive dot balls before Shakib Al Hasan takes a single. Manish Pandey dodges it off his pads to get another single. So far a good over from Ashwin who is not giving any room to Shakib or Manish Pandey. A single off the last ball by Shakib and the umpires have gone up after a direct throw. Safe there. The over ends with just three runs from it.
8:35 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 37/3, 6 overs Pandey – 9, Shakib – 9
Barinder Sran with the 6th over for the Kings XI Punjab. A dot ball to start off with against Shakib. And he’s gone, Shakib Al Hasan caught by R Ashwin but Barinder Sran had bowled a big no ball and the wicket has been denied. What an absolute blunder by Sran. That also means its a free hit for Shakib and he capitalizes with a boundary on the free hit ball. Good, come back by Sran with a dot ball. A four to the third man from Shakib with powerplay overs ending.
8:28 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 27/3, 5 overs Pandey – 9, Shakib – 0
Ankit Rajpoot back into the attack. Starts off with a dot ball. Saha gets a single off his second ball. Manish Pandey plays a good shot towards cover to get a double. He follows it up with a single. And Saha has played it in the air, Gone! Wicket. Dropped! Andrew Tye drops Manish Pandey on the last ball. It was a straight one in the hands and should have been taken.
OUT! Saha c Andrew Tye b Rajpoot 6(9)
Change of pace and Saha failed to read it, plays a poor shot to give away a simple catch to Andrew Tye. What a day Rajpoot has been having, three wickets for him so far in the game.
8:23 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 23/2, 4 overs Pandey – 6, Saha – 5
Barinder Sran with the 4th over for Kings XI Punjab. Great start by him with two dots balls against Saha. A single from Saha to bring Manish Pandey on strike. A brilliant shot from Pandey for a boundary, a length ball it was he made room for himself and dispatched it well. Just 7 runs off the over and KXIP are so far over the Sunrisers here in Hyderabad.
8:18 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 16/2, 3 overs Pandey – 0, Saha – 4
Ankit Rajpoot with the 3rd over for Kings XI Punjab. Dhawan starts off with a good boundary, chops it off towards the third man. Wicket! Shikhar Dhawan caught. Manish Pandey is the new man in for SRH. A brilliant over from Rajpoot with just 4 off it and a wicket. SRH struggling here at home.
OUT! Dhawan c Nair b Rajpoot 11(8)
Edged and caught. Absolutely phenomenal from Ankit Rajpoot, what a season he is having this year. He has bagged both the SRH openers and is off to a flyer. Once again, the bounced helped him beat Dhawan who ended up edging it to Karun Nair at slip. Agood catch from Nair.
8:14 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 12/1, 2 overs Dhawan – 7, Saha – 4
Barinder Sran with the 2nd over for the Kings XI Punjab. Starts with a good dot ball. A couple from Dhawan to follow it up. Another dot ball. A cracker shot from Dhawan and that’s the first boundary for SRH in this game. Width offered by Sran and Dhawan gets a boundary off the covers. Another boundary on the last ball to finish the over with 11 runs. It’s Saha this time who times it well towards the fine leg.
8:09 PM IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 1/1, 1 over Dhawan – 1, Saha – 0
Lose first ball to start off with from Ankit and Shikhar Dhawan sends it flying to third man. Mujeeb Ur Rahman was there but he misjudged it and a catching opportunity wasn’t converted. Mujeeb got hit in the face by the ball in the process. Two good balls to follow up by Rajpoot and Williamson gone. WICKET! Williamson caught by Ashwin. Excellent start by the Kings XI punjab with a wicket and just 1 off the over. Wriddhiman Saha is the new man in for SRH.
OUT! Williamson c Ashwin b Rajpoot 0(3)
What a strat this has been for young Rajpoot, coming into this one after bagging the man of the match in the previous one and a wicket of an in-form batsman in the first over. The crowd has been left silenced as Williamson walks back after misjudging an extra bouncy delivery from Rajpoot handing an easy catch to Ashwin.
8:00 PM IST: The teams are on the pitch now and a loud cheer for the Universe as he walks in. He will be chasing today. Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan will open the attack for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Ankit Rajpoot will bowl the first over for the Sunrisers.
7:57 PM IST: The Sunrisers Hyderabad meanwhile are keeping Alex Hales waiting for a game. He could have been started today to get some strength with the bat with Thampi, Kaul, Rashid, Sandeep and Shakib the top 5 bowlers. Nabi’s overs could have been dealt with the help of Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, and Kane Willaimson.
7:55 PM IST: The last time, these two teams met in the IPL 2018, it was the ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle who took Mohali by storm with a brilliant century. Except for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, every other SRH bowler faced the wrath of Gayle’s bat as the pleaded fro mercy. KL Rahul and Karun Nair have also been in good touch so far and would expect to carry the good form in this game.
7:50 PM IST: The writing was on the wall for Yuvraj who was not making full use of the opportunities that were thrown at him, and with the depth Kings XI Punjab possess in its squad it wouldn’t have been a tough call for Ashwin to dig out a much experienced Manoj Tiwary against a good bowling line up.
7:45 PM IST: Playing XIs
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson(c), Wriddhiman Saha(w), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma
Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Manoj Tiwary, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
7:40 PM IST: Kane Williamson: Looks like a good batting surface, we will have to put up a good score on the board. The surfaces have been different this season, a lot more challenging. Chris is a very dangerous player, very good to watch if you are not the opposition. No changes for the playing XI.
Ravichandran Ashwin: We are bowling first. The wicket seems to be pretty good. We have been winning games, these are quality players we are talking about. They are very important and we are confident they will come good at the back-end of the tournament (talking about Finch). Two changes for us. Gayle is back and Yuvraj misses out, Manoj Tiwary gets a game
7:35 PM IST: Some expected big changes for Kings XI Punjab with Chris Gayle and Manoj Tiwary coming in and Yuvraj Singh who has struggled to make an impact so far in the tournament misses out. Meanwhile, Sunrisers Hyderabad remain unchanged.
7:30 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab have won the toss and opted to bowl first.
Sunrisers Hyderabad – Kane Williamson (captain), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Shakib Al Hasan, Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul, T Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Basil Thampi, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Billy Stanlake, Tanmay Agarwal, Shreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Alex Hale.
Kings XI Punjab – Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Axar Patel, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Ankit Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar.