Vohra’s Highest T20 Score (95) in Vain While Bhuvneshwar’s 5/19 Leads Sunrisers to Third Home Win

Match report

Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab had made identical starts to the 10th edition of the IPL, by winning their first two matches and losing the last two, and winning both their matches at home and losing both on the road. One of those records had to go in match 19 of IPL 2017, and at the end of what was a gripping contest, Sunrisers’s 100 per cent home record remains intact.

Manan Vohra came off age and played an innings [95 (50), 9×4 and 5×6] which took every one of us aback. He had gotten off to starts in three of his four previous innings, but because he hadn’t played a knock of substance, barely anyone would have expected him to lead Kings XI’s pursuit of 160 on a slightly slow pitch at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad.

On this night, however, Vohra struck the ball the cleanest, played Rashid Khan, who has troubled almost every other batsman this season, with extreme ease and precision and gave Kings XI serious hope of overhauling Sunrisers’s 159/6 after they had been reduced to 62/5 at the end of 10 overs.

At the halfway mark, Kings XI’s chase had a pattern: against Delhi Daredevils a couple of evenings ago, the top and middle order fell like nine pins and Punjab suffered a 51-run defeat; here too, they looked like they might suffer another heavy defeat, and once again away from home.

Vohra barely received any support and he singlehandedly brought the match back to life in the last 10 overs. The second-highest score for a Kings XI batsman was 13 by Eoin Morgan, reminding us of the greatness of Vohra’s 95, which is now his highest T20 score.

Like Vohra for Punjab, Sunrisers had Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who struck every time he bowled… well, almost. Bhuvneshwar trapped Vohra in front of the stumps in the 19th over to lead Sunrisers to a narrow five-run win in their fifth and the 19th match of IPL 2017. Only 14 runs were required off the last 10 balls, and Vohra, given the rhythm he was in, will probably have gotten those runs in a maximum of three to four balls. But Bhuvneshwar, with a full delivery which Vohra missed by playing across the line, delivered the decisive blow on the 111th ball of the match.

On a night when Rashid Khan was taken for plenty of runs by Vohra alone, Bhuvneshwar led his team to a crucial win with his spell of 4-15 dots-19-5. And he continues to prove how valuable he is to Sunrisers and will be for India, once the IPL 2017 is done with. Bhuvneshwar bowls the yorker at will, is nippy in the air and off the pitch and has a good bouncer too, to keep the batsmen honest. As a bowler, he has been a complete package over the last 12-15 months.

Having lost the toss, Sunrisers were asked to bat first by Glenn Maxwell. And, up against a disciplined Kings XI bowling attack on this night, Sunrisers’s top order, bar David Warner, had no answer. Though they had their skipper Warner in the middle, holding the innings together, runs were hard to come by and Sunrisers were 50/3 after nearly 10 overs, with Shikhar Dhawan (15), Moises Henriques (9) and Yuvraj Singh (0) dismissed cheaply.

The rescue act was done by Warner and Naman Ojha, who was the aggressor in the partnership and whose innings of 34 (20) gave Sunrisers the impetus and got the scoring rate above 6.00 runs per over for once. Ojha fell in the 15th over, with Sunrisers at 110/4 and still far behind what was a par score (150-160). But thanks to a dropped catch by Morgan off Warner in the final over of Sunrisers’s innings and a six to finish the innings off by Rashid Khan, the hosts dragged themselves to 159/6, a total which they nearly failed to defend.

Sunrisers Hyderabad  v Kings XI, 19th Match Scorecard

Playing XIs

SRH: 1. David Warner, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Moises Henriques, 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. Deepak Hooda, 6. Naman Ojha, 7. Siddarth Kaul, 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9. Barinder Sran, 10. Rashid Khan, and 11. Mohammad Nabi

KXIP: 1. Glenn Maxwell, 2. Manan Vohra, 3. Wriddhiman Saha, 4. David Miller, 5. Ishant Sharma, 6. Eoin Morgan, 7. KC Cariappa, 8. Hashim Amla, 9. Sandeep Sharma, 10. Mohit Sharma, and 11. Axar Patel

Scores

SRH: 159/6 (Warner 70*; Mohit 2/25)
KXIP: 154/10 (Vohra 95; Bhuvneshwar 5/19)

Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kings XI Punjab by just five runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was awarded the man-of-the-match for his match figures of 4-15 dots-19-5.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) Innings (toss: Punjab, who chose to bowl first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
David Warner not out 70 (54) 7 2 129.62
Shikhar Dhawan caught Saha, bowled Mohit 15 (15) 1 0 100.00
Moises Henriques stumped Saha, bowled Axar 9 (16) 0 0 56.25
Yuvraj Singh caught Saha, bowled Axar 0 (1) 0 0 0.00
Naman Ohja stumped Saha, bowled Cariappa 34 (20) 2 1 170.00
Deepak Hooda caught Sandeep, bowled Mohit 12 (10) 1 0 120.00
Mohammad Nabi caught Miller, bowled Sandeep 2 (3) 0 0 66.67
Rashid Khan not out 6 (1) 0 1 600.00
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Barinder Sran and Siddarth Kaul
Extras: 11 (6 wides, 4 leg byes and 1 bye)
SRH’s total: 159/6 in 20 overs, at 7.95 runs over
SRH’s fall of wickets: 25/1 (S Dhawan, 4.6), 50/2 (Henriques, 9.1), 50/3 (Yuvraj, 9.2), 110/4 (N Ojha, 15.3), 140/5 (Hooda, 18.4), and 146/6 (Nabi, 19.3)
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Sandeep Sharma 4 10 35 1 8.75
Ishant Sharma 4 11 23 0 5.75
Mohit Sharma 4 10 25 2 6.25
KC Cariappa 4 5 38 1 9.50
Axar Patel 4 7 33 2 8.25
Kings XI Innings (target: 160 runs in 20 overs, at 8.00 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Hashim Amla leg before wicket Bhuvneshwar 0 (1) 0 0 0.00
Manan Vohra leg before wicket Bhuvneshwar 95 (50) 9 5 190.00
Glenn Maxwell caught Warner, bowled Bhuvneshwar 10 (12) 2 0 83.33
Eoin Morgan bowled Nabi 13 (17) 0 1 76.47
David Miller bowled Rashid 1 (6) 0 0 16.66
Wriddhiman Saha bowled Rashid 0 (2) 0 0 0.00
Axar Patel caught S Dhawan, bowled Henriques 7 (12) 0 0 58.33
Mohit Sharma caught S Dhawan, bowled Bhuvneshwar 10 (5) 0 1 200.00
KC Cariappa bowled Bhuvneshwar 1 (5) 0 0 20.00
Ishant Sharma bowled Kaul 2 (5) 0 0 40.00
Sandeep Sharma not out 5 (4) 0 0 125.00
Extras: 10 (1 no-ball, 5 wides and 4 leg byes)
KXIP’s total: 154/10 in 19.4 overs, at 7.83 runs per over
KXIP’s fall of wickets: 0/1 (Amla, 0.1), 16/2 (Maxwell, 2.5), 57/3 (Morgan, 8.1), 62/4 (Miller, 9.4), 62/5 (Saha, 9.6), 82/6 (Axar, 13.4), 127/7 (Mohit, 16.2), 144/8 (Cariappa, 18.1), 145/9 (Vohra, 18.3), and 154/10 (Ishant, 19.4)
Sunrisers Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4 15 19 5 4.75
Barinder Sran 2 4 29 0 14.50
Siddarth Kaul 3.4 7 26 1 7.09
Mohammad Nabi 4 11 28 1 7.00
Rashid Khan 4 10 42 2 10.50
Moises Henriques 2 7 6 1 3.00

5 comments

  1. SRH and the skipper Warner destined to win this match. Though everyone will pour in a lots of accolades for Vohra. I would like to start with the innings of David Warner, the pitch had nothing for the batsmen. He held on to his wicket and played one of his best innings in IPL. He played against his natural game. Bcoz his wicket would have made a huge difference and SRH could have possibly ended lesser than 150. One of the best matches of IPL and one of the best innings from Vohra when the rest of the batsman were struggling to get the rhythm. Even Flamboyant couldnt score out of the pitch easily. Playing the deadly Afghan spinner at ease was meticulously surprising. Vohra showed slogging is just a myth in 20-20. You can wait, get yourself played in then take on the bowlers with clean hitting of proper cricketing shots. Rashid’s 4th over showed what confidence can do to someone who was at the crease for more than an hour by then. The three Boundaries and a Six that he scored off Rashid was the best phase of his innings. Missing out on the match winning century would be hurting, however if he sit back and watch his innings there is only one take away, great batsman-ship under great pressure. Lets not forget the deadly duo from Afghan they are so clinical and showing no pressure at all. They turned the charts around for a longtime in the match in the favor of SRH. Together they have taken 10 wickets in this IPL so far and all of them were either bowled or LBW. That goes to show the confidence they carry around. How to forget the Bhuvi, classic bowling, just keep it simple. He didnt try or didnt want to try anything too much. He stuck to the basics, he bowled wicket to wicket, you miss I hit. And the best part is the change of pace. 19 for 5 is one of the best bowling performance under such pressure. Punjab were so close yet so far. The IPL is gripping in with the daily life. Lets hope the tournament brings in more young talent. A lot of progressive batting from Indian youngsters so far.

    1. You have to feel for Manan Vohra, Charles. He was singlehandedly leading Kings XI Punjab to a victory and this innings carried a lot of significance for Vohra on a personal level.

      But yes, at the end, Bhuvneshwar’s composure and ability to deliver under pressure came to the fore and saw Sunrisers home. Barring Warner’s knock and Bhuvneshwar’s 5/17, Sunrisers didn’t have many positives to take back home from this match.

  2. Suhith anna, you wrote uncountable words about the match really good at cricfooty.Very interesting to read more about the match.

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