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IPL 2019: KXIP’s KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal strike to defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad

Kings XI Punjab beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets in a nail biter at Mohali. Punjab who batted first restricted Hyderabad to 150 runs, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal stitched a 114 run partnership for the second win to take KXIP close to the target.

KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal struck 71 and 55 runs respectively.

While chasing 151 for a win, Kings XI lost dangerous Jamaican Chris Gayle on 16 in the fourth over. Gayle struck a four and a six each before Deepak Hooda took a brilliant catch off Rashid Khan’s bowling to send him packing to the stands.

The Karnataka duo, Rahul and Agarwal then complemented each other brilliantly as the duo mixed caution with aggression to literally take the game away from Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Sunrisers bowler, Sandeep Sharma picked up two wickets, Agarwal and David Miller in the 18th over to change the complexion of the match.

It was stroll in the park for Kings XI when Rahul and Agarwal were going great guns but the scenario changed completely after the fall of two quick wickets.

Kings XI Punjab needed 16 runs off the last two overs, Sam Curran and Rahul played sensibly to get the final runs.

During the SRH innings, David Warner struck his fourth fifty of the season, he finished at 70 not out off 62 balls.

Hooda who came later at the end stole the limelight, smashing Mohammed Shami for two fours and one hit over the fence to pick up vital 15 runs off the last over.

Their other opener Jonny Bairstow was dispatched at one. Shankar found it tough but managed 26, and stitched 49 runs for the second wicket off 57 balls.

After being slumped to 56 for two after 10.4 overs Sunrisers sent Nabi, who fell for 12 after adding just 24 runs with Warner.

Even though Warner scored well, he struggled to his fifty off 49 balls with the help of four boundaries and one six.

Warner and Manish Pandey (19) later added 55 runs for the fourth wicket to take Sunrisers forward before Hooda finished off the innings in style to give Sunrisers’ bowlers a total to defend.