Rahul and Mayank steer Punjab to six-wicket win over Hyderabad


Kings XI Punjab’s Lokesh Rahul celebrates after winning the 22nd match of IPL 2019 against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on April 8, 2019.

MOHALI, April 9: It’s a fortress for a reason. Kings XI Punjab kept their home win record intact as they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets in a closely contested tie, here on Monday. It was Kings XI’s third consecutive win in Mohali this season – they have not lost a single game at this venue in their last seven outings.
Kings XI’s chase of 151 was anchored by KL Rahul (71 not out; 63b, 7×4, 1×6) and Mayank Aggarwal (55 off 43b; 3×4, 3×6) as they put together a rollicking partnership of 114 run, which came off 84 balls.
Rahul showed his full range of shots. He pulled, cut, drove and also played a few of the dinky ramp shots on both sides of the wicket to make sure Kings XI’s runrate never slackened. Just like Rahul, Mayank also showed what a precocious talent he is.
Two wickets in the 18th over by Sandeep Sharma gave Sunrisers some hope. Sandeep removed Aggarwal and David Miller while giving away just three runs in the over. In the next, Siddharth Kaul got the wicket of Mandeep Singh to keep Sunrisers in the match. Kings XI needed 11 in the last over. Rahul and Sam Curran held their nerves and guided the team to victory.
Earlier, Sunrisers rode on a steady half-century from David Warner (70 not out; 62b, 6×4, 1×6) and a late flourish from Deepak Hooda (14 off 3b; 2×4, 1×6) to recover from a sluggish start and post 150 for 4 which was still below par.
It was an uncharacteristic knock from Warner but he stepped up the gas in the second half of the innings as SRH scored 100 from the last 10 overs. Kings XI came into the match with the worst powerplay bowling record in the season, having conceded 9.4 per over. But on Monday, their bowlers bowled superbly to restrict the explosive Sunrisers top order to 27 for 1.
With a tinge of grass on the surface, home skipper R Ashwin opted to bowl first. The ball was bursting off a length and zipping through to the keeper in Mohali. The pace duo of Mohammad Shami and Ankit Rajput extracted purchase from the track. Shami clocked 145 kmph-plus consistently while Rajpoot also found extra bounce.
Kings XI rang in two changes to their playing XI from the previous match against Chennai, bringing in Mujeeb and Rajpoot for Andrew Tye and Murugan Ashwin.
The tourists remained unchanged from the side which was blown away by Mumbai Indians’ Alzarri Joseph on Saturday. (TNN)