A day light robbery this from KXIP. SRH’s middle order woes again came to haunt them as they lost last 7 wickets for just 14 runs. They were cruising at one stage at 56/0 in 7 overs and then 100/3 in 16 overs needing 27 from 24. After that the collapse happened. But take no credit sway from KL Rahul and his team they understood the conditions well and planned accordingly and better than that they executed their plans very well. Just took pace off and bowled into the pitch to make it tough for batsmen and SRH just panicked. Ones and twos would have got them home, but they didn’t hit the gaps enough and played some poor shots to fielders. Special mention to Arshdeep mainly for not getting carried away and just sticking to slow and into the pitch stuff. This could have easily slipped out had he tried the glory path with the yorker. Bishnoi showed a lot of character squeezing the middle overs alongside Ashwin, who’s figures would have read a lot better but for those two boundaries in his last over. KXIP are on a roll here they have won four of their last four games and are flying high considering the fact that they have beaten all the top three teams of the points table.
Lowest totals successfully defended by KXIP in IPL:
119 vs MI Durban 2009
126 vs SRH Dubai 2020 *
132 vs KKR Abu Dhabi 2014
Lowest target failed to be chased down by SRH in IPL:
127 vs KXIP Dubai 2020 *
137 vs MI Hyderabad 2019
149 vs RPS Hyderabad 2017
Losing last seven wkts for fewest runs (IPL):
8/7 (144/3-152) DC v KXIP Mohali 2019
10/7 (106/3-116) SRH v DC Hyderabad 2019
12/7 (149/3-161) Deccan v DD Durban 2009
14/7 (100/3-114) SRH v KXIP Dubai 2020 *
Warner | SRH captain: Yeah it does (hurt a lot). Our bowlers did a fantastic job to restrict them. After the start we got, we took our foot off the pedal. Felt on that wicket it was going to get tougher once the spin came into it. For us it was about trying to apply pressure upfront, negate the swing bowling, but obviously we didn’t get across the line. They bowled well with the new ball (his bowlers). Didn’t get all the wickets upfront but we brought it back well. Today our bowlers executed the plans well, very happy with them. Just have to forget this game and move forward.
KL Rahul | KXIP captain: Yes we are making it a habit. In the first half we somehow couldn’t make this a habit. I am just speechless right now to be honest. Very happy with the show from the boys. The work done is always behind the scenes, not just the players, but the support staff. You can’t change much in a player in two months but you can always make them mentally better and that’s what coach Kumble, Andy, Charl, Jonty and Wasim have done. After me and Mandeep played the first over we know it’s not a high scoring wicket. We were thinking close to 160. They went hard in the first six. But I knew we could pull things back if we don’t leak many runs in the powerplay as we have two leggies. We sat down and thought about the things that the bowlers would need in conditions like these and it’s good to see the work paying off.
Chris Jordan is the man of the match.