Chris Gayle stole the show with his fine century after Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) beat SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 15 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) clash on Thursday.
Chasing a competitive target of 193 runs, Hyderabad were dealt an early blow after opener Shikhar Dhawan was retired hurt. Skipper Kane Williamson (54) tried hard with his valiant half-century but his team couldn’t get boundaries regularly.
Manish Pandey remained unbeaten on 57 and played an anchor role for his team. Shakib Al Hasan tried hard with his quickfire 24 runs but eventually, his team fell short.
Andrew Tye (2/23) and Barinder Sran (0/22) were the pick of the bowlers for Hyderabad. Mohit Sharma also took two wickets but was expensive for them.
Earlier, Gayle helped Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) post 193/3 against Hyderabad. This was Gayle’s sixth IPL century, maximum by any player. He remained unbeaten on 104 off 63 balls.
His innings was laced with 11 sixes and a solitary four. Both Lokesh Rahul and Gayle stitched a 53-run opening wicket partnership. Rahul departed for 18 runs in the 8th over.
Mayank Agarwal also chipped in with 18 runs hitting two fours and one six. After his dismissal, Karun Nair came along and ably supported the star of the match Gayle. All SRH bowlers faced the wrath of Gayle’s power hitting.
Rashid Khan (1/55) and Shakib(2/28) in particular bore the brunt of Gayle’s anger. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the sole economical bowler in the SRH outfit. He finished with bowling figures of 1/25 in 4 overs.
IPL 2018 Highlights of Kings XI Punjab vs SunRisers Hyderabad match, straight from Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
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23:32 IST: Kings XI Punjab beat SunRisers Hyderabad by 15 runs
23:31 IST: And its over.
23:30 IST: SIX! 234th six of the tournament. Good shot by Shakib. But its too late. Back-to-back sixes for him. 18 runs off two needed.
23:30 IST: Ashwin bowls the final over for Punjab.
23:28 IST: 33 runs needed in the final 6 balls.
23:25 IST: SIX! Straight enough. Manish Pandey brings up his fifty with a maximum. SRH 154/4.
23:24 IST: Mohit Sharma bowls his final over.
23:22 IST: What a brilliant over by Sran. SRH 147/4 in 18 overs.
23:19 IST: FOUR! No ball. Above waist height. Sran gives away a free hit. SRH 140/4.
23:18 IST: Punjab are now coasting towards a win here. SRH need 60 runs in 18 balls.
23:15 IST: OUT! Hooda departs for 5 runs as SRH lose their 4th wicket. The scoreboard pressure got the better off the batsman. SRH 133/4 in 16.4 overs.
23:12 IST: Rahman bowls his final over. Boundary for Hooda. Played very late and almost took off Rahul’s gloves. SRH 130/3 in 16 overs.
23:06 IST: Deepak Hooda is the new man in.
23:04 IST: OUT! Williamson departs for 54. Simple catch. He had to take on Tye. Knuckle delivery and Aaron Finch takes a simple catch. SRH 113/3 in 14.2 overs.
23:02 IST: FOUR! Not a great delivery. On the pads and Williamson hovers it over the square leg boundary.
23:01 IST: 50 up for Williamson off 39 balls. SRH are still fighting to get to the target. A couple of good overs for them. The asking rate is almost 14 runs per over. Dot to finish the over. SRH 109/2 in 14 overs.
23:00 IST: SIX! That will help things for SRH. Williamson strike sit sweetly over long on region. SRH 108/2.
23:00 IST: Manoj Tiwary made an outstanding effort to prevent a four.
22:57 IST: SRH need another 102 runs off 43 balls
22:55 IST: FOUR! A boundary for Pandey to bring up the 50-run partnership. Full toss and it gets the treatment. SRH 88/2 in 12.2 overs.
22:49 IST: Four runs off Tye’s over. SRH are losing control in this match. Some good effective bowling display by Punjab is preventing them from scoring runs. SRH 76/2 in 11 overs.
22:47 IST: DROPPED! Pandey dropped on long off. Difficult chance.
22:45 IST: Good bowling by Rahman. SRH need boundaries if they want to win. The run rate os going skywards every passing ball. SRH 72/2 in 10 overs.
22:43 IST: REVIEW TAKEN! The original decision for a LBW was not out. Kane Williamson comes down the track. Not out. Williamson survives.
22:39 IST: Decent over for SunRisers. Strategic Timeout. SRH 68/2 in 9 overs.
22:38 IST: A good start of the over. SRH have taken 9 runs of the first four deliveries.
22:37 IST: SIX! Williamson goes on the offensive and hammers Ashwin for a maximum. He hits it to long on and clears the boundary comfortably.
22:35 IST: Rahman bowls a good over. Only 5 runs off it. Dot to finish a good economical over. SRH 57/2 in 8 overs.
22:34 IST: SRH need 140 more runs to win from 75 balls.
22:34 IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the new bowler for KXIP.
22:32 IST: FOUR! Much-needed boundary. Williamson strikes it well. 50 up for SRH. SRH 52/2 in 7 overs.
22:31 IST: Pandey and Williamson are just striking the ball for singles and doubles. They need boundaries. The run-rate is going up ball after ball. SRH 47/2.
22:30 IST: R Ashwin comes into the attack for Punjab.
22:28 IST: Another brilliant over for Punjab. Sran and Mohit have done well to curb SRH’s run rate. SRH 40/2 in 6 overs.
22:26 IST: SRH need a partnership from their skipper Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey.
22:25 IST: Manish Pandey is the new man in for SRH.
22:23 IST: WICKET! Slower ball and Yusuf Pathan departs for 19. Second wicket for Mohit Sharma. Pathan fails to read the pace. SRH 37/2 in 6 overs.
22:22 IST: Two runs for Pathan. Short ball and he hits it for a double. SRH 37/1.
22:20 IST: FOUR! Flat bat and its pure power. Perfectly placed by Yusuf Pathan. Is this Pathan’s day tonight. His team needs it.
22:19 IST: Mohit Sharma returns to bowl his second over.
22:17 IST: FOUR! Half-volley on the legs and flicked over the mid wicket region by Yusuf Pathan. The shot will give him a confidence boost. SRH 29/1 in 4 overs.
22:15 IST: Andrew Tye bowls his first over.
22:12 IST: Yusuf Pathan is the new man in for SRH.
22:07 IST: OUT! SunRisers lose their first wicket. He is clean bowled. He plays it down the line and gets out. He departs for six. SRH 14/1 in 1.5 overs.
22:07 IST: FOUR! Didn’t quite time it but a poor delivery. Dragged it down and Saha places it short fine leg for a boundary. Not a good start for Mohit Sharma.
22:06 IST: FOUR! Delightful shot by Kane Williamson. Presented a straight bat, played it on the up and a lovely cover drive. SRH skipper hits his first boundary.
22:02 IST: Dhawan is retired hurt after getting struck on the left forehand for some treatment. Kane Williamson comes in for SRH. A good first over for Punjab. SRH 2/0 in 1 over.
21:59 IST: Sran’s ball hits Dhawan’s hand. He got hit on the back elbow. Might be painful for him. He is getting attended to by medics. SRH 2/0.
21:57 IST: The ball is swinging and its troubling Saha here.
21:56 IST: DECISION REVIEWED! The original decision is not out. And its not out. Review upheld. Saha remains at the centre.
21:53 IST: Wriddhiman Saha and Shikhar Dhawan open the innings for SRH. Barinder Sran bowls the first over for Punjab.
21:39 IST: And a single to end the last over. Kings XI Punjab finish with 193/3 in 20 overs.
21:37 IST: FOUR! Powerful shot to deep mid wicket by Finch. Six in the next ball. His first six. KXIP 191/3 in 19.4 overs.
21:37 IST: Rashid Khan bowls the last over. Credit to SRH bowlers for keeping KXIP down.
21:36 IST: Last over to go for the Punjab innings.
21:31 IST: CENTURY! Chris Gayle gets his century. 100 up for the big man. He brings up his 6th IPL century. 21st in all of T20 cricket. Applauses all around for him. What a player. Magnificient innings. 100 off 58 balls.
21:30 IST: SIX! Gayle reaches 99 runs. One away from his century. His 6th IPL century. KXIP 174/3 in 18 overs.
21:29 IST: OUT! Punjab lose their 3rd wicket as Karun Nair departs for 31 runs. A simple catch by Shikhar Dhawan. Aaron Finch is the new man in. KXIP 168/3 in 17.4 overs.
21:27 IST: Gayle is on strike. Good bowling by Bhuvi.
21:25 IST: KXIP 164/2 in 17 overs.
21:23 IST: FOUR! One bounce and four. Nair gets into the act now. He has been amazing.
21:21 IST: SIX! Gayle is on fire. He is into the nineties now. He pulls it for a maximum. Four balls left for the over to get complete.
21:20 IST: Jordan begins with a wide ball.
21:14 IST: Gayle is nearing his century now. gayle storm has reached Punjab and blowing away the Hyderabad bowlers.
21:10 IST: Back-to-back boundaries for Nair. He opens his wrists, sues his hands and hits it over mid off region. KXIP 141/2.
21:10 IST: FOUR! Now Karun Nair hits it over the offside. Mid off is up and he makes the most of it. KXIP 137/2.
21:08 IST: 50 partnership up for Nair and Gayle where the latter has done the hitting.
21:06 IST: SIX! That is four sixes in a row. Still a ball to go. 0,6,6,6,6,2. 26 runs off the over for Punjab. KXIP 131/2 in 14 overs.
21:05 IST: SIX! Right off the front foot. 11th six in his last two matches. Gayle is hammering Kuldeep out of the park. Back-to-back sixes for the big man. Another one. 3 sixes in a row. Gayle is hitting the number one T20 bowler in the world. The crowd are loving it. KXIP 129/2.
21:03 IST: Rashid returns for SRH.
20:59 IST: 50 up for Gayle. His second fifty of this tournament. This is his 23rd IPL fifty.
20:57 IST: SIX! Gayle hits his fifth six. 224th six of the tournament. Not a bad ball but Gayle has the power and placement to take Punjab’s score above 100. KXIP 100/2 in 12 overs.
20:56 IST: SIX! Inside out shot by Nair. The fielder Manish Pandey decided to go for the catch but unluckily he is over the line. Tried to throw the ball back to the field but his momentum took him over the line. KXIP 93/2.
20:54 IST: A good over for Siddarth Kaul. A wicket and gives away only 4 runs. KXIP 86/2 in 11 overs.
20:52 IST: Karun Nair is the new man for Punjab. The danger man Gayle is still there.
20:50 IST: OUT! Mayank Agarwal departs for 18. Punjab lose their 2nd wicket. Sidharth Kaul with the breakthrough. Mayank guides it to the hands. Easy catch for Deepak Hooda. Kaul is again in the wicket’s column. KXIP 83/2 in 10.2 overs.
20:48 IST: SIX! Mayank goes again and goes for a six. Tossed up but gives him enough to get under it and hit it for a six. Not a start Shakib would have wanted. 14 runs off the over for Punjab. KXIP 82/1 in 10 overs.
20:46 IST: FOUR! What a shot. Over the extra cover for a four. Mayank smashes it. Its a loose delivery and gets the necessary treatment. KXIP 72/1.
20:45 IST: Shakib Al Hasan is the new bowler for SRH.
20:40 IST: FOUR! Lucky. Wide delivery and Mayank slashes it for a four. KXIP 65/1.
20:40 IST: SIX! Gone all the way. For Gayle, the grounds aren’t big enough. A poor ball by Hooda and Gayle punishes him.
20:39 IST: Mayank Agarwal is the new man in. A good over by Rashid. Gets the key wicket of KL Rahul. KXIP 53/1 in 8 overs.
20:37 IST: OUT! Rashid Khan strikes. Rashid skids the ball on KL Rahul’s pads and he is out leg before. Ball slides it on directly in the front pad. KL Rahul departs for 18. KXIP 53/1 in 7.5 overs.,/p>
20:35 IST: Gayle has slowed down for some time. Maybe he is refuelling to begin the onslaught soon.
20:33 IST: Rashid Khan bowls his second over.
20:32 IST: Deepak Hooda bowls a good over. Only two runs off it. KXIP 51/0 in 7 overs.
20:28 IST: FOUR! Superb cover drive by Rahul. Its a good wicket to bat on. Beautiful stroke by him. Back-to-back boundaries for him. KXIP 49/0 in 6 overs.
20:26 IST: Gayle has raced to 28 already.
20:25 IST: Siddarth Kaul is the next bowler for SRH.
20:23 IST: SIX! He goes again and he middles it. What a shot. This is how Gayle reacts after a mellowed start. Straight out of the middle of the bat towards the long on region. KXIP 38/0 in 5 overs.
20:22 IST: SIX! Full toss and Gayle hammers it. That ball is out of the park. Juicy full toss. He just loves striking those balls. 79 metres the ball goes above the boundary. KXIP 31/0.
20:20 IST: Rashid Khan comes into the bowling attack for SRH.
20:19 IST: A good over for the batting side. A six and a boundary for Gayle. Rahul finishes with a dot ball. KXIP 25/0 in 4 overs.
20:17 IST: FOUR! He goes the other side. Over covers and its a four. Just 12 in the first three overs and eleven already in the first four balls of this over.
20:16 IST: SIX! Gayle is back in business. First one for him and first one of the match. Right in the slog and he pulls it over mid-wicket. That’s a terrific shot. KXIP 20/0.
20:15 IST: Chris Jordan bowls his 2nd over.
20:14 IST: Superb ball to end the over. Cautious start by the Kings XI batsmen. KXIP 13/0 in 3 overs.
20:10 IST: REVIEW TAKEN! The original decision is not out for a leg before. Replays show there is fine nick off the bat. Rahul survives. Umpire overturns the decision in favour of Rahul. KXIP 12/0.
20:10 IST: FOUR! Superb shot by Rahul. This outfield is very fast. Four runs for Rahul. Midwicket fails to stop it. Timed it well. First one for Rahul.
20:08 IST: Good two overs for the visitors. KXIP 8/0 in 2 overs.
20:07 IST: Up in the air. Dropped. Difficult one. Siddarth Kaul moved a little bit towards the bowler. This was just little off the fielder. Gayle survives. KXIP 8/0.
20:06 IST: FOUR! Delicately touched by Gayle. Leg side and the ball races towards a four. The ball touches Gayle’s body and goes towards the boundary. KXIP 6/0.
20:05 IST: Chris Jordan is the new bowler for SRH. Good start. Back of length for Gayle. No run. KXIP 2/0.
20:04 IST: The big man Gayle is on strike. Defends it for a single. Very unlike Gayle who usually begins his innings with a boundary. A good first over by Bhuvi. Only 2 off it. KXIP 2/0 in 1 over.
20:03 IST: First runs off the bat for Rahul. He opens his run account after 5 balls. KXIP 1/0.
20:02 IST: A good start. Three dots for Bhuvi. He is maintaining his line and length.
20:01 IST: Good shot by Rahul but an equally well-placed fielder.No run off the first ball. The next one was an inswinging delivery.
20:00 IST: Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle are the openers for Punjab while Bhuvneshwar Kumar begins the proceedings for SRH with the ball.
19:45 IST: Teams:
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): Wriddhiman Saha(w), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Chris Jordan.
Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Yuvraj Singh, Aaron Finch, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
19:30 IST: Kings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin wins toss, elects to bat vs Sunrisers Hyderabad.
19:20 IST: SRH have all their three games this season.
19:16 IST: We have a huge match coming our way as the two in-form teams take on each other. Toss is a few minutes away.
19:15 IST: KXIP have won 2 out of 3 games in this season’s IPL.
19:13 IST: This is Ashwin’s 200th T20 match.
19:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live match updates of the 16th IPL 2018 match between Kings XI Punjab and SunRisers Hyderabad.
Hyderabad may continue to use wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha as a top-order batsman even if he has not cashed in on the opportunities so far.
A part from him, the likes of Shakib, Manish Pandey are proven performers and will look to showcase their talent again, especially against Punjab bowlers who have proved to be expensive, barring young Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Captain Ravichandran Ashwin will hope fellow bowlers like Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma and Barinder Sran restrict the Hyderabad line-up.
SRH: Kane Williamson (Captain), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Rashid Khan Arman, Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Sandeep Sharma, Shakib Al Hasan, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi Eisakhil, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Billy Stanlake, Siddharth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Syed Khaleel Ahmed, Shreevats Goswami, Basil Thampi, T. Natarajan, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Ricky Bhui, Sachin Baby, Tanmay Agarwal.
KXIP: Ravichandran Ashwin (Captain), Axar Patel, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, David Miller, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Zadran, Barinder Sran, Andrew Tye, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar.>