It was Manan Vohra who stole the show in the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab. However, even the strike that brought 95 off 50 balls could not chase down the target of 160 posed by Sunrisers Hyderabad. The home team had a slow start with David Warner trying out selective shots and Shekhar Dhawan being contained without any big runs. The powerplay stretch was dim for the team with the top order playing rather carefully not to lose any wickets.
By half the inning, Axar Patel scalped Moises Henriques and Yuvraj Singh brining on helm to the middle order. Naman Ojha and Warner hauled the score to run pass the 100th mark. It was the most returning partnership bringing 60 runs at a rate of 9.72 stretched along 6.1 overs. The skipper remained unbeaten throughout the inning.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar attacked Kings XI early trapping Hasim Amla in the first ball. This put the chase on a similar tract to that of the previous play. The powerplay could not bring any substantial runs while batsmen were playing with utmost caution. However, unlike Hyderabad, Kings XI had no partnerships as none of the players, apart from Vohra, could sustain on the crease. By the end of 10th over, the chase fell to 5 for 62 when Rashid Khan toppled Wriddhiman Saha and David Miller at the gap of a single ball. Vohra pulled up his half century in the 15th over out of Khan.
The chase so far was dull, but the best was yet to come. Vohra lofted Khan for consecutive sixes and took a magnanimous 20 runs in the 16th over. With the strike, the inning became alive with Punjab needing 35 off 24 balls. The only concern was the number of wickets remaining as the chase was reeling around only Vohra and the remaining players after the seventh down the line. Vohra showed no signs to refrain striking the winning runs.
By the last two overs, Punjab brought down the equation to 16 runs to win. This was the moment when Kumar emerged as the Player of the Match taking down Vohra. With his wicket, the bowler ensured that his team defend the score. Finally, with the wicket of Ishant Sharma, the 10th player, the match ended as a 5-run victory for Hyderabad with two balls to spare.
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