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Kings XI Punjab look to rebuild after KL Rahul's departure

20 April, 2018, 00:58 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • But just when Bangalore side was at the brink of the win the South African player was dismissed by Andrew Tye in the 19th over

The explosive duo of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle have been instrumental in blazing away oppositions in the powerplay overs as they did it against the men in yellow in the previous game.

Kings XI Punjab will face a tough challenge when they clash against the high-flying Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League at Mohali on Thursday. It was the 14th over of the innings when Gayle actually turned the heat on. Yusuf Pathan (19) got two reprieves with Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh dropping sitters off Mohit and Barinder Sran's bowling respectively.

WICKET! Andrew Tye strikes again, this time dismisses Deepak Hooda for five runs. The Karnataka-trio of K. L. Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair, took turns to play the second fiddle but did it admirably before Aaron Finch sparkled in the final over. But even as it seemed like they were slow, Gayle was settling down.

The match at the Punjab Cricket Stadium pits a home side that has a lot of batting firepower against a Hyderabad side that is very balanced and their bowling line-up one of the best in the tournament. Kane Williamson, the captain of the Sunrisers, sported his expertise in making crucial strategy in the field. Was quite gutsy from Ashwin to opt to bat and risk another successful chase from SRH, but he ruled out dew in favour of SRH's potential vulnerability against chasing big scores, given their bowling hasn't allowed the opponents to score many.


Chris Gayle didn't stop there and went on to notch up the first 100 of the IPL 2018. It will be the responsibility of team over Wriddhiman Saha to give a tremendous start to the team. Ashwin came under the attack, conceding 53 - the most in an IPL game for him - but the only harm it did was to allow SRH narrow down the margin of their first defeat of the season.

Kings XI Punjab looked dominant in their match against the Chennai Super Kings in their last game.

Sunrisers Hyderabad's chase got off to a poor start as Shikhar Dhawan was retired hurt in the first over itself.

With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.

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