Kushal Kumar Jha
IPL 2020, SRH vs KXIP: Rashid Khan dominates as SRH beat KXIP by 69 runs | Jonny Bairstow's 97 helps
In the 22nd match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) beat Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by massive 69 runs at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Jonny Bairstow shines as his 97 runs knock helps SRH set a high target of 202 runs for the KXIP to chase. Whereas, Rashid Khan destroyed the complete batting line-up of KXIP tonight. Nicholas Pooran played amazing innings for the KXIP with his brilliant knock of 77 runs off 37 balls. Pooran also created the record of the fastest fifty tonight in the 13th edition of IPL. With tonight's win, SRH now stands at the 3rd position in the points table of IPL 2020. Whereas, KXIP remains on the bottom of the points table with having only one win in the current season of the IPL.
Skipper David Warner won the toss and elected to bat first. Skipper opened the innings with this match's super striker Jonny Bairstow. While the Warner made classy 50 runs off 40 balls, the Bairstow played an explosive innings of 97 runs off 55 balls aided by 6 sixes and 7 fours. After a great opening partnership between the opening duo, SRH witnessed a rapid fall of the wickets of its batting line-up. Abdul Samad and Manish Pandey lost their wickets in the early. Kane Williamson came to the crease and made quick 20 runs off 10 balls undefeated, allowing SRH to set a high target of 202 for the KXIP to chase. Abhishek Sharma also added undefeated 12 runs off 6 balls for the SRH tonight. Ravi Bishnoi remained the most economical bowler in his spell of 4 overs while also taking 3 crucial rd wickets for the KXIP.
Kings XI Punjab had a very bad start tonight with Skipper KL Rahul's disappointing innings of 11 runs off 16 balls. Opener Mayank Agarwal also lost his wicket in the early making just 9 runs off 6 balls. Prabhsimran Singh also failed to save the sinking ship of KXIP and lost his wicket after making 11 runs. However, Nicholas Pooran came out as a solo match performer with his fiery knock of 77 runs off 37 balls aided by 7 sixes and 5 fours. Kings XI Punjab's rest of the batting line-up collapsed before the bowling might of SRH tonight. Rashid Khan shined as he remained the most economical bowler from the SRH. Rashid Khan grabbed 3 crucial wickets while also maintaining an impressive economy rate of 3.00.
After a jumpy start this season, Sunrisers Hyderabad is now looking strong in the 13th edition of IPL. All the key players from the SRH shined tonight. While the English batsman Jonny Bairstow played an impressive innings with his 97 runs knock, the skipper David Warner supported him with his classy half-century. Despite the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, SRH's bowling department dominated the opponent team tonight. Rashid Khan's performance has been very consistent in the 13th edition of IPL. Rashid Khan grabbed 3 important wickets tonight with an impressive economy rate of 3.00.