Kings XI Keep On Winning

Lakshmipathy Balaji
Lakshmipathy took four wickets as the Kings XI Punjab hammered the Sunrisers Hyderabad
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Kings XI Punjab 193-6 (Maxwell 95) beat
Sunrisers Hyderabad 121 by 72 runs
Indian Premier League 2014, Sharjah

The Kings XI Punjab made it three Indian Premier League 2014 wins in a row by handing the Sunrisers Hyderabad a 72-run thrashing in Sharjah.

Glenn Maxwell continued his outrageous run of form with the bat, scoring 95 in 43 balls as the Kings XI made 193 for six.

In reply, the Sunrisers, yet to get off the mark in this year's competition, were bowled out for just 121.

Kings XI's first two wins - over Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals - came when chasing but in this match they proved they are just as strong when asked to bat first.

They were given a fine start by Cheteshwar Pujara (35 in 32 balls) and Virender Sehwag (30 in 22 balls) and Maxwell then tore into the Sunrisers bowling.

He blasted five fours and nine sixes before falling in the final over, by which time the Kings XI were well on their way to their third score in a row of more than 190.

David Miller and George Bailey both fell for 10 to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who escaped with figures of three for 19 while Amit Mishra (2-56) and Darren Sammy (1-22) were the other wicket-takers.

The Sunrisers were quickly in trouble in reply when Mitchell Johnson had Shikhar Dhawan caught behind for one and David Warner fell to Lakshmipathy Balaji for eight.

Balaji moved to the top of the Purple Cap rankings by completing a haul of four for 13 in his four overs, also dismissing Aaron Finch (19), Sammy (15) and Dale Steyn (12).

Akshar Patel (2-20), Johnson (2-26), Rishi Dhawan (1-23) and Sandeep Sharma (1-26) also took wickets as Sunrisers quickly lost their way.

Shikhar Dhawan laid part of the blame for their defeat at the door of dropping catches and missing Maxwell proved to be expensive.

However, their batting failed to fire once again, with KL Rahul's run-a-ball 27 the top score of a disappointing effort.

They were bowled out in 19.2 overs.

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