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IPL 2017, KXIP vs SRH: 5 things that went wrong for Kings XI Punjab

Prasenjit Dey
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Dhawan and Warner took the game away from Punjab right from the start

The Kings XI Punjab lost to the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 26 runs in front of their home crowd in Mohali. Winning the toss, KXIP skipper Glenn Maxwell decided to bowl first, however, the Sunrisers opening duo of Dhawan and Warner completely blew the KXIP away right from the start as they stitched together an opening stand of 107 runs.

Both of them scored fifties and an innings of 57* from Kane Williamson powered the visitors to a score of 207/3 in their 20 overs.

Although the KXIP made a good start with Martin Guptill smashing 23 runs in his 11 deliveries, they gradually lost their way by losing wickets at regular intervals. Moreover, the early dismissal of Maxwell also cost them dearly as he had the ability to completely change the momentum of the match.

KXIP eventually made their way to a total of 181/9 in their 20 overs courtesy a fine knock of 84 from Shaun Marsh, however, it was not quite enough.

Let us take a look at what went wrong for the KXIP side in this match.

#1 Spin should have been introduced much earlier to Dhawan and Warner

Spin should have been introduced right at the start of the Sunrisers innings as both Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner are vulnerable to right arm off spin. They have perished to off-spinners numerous times in the past and the introduction of spin at the start only adds to their nervousness.

However, by the time spin was introduced today, they had already got Sunrisers off to a flying start. Moreover, Warner perishing to Maxwell proved why he should have introduced his more than effective off-spin much earlier than he eventually did.

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Prasenjit Dey
Prasenjit, a techie by profession and Sports writer by passion, hails from the 'City of Joy'-Kolkata. He loves to write about the nitty-gritty details of cricket and has published for multiple online publications till date. He also blogs regularly at 'The Cricket Corridor'. You can follow him on twitter @Prosen02.
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