Its the bottom of the table KXIP vs the sixth-placed SRH. Punjab who have shown a lot of promise in the opening matches, however, they have been unlucky at times. Whereas on the other hand, SRH has its share of bad luck with injuries to key players.
It was SRH who won the toss and elected to bat first. With 14 out of 21 matches won by the team batting first this season looked to be a no-brainer. SRH made one change from their loss to the MI. Khaleel Ahmed came in for Siddarth Kaul. KXIP made three changes with Mujeeb Ur Rahman in for his first game of the season. Prabsimran Singh and Arshdeep Singh also came in, with Chris Jordan, Harpreet Brar, and Sarfaraz Khan dropping out.
Warner and Bairstow get SRH to a great start.
One of the strengths of SRH is its openers. SHR, time and again have been dependent on their openers to provide them with a good start. Though the duo of Warner and Bairstow haven’t clicked so far in the tournament, today was a different case. It was like watching David Warner and Jonny Bairstow in 2019. Since the start of that IPL, they’ve now scored 1068 in partnership with each other, averaging 71.20 for the first wicket while scoring at 9.56 RPO.
The opening duo of SRH got them off to a flier with 58 for no loss in the powerplay. The powerplay specialist for Punjab Mujeeb and Cottrell was smashed all around the park. With Cottrell giving 28 runs in his first two overs.
Both Warner and Bairstow continued with their onslaught and went on to put another 102 runs by the end of the 15th over. Their total at the end of the 15 over was 160 for loss of no wickets. With both the batsmen crossed their fifty run mark and Bairstow nearing his century, SRH had set a great platform for the death over.
SRH Fall in the death over.
The 16th over turned out to be the turning point in the match. Ravi Bishnoi who hasn’t been that effective up till this point in the came to bowl the 16th over and did the trick. On the very first ball, he dismissed the dangerous-looking Warner. He followed it up with the wicket of Bairstow on the fourth ball of the over. Bairstow was dismissed just 3 runs less of the hundred run mark.
After the openers were dismissed, no batsmen seemed to settle on the pitch. Wickets started to fall at regular intervals. SRH only added 42 more runs in the last five overs and lost 6 wickets in the over. Small cameos from Williamson and Abishek Sharma ensured SRH crossed the 200 run mark.
Wickets at regular intervals cost KXIP.
Punjab started off with a decent start. But losing wickets at the regular interval was what lead to Punjab’s downfall. At the end of the powerplay, Punjab was 45 for the loss of 2 wickets.
Nicholas Pooran was looking dangerous. In the seventh over. Pooran started off with two sixes. However, Punjab was again pushed back after the loss of KL Rahul.
Pooran completed his 50 in just 17 balls. Youngster Samad was smacked for 28 runs in just one over by Nicholas Pooran. Punjab were 91 for 3 at the end of 9 over. With Pooran looking dangerous, Punjab was in the driving seat.
Captain Warner, brought back his strike bowler in Natarajan and Rashid Khan. Wickets were a big requirement for the SRH now. In the last ball of the 10th over, Priyam Garg ran out Maxwell with a brilliant throw. Rashid Khan took the wicket of Mandeep Sing in the 13th over. He went on to follow this with the wicket of dangerous Pooran and Shami in the 16th over.
SRH wrapped up the Punjab batting by the end of the 17th over. Some great bowling and wickets at regular interval mean that SRH were able to register 69 runs victory over KXIP.
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