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Steely Yuvraj keeps Sunrisers Hyderabad on course for play-offs

Hashim Amla missed his maiden century in T20 by just four runs.
Hashim Amla missed his maiden century in T20 by just four runs.
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Sunrisers Hyderabad 180-3 (Warner 52) beat
Kings XI Punjab 179-4 (Amla 96) by seven wickets
46th Match, Indian Premier League, Mohali

Sunrisers Hyderabad chased down a target of 180 runs in 19.4 overs with a fifty from David Warner and an unbeaten 42 from Yuvraj Singh defeating Kings XI Punjab by seven wickets in the 46th match of the Indian Premier League in Mohali to stay on course for a berth in the play-offs.

Earlier in the day, Hashim Amla smashed a 56-ball 96 and helped Kings XI Punjab to score 179 for four in 20 overs. Kings XI Punjab batted first after winning the toss.

Amla (96) began strongly with four boundaries and a six in the first four overs. In his very first over, Mustafizur Rahman (1-32) delivered the breakthrough by dismissing Murali Vijay (6), who was caught at mid-off.

10 runs came from the sixth over and Kings XI Punjab posted 47 for one in the powerplay.

Only three boundaries were scored in the next four overs as Kings XI Punjab were restricted to 77 for one at the halfway mark.

Amla brought up his maiden IPL half-century in 30 balls. The 54-run stand for the second wicket was broken when Moises Henriques (1-29) had Wriddhiman Saha (27) caught at deep midwicket in the 12th over.

Gurkeerat Singh Mann (27) and Amla joined hands and played positive cricket, pushing the total to 121 for two in 15 overs. With five overs left, Amla shifted gears quickly and smashed four boundaries and a six in the next two overs.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-32) ended the 65-run stand by castling Gurkeerat but conceded 12 runs in the 18th over.

Rahman gave away just eight runs in the penultimate over. Amla holed out to long off in the final over, four runs short of a well deserving century.

David Miller’s (20 not out) cameo helped Kings XI Punjab finish with a total of 179 for four in 20 overs.

Warner (52) led from the front once again, hitting three boundaries in the first four overs. He followed it up with a four and a six in the fifth over while Shikhar Dhawan (25) hit two fours to take the score to 55 for naught in the powerplay.

A terrific piece of fielding from Mohit Sharma (0-40) saw Dhawan being run out while attempting a second run in the eighth over.

At the halfway mark, Sunrisers Hyderabad needed 102 runs with nine wickets in hand. Warner brought up his sixth fifty of the season the 11th over.

In the 13th over, Warner ventured too far back in his crease and was out hit wicket, the third batsman from Hyderabad to be dismissed in that mode.

However, Yuvraj (42 not out) and Deepak Hooda (34) plundered 13 runs from the 13th over. The pair continued to score boundaries and brought the equation down to 50 runs needed from 30 balls.

Yuvraj smashed a six in the 16th over but Hooda holed out to deep midwicket off Sandeep Sharma (1-35).

Axar Patel (1-26) finished his spell by conceding just two runs in the 17th over. However, Yuvraj and Ben Cutting (18 not out) smashed 19 runs from the 18th over, leaving 20 runs to be scored from the final two overs.

Cutting hit another six in the 19th over. A six from Yuvraj and a four from Cutting in the final over sealed a seven wicket win for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

This win pushed Sunrisers Hyderabad to the top of the points table and put them on course for a berth in the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab stay in the seventh position but they now have no chances for qualifying for the playoffs. For his knock of 96, Amla took home the player of the match award.

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