Sunrisers Hyderabad seem to upsurge their winning stance through defense in IPL 2018 tournament marking its latest victory. In the match against Kings XI Punjab, the Kane Williamson led team could score only 132 for 6 wickets. It was their lowest total in 2018 IPL Series so far. However, they toppled Kings Punjab at 119 with a sturdy bowling attack. It was the first defeat of the latter after an unbeaten stretch of four victories. Sent to bat first, the home team of Hyderabad faced the wrath of Ankit Rajpoot, who attacked with an ingenious bowling to take down five wickets. In the chase, Sunrisers bowlers were unable to pose a challenging attack. But finally, they broke into the line-up taking the lower order cheaply.
Mayank Pandey, the top scorer of the inning played a careful partnership stretch of 52 runs with Shakib Al Hasan at the middle order. This partnership emerged as the slowest of this IPL 2018 season at a rate of 5.88 runs an over. Al Hasan played until the 14th over, while Pandey kept up his strike until the final over. Scoring the half century in 48 balls, he scored 54 off 51. Yusuf Pathan remained unbeaten with a strike of 21 runs off 19. There were variety of attack in the inning where each bowler strangulated Sunrisers batsmen. Ankit Rajpoot, bowled with an impressive economy of 3.50, apart from tearing apart the batting line. He even took down Pandey in the last over.
Kings Punjab started with a headstrong batting stretch between Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle. Both has formed an impressive opening pair for the team. In this match, they played through the powerplay over, brining 55 in the first 8 overs. It was Rashid Khan who always do the magic for Hyderabad taking down Rahu first this time. Wickets stated to wobble down after the stretch, while the run rate slowed down drastically. However, the chase of a marginal score was never complicated. The equation always seemed achievable. After the top order returned, Punjab needed 56 of 8 overs. By the last over, the required score reduced to 15. Still, it was the bowlers taking away the game.
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