Manan Vohra fought valiantly with his splendid 95 runs for Kings XI Punjab but could not steer them to the finish line as Sunrisers sealed a close win by 5 runs in the 19th game of Indian Premier League played at Rajiv Gandhi International, Hyderabad. Vohra scored 95 runs off 50 balls and smoked five sixes before Bhuvneshwar Kumar turned the tide in favor of Hyderabad to bag a famous win for reigning champions.
Rashid Khan for the first time in the competition was rattled by aggressive stroke play produced by Vohra. Hyderabad’s leggie was taken apart in his four over spell as he conceded four fours and three sixes in the innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar showcased why he is such a great bowler in this league as he bagged a five-for and conceded 19 runs from his four-over spell. Eoin Morgan, Glenn Maxwell and David Miller failed to produce anything in this game as the rest of the batting lineup failed to deliver with the exception of Vohra’s stellar innings.
The game was evenly poised with just 16 runs required from the last two overs but Bhuvneshwar dismissed Vohra and Cariappa to see Hyderabad close in on a win out of nowhere. Mohammad Nabi and Kaul bowled well to support Bhuvneshwar Kumar to help Sunrisers return to winning ways in the competition.
Sunrisers Hyderabad batted first after Glenn Maxwell opted to field first after winning the toss for Kings XI Punjab. The wicket was difficult to bat on as the surface was bit two paced for stroke play but Warner showed resilience with the bat to score unbeaten 70 runs off 54 runs to help Sunrisers post 154 runs in 19.3 overs. Naman Ojha was the also good with his crucial 34 runs as he added 60 runs with Warner to see Sunrisers cross 150-run mark in the full quota of overs. The rest of lineup failed to produce anything as Mohit Sharma and Axar Patel bowled well to take two wickets apiece in the game.
Sunrisers are now placed at third with six points while Kings XI are at fifth place with two wins out of five played in the competition.