Match 48 SRH VS KXIP : SRH bid Warner farewell with clinical win

Toss: KXIP won the toss and opt to chase.

Buildup:

11 matches. Five wins. Six losses. 10 points.

The only thing that separates Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab is Net Run Rate, the former with the higher rate, as they square up against each other in Hyderabad. There is a lot at stake, make no mistake. A win here could see the team rise up significantly in the race for the playoffs, while a loss could make the situation more dire. With so much to gain, the contest should evoke some great phases and myriad emotions. Here’s hoping for a cracker!

And don’t forget the man who’s behind the SRH win everytime, yup you guessed it right, David Warner. He has scored 493 runs with an average of 70.43 with 7 fifties to tally. I hope he signs off with on a high note.

David Warner & Wridhhiman Saha comes to the crease

Destructive mode on!

They’re making the most of this powerplay. Five overs down, and they already have 66 on the board. Massive start this is and KXIP are a little short on ideas, and have no clue whatsoever.

Record powerplay score this IPL

1st over – 10 runs

2nd over – 10 runs

3rd over – 15 runs

4th over – 18 runs

5th over – 13 runs

SRH off to a flier — 66/0

At the end of powerplay

SRH eventually end with 77 from the powerplay – this highest this IPL edition.

Finally Murugan Ashwin gets breakthrough

Finally, some relief for the visitors. Murugan Ashwin gets Saha to edge behind, and the umpire, after some deliberation and resulting confusion rules the batsman out.

Run-rate falls down after the wicket

Only one boundary since the powerplay. KXIP are keeping things tight right now. 100 up for SRH in the 10th over.

Manish gets Dropped

A reprieve for Manish Pandey. He smashes Shami on the up, but straight towards R Ashwin. The KXIP captain jumps and gets one hand to the ball, but can’t hang on.

Fifty for David Warner

SRH going towards a strong total

Superb from the home team here. They are not letting up on the momentum. Warner and Pandey are both dealing in plenty of boundaries. 150 up already and they still have more than 5 overs to go.

JINXED!

You’re welcome, KXIP fans. Just as we said SRH are racing along, they gets derailed. Pandey and Warner fall in the same over to R Ashwin, and KXIP will now hope to restrict the home team to less than 200.

That was Warner’s final knock in this IPL, and he walks off to a massive applause. He finished with 692 runs this edition.

SRH blasting off in style!

There’s the ending they were desperate for. Williamson and Nabi bring in the big hits, smashing Mujeeb for a massive 26-run over, making Mujeeb’s figures the highest ever for a spinner in the IPL, as they close in on 200.

SRH get a massive 212

That’s a solid total for the hosts. Nabi smashes 20 off 10, while Williamson chips in with 14 off 7 to give SRH a pretty strong finish. Now they just need an equally strong performance with the ball.

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KXIP needs 213 runs to win off 120 balls

Out comes Chris Gayle & Kl Rahul

If KXIP wants to win this game, one of them has to stay till the end.

Gayle falls early in the chase

Big blow for KXIP at the very start. Gayle skies Khaleel Ahmed and Manish Pandey takes a fine catch before almost spilling it. Massive, massive breakthrough for SRH.

At the end of powerplay KXIP end with 44/1

Nicholas Pooran quick fire 46 helps KXIP gets going! Pooran you beauty! How talented this guy is! He comes in at 3 where the situation is quite critical for his team and what does he do? He bangs everyone outta park. That’s what i like abhout him. No mercy upon anyone. Just brutal, pure power!

Quick wickets derail KXIP case

Mayank Agarwal falls after getting to a good start, so does Nicholas Pooran as KXIP chase goes down the dumps.

Double trouble again

David Miller and skipper RaviAshwin fall immediately after. So the responsibility only rests only with KL Rahul. If he pulls this off, it’s going to be something.

Equation says KXIP need 53 of 11 balls.

Absolutely Impossible unless KL Rahul does something completely impossible

Rahul’s rather slow start has affected his team big time here. He may be 79 off 55 now, but the accelerator needed to have been pressed much, much earlier. He falls on the same score, but he’ll be disappointed with the overall effort.

A small update: SRH win by 43 runs

A handsome win for SRH, and it’ll do them a world of good as they try and hunt down a top four spot. After Warner’s stunning innings, Rashid Khan and Khaleel pick three wickets each to help restrict KXIP to 169. A big win, and a big boost to the NRR as well. A winning farewell to David Warner, too.

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Man of the match: David Warner for his 56 ball 81.

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