IPL 2017 19th Match: Kumar, Warner help Sunrisers survive Vohra’s blitz

Kumar finished with figures of 5-19 off his four overs

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar took five wickets and captain David Warner struck an unbeaten 70 as the Sunrisers Hyderabad overcame Manan Vohra’s entertaining 95 to beat the Kings XI Punjab by five runs.

Choosing to bowl first, the Kings XI did an excellent job in restricting the flow of runs and taking wickets to keep the Sunrisers on the back foot.

Having been reduced to 50/3 in the 10th over, the Sunrisers began their counter-attack as Warner and wicketkeeper Naman Ojha amassed a 60-run partnership, during which Warner brought up his half-century.

But, once Ojha was dismissed for 34, the Sunrisers continued to lose wickets at regular intervals.

However, Warner continued to frustrate the Kings XI and ultimate finished on 70 not out, which came off 54 balls and included seven boundaries and two sixes, as the Sunrisers made 159/6 off their 20 overs.

Warner scored his 34th IPL fifty

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Axar Patel and Mohit Sharma picked up two wickets apiece, while Sandeep Sharma and Konganda Cariappa chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 160 to win, the Kings XI got off to the worst possible start as opener Hashim Amla was trapped lbw off the bowling of Kumar on the first ball of the innings.

Captain Glenn Maxwell became Kumar’s second victim, while Eoin Morgan was clean bowled by Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi after making 13 runs.

Nabi’s compatriot Rashid Khan added to the Kings XI’s woes in the 10th over as he struck twice in the space of three balls, removing David Miller and Wriddhiman Saha.

With the Kings XI continuing to lose wickets, Vohra did his best to keep his side in contention, but just as they were within touching distance of victory, he was given out lbw off the bowling of Kumar for 95, which came off 50 balls and included nine boundaries and five sixes.

Vohra’s highest IPL score went in vain

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Vohra’s dismissal proved to be the turning point of the match as the Sunrisers proceeded to bowl the Kings XI out for 154 to seal a narrow win.

Kumar was the most successful bowler with five wickets, while Rashid snapped up two and Nabi, Moises Henriques and Siddarth Kaul claimed one wicket each.

Kumar was named Man of the Match.

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