Many teams have succumbed to their ability to defend low totals and it was the turn of Kings XI Punjab on Monday, when David Warner's unbeaten 70, Bhuvneshwar Kumar's crippling blows, upfront and at 'death' during his five for 19, and the Afghan duo's brilliant comeback after expensive first overs, sealed a five -run win for the defending champions despite Manan Vohra's brilliant 95 (50b, 9x4, 6x5). It was their third win in IPL X at this venue and it couldn't have come at a better time to bolster their confidence after two away defeats to Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders.
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Sunrisers struggled for momentum on a wicket that aided slower bowlers and but for the 60-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Warner (54b, 7x4, 6x2) and Naman Ojha (34; 20b, 4x2, 6x1) they wouldn't have posted 159 for six after being put in.
Warner was the pivot on which the Sunrisers' batting revolved with Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques and Yuvraj Singh - the last two off successive deliveries to Axar Patel - falling in trying to get a move-on after the Kings XI's trio of Sandeep Sharma, Ishant Sharma and Mohit Sharma - the pick of their bowlers -stifled them.
Warner soldiered on in an unusual knock, refusing to give in, first in the company of Ojha, then Deepak Hooda before Rashid Khan finished the innings with a six.
If Kings XI fancied their chances, they were in for a rude shock as Hashim Amla was trapped in front by Bhuvneshwar Kumar first ball. Their lineup still had the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Eoin Morgan and David Miller. The Kings XI skipper threatened to break free before Bhuvneshwar got rid of him - Warner making no mistake at long off after Maxwell, forced to change his willow after digging out a yorker, holed out.