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IPL 10: Match 33, Who Said What: Kings XI Punjab v Sunrisers Hyderabad

"It's a big league and it's a big stage, playing with big names," says Rashid.

David Warner & Ishant Sharma Sunrisers Hyderabad
David Warner & Ishant Sharma. (Photot Source: Twitter)

Kings XI Punjab hosted their first home match at Mohali today and the fans at Chandigarh were treated to an absolute run-fest. After winning the toss, Glenn Maxwell backed their chasing strength and elected to bowl first. The top order of the Sunrisers Hyderabad blazed the home team away as they did the bulk of the scoring to post a daunting score of 207.

David Warner lit the stadium with a 27-ball 51 to start the proceedings. Dhawan anchored the innings with his 48-ball 77. However, the inning got off when Kane Williamson walked out and scored 54 off 27 balls at a strike rate of 200. There on all the bowlers struggled to keep up with their economy rates.

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Only Glenn Maxwell impressed with a couple of wickets and conceded 28 runs at an economy of 7. While chasing a mammoth total, it was only one man who stood in between victory and Sunrisers. Marsh scored a scintillating 84 off 50 deliveries laced with as many as 14 boundaries and two maximums.

Marsh found some support from Morgan after an early attack from Guptill. Kaul chipped in with regular wickets to decelerate the momentum in between. He picked up three wickets in the process.

Rashid Khan was elected as the man of the match for his economical spell and a wicket, in a match dominated by the bat. In the end, Kings XI Punjab fell short of the required total by 26 runs.

Rashid Khan

Rashid professed the status of the IPL. He hailed the guidance of the star-studded coaching staff at the Sunrisers. The man of the match concluded by dedicating the honour to his brother back in his motherland.

It’s a big league and it’s a big stage, playing with big names. Murali has been superb so far with me and is supporting me. The confidence and the motivation given from the coaching staff and the skipper helps. I would like to dedicate this award to my brother. He has prayed for me and this goes to him.

David Warner

Warner started off by congratulating his Australian teammate Shaun Marsh for his innings and followed it up by lauding the efforts of Dhawan and Williamson.

We know here generally, getting 180 you generally win most games. Fantastic innings from Marsh, after those drops. It’s a bit hard here in the lights, but no excuses. The way he played, it was the Shikhar of old. Williamson is a fantastic player, the way he plays so freely and elegantly. I just tried to tinker a bit with what Kings XI did in the first six overs in our innings.

Glenn Maxwell

Maxwell stated that the game was closer than it looked with both sides scoring above 180. However, Maxi cited that the bowling unit and the fielding effort was sloppy. He applauded the effort of Marsh who single-handedly tried to chase down the total set by the Sunrisers.

The Victorian was desperate for another turn-around and hoped they would perform better in the next match.

Yeah sort of a close game. Probably shows how far we were. 25 runs and it shows what the difference it can make between a par score on this wicket. We were pretty sloppy on the field. We were sloppy with the ball as well. I don’t think we executed well. When you bowl both sides of the wicket, good players will make you pay. We really didn’t get off to a good start. Runs wise we were fine. Marsh was outstanding. He was class. He has been doing that consistently for 10 years now for Kings XI. Just go back to the basics. A quick turn around for us is needed. Hopefully, turn up better in the next game.

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