Its time for Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in this Match 25 of the Vivo IPL 2018. Sunrisers host KXIP as they will be looking for a victory this time around having lost to them when the two teams faced in Mohali. See how Sunrisers’ bowlers win it again for their team.
KXIP beat SRH at Mohali for the first team as a Gayle Storm hit Mohali. Sunrisers will be looking to get back at KXIP and continue their winning form as they defended the lowest total against Mumbai Indians in the last match.
Punjab won the toss and elected to bowl against SRH. They will be looking to restrict the away team to a low total.
Sunrisers’ Average Performance
SRH had a horror start as they lost their captain, Williamson for a duck who has been in such a great form till now. Scoring just 27 and losing 3 wickets, the start wasn’t the one SRH would have hoped for. With both their star batsmen, Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Willaimson, SRH will be looking for some support from their middle order. Manish Pandey made 54 in 51 balls to take his team to a very average 132 losing 6 wickets. SRH will be looking for their bowling to turn up again.
The bowlers started off brilliantly as the top order was back in the hut inside the powerplay without giving away much runs. The bowlers bowled in tight areas and didn’t let the SRH batsmen to score freely. Mujeeb Ur Rahman bowled well as he ended up with 1-17 in his 4 overs.
But it was Ankit Rajpoot who really made it difficult for the away team as he got 5 wickets for just 14 runs. KXIP could have pulled them even more if it wasn’t for the so many catches they dropped.
Kings XI Chase
With a low total to chase, Kings XI will be looking to chase this down quickly to boost up their net run rate as well. Back in the side, the Universal Bose, Chris Gayle and KL Rahul got them off to a decent start without losing wickets. Rahul departed after bringing up the 50 run partnership as he scored 32 in 26. All the worries were with the kings as they lost a flurry of wickets for no runs. KXIP’s in-form batting line failed to reach a small target as they suffered their second loss of the season.
Having defended the lowest total in the last match, SRH wouldn’t feel completely out of it. But the team, unfortunately, got no early wickets. Sunrisers got 5 wickets giving away just 19 runs. The bowlers showed their class again as they defended a low total to move up in the table. Sandeep Sharma showed outstanding piece of bowling as he got 2 wickets giving away just 17 runs in his 4 overs. But it was Rashid Khan who got 3 wickets for just 19 runs was their star performer as he won them their second match in a row.
Man Of The Match
It was Ankit Rajpoot for his class bowling as he got 5-14 in his 4 overs even though it was in a losing cause.
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