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  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 15, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    @ moscowman Can't understand Shikar Dhawan …. And Shikar has to pull up socks and score…... Even Warner is subdued,why?"

    You have answered your own question. Dhawan's captaincy sent this team to the grave this year. Now they are just going through the motions. They want it to be over, and to get away from the awful team atmosphere under Dhawan. And Dhawan wants to get away from the burden of the responsibility for leading a losing team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Still Steyn is no match to Malinga in t20 cricket. There have been countless times he has leaked runs in a back end of an innings. This year he did just that in the wt20 semi-final against India and in this year's IPL against RCB and KXIP.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 15, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    very well done kxip ... see u guys in grand final....

  • POSTED BY moscowman on | May 15, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Can't understand Shikar Dhawan persisting with Henriques benching Darren Sammy. Atrocious. Sammy iks a game changer. And Rahul is too slow. For a change N.Ojha has started scoring fast,otherwise he is no good. And Shikar has to pull up socks and score. Even Warner is subdued,why?

  • POSTED BY FarhanMangalat on | May 15, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    everybody got bad days. there is no doubt that Steyn is the best in the world. you all forgot his heroics seeing his off day performance in a batting paradise??. styen can perform in any pitches, he is a gem. anyone remembers steyn's 7 wicket performance in his very first innings in india? this years IPL he did not perform well, i agree. but dont say he is not best and he is an ordinary bowler. if he is an oridnary bowler he couldnt have enjoyed the success he had...so plz stop bashing guys. he wil bounce back, has that ability....

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | May 15, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Lets see Naman Ohja being given some India A games and see where he stands. Some great timing by him. Uthappa has almost guaranteed himself a place in the India Odi squad as an opener. He certainly will take over Rohit's spot up there. SRH lost that game due to poor captaincy and their bowling unit leaked. When they took the field I thought here is a chance for them to win an important game.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 15, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    give steyn some rest pick up holder and comes Sammy for henricks , junja for irfan bcuz irfan was not bowl and rasool for kV and mishra

  • POSTED BY imtiazjaleel on | May 15, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    If Pathan is picked as a bowler then he should be bowled or otherwise why is he in the team.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 15, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    I can't quite believe this Steyn bashing. He has 2 or 3 bad games out of 10 and suddenly, he becomes overrated? Just take a look at Malinga's record against India. He has been spanked everywhere, mainly by Kohli and even by Raina and the others. No bowler is perfect. Steyn has a T20 economy of about 6.5 and an average around 20. Those are great numbers for anyone. He is accurate and deadly. This pitch had nothing for the fast bowlers. Even Bhuvi got smashed all around. If you really want to see Steyn's master bowling, just take a look at any of his test innings this past year. You don't even have to go that far back, just look at the last year matches and see how he decimated Pakistan, India and Australia line ups. Irfan got one good over in when Bailey was new to the crease. The previous match, he had been carted around merrily by MI. If anything, IRFAN is the one who just comes in and bowls straight and he doesn't even have Steyn's speed.

  • POSTED BY sreehk on | May 15, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Very hard to see SRH making the playoffs from here. They might ironically end up 5th on table. But they deserve that 5th place. For this match, just can't say where SRH went wrong. Obviously they would have wanted to bowl better but Punjab batsmen just took breath away and I do not think any side could have stopped them. May be some half chances should have been converted by SRH. Steyn needs to use his brain rather than heart from now on. SRH can even gamble with the option of playing Warner, Finch, Sammy, and Henriques leaving out Steyn and bringing in Ishant or a some other surprise bowler. Other problem with SRH attack is it is too predictable now to the extent of who bowls which over. They need to surprise the opposition and gamble a bit now.

  • POSTED BY eng_mdkhan on | May 15, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Why was Pathan not utliized? Look at what the captain's confidence did to Yuvraj. Yuvraj has now become an unstoppable force merely due the captain's faith in him. Dhawan should have the same faith in Pathan, he should tell him that he got the likes of Afridi who was equally devastating and he can do it again. A captain is a leader, tactician, mentor and counselor all rolled into one on the field and should bring out the best in his players. I feel by neglecting Pathan he is doing a disservice to SRH.

  • POSTED BY imtiazjaleel on | May 15, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Steyn did cost two matches for SRH, one against BLR and KXI, if he cant bowl yorkers at will in death overs, then he is an ordinary bowler as others.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    bad bowling from steyn...pathan bowled brilliantly in the previous over...please dont blame dhawan for this what can he do if his so called best bowler cannot deliver?

  • POSTED BY eng_mdkhan on | May 15, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    He is definitely not the best T20 bowler I would rate Malinga (although in his twilight), Starc, Johnson among others better than him in this format. I am glad that IPL 7 and its followers vindicated my belief that he is overrated.

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | May 15, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    1 vs 2 will be CSK vs KXIP. simple. No. 3 almost belongs to RR. Who will take the 4th spot? KKR, SRH or the black horse RCB?

  • POSTED BY sam6e on | May 15, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    God Bless SRH bowlers...when you cannot defend 206 runs, why the team should play 5 bowlers...better play full all rounders and try to make 300 runs...looks pathetic but yes this is the only option SRH has ?? Where is the brain ?? When Vohra n Saha attacking, where is the captain's brain?? Let the leg spin bowlers bowl round the wicket negative line on the pads just to stem the run flow as ashwin does for CSK...Consistently any spinner bowling no-ball in this world will be only Amit Mishra...If i were the coach i would have made him 10 rounds of the ground after the match...High time the leg spinners should be coached with some one like Warne or Prasanna or Shiva rama krishnan if they were to survive next 2 seasons...When given a chance if Rasool gives a match winning performance, everyone will curse the selection why he was warming the bench...

  • POSTED BY fkhawaja on | May 15, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    the only question is how long can KXIP continue chasing huge totals. Their bowling has to do better if they are to win the tournament.

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan11111 on | May 15, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    I thought Hyderabad pitch is a low scoring one. What is the point of producing wickets like yesterday's ones. There's no chance for bowlers. If the pitches make sahas and vohras look like maxwell, God help the bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    I like all these comments saying Steyn isnt the best in the world. Please name one bowler better.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Master class from Bangar. He kep his most expensive buy for the latter part of the tournament. This will supprise most teams as they will play only one game now with most teams. Vohra is a talent. Great work Kings X1.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 15, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    anyhow..now the competition for the 4th spot is between srh,kkr and rcb..weirdly enough, srh and kkr play the same teams in their remaining 4 matches..they play 2 against each other, one against rcb and one aginst csk..so, their head to head encounters will decide who goes to the playoffs..as for rcb, i feel they have little chance as their bowling is getting taken apart in almost all the matches..they r entirely dependent on their batting..but anything can happen in t20.. so, looking forward to the interesting final phase of ipl

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 15, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    @vic varma: Completely agree with you on Steyn..he has become the easy target for batsmen in the death overs and he doesnt learn..he just bowls fast and length balls and cost SRH 2 games..i guess its time to make hard decisions by the team management..get back sammy for moises..get rahul out and bring in manpreet juneja or aniruddha srikkanth..get mishra out and bring perveez rasool..get steyn out and give jason holder a chance..he did well for csk last year..if they continue with the same players, they will definitely loose all their games...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 15, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    It's time people stop calling Steyn the world's best bowler. All he does is run in hard and bowl length balls; even an edge carries the ball over the boundary. He doesn't use any variations at all, and he's cost the Sunrisers two matches this season.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    manan vohra is amazing batsman..

  • POSTED BY DECCAN_EXPRESS on | May 15, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    Textbook bowling cost SRH another loss today. SRH lost 3 easy wins. YORKERS WINS MATCHES!!! Captain need to study opponents before any game. Styne is text book bowler and he don't bowl any variations nor yorkers during slog overs. Irfan should have bowled the 18th over would have given different result. If SRH need to qualify playoff, Bring back Sammy. Don't let styne bowl 18,19,20 overs. These overs should be given to Bhuvi, Irfan, Sammy.

  • POSTED BY lian_14 on | May 15, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    Bailey has been required to bat in 3 of the 4 innings in which KXIP have chased. He has remained not out in all three innings. The first one was against CSK in their first match. The other was against RCB when he batted sensibly with Dhawan after two quick wickets had fallen and then this one. It's pretty handy for KXIP to have someone with such a calm head to finish off a run chase, especially when the pressure starts to build at the end. And on top of that, with Bailey batting at 6, the top 3 or 4 can just go for it, knowing that there is some sort of stability in the middle order and that is a really important mindset when it comes to chasing such a big total. And I love how Bailey has continually backed Saha in at 3 (even in such a big run chase) despite having Maxwell, Miller and himself that can come in to bat, and it really paid off today.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 15, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    People need to stop criticizing Dhawan's captaincy. True, it hasn't been the best, but he didn't really do anything wrong today. Remember, KXIP's spinners did well today, barring their last few overs, so he might have thought that the pitch assisted turn. Pathan was destroyed last match and it was HIS over in the powerplay against MI that went or 18 and gave them the momentum. He had a good over today mainly because Bailey was new to the crease. If you say that Mishra shouldn't have been bowled because he got hit the last time he faced KXIP, Pathan actually got hit for even more in the same match. And when Bhuvi and Steyn have been taken apart, seriously what did you expect Ishant to do? Just face it, it was a good batting wicket and the KXIP batsmen played superbly. KXIP outplayed SRH in terms of batting and the way they played, really nothing could have stopped them.

  • POSTED BY IAS2009 on | May 14, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    Steyn with no movement of the pitch is very ordinary bowlers, he could be hit very easily down the ground as lots of batsmen are doing, B kumar looks most threatening than steyn in most games, SRH has such good bowling attack, i thought this is most balanced team, their batting was very poor in start of tournament and bowling have to defend very low scores, but when they scored better bowling came up with worst performances. it batting they were not sure what to do and playing tentative, they were always playing one too many shot to get out cheaply.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 14, 2014, 23:35 GMT

    Another reason why T20 is killing Fast Bowlers. If Steyn can get thrashed like that every now and then in IPL, one can only imagine what's there for other fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 14, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    Bailey--the smiling assassin .

  • POSTED BY lian_14 on | May 14, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    Bailey isn't a noted finisher because he doesnt often have this role when playing for aus or tasmania. But when he shifts into gear, he's seriously unstoppable and has this ability to score the runs really quickly. Hes done it before at international level. 28 runs in one James Anderson over, 26 runs in one Jade Dernbach over and 30 runs off his final 6 balls in his 125* against WI in an ODI are just a few examples. And then 40* in 13 balls the other night against csk is another example. Now with Bailey in some sort of form, and vohra and saha doing well this game, KXIP really have a balanced and deadly batting line up.

  • POSTED BY lian_14 on | May 14, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    If CSK are known to chase totals down in the 19th over, KXIP shall be known to chase totals down in the 18th over (with 8 balls to spare usually as well).

  • POSTED BY YoungAB_14 on | May 14, 2014, 21:39 GMT

    dale steyn needs to be rested for a little. that ensures he will impress in the crucial matches

  • POSTED BY Feroz9700 on | May 14, 2014, 21:33 GMT

    What a match, icredible hitting from both the teams. Hard luck Sunrisers, but Punjab looks unstopppable. Just can't understand why Irfan is not being given the new ball, how will he regain his confidence. It's the captain's job to have your best players palying and giving them enough oppurtunity to get into some rythm.

  • POSTED BY Coolcapricorn on | May 14, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    Another mesmerising win for the Kings XI today - even opposition fans couldn't help but admire the audacious batting of Saha, Vohra, Maxwell, Bailey etc. Steyn doesn't seem to be effective at all on these placid Indian wickets, the opposition batsmen are quite happy to take him on & so has been leaking runs.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    BEURAN HENDRICKS didn't yet play a single game,he must get a chance.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 14, 2014, 20:32 GMT

    @Zaheer Hussain: I had the same feeling as you did about Irfan Pathan not being used in a timely manner. For some strange reason, Dhawan thinks that Irfan should bowl the 20th over only! His use of leg spinners defies common sense. He used Mishra against Pollard earlier & he gave away 12 runs. Mishra came on again & Pollard, clobbered him for27 runs. Karn Sharma used vs. Maxwell the first over he faced was hit for 3 consecutive Sixers . Even With 205 total, a Captain cannot leak away runs like Dhawan did. When Saha & Vohra were slogging, it begs the question: why did he NOT use Pathan ? Irfan is a LH seamer as opposed to all other bowlers who are right handers. It was Pathan who got Pollard out to win the match for SRH. I also like to add for a bowler of Steyn's stature, 4-0-51-1 is atrociously poor- especially 22 runs in over # 18. Bowlers need to do their job & Steyn + Henriques were very Tardy to say the least. If SRH lose their next home game vs. KKR, they are out of Playoff!

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    Prior to this match people who didnt kings xi kept saying punjab relies on maxi miller to score if they fail this team is nothing etc etc.Viru played an awesome innings Pujara till he played was scoring some runs today saha vohra showed the world what they can do Bailey in little time he has got to play showed what he is capable of fact is everyone is performing in the team just over shadowed by maxi miller performance.Kudos to Bailey's captaincy and team management to show faith in youngsters and say we believe go out do ur best.Sandeep sharma who was excellent is going for runs in last 2 games happens new kid in block batting tracks even great bowlers go for it.Kings will continue with him install confidence and he will come back strong shivam sharma what a find when the so called best spinner of india is taken to cleaners this kid is brilliant.If they continue this brilliance they may even lift the cup who knows go on punjab rock it.If Punjab makes it to finals we are in for runfest

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 14, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    Dale Steyn finally exposed in Indian conditions. He is too reliant on conditions to assist him. Even his SA team mate AB exposed his frailties a few games back. Also, Shikhar Dhawan is a useless captain. He has no clue on field placement, bowling match ups etc. He's also a mediocre batsman to go with it. God save SRH. One more defeat and they can kiss their playoff hopes goodbye.

  • POSTED BY steve48 on | May 14, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    Steyn is a great bowler, but not so much in this format because of his height and natural outswing. He is being increasingly found out in this IPL because of that, with batsmen no longer playing anyone on reputation, even Mitch Johnson has been carted about in a few games, despite the year he has had! KP11 are great value, and GM's attitude has rubbed off on everyone; enjoy yourself and have a go, and try to hit the ball where the fielders aren't! Really enjoyed this year's tournament

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    No need to blame Dhawan for his captaincy today though its not good.. what more he can do if his best bowlers Bhuvi & Steyn went for runs??

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | May 14, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Just when it looked like SRH had a chance to fight back, Steyn in 18th over blew it! 22 runs in a single over after Irfan Pathan , Mishra & Sharma bowled SRH into the game this was unexpected from the World #1 Fast bowler! Bailey & Miller had their backs to the wall requiring 26 from 3 overs.On the whole it was a dismal bowling by SRH reputed to be the best bowling side from IPL 6. It was their 4 bowler Kumar, Steyn, Mishra & Karn that brought them glory. But they wilted under pressure from Saha & Vohra. Saha is reputed a a slow orthodox bataman. Today he was at a S/R>200! SRH bowling was collectively tardy, to say the least. Towards the end when Bailey was around 3 runout chances of Bailey were also missed. A winning team takes those chances. Add to it Mishra got Maxwell out but he crossed the bowling crease. It is unimaginable for a slow bowler to bowl a No ball!. This more or less eliminates SRH from the Play off unless they beat KKR in their next match & win the rest of matches.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    How lucky I'm to watch this match live in the stadium.. absolute entertainment through out the match.. nightmare for the bowlers though:)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 14, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    I agree with you Zaheer if a part time bowler is giving 17 runs in power play then why don't you give the bowl to a regular bowler means pathan what a waste by bowlers in defending a huge total which is settled rarely by their batsman

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    my team is KXIP. I love KXIP.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 14, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Scintillating Power packed performance by Kxip with Adrenaline rushed innings from Saha and Vohra..If you have missed this match you have missed a best T20 knock of your lifetime!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 14, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    Dhawan should be blamed for picking up the playing 11, setting the batting order, and handling bowling changes. He should study the opponent's game and play accordingly. In this game he had Irfan who could have been used. In the previous game Maxwell had scored 66 off 22 balls the spinners bowled. Why provide him spinners again if that is his strength? Why didn't he pick Ishant? When Saha and Vohra massacred Henriques why did he give him another over? 86 runs in the first six overs and he did not want to bowl Irfan. Saha and Vohra ran amok with the SRH attack. It was out of control there.

  • POSTED BY Blackholesun on | May 14, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    Kings XI is on the roll, they are the best side have been awesome. Maxwell has stamped his authority in IPL 2014. The way he has scored runs this season is phenomenal.

    Hope they win the tournament this season, CSK and may be RR are also standing between them and the trophy.

    Well played guys !!

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 14, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    @Navin84 Checking the No Ball on wickets makes complete sense because that is where they count the most. And there have been a few such instances this year alone, so why would they change that?

    @anil_k I disagree. KXIP won this match based on their batting might. SRH did bowl some really good deliveries, the batsmen were just striking the ball extremely cleanly and playing properly, finding the gaps. Steyn is one of the best in the world. He has his off days, but replacing him with Holder is the worst thing SRH could do now. Look at Steyn's overall record in any format. And what "desi boys" are you talking about? This was one of the few occasions, where local players got the best of him. The only player to do it consistently is AB, who himself is one of the best in the world.

    @Facebook User I think it had more to do with the pitches being more suited to their bowling attack. This year, the pitches have been batting friendly which does not gel with their team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    I dont know why everyone are blamming dhawan . Its steyn who is costing them again. He is neither economical ,nor picking up wickes like mohit sharma. That day he cost the match bowling to ab de villers in a single over,today to bailey. Styen was also ordinary in the t20 wc baring the game vs new zealand. Time to play jason holder and sammy in place of styen and henriques..

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 14, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Quick note on Maxwell (I guess I AM talking about him). He might be the most positive big hitter out there, next to Gayle and Smith. He always has a smile on his face, never gets flustered, usually smiles even when he is out. He lifts up the mood on the field whether he is batting or bowling. You saw him interact with his former MI team mates like Bhajji and Chahal and even today, he had a playful moment with Warner. He just seems like a person who is out there to enjoy himself and it rubs off on even the opposition. A refreshing change from the heated arguments we have seen (Ahem, RCB/MI). Also, pleas don't blame the bowlers or the captains. It was an excellent batting wicket and there wasn't much anyone could do when teams bat like this.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    SRH bowling this season is making me think if it was not White who made the difference last time. Even during auction I was quite suprised to see them not bringing him back. That guy may not be what he was once but for sure is one of the most imaginative captns arnd. He did orchastrate quite a few jail breaks last time. Given that no more than 2-3 foreign players are coming good every other match Bear would definitely have found a spot adding a little more stability to the middle order.

  • POSTED BY anil_k on | May 14, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    couple of changes need to be done if SRH really want to make it. Sammy need to replace Henriques and captain SRH team. Steyn need to be replace with Jason Holder. Steyn thinks he is best and feel great of batsmen if they hit six, how long, all desi players are taking him easily. Jason had good record with CSK. Sammy is super cool captain, batsmen too. it is not Punjab one, SRH lost because of over confidence in steyn. being international bowler, could not delivery a Yorker. Shikar is slow learner, seeing other matches, captains you need to learn sir. he is unable to use one of best bowling unit appropriately. if SRH does not ring this changes for next match forget about winning the forth coming games.

  • POSTED BY Navin84 on | May 14, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    I am not a fan of checking for NO BALL when a person is out. It's the umpire's call, he should have seen that it was a NO BALL and call it. If that is the case, they should be checking for NO BALL every ball, a missed NO BALL can cause a team the game. This rule needs serious re-thinking.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 14, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    Im waiting when KXIP will chsae down 220+.Well done Saha and Vohra.This is the reason why Vohra was retained. Maxwell is invincible but the bowling needs some work.

  • POSTED BY Priyantha_P_Gunaratna on | May 14, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Nice to see both teams scoring 200+. Good Game.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | May 14, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    It was improper bowler management by Dhawan. When seamers were hammered and pitch was seeming helping spinners, still Mishra introduced after 6 overs when damage was already done and match almost lost by SRH. Also, Henriques given 2nd even though being expensive in first over, but Steyn didn't get second after giving runs in first over.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 14, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    There is really not much to take from the bowling. The pitch surprised everyone and in a game where Steyn and Bhuvi went for over 10 an over, everyone's bound to go for a few. The KXIP should just shake this off and I am pretty sure they will. That said, Shivam Sharma again looked promising. He got hit for those two sixes in the end, but this is only his second game in senior cricket and Naman Ojha was in great form today.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 14, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Building on what I said, you can clearly see how much talent KXIP's batting possesses. There has been a lot of criticism around Saha, but he has looked good all tournament and plays proper shots. He is a good player to send in on a rainy day to stabilize the innings. Vohra, was outstanding. He is aggressive but doesn't take too many risks and plays some gorgeous shots and was really unlucky to get out. These two won us the match today. I won't talk about Maxi since its all been done before. Miller did well to stick around till the end. Bailey too, showed his calmness and talent by taking on Steyn, their best bowler. Yes, there was some pressure, but he overcame it really well. I think there will be comments about Maxi's risky playing, but thats how he plays and thats why he is successful. Bailey just hasn't had much time and showed today and previously against CSK what he can do once he gets an eye in. His calmness is really under rated and he has been a driving force behind KXIP.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 14, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Well, I have to admit, even as an ardent KXIP fan and having advocated Vohra's inclusion for a while now, I didn't quite expect that. I knew KXIP would not go down without a fight and while things looked glum, I always had a sinking suspicion that they would do it again. It looked bad because I thought the pitch was a good one to bowl on and the bowlers just botched it. But as Bailey said, it might just be that the bowlers did ok. No one expected this from Hyderabad, a ground where 130s were easily defended last year. I sincerely hope that this match stops all the Punjab bashing about how they only rely on Maxi and Miller. This was the very definition of team work and almost the entire line-up contributed (side note, Miller didn't even properly fire). I really need more space to write, there is so much to talk about.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Heads must roll in the SRH camp starting with the guy who appointed over-rated fluke Dhawan as captain. Look what he has done to a bowling attack that was able to defend 130s so many times.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 14, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    This time sawa and vohara played the role of maxi a good decision for vohara in playing eleven and good captaincy by bailey

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    What to say about this "New Giant" punjab team? All time best team CSK itself failed to defend the score and chase as well, what can SRH do? In fact, SRH has the best bowling line up. All that i can say is the "Australian factor" This is what makes a team in a good shape. Rajasthan started this and Punjab carries on. This year well for Punjab, but next year another one may come big. Lets see.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    SRH is likely to lose next match against RCB as well. They might win just one more match and will compete with DD for the last place. Not because SRH is a bad team but because they have a lousy captain.

  • POSTED BY Pindia on | May 14, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Awful decision from Darmaseena re Warner catch. Drop Steyn bring back Sammy.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    What a game another 200 run chase made a mocery by the kings good to see everyone chipping in last match viru was great today vora saha show followed by maxi miller bailey shows all teams punjabis in the house

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Dhawan is a lousy captain. First he kept Naman Ojha on bench for three matches. Then he sent him too low in batting order.

    In this match, there was no need for two leggies. Ishant should have been used. Then in the first six overs, he did not use Irfan even though Henriques was going for 19 runs an over. Then he feeds Maxwell what he craves - spin. Bailey is uncomfortable against spin yet he keeps all fast bowlers for him.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Woah! Kings XI vs CSK for final!!!

  • POSTED BY rajcan on | May 14, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    Bailey, Captain by example. I am sure they will be the 2014 Champions.

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | May 14, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    PunjabT20 makes mockery of the big score posted by SunRisers HYD

  • POSTED BY Pindia on | May 14, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    Great 13th over from Steyn could be the truning point come on Mishy

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan11111 on | May 14, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Can we have some cricket please.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    SRH will never win if they keep Henrique in and Sammy on the bench.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 14, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    waiting for maxwell fair

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Heartening to see Vora in the squad. High time.

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  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 15, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    @ moscowman Can't understand Shikar Dhawan …. And Shikar has to pull up socks and score…... Even Warner is subdued,why?"

    You have answered your own question. Dhawan's captaincy sent this team to the grave this year. Now they are just going through the motions. They want it to be over, and to get away from the awful team atmosphere under Dhawan. And Dhawan wants to get away from the burden of the responsibility for leading a losing team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 15, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    Still Steyn is no match to Malinga in t20 cricket. There have been countless times he has leaked runs in a back end of an innings. This year he did just that in the wt20 semi-final against India and in this year's IPL against RCB and KXIP.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 15, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    very well done kxip ... see u guys in grand final....

  • POSTED BY moscowman on | May 15, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Can't understand Shikar Dhawan persisting with Henriques benching Darren Sammy. Atrocious. Sammy iks a game changer. And Rahul is too slow. For a change N.Ojha has started scoring fast,otherwise he is no good. And Shikar has to pull up socks and score. Even Warner is subdued,why?

  • POSTED BY FarhanMangalat on | May 15, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    everybody got bad days. there is no doubt that Steyn is the best in the world. you all forgot his heroics seeing his off day performance in a batting paradise??. styen can perform in any pitches, he is a gem. anyone remembers steyn's 7 wicket performance in his very first innings in india? this years IPL he did not perform well, i agree. but dont say he is not best and he is an ordinary bowler. if he is an oridnary bowler he couldnt have enjoyed the success he had...so plz stop bashing guys. he wil bounce back, has that ability....

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | May 15, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Lets see Naman Ohja being given some India A games and see where he stands. Some great timing by him. Uthappa has almost guaranteed himself a place in the India Odi squad as an opener. He certainly will take over Rohit's spot up there. SRH lost that game due to poor captaincy and their bowling unit leaked. When they took the field I thought here is a chance for them to win an important game.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 15, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    give steyn some rest pick up holder and comes Sammy for henricks , junja for irfan bcuz irfan was not bowl and rasool for kV and mishra

  • POSTED BY imtiazjaleel on | May 15, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    If Pathan is picked as a bowler then he should be bowled or otherwise why is he in the team.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 15, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    I can't quite believe this Steyn bashing. He has 2 or 3 bad games out of 10 and suddenly, he becomes overrated? Just take a look at Malinga's record against India. He has been spanked everywhere, mainly by Kohli and even by Raina and the others. No bowler is perfect. Steyn has a T20 economy of about 6.5 and an average around 20. Those are great numbers for anyone. He is accurate and deadly. This pitch had nothing for the fast bowlers. Even Bhuvi got smashed all around. If you really want to see Steyn's master bowling, just take a look at any of his test innings this past year. You don't even have to go that far back, just look at the last year matches and see how he decimated Pakistan, India and Australia line ups. Irfan got one good over in when Bailey was new to the crease. The previous match, he had been carted around merrily by MI. If anything, IRFAN is the one who just comes in and bowls straight and he doesn't even have Steyn's speed.

  • POSTED BY sreehk on | May 15, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Very hard to see SRH making the playoffs from here. They might ironically end up 5th on table. But they deserve that 5th place. For this match, just can't say where SRH went wrong. Obviously they would have wanted to bowl better but Punjab batsmen just took breath away and I do not think any side could have stopped them. May be some half chances should have been converted by SRH. Steyn needs to use his brain rather than heart from now on. SRH can even gamble with the option of playing Warner, Finch, Sammy, and Henriques leaving out Steyn and bringing in Ishant or a some other surprise bowler. Other problem with SRH attack is it is too predictable now to the extent of who bowls which over. They need to surprise the opposition and gamble a bit now.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Heartening to see Vora in the squad. High time.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 14, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    waiting for maxwell fair

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    SRH will never win if they keep Henrique in and Sammy on the bench.

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan11111 on | May 14, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Can we have some cricket please.

  • POSTED BY Pindia on | May 14, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    Great 13th over from Steyn could be the truning point come on Mishy

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | May 14, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    PunjabT20 makes mockery of the big score posted by SunRisers HYD

  • POSTED BY rajcan on | May 14, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    Bailey, Captain by example. I am sure they will be the 2014 Champions.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Woah! Kings XI vs CSK for final!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Dhawan is a lousy captain. First he kept Naman Ojha on bench for three matches. Then he sent him too low in batting order.

    In this match, there was no need for two leggies. Ishant should have been used. Then in the first six overs, he did not use Irfan even though Henriques was going for 19 runs an over. Then he feeds Maxwell what he craves - spin. Bailey is uncomfortable against spin yet he keeps all fast bowlers for him.

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    What a game another 200 run chase made a mocery by the kings good to see everyone chipping in last match viru was great today vora saha show followed by maxi miller bailey shows all teams punjabis in the house

Sunrisers v Kings XI, IPL 2014, Hyderabad May 14, 2014

Saha, Vohra star as Kings XI go top

The Report by Alagappan Muthu
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Kings XI Punjab 211 for 4 (Saha 54, Vohra 47) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 205 for 5 (Ojha 79, Dhawan 45) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The prospect of facing Kings XI Punjab means extensive research on Glenn Maxwell. Perhaps a few hours spent decoding David Miller. But the winning push, in Hyderabad, came from two men who fly well under the radar. Wriddhiman Saha, usually charged with steadying a top-order wobble, exploded to make 54 off 26 and Manan Vohra, who was inked into the XI for the first time this season, made 47 off 20. Sunrisers Hyderabad had amassed 205 but came in second best.

The Powerplay provides a crucial opportunity when chasing a big total. Dale Steyn and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, though, aren't the most straightforward bowlers to cart around. But that was what happened and the 86 for 1 that Saha and Vohra drove Kings XI to missed out on the overall IPL record for most runs in the first six overs by just one run.

Kings XI needed the audacious foundation, though. Only 24 runs came between the 13th and 17th overs. Sunrisers managed to keep Maxwell quiet for an over and dismissed him in the next. Miller wasn't managing his usual pace and Sunrisers' attack is well versed in flummoxing strong batting line-ups. Steyn was enlisted with the 18th over, but his extra pace proved just what George Bailey needed to hike his team back to the top of the table.

It was an unmitigated assault, and each shot carried the imprint of the dressing room's backing. Vohra faced eight balls from Steyn and smashed 20 runs, including two thumping sixes over midwicket. Saha deposited the second ball he faced from the South African quick into the same region with consummate authority. Both players were unafraid to go aerial and were quite efficient when they did. The result was Steyn, Sunrisers best hope, recorded his worst T20 figures - 0 for 51.

Sunrisers would rue not converting the opportunities they created - Bailey was absently loitering out of his crease in the 17th over, worried about a leg before appeal when Karn Sharma missed a run-out. Next ball, he hoisted a contentious chance to David Warner at long-off, but replays did not offer conclusive evidence of the catch being cleanly taken.

Shikhar Dhawan was confident of his top orders's aptitude at the toss. His concerns lay with the middle order and their ability to accelerate. Those were laid to rest courtesy a Naman Ojha-inspired bludgeoning. A strong bottom hand dominated most of his shots, so much that drives through the cover region seemed shoveled. Sunrisers have been searching for an Indian batsman to support their big-name top order and his 79 off 36 has given a strong message.

He was brutal against the spinners and Sandeep Sharma's medium pace enabled him to drive Sunrisers past the 200-mark. The 26 runs that came in the 19th over meant Sandeep's 1 for 65 became the joint second worst figures in IPL.

The early goings were markedly subdued though, with Dhawan stumbling around for form. He was leaping down the track only to find the inside edge. When he stayed deep in his crease, he couldn't pierce the gap on the off side. The fifth over provided ample relief and more pertinently, restored Dhawan's fluency. Sandeep's indiscipline - he offered two free hits - was punished with a four and a six. Having succumbed to the 30s on four previous occasions, he looked set to become the first Sunrisers captain to make a half-century but a flick off the hips found short fine leg.

David Warner strode in at No. 4 and ensured the foundation laid by the openers was taken advantage of. He contributed 44 to an 81-run stand for the third wicket that built a total fit to challenge most teams. But Kings XI's batting might was ruthlessly effective.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo