The Ravichandran Ashwin-led Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) recorded a fabulous 6-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. The wicket was surely a pretty tough one to bat on throughout the entire duration of the game. David Warner played a sluggish unbeaten innings of 72 runs to propel his team to a competitive first innings total of 150 runs.
While in the second innings, the Karnataka batting duo comprising of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal batted amazingly well and stitched a remarkable stand of 114 runs to relieve all the pressure of the run-chase. However, towards the end, KXIP did witness a slight brain fade moment when they somehow managed to take the game till the final over, after which Rahul and Curran showed great temperament to guide KXIP to a brilliant victory.
The wicket had a bit of moisture
After the match, SRH fast bowler Sandeep Sharma opened up on the tough conditions prevailing in the low-scoring encounter. Sandeep revealed that the track had a bit of moisture which made it tough for the batters. He also mentioned that the dew factor played a big role in the chase. Earlier during the toss, both the captains, Ravi Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar admitted that dew will surely have a say especially in the second innings.
"It had rained this morning, so the wicket had a bit of moisture, it was a bit sticky. Batting was tough because of that. We thought we would revise the total and batted accordingly. But in the end, dew was a big factor. There was a lot of dew and the entire ground was wet, the ball was getting wet. Due to this batting became easier in the second half than the first half," said Sandeep Sharma.
We have the blend of experience and youth
Warner got almost no support from the SRH middle-order batters which did hurt their chances. The likes of Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan haven't yet got many opportunities neither have they showed the intent. Vijay Shankar also has shown a lot of promise but he too has failed to finish off games. Sandeep noted that the middle-order hasn't yet had a role to play thus far in the season.
"Not many (of the middle order batsmen) got the chance in the first few matches because they (Warner and Bairstow) were batting most of the time and registered three hundred-run partnerships,” he added.
"Even if you observe today's game, the middle order didn't play a big role, Warner batted through. The middle order hasn't yet had a role to play. It was only in the previous game when the middle order collapsed. So you can't form opinions based on one game or be too concerned with it. We have plenty of talented batsmen in our middle order who are also experienced - like Yusuf Pathan, Nabi, and talented batsmen like Hooda and Manish Pandey. So we have the blend of experience and youth,” the SRH fast bowler concluded.