Sunrisers Beat Kings XI by 26 Runs for Their First Away Win of This Season

Match report

A fighting half-century (84) from Shaun Marsh was not enough for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) to begin their home campaign at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on a winning note. Chasing 208 for victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 33rd match of IPL 2017, Kings XI lost three wickets inside the powerplay (59/3) and left themselves with a mountain to climb. Marsh and Eoin Morgan were the only batsmen, after Martin Guptill and Glenn Maxwell, capable of taking their team to what will have been a monumental victory. But having lost crucial wickets at the top of the order, the Marsh-Morgan duo had to be a little circumspect during the middle phase and as a result, the required run rate kept climbing to unmanageable heights.

Marsh and Morgan were strangulated by the 18-year-old Afghan leg-spinner, Rashid Khan, whose variations weren’t always being picked. Rashid’s four overs cost Sunrisers only 16 runs and given the match situation, were the difference between Kings XI potentially going on to chase down 208 and falling as short as they did. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the spearhead of the Sunrisers’ attack, was another bowler along with Rashid, who Kings XI batsmen had difficulty in scoring off. Bhuvneshwar also dismissed those batsmen who could have made the telling difference, at vital stages of the match.

The senior Marsh was timing the ball sweetly and found the boundaries at regular intervals. He was dropped on a couple of occasions by Deepak Hooda and David Warner, but the Western Australian southpaw’s presence was unsettling for the visitors, who had not won away from home in four matches. Despite Marsh finding the boundaries regularly, the required run rate almost always hovered around the 13 to 14 runs per over mark, meaning at least a couple of boundaries were necessary every over.

70 runs were required off the last five overs, with Marsh giving his team an outside chance of overhauling Sunrisers’ 207/3. Bhuvneshwar, who had two overs up his sleeve, was brought back into the attack in the 16th over… in a bid to dismiss Marsh and close the match out. And the spearhead delivered the goods!

Bhuvneshwar dismissed Marsh with a knuckleball that came slowly off the pitch and got the southpaw to miscue. Hooda, fielding at deep mid-wicket, took an easy catch. Sunrisers not only gained a foothold in the match but also assure themselves of a crucial win in the race for IPL 2017 playoffs.

Glenn Maxwell won the toss and chose to field first in Kings XI’s first match at their first home, the PCA IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. Hashim Amla was out with an injury, and Thangarasu Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, and Marcus Stoinis also dropped out of the playing XI. In came, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, Ishant Sharma, and Anureet Singh.

For much of this season, Shikhar Dhawan and Warner as an opening pair haven’t played to potential. But here, on a good batting pitch and against a pretty docile Kings XI bowling attack, Dhawan, who was in great batting rhythm, got his team off to a blazing start. Warner wasn’t the one to be left behind and the conspicuous aspect of the diminutive left-hander’s innings was his clean striking off deliveries that were pitched up to him. His four sixes were hit down the ground against Axar Patel, KC Cariappa and Glenn Maxwell, and together with Dhawan, Warner delivered another great start for his team.

Kings XI bowlers weren’t organised in their line and length of attack and played into Sunrisers batsmen’s hands. Not before Maxwell introduced himself into the attack, in the eighth over the of innings, did the hosts gain some sort of a control over proceedings. Maxwell not only bowled tight overs but also struck the vital blows to lessen the damage to his team.

With Sunrisers having gotten off to a great start, Maxwell struck in his second and the 10th over of the innings, dismissing Warner with a delivery which went straight after pitching and castled the New South Wales batsman who scored 51. Maxwell went on to bowl an economical four-over spell, conceding just 29 runs and taking the wickets of Warner and Yuvraj Singh. If not for Maxwell, Sunrisers might well have gotten 15-20 runs more than what they ended up with.

Warner and Dhawan had laid a solid platform and Sunrisers scored 107 runs in the first 10 overs, with Warner alone being dismissed. As you can see, the visitors scored more in the first 10 than they did in the back 10. Warner’s dismissal brought Kane Williamson to the middle and the Sunrisers’s No. 3 ensured that the scoring rate didn’t drop even while he was new to the crease. In fact, Williamson steered Sunrisers above 200 after Dhawan fell in the 15th over. The New Zealander was the third Sunrisers batsman to score a half-century (54*).

The Delhi left-hander played his best innings of the season and his 63-ball 77 was easily the most fluent he has played so far. The economy rates of all Kings XI bowlers except Maxwell, were above 10 and 11 and once again, the decision to not pick Matt Henry and bolster the bowling attack, was a baffling one, to say the least.

Rashid Khan was the man of the 33rd match, for his economical spell of 4-14 dots-16-1.

Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 33rd Match Scorecard

Playing XIs

Kings XI: 1. Glenn Maxwell (c), 2. Manan Vohra, 3. Martin Guptill, 4. Shaun Marsh, 5. Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 6. Eoin Morgan, 7. Axar Patel, 8. KC Cariappa, 9. Mohit Sharma, 10. Anureet Singh, and 11. Ishant Sharma

Sunrisers: 1. David Warner (c), 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Kane Williamson, 4. Moises Henriques, 5. Deepak Hooda, 6. Naman Ojha, 7. Yuvraj Singh, 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9.Rashid Khan, 10. Ashish Nehra, and 11. Siddarth Kaul


Hyderabad: 207/3 (Dhawan 77 and Williamson 54*; Maxwell 2/29)
Punjab: 181/9 (Marsh 84; Kaul 3/36 and Bhuvneshwar 2/27)

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 bowled Maxwell 51 (27) 4 4 188.88
Shikhar Dhawan caught Maxwell, bowled Mohit 77 (48) 9 1 160.41
Kane Williamson not out 54 (27) 4 2 200.00
Yuvraj Singh caught Axar, bowled Maxwell 15 (12) 2 0 125.00
Moises Henriques not out 7 (6) 0 0 116.66
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, and Ashish Nehra
Extras: 3 (2 wides and 1 leg bye)
SRH’s total: 207/3 in 20 overs, at 10.35 runs per over
SRH’s fall of wickets: 107/1 (Warner, 9.6), 147/2 (Dhawan, 14.2) and 171/3 (Yuvraj, 17.1)
Kings XI Punjab’s (KXIP) Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Ishant Sharma 4 8 41 0 10.25
Anureet Singh 2 2 26 0 13.00
Mohit Sharma 3 2 34 1 11.33
Axar Patel 3 3 34 0 11.33
KC Cariappa 4 3 42 0 10.50
Glenn Maxwell 4 6 29 2 7.25
Punjab Innings (target: 208 runs in 20 overs, at 10.40 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Martin Guptill caught Henriques, bowled Bhuvneshwar 23 (11) 4 1 209.09
Manan Vohra caught Kaul, bowled Nehra 3 (6) 0 0 50.00
Shaun Marsh caught Hooda, bowled Bhuvneshwar 84 (50) 14 2 168.00
Glenn Maxwell caught Nehra, bowled Kaul 0 (2) 0 0 0.00
Eoin Morgan caught Hooda, bowled Morgan 26 (21) 2 1 123.80
Wriddhiman Saha bowled Kaul 2 (4) 0 0 50.00
Axar Patel caught Warner, bowled Kaul 16 (9) 2 0 177.77
Anureet Singh caught Williamson, bowled Nehra 15 (12) 2 0 125.00
Mohit Sharma caught Hooda, bowled Nehra 2 (4) 0 0 50.00
Ishant Sharma not out 5 (2) 1 0 250.00
Batsman who didn’t bat: KC Cariappa
Extras: 5 (1 no-ball and 4 leg byes)
KXIP’s total: 181/9 in 20 overs, at 9.05 runs per over
KXIP’s fall of wickets: 26/1 (Guptill, 2.2), 37/2 (Vohra, 3.5), 42/3 (Maxwell, 4.6), 115/4 (Morgan, 13.1), 138/5 (Saha, 14.6), 144/6 (15.4), 162/7 (Axar, 17.4), 175/8 (Mohit, 19.2), and 181/9 (Anureet, 19.6)
Hyderabad Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4 9 27 2 6.75
Ashish Nehra 4 9 42 3 10.50
Siddarth Kaul 4 7 36 3 9.00
Deepak Hooda 1 1 17 0 17.00
Moises Henriques 3 2 39 0 13.00
Rashid Khan 4 14 16 1 4.00

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