IPL 2019: KXIP vs SRH match review – Punjab continues home dominance

KXIP vs SRH match review – Highlights:

  • KXIP defeated SRH by 6 wickets in 19.5 overs
  • Chasing SRH’s 150, Punjab floundered to lose 3 wickets in 8 runs before eventually chasing off 10 runs in Nabi’s final over
  • The win took Punjab to 8 points from 6 matches with 4 wins and 2 defeats to take them to 3rd place in the table. This was also their 7th consecutive win at home, the longest winning spree they’ve been on at this stadium

KXIP vs SRH match review

KXIP vs SRH match review

Come to Punjab’s castle and just put on 150 and a win is far from sight for you. The Sunrisers Hyderabad learned this the hard way yesterday with a well versed and extremely clinical home unit outshining the visiting unit. Outlaying SRH with both the bat and ball, Kings XI Punjab showed why they are such a tricky opposition to face at home as they extended their home spree to 7 winning matches to a 6 wicket win.

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With a slight covering of grass on the pitch, despite being such a perfectly well laid out track for batsmen, it proved beneficial for the Pacers early on and Punjab exploited the conditions beautifully as they came out to bowl first. It was an extremely well rounded and disciplined effort to peg back SRH’s opener pair with Bairstow departing for just the 1 runoff Mujeeb as he flicked the ball right into Ashwin’s hands.

KXIP vs SRH match review

KXIP vs SRH match review

Restricting SRH to their lowest powerplay score this season and also the lowest they’ve ever managed in the league against Punjab, at 27-1 in 6 overs, Punjab were well on top. They didn’t let the pressure off even one bit, constantly tightening the screws with Warner enjoying an off day. His 70-run innings took 62 balls in coming on a day where he just couldn’t get under the ball. Shankar’s 14 off 19 balls and Pandey’s 19 run innings further dwindled SRH, seeing the reach 150 fortuitously with Shami’s last three deliveries going for two fours and a six.

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Coming out to chase, the second wicket stand’s 100 run partnership kept SRH well and out of the chase at all times. With a target that was extremely small in magnitude at hand, it took the home side hardly any effort given the way SRH kept spraying the ball all over the track. Bhuvneshwar’s captaincy was a bemusing one on the day as he kept persisting with the spinners on a wicket that was more suitable to pace.

KXIP vs SRH match review

Nabi was expensive and as Rahul (71) and Mayank (55) both got to their half-centuries, the scoreboard made for pleasant viewing for Punjab’s raucous support. However, a much-maligned feature this season, one of the batsmen trying to end things on a flourish came to the forefront yet again on the day as Punjab lost 3 wickets in 8 runs to nothing shots to see them sit in a jittery position needing 10 runs off the final over.

Despite showing immense fortitude to come back into the encounter, spin in the 20th was once again a wrong call, seeing Punjab easily get the winning runs and make it two defeats out of two for SRH.

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