L Rahul led Kings XI Punjab to won the fourth win of the season and helped in pursuing the chasing target of 150. It helped them to stay in third place on the league table.
On the slow pitch, after Chris Gayle was dismissed by Rashid Khan, Rahul shared a 114-run partnership with Mayank Agarwal. But SRH fought his fight after the exit of Agarwal and made it to a dramatic end in which Rahul hit a four and took 2 runs to take KXIP over the line with a ball to spare.
Monday wasn’t going to be a good day for SRH, as hosts Kings XI Punjab made a plan and then executed it with completely, breaking the Warner-Bairstow partnership quickly to prevent SRH score.
The hosts’ team made a century with KL Rahul (71 * off 53 balls) and Mayank Agarwal (55 runs for 43 runs) for the second wicket with 114 runs.
Kings XI Punjab’s Chris Gayle was dismissed by Rashid Khan, but scoring 86 runs in 11 overs despite the early dismissal. SRH needed early wickets but their failure to do so proved to be expensive because they could not win the match because of late fall of wickets. In the end, Kings XI won with one ball to spare.
When the Rahul and Mayank were separated in 18 over, Kings XI needed just 19 runs off 17 deliveries.
Earlier, in front of disciplined bowling, SRH could manage only two sixes and 12 boundaries through its full innings.
As after being out to Jonny Bairstow (wk) by Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Warner had no choice but to play alone and wait for opportunities. His 62 ball unbeaten 70 runs (6×4, 1×6) and a cameo of Deepak Hooda (14 *) helped SRH reach a respectable score of 150 for four wickets in 20 overs.
What Kings XI Punjab skipper Ashwin said after winning the match?
Sunrisers captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar said that he was happy with the efforts of his bowlers, especially with dew, a big factor in the second innings. “Of course, it’s very tough but I am very glad about the way I am bowling with the dew. It is a bit difficult with the yorkers and slow balls, but considering the dew, we have done our plans well, “he said.