That's it from us for the Kings XI Punjab-Sunrisers Hyderabad match! Do tune in to our live blog for the second game of the day — the crucial clash between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils at Vizag.
Hashim Amla is the Man of the Match for his brilliant 96 off 56 balls!
After 20 overs,Hyderabad 183/3 ( Yuvraj Singh 42 , Ben Cutting 21)
Mohit to bowl the final over, and concedes a wide off the first ball of the over. SIX! Yuvi has pretty much sealed the deal, hammering a big one over wide long-on with a majestic swing of the bat! Dot off the second. Single off the third, bringing the equation down to one off the last three balls. FOUR! Cutting hits the winning boundary after launching the full-toss towards the cow-corner boundary, as Sunrisers Hyderabad win by seven wickets to confirm their place in the play-offs!
After 19 overs,Hyderabad 171/3 ( Yuvraj Singh 35 , Ben Cutting 17)
Sandeep to bowl the penultimate over, and this one's a crucial one for Punjab, if they are to snatch a win in the end. Lapse of concentration by Sandeep in the fourth ball, and he gives Cutting the room to go for a straight six off a full delivery outside off. Two off the last ball, with 11 coming off the over. SRH need 9 off the last over!
After 18 overs,Hyderabad 160/3 ( Yuvraj Singh 34 , Ben Cutting 7)
SIX! Massive hit from Yuvraj over long-on off Sandeep's bowling, with the ball almost touching the clouds. Had survived a run-out scare after a direct hit from Vijay a delivery earlier. OUT! Sandeep gets the breakthrough as Hooda gets caught by Miller at deep midwicket while attempting a pull to clear the boundary off a short-of-length ball. Cutting the new batsman at the crease, and the onus is now on experienced campaigner Yuvraj to finish things off in style.
Mohit bowls the 18th over. Yuvraj hammers the first ball over deep square-leg off a short-of-length ball, pulling it in his typical style, before guiding the second ball past short third man for a four! And the task is getting easier with each boundary off Yuvi's bat. SIX! And now Cutting into the act, pulling the slower ball outside off from Mohit over wide long-on! Ball in SRH's court now, as they need 20 off the last 12 balls.
OUT! Just when things were starting to look smooth for Hyderabad, Sandeep comes in and gets a breakthrough. Hooda departs for 34 off 22 balls, attempting a pull towards midwicket, but not getting the necessary distance, as Miller takes the catch in the deep. SRH 139/3 after 16 overs; need 41 off the last four overs!
Eventful 13th over of the SRH innings bowled by Axar. Warner's backfoot manages to nudge his stumps while the SRH skipper is looking for to play it towards the leg side, but slips in the process. Huge wicket for Punjab, and a much-needed one at this stage. Yuvraj however, gets off the mark with a boundary towards third man! Hooda ends the over on a big note by coming down the track, and smashing the ball over long-off!
Mohit returns to the attack in the 14th over, and Yuvraj starts off with a stylish drive wide of mid-off, with no fielder having the spirit to give the ball a chase. Nine runs off the 14th over. Good over for Sunrisers in the 15th, with 11 coming off it. Sunrisers need another 50 to win from 30 balls, and look set to get to the mark with Hooda and Yuvi at the crease.
OUT! And we have the third hit-wicket dismissal of the tournament, and the credit of the most important wicket of the innings goes to Axar Patel. Warner was batting rather deep in the crease, and his backfoot nudged the stumps while he was looking to play the delivery towards the leg side. Incidentally, all the hit-wicket victims in the tournament so far have been SRH batsmen, with Yuvraj and Hooda being the other two! The SRH skipper departs for 52 off 41 balls; SRH97/2
After 12 overs,Hyderabad 97/1 ( David Warner (C) 52 , Deepak Hooda 14)
Warner's anchoring the innings following the departure of Dhawan courtesy a brilliant run-out. SRH reach 78 for one at the end of 10 overs, and look set at the halfway mark, despite the dismissal. Wide full-toss from Sandeep in the third ball of the 11th over, and Warner moves to 49 with a hit towards the extra-cover boundary. Fifty up for Warner in the 12th over, and he gets to the mark for the seventh time in the ongoing tournament with a single down the ground. Another front-foot no-ball by Anureet in the 12th over. Hooda ends the over with a cut through point, getting his first boundary of the innings. SRH need 83 to win from 48 balls.
After 12 overs,Punjab 93/2 ( Hashim Amla 54 , Gurkeerat Singh Mann 5)
FIFTY for David Warner in 38 balls, and this is his seventh 50-plus score in what has been an incredible tournament for the SRH skipper so far! Gets to the mark with a single down the ground, having five fours and a six so far in the innings, and looks set to anchor the win for his side today!
After 9 overs,Hyderabad 74/1 ( David Warner (C) 42 , Deepak Hooda 4)
Axar Patel is introduced in the seventh over, and that makes him the seventh bowler of the innings. Concedes six off his first, with the SRH opening pair looking increasingly menacing with each passing over. Anureet concedes the first front-foot no-ball of the day, but gets a dot off the free-hit. Run-out at the end of the over, with Dhawan falling short of his crease at the non-striker's end courtesy a brilliant direct-hit from Mohit at long-on. Hooda is the new batsman at the crease, and he gets off the mark with a single off the first ball of the next over. SRH need 106 to win from 66 balls.
OUT! Warner comes back for a risky second in the final ball of the eighth over, and his partner Dhawan caught well short of his crease at the non-striker's end courtesy a superb direct-hit from Mohit Sharma at long-on! The breakthrough has finally been achieved, with the first wicket falling with 68 on board. Dhawan departs for 25 off 22.
Earlier in the innings, KXIP skipper Murali Vijay introduced himself into the attack in the second over. It was an interesting move indeed.
Murali Vijay is the 11th player to open the batting and bowling in same #IPL game. But he is the 1st to do so as captain!#KXIPvSRH
After 6 overs,Hyderabad 55/0 ( David Warner (C) 34 , Shikhar Dhawan 19)
Warner welcomes Anureet into the attack with a square drive, sending the ball towards deep point! More boundaries leaked by Anureet, with Dhawan coming down and whacking it towards midwicket. Stoinis, the hero with the ball in the match against Mumbai, starts off by conceding a boundary to Warner. The SRH skipper meanwhile, gets the first six of the innings off a length ball well outside off, with Warner opening the face of the bat and slicing it high over long-off! Maxwell to bowl the final over of the powerplay, which should provide for an interesting battle with fellow Aussie Warner. However, it is Dhawan who ends the over on an expensive note with consecutive fours! Meanwhile, the fifty stand is up for SRH at the end of the over.
After 3 overs,Hyderabad 20/0 ( David Warner (C) 13 , Shikhar Dhawan 6)
Warner and Dhawan walk out to bat, and the former gets the fourth ball of the first over by Sandeep, hammering it past mid-off! Eight off the first over, with the SRH openers aiming for a big start in their chase of the stiff target. KXIP skipper Murali Vijay introduces himself in the second over in a rather interesting move, and his SRH counterpart Warner gets his 2nd boundary off the second ball of the over. Eight off the over. Leading seamer Mohit is introduced in the third, and bowls a good one, conceding just four off it.
This #IPL Virat Kohli & Steven Smith managed to register their maiden T20 100. Today: Hashim Amla just missed his by 4 runs!#KXIPvSRH
After 20 overs,Punjab 179/4 ( David Miller 20 , Glenn Maxwell 0)
DROPPED AGAIN! Mustafizur in the attack for the 19th, and Amla miscues the first delivery towards deep cover, where Vijay Shankar fails to hold on to the catch yet again. Miller hammers the fourth ball through extra-cover to get his first boundary of the innings! Amla looks for another paddle in the last ball from Mustafizur, but fails to make contact.
Bhuvi in for the final over, and Miller starts off with a boundary down the ground, before getting a single in the second to give the strike back to Amla! Dot off the third, with the pressure increasing on the batsman in the nervous nineties! OUT! Amla does not execute the shot properly, and ends up miscuing a full delivery to David Warner at long-off, walking back to the dugout after a fabulous innings of 96 off 56 balls. Misses out on the seventh century of the tournament. Miller ends the innings with a massive six over midwicket to move to 20 off 9, with Maxwell not facing a single ball at the other end. Punjab finish on a commanding 179/4 after 20 over. Meanwhile, Bhuvi gets his 100th T20 wicket with the dismissal of Amla.
After 18 overs,Punjab 160/3 ( Hashim Amla 94 , David Miller 3)
Amla appears to have his sights set at a century today, hammering the first ball of the 16th over over mid-off. Gets his second six of the innings with a slog over cow-corner, pouncing on the slower, fuller delivery. Moves to the 80s with a glance off a wide full-toss from Mustafizur, sending the ball towards fine-leg! Boundary off the very next ball, pulling it towards wide long-on. Does Fizz have a trick or two up his sleeve to stop Amla at this stage? Amla ends the over with yet another boundary, ramping the delivery, that is pitched outside off, over short fine-leg towards the boundary. Bhuvi comes into the attack for the 18th over, and concedes a boundary off the first ball to Gurkeerat, before rattling the latter's off-stump with a slow leg-cutter!
Amla is joined by fellow South African David Miller at the crease, and he moves to 93 by hammering his 14th boundary of the innings. DROPPED! Pulled towards deep midwicket, and substitute Vijay Shankar fails to hold on to a difficult chance. Single for Amla in the end.
OUT! Bhuvi brings the 65-run stand to an end with a slow leg-cutter! Gurkeerat looks to swing his bat towards the leg-side, but ends up missing the line to get his off-stump rattled! Departs for 27 off 20, as KXIP lose their third wicket with 152 on board.
After 15 overs,Punjab 121/2 ( Hashim Amla 64 , Gurkeerat Singh Mann 21)
Karn comes in for his final over of the day, having bowled decently so far. Amla comes down the track in the fifth ball, that is pitched wide outside off, and hammers is towards his increasingly favourite region of extra-cover! Sharma finishes with none for 26 from four overs. Nehra back in the attack for the 14th, and Amla goes for a cheeky pull for a one-bounce four towards fine-leg! Another boundary of Nehra, this time Gurkeerat getting a top-edge over the keeper's head. OUCH! Nehra appears to have suffered a serious injury, pulling out of his delivery stride just after landing on his back foot.
Not sure whether Nehra has suffered a hamstring or an ankle injury. Nehra has been taken off the field, with Cutting bowling the last ball of the over. Mustafizur in for the 15th over, and Gurkeerat launches him over mid-off in the very first delivery for a four!
After 12 overs,Punjab 93/2 ( Hashim Amla 54 , Gurkeerat Singh Mann 5)
Yuvi into the attack for the 10th over. Gets hammered by Amla and Saha for boundaries, with the ball travelling towards deep extra-cover on both occasions. 11 runs off it, with KXIP reaching 77 for one at the halfway mark in their innings. Karn into the attack for the 11th, and Amla brings up his fifty in 30 balls with a single! He finally marks his presence in the ongoing tournament. Reverse sweep off Saha's bat, and the ball runs away towards third man, beating Ashish Nehra to the boundary rope. 10 off the over. Meanwhile the 50-stand has also been completed between the two, with Saha also looking increasingly settled right now.
Alas! Henriques gets the breakthrough, with Saha getting deceived by a bit of bounce, as he miscues the ball near deep square-leg, where Deepak Hooda holds on to the catch! The KXIP keeper-batsman departs for 27 off 23, as the hosts lose their second wicket with 87 on board. Gurkeerat is the new batsman at the crease now. Gurkeerat guides the second ball that he faces towards backward point for a four, getting off the mark in style.
Fifty for Hashim Amla in 30 balls! Has hammered seven fours and a six in an attacking innings so far, and the South African finally makes his presence felt in the IPL after being brought in as the replacement for Shaun Marsh.
After 9 overs,Punjab 66/1 ( Hashim Amla 43 , Wriddhiman Saha (W) 16)
Saha, who hammered a match-winning fifty along with skipper Vijay in their dominating victory over Mumbai, is out to bat in place of Vijay, with Karn Sharma replacing Mustafizur at the moment. Henriques into the eighth over. Amla slashes the third ball, getting an outside edge through the vacant slips towards third man! Good over by Karn in the ninth, with five coming off it. Meanwhile, Amla looks set for his first fifty of the tournament
Good start for Karn, who replaces Sran in the SRH lineup, in this match so far.
Karn Sharma in this IPL:
57 runs in 4 overs vs RCB 24 runs in 2.2 overs vs KKR
Good start today; just 4 runs in first over#KXIPvSRH
After 6 overs,Punjab 47/1 ( Hashim Amla 32 , Wriddhiman Saha (W) 8)
SIX! Amla is killing it right now! And goes after Nehra again! Half-volley outside off, and Amla launches this one over long-off to bring up the first big hit of the day! Seems set for a big score today. However, Vijay does not have a long stay at the crease, as Mustafizur gets rid of him in his second delivery of the day, with the KXIP skipper departing for 6. Mustafizur gets his 50th T20 wicket in the process. Ben Cutting is introduced in the final over of powerplay, and Amla hammers him in the fourth ball with a cut towards backward point to move into the 30s. Good powerplay for KXIP, with 47 coming off it.
OUT! And its the Fizz who gets the breakthrough in his second ball of the day with a slower one! Skipper Vijay looks to go for the flick, but ends up getting a an edg towards wide mid-off, where his SRH counterpart Warner holds on to the catch! KXIP's key run-getter departs for six, as the hosts lose their first wicket with 33 on board. Meanwhile, Mustafizur completes 50 T20 wickets.
The usual start to the match, with Vijay and Amla walking out to bat, with Bhuvi set to bowl the first ball of the day. FOUR! Amla is off the mark, and gets the first runs on the board for his team as well, cutting away through point this time! Seven runs off the first over of the day. Nehra comes in to bowl the second over, and goes for a rather expensive one, conceding 12 runs off it including three boundaries, all of which were of Amla's bat. Bhuvi brings the run-rate down by a bit in the third over, conceding just three off it.
Looks like the captains are increasingly starting to take risks in this IPL, by which we mean choosing to bat first.
Electing to bat first in this IPL: First 10 matches: 4 times Next 29 matches: 1 time Last 7 matches: 4 times#KXIPvSRH
Hello and welcome to Firstpost's live coverage of the 46th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) between Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the IS Bindra PCA Stadium in Mohali on Sunday. This is Amit Banerjee, and I shall keep you updated with the live happenings of the game.
PREVIEW: Table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will aim to seal their Indian Premier League (IPL) play-off berth when they take on a rejuvenated Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the Punjab Association Stadium in Mohali on Sunday.
With seven wins out of 11, the David Warner-led side would hope to shed their rusty show in the last outing against Delhi Daredevils and ensure their entry into the play-offs with a win on Sunday.
On the other hand, Punjab have largely disappointed so far this season, having won just four of their 11 matches.
However, ever since Murali Vijay took over the captaincy, Punjab have been a much improved outfit.
They thrashed defending champions Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in their last match, a result which saw them climb out of the bottom of the eight-team table to the seventh spot with eight points.
KXIP mentor Virender Sehwag backed skipper Murali Vijay and called him the right choice for captain. BCCI
Before the Mumbai game, they nearly beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), falling short by just a single run, largely due to some needless attempts at flamboyant, improvised shots by the batsmen.
Previous captain David Miller was unable to inspire the team, either with his leadership or his batting. Glenn Maxwell, usually an explosive batsman almost tailor made for the 20-over format, has not really managed to strike form while South African veteran Hashim Amla has been a disappointment in the three matches he has played.
The bowlers also need to pull up their socks. Sandeep Sharma and Mohit Sharma have done well for the most part, but left-arm spinner Axar Patel has been a bit inconsistent.
Australian pacer Marcus Stoinis has also struggled with his consistency, although he showed some excellent form against Mumbai with figures of 4/15.
Punjab face a do-or-die task in their remaining three league phase matches. Even if Punjab manage to win those games, they will still have to depend on their net run rate to pull them through. But if they manage to continue their new found form, a ticket to the play-offs, although difficult, can not be ruled out.
Hyderabad on the other side, are in a much better position.
The visitors have amassed 14 points, with seven wins in their 11 matches. Their success has largely depended on a strong bowling attack spearheaded by the pace trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra and Mustafizur Rahman.
Openers David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan have led the way with the bat. Dhawan, who was going through an extended run of poor form, flopped in their first few matches before finding his groove. All-rounders Yuvraj Singh and Moises Henriques have also been impressive.
Given the overall performance of the two teams this season, Hyderabad will start as the favourites. But they will do well to be wary of Punjab's new found form.