Bairstow and Rashid Khan shine against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) won by 69 runs. Indian Premier League (IPL) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) won the toss and opt to bat against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the 22nd match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have stitched a partnership of 150 runs. Both the batsmen have scored half-centuries.

Warner was dismissed for 52 runs off 40 deliveries and Bairstow smashed 97 runs off 55 balls.

Jonny Bairstow | Player of the Match: Very pleased. The consistency is the key. The partnership at the top was the key tonight. He’s (Warner) a good fun, we know what a quality batter he is. I am happy with the way I am striking. The temperature is different, the dimensions and pitches are different too. The guys held the nerve. (On keeping to Rashid Khan) It’s great fun, tricky at times.

Spinner Ravi Bishnoi took 3 wickets and Left-arm fast-medium Arshdeep Singh 2 wickets were the pick of the bowlers for KXIP, accounting for the key dismissals.

KXIP had a poor start to chase down SRH’s 201. Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) have lost openers Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul and Prabhsimran Singh after being handed a target of 202. Pooran smacks a 17-ball fifty to keep KXIP in the game.

77, runs contribution by Pooran are not enough to reach the target due to complete failure of the middle order. Rashid Khan bowling figure 4-1-12-3 demolished KXIP Punjab middle-order and KXIP was restricted to 132.  

David Warner | Winning captain: I was a bit nervous while Nicholas was hitting it over the stands. I have always had high prospects of that kid. I was fortunate to play in Bangladesh with him. You always think, ‘What can I do?’. He’s (Rashid) a world-class bowler, it’s great to have him. He always delivers in pressure situations. What a player. Sad for Bhuvi, but having one of our best death bowlers out of the team gives an opportunity for others. We love batting with each other. At the moment, I am just rotating strike for him. We enjoy batting with each other. If we apply pressure by coming at them. We have got a tough game against RR, have to start fresh again.

KL Rahul | Losing captain: I think when we lose wickets in the powerplay, it’s always going to be tough and getting Mayank run-out was a disaster. We kept losing wickets after that and it was one of those days where everything (aerial shots) went into the hands of fielders. The last five games we’ve been struggling in the death overs, but we pulled things back, else 230 was on the cards. Pooran is so good to watch, he’s hitting proper cricketing shots. If we get a decent job at the start, he can do the job for us later. He’s (Ravi Bishnoi) always enjoyed those situations, that’s great to see for a youngster. All of them are professionals, and they know where they’re going wrong. Everyone’s working hard and they want to contribute for the team. They have proved themselves in the past, sometimes it doesn’t come off, but you got to be patient.

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