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IPL Match 27: Sunrisers inflict another defeat on Kings XI Punjab

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The Sunrisers Hyderabad beat fellow strugglers Kings XI Punjab in a crucial game for both sides at Mohali on Monday night.

Having been put in to bat by the Kings XI, the Sunrisers Hyderabad crawled to 150-6, despite having been given yet another blistering start by skipper David Warner, who made a 41-ball 58. Shikhar Dhawan fell in just the second over of the match to the raw pace of Mitchell Johnson for 1, while Ravi Bopara too failed to trouble the scorers.

Naman Ojha chipped in with a handy 28 from 26 balls, while Moises Henriques made a patient 30 from 32 balls to anchor the faltering innings. Ashish Reddy provided some late fireworks, striking a couple of crucial sixes in the final over to take the Hyderabad team to an even 150.

Axar Patel was the pick of the bowlers for Punjab, taking 2-25 from his 4 overs. Mitch Johnson also chipped in with a couple of wickets.

Punjab struggled with their response, and never really looked like they were at the races. Manan Vohra, brought in to replace Virender Sehwag at the top of the order was bowled by Trent Boult for 5, while Shaun Marsh fell in similar fashion to the much improved Bhuvneshwar Kumar with just 1 run to his name.

Skipper George Bailey restored some hope with a 16-ball cameo worth 22, but was undone by compatriot Henriques, while Murali Vijay (12) who had survived most of the early damage was sold down the river by David Miller, and was run out after being sent back attempting a non-existent second run.

Miller himself fell shortly after to leg-spinner Karn Sharma for 15, and despite some late heroics by top scorer Wriddhiman Saha, who made 42, the Kings XI Punjab fell comfortably short of their target by 20 runs as the Sunrisers' bowlers finished a game well yet again.

The win takes the Sunrisers Hyderabad to 6 points from 7 games, good enough for 5th place on net run rate. Kings XI meanwhile remain rank bottom, but are still within striking distance at 4 points, having also played 7 games.

Mini Scorecard:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 150/6 (20 overs, 7.5rpo)

D Warner 58 (41) A Patel 2-25 (4)

M Henriques 30 (32) M Johnson 2-39 (4)

Kings XI Punjab 130/9 (20 overs, 6.5rpo)

W Saha 42 (33) T Boult 3-19 (4)

G Bailey 22 (16) B Kumar 2-23 (4)

Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 20 runs