Yuvraj Singh remained unbeaten at 42 off 24 against Kings XI Punjab in Match 46 of IPL 2016 © AFP
Yuvraj Singh remained unbeaten at 42 off 24 against Kings XI Punjab in Match 46 of IPL 2016 © AFP

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) sail through the Playoff’s being the first team to do so after winning against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 7 wickets at Mohali. SRH’s all round performance once again outwit KXIP, although they tried all the possible combinations to restrict SRH while chasing down the target of 180. David Warner once again shone with his 6th fifty in this edition while Yuvraj Singh and Ben Cutting finished the task on hand at the end. KXIP’s chances to stay in this league seem bleak, unless they manage to win every game here on. Hashim Amla achieved his feat of 96 after past few poor performances. Here are some highlights from SRH vs KXIP from Mohali: Full Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016 Match 47 at Mohali

Hashim Amla’s unfortunate dismissal at 96: KXIP opening pair Murali Vijay and Hashim Amla provided a steady start, although the skipper was found in haste to score runs on board. Amla was rather calm and composed covering up for all the critical comments he received for his performance in past few outings. Amla achieved his first fifty in the 10th over with a single. By then he had bagged six fours and a six. He took the momentum ahead and was almost approaching his first-ever century in IPL until Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s length ball was lofted for a boundary unfortunately finding Warner at long-off.

Hashim Amla’s steady partnership with Wriddhiman Saha and Gurkeerat Singh: Amla was the front runner for KXIP in their first innings against SRH. After skipper Vijay was grabbed by Mustafizur Rahman once again caught by Warner at mid-off. It was Saha then who had complimented Amla equally with his ones and twos in the initial overs. He started smashing boundaries from 10th over when Yuvraj was called into attack. Saha and Amla achieved their 53-run stand before Saha was dismissed in the 12th over by Moises Henriques. The wicketkeeper-batsman was caught by Deepak Hooda at deep square leg. The match didn’t end there as Amla and Gurkeerat the new man continued their innings and went on until 17.1 overs, with Bhuvneshwar back into attack to get his second wicket.

Ashish Nehra’s ill-timed pull: Nehra was unlucky to not get any wickets on hand. He fell into another trap as he was injured with a pull when he was bowling his second over. Gurkeerat and Amla had already pulled off two boundaries in that spell until Nehra hurt himself as he was getting into his delivery stride, just at the time of jump. This was the second time Nehra has injured himself in the tournament. He had earlier strained his groin and was out for some time. The last ball of 14th over was taken over by the debut bowler Ben Cutting.

Murali Vijay’s show with ball: Surprising it was indeed as Vijay showed his talents with ball as well. Although he did not shine with bat he was aiming to achieve some luck with ball. At a moment it was battle between KXIP skipper Vijay vs SRH skipper Warner. It did prove to be expensive as he conceded 8 runs that included an extra run. Warner also smeared boundary through covers. Vijay is also the first captain to open batting and bowling for his side.

SRH’s opening stand: Warner and Dhawan have been the driving force for SRH in every game. Dhawan and Warner have complimented each other in most of the games and sometimes have even raced to reach their half-centuries respectively. This time around they were moving steadily and reached 50-run stand within Powerplay with two boundaries. Anureet Singh was back for this game and got lucky this time grabbing the opportunity of Dhawan with quick run out by Mohit Sharma at the end of 8th over. He was gone for 25 off 22 including 4-fours.

SRH and legacy of hit-wickets: This edition of IPL has seen breath taking records after a thrilling performance of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers against Gujarat Lions (GL) on Saturday. This time around, SRH seem to be caught with hit-wickets with the first one of Yuvraj which was his 100th IPL match against Mumbai Indians (MI), the second target being Hooda and Warner also feel trap hit wicket. This was bowled slower through the air on the legs of Warner, he went back and tucked through the on-side. While he was executing the shot, Warner slipped a bit and broke the stumps with his leg.

Yuvraj Singh and Ben Cutting’s finishing touch: Yuvraj once again showed his vintage skills as he was off the mark with boundary after Warner was dismissed. Yuvraj could have been run out at one point but was saved during the Sandeep Sharma’s spell in 16th over. On the other hand was new comer Cutting provided Yuvraj the required support at the other end. Cutting was already 17 off 10 in 19th over with two sixes in place. Yuvraj, on the hindsight, bagged 2 fours and 3 sixes at the end of the innings. The award for maximum sixes also belonged to him.

(Shruti Hariharan is a Content Writer with CricketCountry. You can follow her on Twitter at @Shruti_2890)