Kings XI Punjab attained the fourth position in the points table after winning over Sunrisers Hyderabad by 4 wickets yesterday at IS Bindra stadium, Mohali. They won the toss and succeeded to restrict the visitors to 150/4 by choosing to field first. Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul made a good stand to guide the team towards a win after losing three wickets starting from the dismissal of Chris Gayle within 8 runs.
Due to the dew that settled on the pitch, the ground turned to be batsmen friendly and hence Rahul and Mayank could make a quick score and hand the team a most needed victory. KL Rahul made the match-winning performance of 71 runs from 53 balls and bagged the man of the match award. The other specialties of this game are this is the seventh consecutive win for the team at IS Bindra Stadium and David Warner slammed his seventh consecutive half-century by scoring 71 runs against Kings XI Punjab.
The Punjab team succeeded to slam 151 runs from 19.5 overs by contributions of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal who slammed 55 runs. Ankit Rajpoot proved to be impressive by finishing his spell economically by conceding 30 runs. Apart from this, he gave away just 8 runs from the final over. The skipper Ravichandran Ashwin conceded 30 runs and picked one wicket by dismissing Vijay Shankar. He was responsible for stumping David Warner and making Mohammed Nabi run out.
Mayank Agarwal is the best supporting batsman by slamming 55 off 43 balls and fell for Sandeep Sharma. Firstly, he added 22 runs from 16 balls and gave a good stand for KL Rahul. He slammed three boundaries and three sixes. He slammed his half-century in the 17th over by 40 balls.
David Warner added 70 runs from 62 balls and reached his fifty after 49 balls, which is the slowest of his half-centuries in this series. He took 20 singles, 10 twos, six fours, and a six to slam his cameo. He worked hard to take singles and twos and even at the cost of his wicket, he made his best to improve the team’s score.
KL Rahul was just 9 out of 12 balls by the end of the Powerplays but he finished his century within 22 balls later by consistent performance and by picking singles and twos whenever possible.