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IPL Season 9: Yuvraj finds form to take Sunrisers Hyderabad to 16 points

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A fantastic innings of 96 from Man of the Match Hashim Amla went in vain as the Kings XI Punjab suffered another defeat, their 8th of the season, going down to the table topping Gujarat Lions by 7 wickets in a thrilling contest which went down to the final over and was settled by some late big hitting from veteran Indian left-hander Yuvraj Singh.

Yuvraj came out to bat with the Sunrisers Hyderabad at 97-2 in the 13th over after David Warner (52) had become the latest victim of the Sunrisers' hit-wicket curse, funnily enough falling in Yuvi's footsteps. He shared a handy 42 run partnership with young Deepak Hooda, who smashed 34 off 22 balls, before taking the Sunrisers home in the company of Ben Cutting, who also hit 2 sixes, chipping in with an unbeaten 18 off 11 balls.

This after David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan (25) had given the Sunrisers another good start, sharing an opening partnership worth 68 before the latter was run out, beaten by a direct hit from Mohit Sharma.

Earlier in the day, the Kings XI Punjab posted what looked to be a challenging total of 179-4 on the board, thanks to an exceptional innings of 96 off just 56 balls from Hashim Amla, who made up for his poor start to the season. Amla batted virtually right through the innings before he was dismissed two balls before the end.

His opening partner Murali Vijay had a disappointing outing with the bat, contributing just 6, but Amla and Wriddhiman Saha (27) set the pace, adding 44 for the second wicket. Amla shared in a 65 run partnership then with Gurkeerat Singh (27), who was surprisingly sent in ahead of Glenn Maxwell and David Miller.

Miller provided some late innings impetus to the Kings XI, chipping in with 20 off 9 balls, but Maxwell disappointingly didn't get to face a ball, a factor that could well have made the difference between a total nearer 180 or 200.

The win takes the Sunrisers Hyderabad to 16 points, which should be good enough for a play-off berth at the very least. The Sunrisers though will definitely be eyeing a top 2 finish so that they improve their chances of making the Final this season.

Teams:

Kings XI Punjab: Murali Vijay (c), Hashim Amla, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Anureet Singh

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ben Cutting, Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Karn Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Mustafizur Rahman

Mini Scorecard:

Kings XI Punjab 179/4 (20 overs, 8.95rpo)

H Amla 96 (56) B Kumar 2-32 (4)

G Singh 27 (20) M Rahman 1-32 (4)

Sunrisers Hyderabad 180/3 (19.4 overs, 9.15rpo)

D Warner 52 (41) A Patel 1-26 (4)

Y Singh 42* (24) S Sharma 1-35 (4)

Sunrisers Hyderabad win by 7 wickets