There is a reason why Indian Premier League is the best cricket league in the world, evidence justifying it was just out for display in today’s match as Kings XI Punjab made an impossible comeback all thanks to Chris Jordan and Arshdeep Singh’sphenomnal spell of fast bowling against Sunrisers Hyderabad to defend the lowest total in this year’s IPL.
It all started at the toss David Warner led Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and elected to bowl first at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Both sides made a few changes to their playing Xis but the most noticeable change was of Mayank Agarwal going out and Mandeep Singh coming in. Special mention to Mandeep Singh for showing strength to come out to play despite losing his father earlier today.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Horrendous Collapse
Coming back to the performance Kings XI Punjab batting first lost Mandeep Singh in the powerplay itself but KL Rahul and Chris Gayle somehow held the innings but their strike rate was hurting Kings Xi Punjab. There was a time when Kings XI Punjab failed to score a single boundary between the overs 8 – 16. Chris Gayle fell prey to Jason Holder followed by a Rashid Khan’s back to back wickets in the form of KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda. It was all looking bleak for the Kings XI Punjab with literally nothing on the board as they finished with just 126 runs on the board.
In the lead up to the chase, Sunrisers Hyderabad had not lost a single wicket till the 10th over with 56 runs on the board. it looked like David Warner and Jonny Bairstow would take the side to victory without losing a wicket but then came wickets as Sunrisers Hyderabad’s batsmen collapsed like a deck of cards. From 56/0 to 114/10 in 19.5 overs it was memorable and probably one of the best comebacks made by a side in IPL history.
To Win Four In A Row Is Really Pleasing: Chris Jordan
The man of the match of today’s match between Kings Xi Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad was Chris Jordan for his phenomenal spell of fast bowling. At the post-match presentation, Chris Jordan said, the team kept the belief that they could still win the match despite not being a good position initially. He praised youngster Arshdeep Singh for backing his core skills as he tried supporting him as much he could.
“Feel great, proud of the team. We had a tough start, but we kept our belief. It’s part of parcel of life to miss a few. The coaches and the teams are trying their best to get the best combination, to win four in a row is really pleasing. Arshdeep backed his skills and it’s come off. I just tried to support him to make it clear for him. I just tried to bowl a quiet over to give Arshdeep as much as I could to defend.”