Kings XI Punjab bowlers staged a brilliant comeback, as they defeated the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
Punjab included Mandeep Singh and Chris Jordan in place of the injured Mayank Agarwal and James Neesham, while Hyderabad dropped Shahbaz Nadeem and brought in Khaleel Ahmed.
After being sent in by SRH, KXIP opening pair of KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh made a solid beginning by adding 37 runs or the opening stand, before Sandeep Sharma provided the breakthrough by dismissing Mandeep for 17.
Chris Gayle smashed two boundaries off Jason Holder’s first over and a six off Rashid Khan, before the Jamaican left hander was caught at long on by Warner off his countryman for 20.
In the next over, Rashid claimed the prize scalp of the in form Punjab skipper bowling him with a peach of a delivery.
Glenn Maxwell’s poor run with the bat continued as he made only 12 (13), before being dismissed by Sandeep.
Deepak Hooda fell for a two ball duck, stumped by keeper Jonny Bairstow after being deceived by a fine Rashid delivery.
Nicholas Pooran scored a 28-ball 32 to help KXIP reach a competitive score of 126/7 from their allotted 20 overs.
For Hyderabad Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma and Jason Holder claimed two wickets each.
Chasing 127, Sunrisers made a fantastic start with skipper David Warner and Jonny Bairstow adding 56 runs for the opening stand, before the former gloved a Ravi Bishnoi delivery to skipper Rahul in the 7th over for a quickfire 31.
In the next over Bairstow was castled around his legs by Murugan Ashwin. Abdul Samad who was promoted up the order perished to a fine catch from Chris Jordan off Mohammed Shami.
Manish Pandey along with Vijay Shankar added 33 for the fourth wicket, before the former fell to a stunning catch at long off by substitute Jagadeesha Suchith off Jordan for a scratchy 15.
In the next over Shankar edged a Arshdeep delivery to keeper Rahul for 26 to reduce Sunrisers to 110/5.
England seamer Chris Jordan bowled a terrific 19th over, giving away just 3 runs and removing Jason Holder and Rashid Khan off consecutive deliveries, leaving SRH 14 to get in the final over.
Hyderabad lost three wickets in just five balls as KXIP prevailed by 12 runs.
Punjab 126/7 beat Sunrisers 114 all out.
Chris Jordan was declared the Man of the Match.