Bhuvi’s Brilliance overshadows Vohra’s Resilience
Cricket is a funny game, and when the face of a game changes in a matter of few deliveries, you realize that it is even funnier. What strikes your mind when you think about the Kings XI Punjab? Priety Zinta of course, but I want you to reckon about the players. Maxwell, Miller, Hashim Amla and to some Axar Patel as well. But did Manan Vohra come to anyone’s mind? Probably not. But now he’s the new rising star of Kings XI. When the big guns went silent, Manan Vohra articulated his arrival on the big screen in style. Just 5 more runs and he would have been the second batsman to hit a ton in the 10th edition of this very very luxuriant and lavish T-20 league. But Bhuvi had some other plans for him.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad don’t have a very solid batting line up and they needed someone to play the entire 20 overs. And the best man to do that was the captain David Warner himself. You really don’t expect an explosive batsmen like David Warner to go at a run a ball in the power play overs . And he didn’t shy away to take this responsibility and hit a scintillating innings of 70. Naman Ojha too chipped in with a cameo of 34 runs to help his team reach a total of 159 .In the modern era of cricket, where the big sizes of bats and the indomitable batsmen might frighten the bowlers, 160 could just be another saunter in the park for the Kings XI Punjab . But wait a minute fellas, they are playing against one of the most deadliest bowling line ups in the IPL.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar provided the perfect start to their innings with an inswinging delivery, cramping Hashim Amla for room and he had to depart for a golden duck . It was just a matter of few deliveries that Bhuvi got the better of the swashbuckling Maxwell. And now Rashid Khan comes to the party. You just can’t keep this boy out of action .Comes in his 2nd over and knocks over Miller and Saha with his wrong’uns. Well, his wrong ‘uns are turning out to be the new conundrum of IPL 10 . And suddenly, 160 was looking like 220. While wickets were falling like cards on one end, Manan Vohra was holding his spot firmly and went on to reach his fifty. HERE BEGINS THE ONSLAUGHT.
Barinder Sran comes in and gets clobbered for 20 runs. Rashid joins in too and gets hammered for 22 runs of his over (this is rare, very rare ). The pendulum now starts to shift in Punjab’s way and the equation was pretty much in Punjab’s hand now. 16 required off 10 with the big fish Vohra on strike and this is where the the tide reversed in favour of Hyderabad again. Bhuvi comes in the penultimate over of the match and gets rid off KC Kariappa and the man with the golden bat ‘Manan Vohra’ . Yes u got it right, Vohra is back in the hut. Well, the fun doesn’t end here . SRH gotta defend 9 of the last over with a young, inexperienced bowler backing his abilities to pull off a blinder . Siddharth Kaul did just what the doctor had ordered for him . He bowls the perfect yorker, and there goes Ishant’s off stump cartwheeling out of the ground .