Match Highlights: IPL 2019, Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad full score and results: KL Rahul takes Kings XI Punjab to six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad

Another great outing for KL Rahul. As the tournament is wearing on, he is getting better and better which are good signs, not only for Punjab, but for India as well, with the World Cup looming closer. Agarwal continued his good run and if these two and the middle order can maintain their consistency, Punjab can finish in the top four.

It is very rare that a team manages to defend a total in Mohali. They are due, aren’t they? But not with this amount of dew. Hyderabad simply could not get their lines and lengths right and struggled throughout, except for the early wicket of Chris Gayle. The second-wicket stand of 114 between Rahul and Agarwal never let them be in the game and the last few moments were just because Punjab lost their cool. Sandeep Sharma was excellent with his 2/21 in his 4 overs while Rashid gave just 20 runs in his 4 but just took the solitary wicket of Gayle. Wickets were needed in heaps and that, Hyderabad did not get.

They should have won and they did win but boy, did Punjab make a royal mess of a simple run chase. At the second strategic break, with 32 needed from 4 overs and 9 wickets in hand, it should not have gone down to 11 required in the final over. However, Rahul kept his cool in the end and saw his team through.

They should have won and they did win but boy, did Punjab make a royal mess of a simple run chase.

Over 20: KL Rahul to the fore as he takes King xI Punjab to victory. After four runs off the first two balls bowled by Mohammad Nabi, it was down to 6 off 3 balls before KL Rahul hit a four to make it 2 in 2 and he hit the winning runs to take his team to win. He remains unbeaten on 71*.

Over 19: What an over from Siddarth Kaul , Just five off it and a wicket of Mandeep Singh. It has gone down to the wire. KXIP need 11 off 6 balls

Over 18: Mayank Agarwal goes for big swipe off Sandeep Sharma, but is caught at cow corner – He goes for 55 and David Miller also departs. Just three runs off that over. Good one by Sandeep Sharma. KXIP 135/3, need 16 off 12 balls.

Over 17: A six and four by Mayank Agarwal and he brings up his fifty. 13 runs off the over bowled by Siddarth Kaul. 19 off 18 required by KXIP 

Over 16: Dropped! Yusuf Pathan makes a hash off a Mayank Agarwal swipe away from his body. Easy catch in the deep and he drops it. Bhuvneshwar Kumar the unlucky bowler. 8 runs off it. KXIP need 32 off 24 balls

Over 15: Sandeep Sharma back for a fresh dig, and Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul are cantering really well. 6 runs off it. 111/1

Over 14: So the Rashid Khan threat is averted very well here. Three runs off his final over and he finishes with 4-0-20-1. 105/1

Over 13: Mohammad Nabi is being taken apart here. Two fours and that’s 12 runs off it. His three has been gone for 31 now. Fifty up for KL Rahul as well. 34 balls for that. 102/1

Over 12: Rashid Khan being handled very cautiously. Just 4 runs off it. KXIP 90/1

Over 11: Massive over this. A six and four by KL Rahul off Siddarth Kaul after Mayank Agarwal got himself a boundary. 17 runs off it and KXIP are cruising now. 86/1

Over 10: Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul not taking any chances off Rashid Khan. Still seven runs off it. 69/1

Over 9: Another four, this time off Siddarth Kaul by KL Rahul. 7 runs off the over and with Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul has put Kings XI Punjab in a solid position. 62/1

Over 8: Mohammad Nabi magic isn’t working tonight. After KL Rahul gets  four, Mayank Agarwal takes his for a maximum. 12 runs off the over. KXIP chase is on course. 55/1

Over 7: Tidy over from Sandeep Sharma. Just five off it. 43/1

Over 6: Mayank Agarwal getting in to his groove. He takes a six off Mohammad Nabi. 8 runs off the over. 38/1

Over 5: KL Rahul takes a four off the first ball off Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s third over, but two more runs in the over only. 6 off it and that’s 30/1  

Over 4: Chris Gayle tries to take on Rashid Khan and he perishes to a good catch at long-on by Deepak Hooda. Gayle gone for 16 off 14 balls. Sunrisers are up and running. Mayank Agarwal takes a four off Rashid straight down the ground. 6 runs off the over. 24/1

Over 3: Ominous signs this from Chris Gayle. He tops Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a six first ball. Then again, just three more runs in the over. 18/0

Over 2: Chris Gayle up and running with a four off Sandeep Sharma’s first over, but Sandeep comeback well to give away just seven runs in the over. 9/0

Over 1: The Kings XI Punjab chase is underway! Bhuvneshwar Kumar with a super over. Just two off it. 2/0

The pitch by the look of things appears to be on the slower side but last evening, in a similar situation, Kolkata made a complete mockery of the low target posted by Rajasthan.

Vijay Shankar is having a chat with Daren Ganga. Shankar says that it was not easy to bat early on, with the ball skidding on a lot. Hence, keeping wickets in hand initially was the plan as the ball was moving off the pitch. But then, says Vijay, the batting team got a move on as scoring became easier. On playing the spinners, VS says that they were bowling well, so it was important for Hyderabad to run hard between the wickets and play them out watchfully. Regarding the bowling length on this track, Shankar says that good length would be the key, as the ball tends to skid on from that area.

Punjab were brilliant with the ball up front and maintained good intensity in the field. They made Hyderabad sweat hard for every run but once again, just like the last game against Chennai, they faltered in the end overs, conceding 58 runs in the last five overs. All the bowlers did a decent job but they should have done well in the last few overs.

What a cracking finish for Hyderabad! Talk about momentum and they have it heading back to the pavilion. It was a laborious innings for them as scoring runs appeared to be quite tough. David Warner read the pitch nice and early and after losing his opening partner early, he just decided to stay out there and grind for his runs. It was so tough for them to score that they managed just 50 runs at the halfway mark but then the Aussie decided to press on the accelerator and got an able partner in Manish Pandey. Together they put 55 runs off 35 balls to give the much-needed tonic to the scoring rate and then Deepak Hooda finished it in a flurry in the last over.

Over 20: That’s big over in the context of the game. Sunrisers Hyderabad lost Manish Pandey off the first ball, caught at deep mid, but Deepak Hooda finishes the innings in style with two fours and a six. 15 runs off the Mohammad Shami over. David Warner remains unbeaten on 70. 150/4

Over 19: Sam Curran’s final over is taken for two fours behind the stumps by Manish Pandey and David Warner. 11 runs off it. 135/3

Over 18: What a finish by Ankir Rajpoot. 8 runs off his final over and that’s a terrific spell of 4-0-21-0. 124/3

Over 17: Two fours off Mohammad Shami’s over and 12 runs off it. Sunrisers Hyderabad desperate to get quick runs. 116/3 in 17 overs does not make for a good reading at all.

Over 16: Mujeeb ur Rahman finishes his spell as David Warner takes a six. The first off the match and he gets to his fifty as well in 49 balls. 12 runs off it. 104/3

Over 15: Manish Pandey is the new man in and Sam Curran sends down a tidy over. 4 runs off it. 92/3

 Over 14: Run-out by Ashwin off his bowling – No, it’s not Mankading. Regulation one as David Warner hits the length ball back to Ashwin, he half stops the ball and then flicks it to the non-striker’s end. Mohammad Nabi is out of his crease and has to depart for 12. Nine runs off it. 88/3

Over 13: Mujeeb ur Rahman back in to the attack and David Warner takes a four and that’s 10 runs off it. 79/2

Over 12: Sam Curran in to his second over and eight runs off it. Mohammed Nabi top edges one but the ball lands in no mans land.  69/2

Over 11: Vijay Shankar takes a four off the first ball bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin but he departs in the same over to a carrom ball. He goes for 25 off 26 balls. But David Warner gets one more four off the over and 11 runs off it. 61/2

Over 10: Sam Curran in to the attack and it seems the strategy of Sunrisers Hyderabad has not changed after the time-out. Lack of intent. Seven runs off it. 50/1

TIME-OUT!

Over 9: Intriguing, intriguing passage of play this. The pitch looked hard and good for batsmen to play their shots, but that has not been the case so far. Six runs off Ravichandran Ashwin’s over. 43/1

Over 8: Mujeeb ur Rahman comes on for his second dig and it’s just a struggle for Sunrisers Hyderabad. It’s a strange strange approach by David Warner. Is the fragility of the middle-order forcing Warner to play like this. That’s six runs off the over. 37/1

Over 7: Skipper Ravichandran Ashwin is into the attack and he bowls a seem-up and the low-angle one – Kedar Jadhav type – and gives away just 4 runs. 31/1

Over 6: Powerplay done and Sunrisers have managed just 27 runs. David Warner is batting on 9 off 17 balls. Vijay Shankar on nine off 13. Mohammed Shami’s second over yields just two runs. 27/1

Over 5: Ankit Rajpoot in to his third over and what could have been a really good over, ends up being a good one. After three singles, he over pitches one off the last ball, and that is dispatched by David Warner. 7 off it. Warner on 8 off 16 balls. 25/1

Over 4: Mohammed Shami in to the attack and David Warner cannot get him away. A bit of indecision in the middle as well between Warner and Vijay Shankar. Punjab keeping the pressure with some good fielding as well. Shami’s first over goes for just one run. 18/1

Over 3: Another good over from Ankit Rajoot. After three leg byes and a single off the first two balls, three straight dots to David Warner. Two off the last and that’s six runs off the over. 17/1

Over 2: Mujeeb ur Rahman strikes with his first over. Jonny Bairstow tried to flick the ball but hands a low catch to Ravichandran Ashwin at short midwicket. He goes for 1. Vijay Shankar is the new man in and he starts off with a four, a beautiful cover drive. Two wides in the over too. 8 runs off it. 11/1

Over 1: That’s a tidy over from Ankit Rajpoot first up. Just three runs off it. 3/0

And we are underway! David Warner and Jonny Baristow out in the middle for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Ankit Rajpoot had the new ball for Kings XI Punjab.

TEAMS:

Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): David Warner, Jonny Bairstow(w), Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar(c), Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma

Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

TOSS: Kings XI Punjab win toss and opt to bowl first

Hello and welcome to our match coverage of Match 22 of the IPL 2019 between Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Monday.

PREVIEW:

Despite decent performances in the first innings, both Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) failed to back it up in the second dig, eventually losing their weekend matches to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) respectively.

Bruised over the weekend, both KXIP and SRH will have to make a quick turnaround and look to get back to winning ways when they lock horns in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Monday. (ALSO READ: Stretching and yoga exercises keep Chris Gayle moving)

Sunrsiers and Kings XI have garnered six points after three wins from five games, but the Hyderabad outfit are placed second due to a better run rate. KXIP, meanwhile, are lying fifth in the points table.

The Ravichandran Ashwin-led side, who won all their four matches last season before they shifted base to Indore, are on track to repeat the same show this edition. They won their previous two matches against MI and Delhi Capitals (DC) and are looking to extend their track record this year. (WATCH: Du Plessis, Dhoni and spinners put CSK back on top)

Punjab lost the plot against CSK on Saturday despite half-centuries from KL Rahuland Sarfaraz Khan while chasing 161 as they were restricted to 138 for five. The Lions were choked for runs by the spinners and with Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi in the Sunrsiers’ rank, it is going to be another difficult outing for the home team batsmen.

Last year’s finalists, Sunrisers were left shell shocked after debutante Alzarri Josephbamboozled the SRH batting line-up with record figures of six for 12 as the hosts chasing a below par 136 lost by 40 runs. While the top order of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow fired, it was their middle order that was in complete disarray. (WATCH: Joseph’s dream IPL debut hands Mumbai 40-run win over Sunrisers)

With both teams bruised over the weekend, it’s left to see which teams puts their past behind and ensures a god start to the week. Let’s wait and watch!