KXIP vs SRH Live: Punjab off to a good start against Hyderabad

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* Bowling change: Jason Holder comes into the attack
4.6 overs: OUT! Sandeep Sharma strikes to dismiss Mandeep Singh (17). KXIP 37/1
Good catch by Rashid Khan at deep square leg. Mandeep mistimed it and the ball went up very high. Sandeep Sharma got a wicket in the over, in which KL Rahul smacked a six and a misfield by Abdul Samad resulted in a four. A wicket and 13 runs off it. Mandeep scored 17 off 14 balls which included a lone four.
4.1 overs: SIX! KL Rahul (19*) smacks Sandeep Sharma over deep mid-wicket for the first maximum of the night. KXIP 30/0
4 overs: KXIP 24/0
11 runs off Khaleel Ahmed’s over. Good one for Punjab as KL Rahul hit a four in it.
3.4 overs: FOUR! KL Rahul (12*) hits another four off Khaleel Ahmed. KXIP 21/0
3 overs: KXIP 13/0
Just four runs off Sandeep Sharma’s second over. Good start from the SRH pacers, they have bowled 11 dot balls so far in the first three overs and conceded only one boundary.
2 overs: KXIP 9/0
One four and five dot balls off Khaleel Ahmed. Good start for the pacer too.
1.4 overs: FOUR! KL Rahul (6*) opens his boundary count with a four towards third man off Khaleel Ahmed. KXIP 9/0
* Khaleel Ahmed to share the new ball with Sandeep Sharma
1 over: KXIP 5/0
Good, tidy start from Sandeep Sharma as the pacer gave away just five runs in the first over.
Here we go… KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh to start the KXIP innings. Sandeep Sharma with the ball for SRH.
* The commentators said that Mandeep Singh lost his father earlier today. And that’s why KXIP are wearing black armbands.
Playing XIs:
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (w/c), Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Mandeep Singh, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Chris Jordan, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (w), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
TOSS | Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner wins toss, opts to bowl against Kings XI Punjab in Dubai
Captains at the toss:
KL Rahul:“I would’ve liked to bowl as well. We’ve batted second in the last few games which we’ve won. The wicket shouldn’t change much, it looks good. Winning obviously gives the group a lot of confidence especially when it comes against the top three teams. Different people have put their hands up in all three games which was pleasing. We had to win each game in the second half and we’re taking it one game at a time. Chris has been a big matchwinner, he has come good and brings calm and a winning spirit into the dressing room. He keeps the mood of the dressing room very light and the boys love playing with him. There have been different people in different games, the bowling has come good as well. Maxwell coming good in the last game gives confidence to the group. Hopefully we can play aggressive cricket. Two changes – Mayank Agarwal and Jimmy Neesham miss out and Mandeep Singh and Chris Jordan come in.
David Warner:“We’re going to have a bowl first. I think the last game proved that a little bit of dew came towards the end. Towards the back end there was a bit of pace on the wicket. Each game presents a new challenge, these guys are on a roll and it was nice for us as well to win the last game and get some momentum. We have spoken a lot about our middle order and it was nice to see the guys play without risk in the last game. Khaleel Ahmed comes in for Nadeem.

Pitch Report:
“What we’re seeing at the back-end of this tournament is a little bit of grass being left on the surface. The grass gives a little bit of pace and bounce. So what we’re seeing is a different tactic, where captains want to bat second. These slightly cooler nights mean dew and the ball skidding on later in the evening. 165-170 looks par.”Simon Doull
KXIP’s Glenn Maxwell:“Going well, to take down the top three teams in the last week has been really rewarding. Things have started to go our way, things can be fickle in T20s. To get little parts of the game to fall our way feels nice. It has been a tough few games at the start of the tournament, to not have wins in such tight games was hard on the boys. But we now have a chance to make it to the top four. Pretty chilled out change room, we haven’t gone very high or low. Credit to the backroom staff, there are so many highs and lows in T20 cricket. I might not be getting the runs, but I was training really well. I only had three or four balls to face at the back end of the innings in a lot of games, but I was hitting the ball well. I wasn’t losing focus, not getting too hard on myself. Last match was nice to spend some more time in the middle and help out the side to get to a win. Hopefully it is a stepping stone for the team.”
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Match 43 of the Indian Premier League 2020 between Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai.
* SRH have an 11-4 head-to-head advantage over KXIP
* Warner, with his tally of 871, is the leading run-getter against KXIP in IPL
* KXIP’s death-bowling economy rate has dropped to 10.36 in the last five games, as compared to 14.81 in the first five

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