IPL 2018, KXIP vs SRH: 3 things that went right for KXIP
The 16th match of IPL 2018 concluded as Kings XI Punjab emerged victorious after defeating the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 15 runs.
KXIP had to struggle during the initial overs of their innings and could score only 49 runs in six overs. However, after the first few overs, Chris Gayle found his momentum in the game and helped his team reach the massive total of 193 runs.
The star of the match, Gayle also scored the first century of the 11th edition of the IPL taking his own IPL tally to six centuries. Sunrisers Hyderabad faced their first defeat of the tournament and are now at the second spot on the points table.
While there are many things that account for Punjab's victory, let us look at the three main things that went right for them in their win against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
#3 Overseas players did well for them
Kings XI Punjab decided to play with the same line-up as of their previous match and had Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Andrew Tye as their foreign players.
Chris Gayle played a match-winning inning and scored an unbeaten 104 runs in just 63 balls. Aaron Finch did his part as well with his quickfire innings of 14 runs of 6 deliveries. His leadership qualities are also vital for the team as he helped the newly appointed skipper, Ravichandran Ashwin in managing the team on-field.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman continued his promising start of the season and had an economical spell of 0/27. Andrew Tye enjoyed his best night of the tournament so far and took two important wickets during the crucial games of the match.
KXIP started this season stronger than ever and fans will be expecting the foreign players to continue their rich vein of form in order to end the Lions' IPL drought.