Kings XI Punjab bowling coach Charl Langeveldt is in awe of young spinner Ravi Bishnoi who scalped three crucial wickets against SunRisers Hyderabad on Thursday. Bishnoi returned with figures of 3-29 in his three overs. The 20-year-old has pocketed seven wickets so far. Apart from Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh who played in his first game of the season also won two wickets in the match. “I think they’ve shown a lot of character. Ravi has done so well for us so far. In just one match it’s great to come back as a youngster and show your skills and get us three wickets. happy, very happy for him, ‘Langeveldt said in a video posted by the franchise’s official Twitter manager.
“I think he is working hard and he has performed well. He came into a game under high pressure, he performed his skills, it is important that he goes to the next game,” he added.
Bishnoi bagged Warner and Bairstow, before taking out all-rounder Abdul Samad in his last over of the spell.
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow sewed a standard of 160 runs for the first wicket, allowing their side to place a massive 201 runs on the board.
Warner scored 52 from 40 balls while Bairstow hit 97 runs in just 55 balls.
In the end, the KXIP bowlers made a comeback, scalping five wickets in the space of three overs, reducing SRH to 175/5 with Kane Williamson still on the crease.
In the end, Williamson and Abhishek Sharma played some nice shots that enabled SRH to get past 200 points.
“We looked at 230-240. Boys stayed in the game and that’s important. Sometimes in T20 cricket you can just get a little lost in the innings, but the boys stayed focused and we kept saying we can pull this back. they were brilliant, ” said Langeveldt.
Chasing a huge goal of 202, KXIP got off to a bad start when Mayank Agarwal was exhausted in the second over of the innings.
Nicholas Pooran was the lone batter for KXIP to dominate the SRH bowlers. He hit 77 runs from 37 balls, including five fours and seven glorious sixes. SRH bundled Punjab for 132 in 16.5 overs.
For Hyderabad, Rashid Khan took three wickets, while T Natarajan and Khaleel Ahmed scalped two wickets each.
Bairstow was named as the player of the match because of his blistering knock.
KXIP is at the bottom of the table with just two points from six games and will be closing horns with Rajasthan Royals on Sunday, October 11.
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