George Bailey © IANS
George Bailey scored the winning runs for KXIP © IANS


By Shiamak Unwalla


May 14, 2014


The fastest team hundred in the IPL courtesy a 41-ball 91 run stand between two youngsters saw Kings XI Punjab pulling off their second 200+ run chase of IPL 7. The Kings XI Punjab batsmen scored at a breathtaking pace to get to their 100 in just 7.3 overs! After the early loss of Virender Sehwag, Manan Vohra and Wriddhiman Saha all but took the match away from the Sunrisers Hyderabad.


The duo packed in a punch that SRH were unable to fully recover from, and after that belligerent partnership was broken, Glenn Maxwell and George Bailey finished off the match which saw a mind-numbing 24 sixes. Kings XI proved that they were not just a two-man show as barring Virender Sehwag, every single batsman crossed 20 to pull off a tremendous run chase.


Bhuvneshwar Kumar came on to bowl the first over innings, and Virender Sehwag started off in trademark fashion by hitting the ball down the ground for a boundary. Kumar got his revenge off the very next delivery when Sehwag tried to hit another boundary only to get caught by Kumar off his own bowling. Wriddhiman Saha came out to join Manan Vohra in the middle. If KXIP supporters thought this would affect their chances to win, Saha and Vohra put their fears to rest with a belligerent 91-run stand in just 7 overs.


Saha and Vohra took the attack to the bowlers with some very brave batting. Even Bhuvneshwar was not spared, as he was taken for 15 runs off his second over. Dale Steyn came in to bowl the secondover. Vohra defended the first ball, but then took on Steyn off the next ball. He hooked the ball, but didn’t quite get it off the middle. The batsmen took three for it. Saha then drove Steyn over covers for a couple of runs before whipping him through square leg for four. Vohra pulled the final delivery of the over for a six, as the pair took 16 runs off the over.


Amit Mishra came on to bowl after the strategic time out. He bowled a few googlies at the start, and restricted the batsmen. He conceded just five off the first five ball, but Vohra was able to sweep him for another boundary off the last ball to make it nine runs off the overs.


Karn Sharma got rid of Wriddhiman Saha off the very first delivery of the eighth over. Saha advanced down the track, but missed the ball entirely and was stumped in the process. He was out for a very well-made 54 off just 26 balls. That brought in Glenn Maxwell. He faced a dot ball to start with, but followed it up with a six over midwicket. He followed it up with an even bigger six. After being beaten, he went on to hit another six off the last ball to make it 18 runs off the over.


Dale Steyn bowled the ninth over in a bid to stem the flow of runs, but even he was not spared by the very impressive Manan Vohra. Steyn tried a slow short ball, but Vohra picked him early and swatted him over midwicket for six. Bhuvneshwar Kumar came in to bowl the next over, and immediately ran Vohra out. Unfortunately for Vohra, a full blooded drive from Maxwell brushed Kumar’s hand and went on to hit the stumps. Vohra was run out for a very attractive 47 off just 20 balls.


Amit Mishra came on for the next ball, and had cause to celebrate immediately, as Maxwell got a top edge which was taken by Dale Steyn. However, his joy turned to ashes in his mouth, as the umpire checked for the no ball. Mishra had overstepped, and Maxwell survived to fight another day. Karn Sharma bowled the next over, and was hit for the customary two sixes off his over by Maxwell. After another tight over from Steyn, Mishra finally struck. Maxwell danced down the track and tried to hit him over long off, but didn’t get it anywhere near the middle. Once again, Dale Steyn took the catch. Maxwell was dismissed for a well-made 43 off just 22 balls.


Maxwell’s wicket proved to be something of a turning point, as George Bailey was unable to score freely from the start. There were a couple of very frugal overs to follow from Karn Sharma and Amit Mishra, as Miller and Bailey struggled to get the ball off the square. They got singles and twos but were unable to find the middle of the bat.


The 17th over was bowled by Irfan Pathan, and there was immediate drama, as the batsmen were able to get just two off the first four balls. Irfan then induced a false shot from Bailey, and David Warner took a good catch diving forward. However, the catch was not taken cleanly, as replays showed, and Bailey was called back. He went on to take Dale Steyn’s next over for two sixes and two fours to seal the match for KXIP. Bailey scored the winning runs off Bhuvneshwar Kumar to end with an unbeaten 19-ball 35.


Earlier, Naman Ojha, David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan put in a power-packed performance for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their match against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 match. Earlier, KXIP won the toss and elected to field first. Young right-handed batsman Manan Vohra was included at the cost of Mandeep Singh, while off-spinner Shivam Sharma came in to replace medium-fast bowler Parvinder Awana. SRH came in with the same team.


Shikhar Dhawan and Aaron Finch got off to a slow start. Dhawan tried to advance down the track and play the ball through covers, but got an inside edge for just a single in Sandeep’s second over. Finch managed to get a boundary through point with a deft dab, using Sandeep’s pace against him. Mitchell Johnson at the other end was bowling quickly and tightly, not giving any room to either of the batsmen.


Sandeep came back for his third over on the trot, and induced a false shot from Aaron Finch to begin the over. Glenn Maxwell backpedaled to take a terrific catch, but it was a no ball. This was just a lull before the storm, as Sandeep followed it up with another no ball, that was hit for four by Dhawan. Dhawan finally cut loose. He hit Sandeep for another boundary before going down the ground and hitting him for a six. Sandeep’s nightmare over didn’t end there, as Dhawan pulled him for the third boundary of the over. Sandeep responded by bowling wide, and Dhawan hit him over covers to make it four boundaries in the over. The over cost 26 runs, as Dhawan started looking very dangerous.


The thirteenth over marked a change in pace for the Hyderabad innings as the economical Shivam was hit for two sixes off the last two balls from Naman. Akshar Patel bowled another tight over after that, giving away just three runs. However, David Warner and Naman kept getting big hits at the other end. Rishi Dhawan was hit for a couple of sixes in the 15th over.


Akshar Patel came in to bowl the 16th over, and Warner decided to take him on. He hit him for a couple of boundaries to spoil his figures. Mitchell Johnson was the next to suffer Warner’s blows, as even he was hit four a couple of fours in the over by Warner. Warner was now looking in golden form, as he thrashed Akshar’s next over as well, to get as many as 18 runs off the over with a four and two sixes.


The penultimate over was bowled by Sandeep Sharma, and his nightmare continued as he bowled all over the place. After starting with a wide ball, a miscommunication between the batsmen resulted in the run out of David Warner. However, Naman Ojha came back to hit a four off the next ball to bring up his half century. Sandeep bowled a no ball that was duly hit over the ropes by Naman. That was followed by another four and a six to end Sandeep’s spell. The final over, bowled by Rishi Dhawan, went for 12 runs.


As it happened, this score did not proved to be enough for a rampaging Kings XI Punjab.


Brief Scores:

Sunrisers Hyderabad: 205 for 5 in 20 Ovs (Shikhar Dhawan 45, Naman Ojha 77*, David Warner 44; Rishi Dhawan 2 for 42) lost to Kings XI Punjab 211 for 4 in 18.4 overs (Wriddhiman Saha 54, Manan Vohra 47, Glenn Maxwell 43; Amit Mishra 1 for 32)  by 6 wickets.


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(Shiamak Unwalla is a reporter with Cricket Country. He is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic who likes to pass his free time by reading books, watching TV shows, and eating food. Sometimes all at the same time. You can follow him on twitter at @ShiamakUnwalla)

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