It was not the batsmen but the bowlers that caused the defeat of KXIP. The heroic of Shaun Marsh will be there, how he played an impeccable innings in a losing cause. Had the KXIP bowlers been little more prudent with line and length, just like Rashid khan, who was the difference between both the sides, the things might have been different. Well, a game of haves and coulds.
Well, SRH batsman had a giant roar with bat. Warner(51) continued his god run and Dhawan (77) marked his return to form and shoved off all the doubts regarding his batting for Champions Trophy. End overs cameo from Williamson (54) saw SRH crossing the 200 marks and posting a giant 207-3. But this game has seen no score is safe.
KXIP had mammoth to chase and a good start could have done miracles. Remember Parthiv and Butler’s 82 in 35 which made mockery of a 200 target. Something like that could have opened up the game for Punjab. But KXIP was reduced to 42/3 in 5 when Maxwell went to pavilion. But then it was Shaun Marsh(84) who tried his level best. A support from other side could have swung the match in either side. Rashid (4-16-1)was brilliant with the ball.
Nevertheless, first win for SRH away from home. They still need to win 3/5 for qualification. For KXIP, backing up and backing up real quick si the only way out. Lets see how this pans out.
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