Manan Vohra was the stand out performer for his side on Monday    IANS (File Photo)
Manan Vohra was the stand out performer for his side on Monday IANS (File Photo)

Kings XI Punjab succumbed to their third consecutive defeat in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 5 runs. Nonetheless, despite falling on the wrong side, opener Manan Vohra feels there is no need to press the panic button just yet as the side will regain momentum during their home games. Chasing 160, KXIP were all-out for 154 in 19.4 overs. Vohra was their lone star in a nail-biting finish against SRH by smashing a 50-ball 95. His innings included 9 fours and 5 sixes before eventually falling to Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the penultimate over. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab Match 19

“This is still early stage of the tournament. But we would like to get back the winning momentum once we are back to our home ground. Hopefully, by god’s grace, things will happen,” Vohra was quoted as saying by PTI. KXIP will be playing their first home game of the season in Mohali on April 28 against David Warner’s SRH.

Reflecting on the team’s performance last night, Vohra said it was a good bowling effort to restrict SRH to 160. “…because the wicket was batting-friendly, it was slower on one side. Bowlers did their job as well as the fielders. We just lost our way in between, in the early stages of the chase. I got a great opportunity to finish the game, but I could not do that. I am pretty sad about this,” he added.

With seamer Bhuvneshwar scalping 5 wickets, SRH put up a superb all-round show after captain Warner led with a 70-run knock. “David Warner is a legend of this game. He just changed gears. Still, I think 160 was not a bad total to stop them,” stated Vohra.

SRH’s wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha said his team could have won more easily. “We dropped too many chances. I think we should have taken it. I think it was a slow and low wicket. We thought 160 was a good total on this wicket because the ball kept low,” he concluded.