PBKS vs SRH: In-form Jonny Bairstow struck a match-winning half-century as SRH chased down a below-par 120-run total with ease to earn their first victory in the tournament against KXIP on Thursday. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow made a good start and didn’t let Punjab claim early wickets.
The duo took no risk but made sure they hit the ball balls to the fence. They added 50 runs in the first six overs and made the chase easy for them. David Warner went back in the eleventh over after making 37 in as many balls.
However, the Australian had done his job by then. Bairstow and Kane Williamson made sure they don’t lose any wickets further. The duo eventually chased down the total in 18.4 overs. The Englishman scored 63 off 56 balls, while Williamson stayed unbeaten at 16 off 19 balls.
Earlier, Punjab Kings could only manage to score 120 runs in the first innings. Sunrisers Hyderabad didn’t let anyone from Punjab get set in the middle and score big. The bowled applied pressure right from the start of the innings. Having played a few games in Chennai, they knew it would be better to take the pace away from the deliveries. The bowlers bowled a lot of slower deliveries and it worked well for them.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar took the first breakthrough in the form of KL Rahul. The skipper couldn’t time the ball well as he got out for 4. Khaleel Ahmed then sent Mayank Agarwal back to the pavilion to leave KXIP at 39 for 2 after 7 overs.
Chris Gayle took his time in the middle but couldn’t stay for too long. Rashid Khan took the big wicket of Gayle as his wicket left Punjab reeling at 47 for 4 in 8.4 overs. There was a lot of depth in KXIP’s batting line up, however, they left clueless against a potent SRH bowling attack. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals and KXIP were bowled out on a below-par 120-run total.
Khaleel Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers, picking 3 wickets for 21 in 4 overs.
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