IPL 10 KXIP vs SRH: Marsh magic goes in vain as Hyderabad wins by 26 runs
Mohali: A sensational 50-ball 84-run inning played by Shaun Marsh went in vain as he go no support whatsoever from any of the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) batsmen while chasing a humongous target of 208 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at Punjab Cricket Association stadium here on Friday.
Punjab, thus, suffered a disheartening 26-run defeat in the 33rd Indian Premier League season 10 match.
Looking to go up in the IPL 2017 points table, KXIP was set off to a flyer by Martin Guptill. He scored 23 runs off 11 balls with 4 fours and a six to lead his team to 26 runs in just 2.1 overs, before getting out.
Manan Vohra, who played a terrific 94-run knock in the previous match against SRH, failed to do well this time as he returned to the dug-out after adding 3 runs off 6 balls. Skipper Glenn Maxwell, who has been hitting the ball quite nicely through this season, went for a duck this time.
Eoin Morgan stayed there for a while as he scored 26 runs off 21 balls, with 2 fours and a six, but was caught on the boundary line before he could start freeing his arms. He shared the crease with Marsh in a crucial 73-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Wriddhiman Saha (2) became victim of a brilliant in-swinging delivery by Siddharth Kaul, while Axar Patel could only manage 16 runs off 9 balls with 2 boundaries. Mohit Shamra made 2 runs and Anureet Singh scored 15 runs off 12 balls before getting out of the final delivery of the match. Ishant Sharma remained unbeaten at 5 runs off 2 balls.
The centerpiece of the match was a brilliant 84-run knock by Shaun Marsh who smashed 14 classy fours and 2 huge sixes during his masterpiece.
Bhvneshwar Kumar once again turned savior for SRH as he conceded only 27 runs and bagged the two most important wickets (Marsh and Guptill) during his four-over spell. Ashish Nehra and Siddharth Kaul, though, picked three wickets each, but went extremely expensive giving away 42 and 36 runs, respectively, in their four overs each.
Rashid Khan maintained a phenomenal grip over the scoring rate as he gave away 16 runs in his four overs. Surprisingly, he was also preferred over Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the man of the match award for his performance. Deepak Hooda went for 17 runs in the only over he bowled, while Moises Henriques went for 39 runs in his 3 overs.
Earlier batting first, SRH openers took just 60 balls for their 107-run stand. Captain David Warner was the first to depart after adding 51 runs off 27 balls with the help of 4 fours and 4 sixes. Shikhar Dhawan showed signs of being in a great form scoring 77 runs off just 48 balls smashing 9 fours and a six.
Yuvraj Singh, who scored a belligerent half-century in the inaugural T20 of the tenth season of IPL, has consistently failed to capitalise on big occasions. Once again, he only managed 15 runs off 12 balls, with 2 fours.
Kane Williamson continued his aggression with the bat as he scored 54* runs off 27 balls hitting 4 flourishing fours and 2 handsome sixes. Moises Henriques, who came in after the departure of Yuvraj Singh, added 7 runs off 6 balls, and rotated the strike well with Williamson who was at his belligerent best today.
Ishant Sharma went for 20 runs in the 19th over of the inning, in which KXIP fielder Manan Vohra made a successful great effort to stop a six.
Glenn Maxwell was the pick of the bowlers for KXIP as he bagged two wickets for 29 runs in his four overs, while Mohit Sharma, who conceded 34 runs in his 3 overs, bagged the crucial wicket of Dhawan.
Ishant Sharma was hit for 41 runs in his four overs while Anureet Singh and KC Kariappa went for 26 and 42 runs in their spells of 2 and 4 overs, respectively. Axar Patel gave away 34 runs in his 3 overs and remained wicket-less.
With this victory, SRH has climbed up to the third position in the IPL 2017 points table while Punjab has gone down to the sixth place.