Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) celebrated their third Dream11 Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 win at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday after beating Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) with 69 runs.
SRH v KXIP IPL 2020 Match 22 Highlights
After settling on a bat, SRH quickly vanished from the blocks when David Warner hit two fours in the first over, including five byes bowled by Sheldon Cottrell.
While Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, who played his first game of the season, and Mohammad Shami conceded 13 runs in the next overs, Jonny Bairstow hit three fours before Cottrell’s second over when SRH went over 40.
Bairstow then got a life after KL Rahul failed to hold a difficult chance of Shami’s bowling despite a dive. Warner then hit two foursome as the pair completed the 50-run stand, the second of the season.
After a few quiet overs, Bairstow aimed at Ravi Bishnoi in the eighth over and hit the young leg spinner for two sixs and a four. Warner joined the next party with six hits.
Bairstow, then brought his fifty over on the 10th before he and Warner made the hundred-run stand for the inaugural wicket.
The merry ways continued when Bairstow hit two sixes and one fours in the eleventh from Glenn Maxwell. A few overs later, Warner took his 50th IPL fifty and ninth straight over fifty result against KXIP.
Bairstow, meanwhile, moved into the ’90s, hitting two sixes ahead of Mujeeb to push SRH over 150 at the end of the 14th.
It took KXIP something special to stop the Warner-Bairstow juggernaut and pull things back, and young Bishnoi did the trick for KXIP, sacking both SRH openers in game 16.
First, he caught Warner in the deep and then caught Bairstow at the gates for 97 after KXIP decided to investigate. In the next round, Arshdeep Singh had Manish Pandey caught and bowled when KXIP scalped three wickets and gave away only one run.
Bishnoi picked up his third wicket of the night after Abdul Samad ran in deep on the 18th as KXIP resumed their fight into play. Arshdeep picked his second wicket of the night and SRH lost his fifth wicket in 15 runs when Nicholas Pooran made a decent catch in depth to get Priyam Garg out.
However, Abhishek Sharma and Kane Williamson added 24 balls out of 10 as SRH finished their 20 overs odds to score 201/6.
In the chase, KXIP needed a big opening position, but they lost Mayank Agarwal early to an outrun, thanks to an excellent field performance from Warner. First he made a dive parade, ran left in the middle, then threw it right at the bowler to catch Mayank just short of his crease.
While hitting a couple of crisp foursomes, Prabhsimran Singh got off for eleven after Garg had a sharp chance to give SRH their second wicket. Pooran came out with guns blazing, hitting 3 sixes and a four to march to 25 balls.
But Abhishek, after taking two sixes in over, took KL Rahul’s big wicket after the KXIP skipper was caught in the deep by Williamson.
Pooran, despite continuing to train the balls in the stands for fun, when he overtook Samad in the 9th, hitting up to four sixes and a four, and in that course, he scored the fastest fifty in the 2020 IPL in 17 balls. The 28 run-over meant KXIP went past 90.
KXIP moved over a hundred in their eleventh game, but lost their fourth wicket in the same game after Garg’s direct hit caught Maxwell just short of his bottom. SRH broke off further when Rashid got between the gates and Mandeep Singh got out with a googly on the 13th.
While keeping KXIP’s hopes alive, Pooran got out after hitting 37-ball 77 in Rashid Khan’s double-wicket Maiden. SRH eventually ditched KXIP for 132 to take a 69-run win and put two points in their books.