Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

IPL: Punjab opt to field against Hyderabad

IPL: Punjab opt to field against Hyderabad

Hyderabad now sit third on the table with three wins from five games, while Punjab have slipped to fifth with three consecutive losses.

"We stopped them for 160-odd runs". Warner felt that it was a really tough wicket to bat on. He knew Bhuvneshwar Kumar would swing the ball around, but did not expect the wicket to be up and down as it was.

"Another great game of cricket". Williamson began to play defensively in his first few deliveries before showing his aggressive intent in the seventh over as he smashed Angelo Mathews for two successive sixes.

Kumar struck in his first two overs and spinners Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi ran through the middle order with three quick wickets as Kings XI struggled to 82-6 in the 14th over.

In Ashish Nehra and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hyderabad have two of India's best shortest format medium pacers.

People said that Kane Williamson is not a T-20 player and now he played an ideal T-20 inning. "I just planned that I will knock him around for the single, but unfortunately I just missed the ball and it hit the pads".

Williamson, the New Zealand captain, was delighted to get a start after sitting out the first five fixtures and to make the most of it.

Sunrisers might have been anxious when Kaul conceded 13 off the 18th over and Iyer carved a reverse-swinging yorker from Bhuvneshwar for a four.

Opting to field, Kings XI Punjab bowlers were disciplined in their approach on a pitch where shot-making was not the easiest thing in the world. Warner said that winning at home is always important. "Everyone pitched in with good performances and was instrumental in tonight's win".

Hyderabad skipper, David Warner credits Manan Vohra for his innings. Sunrisers legspinner Rashid Khan has taken eight of his nine wickets this season in the first half of the innings. "There wasn't much pressure on me because I have bowled in such situations in the past". The second of his sixes were his last runs off the bat, coming in the final over and helped over the rope by England limited overs skipper Eoin Morgan who let a simple chance slip through his fingers.

SRH will have the home advantage and will be confident as they defeated Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their last game. It worked well and thankfully we ended up with a win. But here, they'll be up against a bowling unit that has built a reputation of defending low totals by sheer will and can-do spirit. "Tonight was just an example of that and it was a complete team effort".

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