Sunrisers consolidate fourth position in IPL

Hyderabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad consolidated their fourth position in the VIVO IPL 2019 standings after they defeated Kings XI Punjab by 45 runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on Monday night. In their final league match at home this season, the Sunrisers posted 212-6 and then restricted the visitors to 167-8. David Warner (81) and Rashid Khan (3-21) were the most influential performers in SRH’s win.
The Sunrisers, who were asked to bat first, came out all guns blazing. The new opening pair of Warner and Wriddhiman Saha added 77 runs in the first six overs – posting the highest score in the powerplay this season. After Saha was dismissed at the start of the seventh over, Warner and Manish Pandey carried the momentum forward; they added 82 runs in 9.1 overs for the second wicket.
The Sunrisers slipped a bit in the final five overs; the loss of Pandey and Warner in the sixteenth over cost them a few runs. But Kane Williamson and Mohammad Nabi took 26 off the 18th over bowled by Mujeeb ur Rahman to give SRH some momentum at the end.
Captain Ravichandran Ashwin (2-30) was the pick of the bowlers for Kings XI Punjab; the remaining four wickets were shared by Mohammed Shami (2-36), Murugan Ashwin (1-32) and Arshdeep Singh (1-42). The spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman had a disastrous day with the ball; he was hit for five fours and four sixes, and conceded 66 runs in his four overs – the most any spinner has conceded in an IPL inning.
Given the enormity of the chase in front of Kings XI Punjab, the spotlight was on their openers Chris Gayle and KL Rahul. After Gayle was dismissed at the start of the third over, the onus fell on the shoulders of Rahul, who did not disappoint. Rahul once again started slowly, but accelerated as the innings progressed; he battled hard, constructed his innings, and played some delightful strokes in his 56-ball 79.
KXIP were 44 for 1 at the end of powerplay, and added 79 runs for the loss of four wickets in the middle nine overs. They batted out their twenty overs, finishing at 167 for 8.
For Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rashid Khan and Khaleel Ahmed picked up three wickets each, while Sandeep Sharma collected the remaining two wickets.
Standout batting performances
David Warner signed off from VIVO IPL 2019 in style; the Australian top-scored for the Sunrisers for the fifth time this season. His 81 – which came of 56 balls and contained 7 boundaries and 2 sixes – took his tally of runs for the season to 692. The left-hander’s knock on Monday evening was a very uncharacteristic Warner innings; while he normally takes the bowlers on and bludgeons the ball, on Monday evening he scored the bulk of his runs behind the wickets. While he took toll of the poor lines bowled by the Kings XI Punjab bowlers, Warner also created his own scoring opportunity by playing the switch-hit on a couple of occasions. The one other feature of Warner’s innings, which won’t be evident from a glance at the scorecard, is how hard he ran between the wickets; Warner’s 81 contained 25 singles and 8 twos.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 212-6 (David Warner 81, Manish Pandey 36, R Ashwin 2-30) defeated Kings XI Punjab: 167-8 (KL Rahul 79, Khaleel Ahmed 3-40, Rashid Khan 3-21) by 45 runs.