Chasing a mammoth total of 202 KXIP got of to a disastrous start, Mayank got out in the 4th over and then the newcomer Simran Singh. Skipper Kl Rahul also didn’t last long and got out after scratchy inning of 11. But Nicholas Pooran did what he does best scored a brisk fifty of 17 balls and looked threatening to SRH but soon he ran out of partner as no one else was able to cope with the pressure of that 200 mark. Rashid Khan was a star with the ball for SRH he removed Pooran at the right time in his last over. Before all that it was Warner Bairstow show as the duo notched 160 run partnership in 15 overs. But then the young leggie Ravi Bishnoi removed both of them as KXIP restricted them to 201 what looked like 220 or 230 score. But it was KXIP what let them down and now they have only one win out of 6 games. Where SRH looks like they are back on track.
KL Rahul | Losing captain: I think when we lose wickets in the powerplay, it’s always going to be tough and getting Mayank run-out was a disaster. We kept losing wickets after that and it was one of those days where everything (aerial shots) went into the hands of fielders. The last five games we’ve been struggling in the death overs, but we pulled things back, else 230 was on the cards. Pooran is so good to watch, he’s hitting proper cricketing shots. If we get a decent job at the start, he can do the job for us later. He’s (Ravi Bishnoi) always enjoyed those situations, that’s great to see for a youngster. All of them are professionals, and they know where they’re going wrong. Everyone’s working hard and they want to contribute for the team. They have proved themselves in the past, sometimes it doesn’t come off, but you got to be patient.
David Warner | Winning captain: I was a bit nervous while Nicholas was hitting it over the stands. I have always had high prospects of that kid. I was fortunate to play in Bangladesh with him. You always think, ‘What can I do, how can I get him out?’. He’s (Rashid) a world-class bowler, it’s great to have him. He always delivers in pressure situations. He loves that stuffs. What a player. Sad for Bhuvi, we wish him all the best, but having one of our best death bowlers out of the team gives others an opportunity for others. We love batting with each other. We pride ourselves in running hard between wickets. At the moment, I am just rotating strike for him (Bairstow). We enjoy batting with each other. We tried to negate the swing by coming at them (KXIP bowlers). We have got a tough game against RR, a day game, have to start fresh again.
Johny Bairstow is the player of the match.