IN PICS: Bhuvneshwar helps SRH beat KXIP despite epic Vohra knock

Sport360 staff 17/04/2017

In an enthralling game of cricket, Sunrisers Hyderabad came out on top against Kings XI Punjab thanks to a brilliant bowling effort from pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar who picked up his first-ever five-wicket haul in the Indian Premier League [IPL].

The 27-year-old has been one of the standout bowlers in the IPL this season and he was at his best once again, recording bowling figures of 5-19 to steer the Sunrisers to a five-run win at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.

The defining moment of the game came in the 19th over of Kings XI’s chase when Bhuvneshwar dismissed Manan Vohra, playing one of the best innings the league has seen.

At one stage, the visitors looked to be out of the contest after losing six wickets with just 82 runs on the board chasing 160.

Vohra was lucky to still be at the crease having survived a huge appeal for leg-before-wicket which looked plumb off the bowling of Mohammad Nabi and the Punjab opener made full use of that opportunity. He took the attack to the Hyderabad bowlers, with 20 and 21 runs coming off the 15th and 16th overs, bowled by Barinder Sran and Rashid Khan respectively.

Vohra’s superb innings came to an end just five runs short of a well-deserved century and his dismissal more or less sealed the win for the hosts.

The Kings XI needed 11 runs to win from the final over and it was always going to be a difficult task with just one wicket left. Fast bowler Siddarth Kaul bowled two wides before eventually holding his nerve to dismiss Ishant Sharma and complete the win for David Warner’s men.

Earlier, Warner led from the front with an unbeaten 70 from 54 deliveries to take the Sunrisers total to 159-6. Although most batsmen struggled to get going, the skipper found able support from wicket-keeper Naman Ojha who struck a 20-ball 34.

Mohit Sharma and Axar Patel picked up two wickets apiece for the visitors.

With this win, Hyderabad move up to third on the table with six points from five matches while Punjab remain at the fifth position in as many games.

BRIEF SCORES

Sunrisers Hyderabad 159-6, 20 overs [Warner 70*, Ojha 34, Mohit 2-25] beat Kings XI Punjab 154 all out, 19.4 overs [Vohra 95, Bhuvneshwar 5-19] by five runs.

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IN PICS: Pandey keeps cool to guide KKR to victory

Sport360 staff 17/04/2017

Manish Pandey kept his cool to guide the Kolkata Knight Riders to a four-wicket win over the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Monday.

The visitors needed nine runs to win off the final over and Delhi captain Zaheer Khan threw the ball to the experienced Amit Mishra. The leg-spinner started the over in brilliant fashion, conceding no runs off the first two balls and also removing Chris Woakes.

With new batsman Sunil Narine taking a single, the equation came down to eight runs needed from the last three balls.

Pandey, who had scored a half-century, hit a six off the next delivery and then guided the ball calmly into the cover region to pick up two more next ball to complete a memorable victory for Gautam Gambhir’s side.

Earlier, Delhi won the toss and elected to bat first, and the hosts got off to a great start with openers Sanju Samson and Sam Billings adding 53 runs in the Powerplay overs.

Samson, especially, was impressive as he took the attack to the Kolkata bowlers from word go, slamming seven boundaries during his knock of 39.

The middle overs were less productive for the Daredevils, as Karun Nair struggled his way to a 27-ball 21. The Indian Test batsman hasn’t had the best of times in the IPL this season and his form continues to be an area of concern for Delhi.

Rishabh Pant would get the Delhi innings back on track, though, with a superb cameo which saw him score 38 from just 16 balls. The 19-year-old was especially harsh on Umesh Yadav, taking 26 runs from Yadav in the 17th over.

Playing his first competitive game in almost 10 month, Nathan Coulter-Nile took three wickets in his comeback match.

He was, in fact, unlucky to have not taken more as he saw two catches dropped off his bowling and then had one delivery hit the stumps only for the bails to hold firm.

Chasing a target of 169, the Knight Riders got off to the worst possible start – losing their top three inside three overs. The experiment to send Colin de Grandhomme to open the innings alongside Gambhir did not work, with the New Zealand all-rounder dismissed for just one.

Pandey and Yusuf Pathan came together at the crease with Kolkata in all sorts of trouble, but the duo played sensibly, rotating the strike well and timing the big shots to perfection as they put their side in the driver’s seat.

Their 110-run partnership took the game away from Delhi as both batsmen went on to notch up half-centuries.

There were some nervous moments at the end for the Kolkata-based franchise, but Pandey was on hand to steer them home as he scored an unbeaten 69, which included four fours and three sixes.

With this win the Knight Riders move back to the top of the table with eight points from five matches and a superior run-rate compared to the Mumbai Indians who are level on points. Delhi Daredevils, on the other hand, have two wins and two losses in the tournament so far.

BRIEF SCORES

Delhi Daredevils 168-7, 20 overs [Samson 39, Pant 38, Coulter-Nile 3-22] lost to Kolkata Knight Riders 169-6, 19.5 overs [Pandey 69*, Pathan 59, Zaheer 2-28] by four wickets.

Player of the Match – Manish Pandey

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Can Warner lead his side to a victory? [Sportzpics]

The Kings XI Punjab have won the toss and elected to field first in their match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The Sunrisers have made as many as four changes to their team which sees two Afghanistan players playing with Mohammad Nabi making his debut in the league.

On the other hand, Kings XI have made one change with Ishant Sharma replacing Varun Aaron.

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