Excellent batting display from David Warner in in last game in IPL 2019 and brilliant bowling performance from Rashid Khan helps SRH to win the game with big boost in NRR. KXIP batsman failed in regular intervals, KL Rahul’s 79 helped the team somehow but lack of support made that good knock to go vain and KXIP registered 3rd loss in a row.
After KXIP won the toss they chose to bowl but that may be a bad though because from first ball SRH batsman looks dangerously, they smashed the ball in all way. Warner and Saha set the stage by posting 77 runs in powerplay, Saha fell immediate next over of powerplay by Murugan Ashwin, Saha tried to go for leg side but got tiny under edge and fell into hands of keeper Simran Singh. But Saha wicket was not enough to control the scoreboard because Warner and Pandey joined and continued to boost the run rate, their 82 run partnership comes to end at 16th over bowled by R Ashwin and in that same over he took David Warner and add bit pressure on SRH dugout but the scoring rate was not went down. Kane Williamson and Mohammed Nabi played some quick shot and got out. Finally SRH posted 212 for 6 in 20 overs.
With a huge target in board KXIP openers came to crease and had a miserable start by losing Gayle in 3rd over of the match but KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal played patiently but couldn’t hit the boundaries well because of tight bowling from Rashid Khan. Mayank Agarwal fell Rashid’s over and scoring rate was low than asking rate. Nicolas Pooran came and hit boundaries but not for long time, he too got out immediately. While other batsman struggling to get settle Rahul completed his fifty in 14th over but the asking rate was going high and high and they couldn’t control it because of losing wickets at regular intervals and once Rahul got out in 19th over everyone get the result and finally KXIP posted 167 in 20 overs and lose the game by 45 runs. This victory gave a big boost in NRR for SRH.
David Warner was awarded as man of the match and now they have some chance to get into the playoff. SRH will miss Warner in upcoming games so they should plan to place an opener who can fill Warner shoes. SRH gonna face MI in their next encounter in Wankhede Stadium and KXIP will face KKR in their next game. Both teams should play well to keep up some chances for playoffs.