Bairstow, Rashid lead SRH to big win over KXIP

Chasing 202 to win, KXIP's batsmen struggled against the leg spin of Rashid Khan who finished with figures of 4-0-12-3.
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Sunrisers Hyderabad led by its opening duo David Warner and Jonny Bairstow consigned Kings XI Punjab to its fifth defeat in six games to leave the team rooted to the bottom of the IPL table.

Chasing 202 to win, KXIP's batsmen struggled against the leg spin of Rashid Khan who finished with figures of 4-0-12-3. Nicolas Pooran top scored for KXIP with 77 as the team was bowled out for 132 falling 70 runs short of the target.

Earlier, Warner scored 52 while Bairstow scored 97 as SRH posted a score of 201-3 in 20 overs. Despite the start, Kings XI Punjab made a brilliant comeback in the final five overs by taking six wickets but a 160-run opening stand between Jonny Bairstow and David Warner still took Sunrisers Hyderabad to an imposing 201 for six in an IPL match here on Thursday.

Bairstow smashed 97 off just 55 balls -- during which he hit seven fours and six sixes -- while Warner made 52 off 40 balls as KXIP bowlers did not have a clue how to get a breakthrough till the 15th over.

At that stage, SRH were 160 for no loss. Leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi (3/29) then removed both Bairstow and Warner in the space of three balls in the 16th over before Arshdeep Singh (2/33) dismissed Manish Pandey for 1 in the next over to trigger a brilliant turnaround.

For a team which has been leaking a lot of runs in the death overs, it was a welcome change for KXIP to concede just 41 runs in the last five overs and take six wickets in the process. But the flying start provided by Bairstow and Warner ensured SRH cross the 200-run mark.

Kane Williamson remained not out on 20 off 10 balls.

Bairstow was dropped on 19 in the fifth over by KXIP skipper KL Rahul off the bowling of Mohammed Shami and he made them pay for the mistake.

He was clearly the dominant partner of the opening duo, reaching his fifty in 28 balls in the 10th over at the end of which SRH were 100 for no loss. This was his third half-century of the season in his sixth match.

Bairstow departed after Rahul opted to review the field umpire's decision in the 14th over and the third umpire ruled the England wicketkeeper batsman out LBW.

But  KXIP's comeback in the final overs did not prove to be enough as its batsmen struggled to build around Pooran's innings. Pooran, who raced to 50 off 17 balls, finished his innings scoring 77 but only KL Rahul (11) managed to reach double figures for KXIP.

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