SunRisers Hyderabad fed on a 160-run opening stand between skipper David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, then Rashid Khan’s impeccable lines with the ball when they beat Kings XI Punjab by 69 runs in Dubai on Thursday. Bairstow narrowly missed a second Indian Premier League (IPL) century, scoring 97 from just 55 balls and pairing with Warner, who hit 52 of 40, to score most of the runs when SRH finished 201/6. In response, the legendary Punjab top-two, Captain KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, failed to fire and despite Nicholas Pooran’s windy 77 of 37, they were fired for 132 in 17.th about.
Rahul (11) and Agarwal (9) were both fired in the first seven overs because Punjab was 58/3 and behind the rate demanded.
However, Pooran tried to take the attack on the Hyderabad bowlers and added 47 for the fourth wicket with Glenn Maxwell (7).
28 of these runs came from Abdul Samad when Pooran crushed the leg spinner for four sixes and a four-in-one over as Punjab looked firmly into the match at 91/3 at the end of nine.
But two quiet overs from Rashid Khan and T Natarajan – Hyderabad’s two best wicket-takers to date this season who stepped down in the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar – led to Maxwell’s run-out before Mandeep Singh (6) was thrown through the gate by Rashid for reduce Punjab to 117/5 in the 13thr.
Pooran tried to counterattack by hitting Khaleel Ahmed for consecutive fours in the next but thin batting line-up – Mujeeb Ur Rahman hitting number 7 – and wickets on the other side told the Caribbean.
Mujeeb was controversially dismissed because an initial referral by the referees on the field for a bump ball was caught by the third referee as being from behind.
The batsman revised the decision, but only after being asked to do so by the Punjab dugout. Reruns showed that Mujeeb had indeed hit it.
With 76 needed from 36 and Ravi Bishnoi on the other side, Pooran decided to pass Rashid’s last – 15th of the innings – before the brain fades in the middle and cuts the fifth ball straight to point.
Rashid’s last over was a two-wicket girl when he pinned Mohammed Shami lbw on the last ball of the spell to end Punjab’s hopes.
Previously, Warner chose to hit after winning the toss and the SRH openers ripped in the Punjab bowling attack, hitting 100 runs without getting separated in the first 10 overs.
At 160/0 after 15, SRH seemed ready for a total well over 200. However, both Warner and Bairstow left one after the other in the 16th over from Bishnoi and that led to a mini-collapse when Hyderabad lost six to 41 in the last five.
Maxwell was hammered for 20 runs in the 11th left after Bishnoi was taken for 18 in the eighth as the opening duo of Hyderabad appeared ready to finish the innings.
A slide to death left SRH able to muster only 201, but Punjab capitulated rather poorly.
Rashid finished 3/12 while Natarajan and Khaleel Ahmed each sent back two wickets for SRH.
Bishnoi got three wickets for Punjab while Arshdeep Singh, the middle pacer with the left arm, returned with two.
SRH is now third on the points table with six points from as many games. Punjab has yet to get off the bottom of the table.
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