Home > Match report >

Lakshmipathy Balaji, Glenn Maxwell lead Kings XI Punjab to massive 72-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 7

Laxmipathy Balaji finished with figures of four for 13 © IANS
Lakshmipathy Balaji (third from left) finished with figures of four for 13 © IANS

By R.Vishal

Apr 22, 2014

Kings XI Punjab‘s stunning start was in no mood to settle down as they make it three out of three in what a clinical display to overpower Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 72 runs in match nine of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014. Laxmipathy Balaji came back to wicket-taking ways with a superb outing which saw him finish with figures of four for 13.

Glenn Maxwell lit up the United Arab Emirates (UAE) crowd for the third time in a row with the spectators turning fielders for the most part with a range of power-hitting and improvisation that has never been seen before. At the start of the Punjab innings Virender Sehwag  and Cheteshwar Pujara played useful cameos before Maxwell stole the thunder with 95 that came of a measly 42 balls.

Hyderabad got off to the wost possible start and skipper Shikhar Dhawan’s lack of foot movement landed him in trouble and Mitchell’s Johnson’s late swing was too much for him to handle. Hyderabad needed one of David Warner or Aaron Finch to play a huge knock and Finch started off well, spanking a couple of lovely shots to the boundary.

Johnson was unusually off-colour after the wicket and overstepped twice but his compatriots Warner and Finch failed to connect either of the free-hits. India’s forgotten man Balaji broke the backbone of the Hyderabad batting order with some clever bowling. First, Finch was outsmarted by a straight delivery and was clean-bowled for 19. Warner’s laboured stay at the crease ended with a slash at point which was pouched by Glenn Maxwell in the ring.

Sandeep Sharma piled further misery by dismissing Venugopal Rao. Venugopal was unfortunate as the ball kept low and hit the stumps. Lokesh Rahul, vying to cement his place as one of India’s best young batsman smacked a couple of lovely shots to the boundary. There was further damage as Akshar Patel sent Irfan Pathan packing and with half the side back in the hut for 74, the writing was on the wall for Sunrisers.

Sensing danger, George Bailey sent Balaji into the attack and he was rewarded with a wicket straight-away with Sammy smacking a delivery straight to mid-off and Akshar got his revenge by jumping up and pouching a well-taken catch. Sammy was out for 15. Rahul’s tenacious knock ended by trying to heave Akshar Patel out of the ground. With the target out of reach wickets fell at regular intervals and Balaji’s inspired spell meant that Hyderabad slumped to their second straight defeat and Punjab are sitting pretty at the top of the pile with a 72-run win.

Brief scores:

Kings XI Punjab 193 for 6 in 20 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 35, Virender Sehwag 30, Glenn Maxwell 95;  Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 3 for 19, Amit Mishra 2 for 56) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 121 in 19.2 overs (Aaron Finch 19, KL Rahul 27, Darren Sammy 15; Laxmipathy Balaji 4 for 13, Akshar Patel 2 for 20) by 72 runs.

Man of the Match: Glenn Maxwell

Full Scorecard

Photo Gallery

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule: Match time table for IPL 7

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule & Results

Click here for IPL 2014 complete coverage

(R Vishal is a journalist and an alumni of the Asian School of Journalism. He can be followed on Twitter @vishhell)

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Birmingham

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Leeds

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Kingstown, St Vincent

More

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014  at Harare

Zimbabwe won by 3 wkts

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Nottingham

India won by 6 wkts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 61 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Photos

Australia vs Zimbabwe, ODI tri-series at Harare

Videos

Misbah disppointed with Pakistan's performance

Australia’s losses to minnows in limited-overs cricket

India tour of England 2014: Who is Jason Roy?

Zimbabwe’s 12 most memorable victories in international cricket

Zimbabwe vs Australia, 4th ODI: Highlights

Elton Chigumbura-Prosper Utseya partnership takes Zimbabwe to historic win over Australia

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 Australia vs Zimbabwe England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan South Africa Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 Zimbabwe vs Australia

Sourav Ganguly: England have mental block playing spinners

BCCI official: Tough for board to host Annual General Meeting this month

Javed Miandad, Abdul Qadir question mindset of Pakistan players

Aditya Verma: Happy with Supreme Court’s decision not to reinstate N Srinivasan as BCCI president

Misbah-ul-Haq shouldn’t lead Pakistan any more, feel former players

India vs England 4th ODI at Birmingham: India’s likely XI

Ishant Sharma: 10 facts you need to know about the towering Indian paceman

India vs England 4th ODI at Birmingham: England likely XI

Myth busting – Ranji, CB Fry, Sussex and the fertile mind of Neville Cardus

Duncan Fletcher’s heroics and Zimbabwe’s first win over Australia

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

668 Posts | 6 Fans

Yuvraj Singh's ton against MCC

9 blood cancer signs and symptoms you should know

Motorola Moto G successor will also be called Moto G, leaked photo from Flipkart warehouse suggests

Shah Rukh Khan to start shooting for Fan and Raees next year!

Revealed: Celebs you might see in Salman Khan’s Bigg Boss 8

Sourav Ganguly: England have mental block playing spinners

How to plan a home birth

Prime Minister Narendra Modi credits Japan with modernising India

Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk leaked ahead of September 4 launch

India vs England 4th ODI at Birmingham: England likely XI

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here