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IPL 9: Kings XI Punjab dance to Rahman’s tunes

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David Warner resumed his role of ruthless run-hunter in right earnest, pillaging the Punjab attack at will. Shikhar Dhawan, keen perhaps to live up to his born-again batsman avatar, let his captain take most of the strike.

Moises Henriques was impressive with the ball and picked up two important wickets in his quota of 4 overs.

Skipper Warner continued his purple patch as he blasted seven boundaries and three sixes, while Dhawan also produced another flourishing innings laced with four boundaries.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-37) had Murali Vijay (2) caught behind in the third over.

IST: We are moments away from the toss at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad and the hosts will look to extend their good run against a struggling Kings XI Punjab.

Sunrisers Hyderabad has won the 17th match of IPL season 9 which was made an easy win by the great performance of Mustafizur Rahman to give only 9 runs and taking 2 wickets.

Manan Vohra (25 off 23) tried to go after the 20-year-old Bangladeshi but missed a number of slogs.

Kings XI Punjab: M. Vijay c Ojha b Kumar 2, M. Vohra run out (Dhawan) 25, S. Marsh lbw b Mustafizur Rahman 40, D. Miller c Ojha b Henriques 9, G. Maxwell c Mustafizur Rahman b Henriques 1, N. Naik c Henriques b Mustafizur Rahman 22, A. Patel (not out) 36, R. Dhawan (not out) 3.

With five runs needed from 19 balls, Deepak Hooda (5) was run out but Sunrisers Hyderabad eventually cruised to a five-wicket win in 17.5 overs and ascended to the third spot in the points table. Warner checked his shot off a Sandeep Sharma’s delivery which went to long on where Punjab skipper David Miller made no mistake in pouching a good catch. The home side scored 65 runs in the powerplay with Warner scoring the majority of the runs and Shikhar Dhawan playing second-fiddle. “Big Show” Glenn Maxwell hasn’t turned up yet while captaincy seems to have weighed down the dashing David Miller. The Bangladesh pacer unfurled an off-cutter, leading Marsh to shuffle across in the crease and get struck on the flap of his front pad.

Mustafizur was exceptional with his variations as he conceded only nine runs in his four overs. Axar produced some late burst by hitting Bhuvneshwar for a six and a four, snatching 15 runs in the penultimate over.

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