Unplayable Ankit Rajpoot achieves best IPL 2018 bowling figures

Unplayable Ankit Rajpoot achieves best IPL 2018 bowling figures

Unplayable Ankit Rajpoot achieves best IPL 2018 bowling figures

The 25th match of the Indian Premier League 11th season is between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab. They restricted Sunrisers Hyderabad to a low total of 132 runs for six wickets.

Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 132/6 (Manish Pandey 54, Shakib Al Hasan 28; Ankit Rajpoot 5/14) beat Kings XI Punjab (Lokesh Rahul 32, Chris Gayle 23; Rashid Khan 3/19, Basil Thampi 2/14, Shakib Al Hasan 2/18) by 13 runs.

Punjab, who were coming from four consecutive wins, paid the price of dropping too many catches while bowling as they allowed Manish Pandey (54 off 51) to settle down and steer his team from the early dismissal of top order batsmen. Mayank Agarwal also walked back to pavilion after he was caught at the long on by Pandey in the 13th over of Shakib.

He took out the off-stump of the well-set Rahul with a ripping leg-spinner before trapping Karun Nair plumb in front of the wickets with a sharp googly that the batsmen just didn't pick.

The visitors were suddenly reduced to 88/5. The last time when these two teams played against each other, Punjab won by 15 runs with the help of Gayle's century. The tail didn't wag much as the bowlers finished the formalities duly. Yusuf Pathan (21) could not free his hands to the extent he would have liked as SRH only managed 132-6 with Ankit Rajpoot bagging a fifer off the last ball of the innings.

He bowled three overs consecutively to start the innings and was in sublime form.

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Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson missed out with the bat, but his astute reading of the game, along with the idea of constantly rotating his bowlers around, worked wonders for his side. Skipper Kane Williamson failed to clear the in-field and Shikhar Dhawan, who looked good in his brief knock, was gobbled up by Nair at slip.

Amid dome ordinary fielding, Rajpoot then got the better of keeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha (6). There was more drama in the next over of Sran.

After Punjab chose to bowl, Rajpoot got the prized wicket of Kane Williamson (0) off the fourth ball of the match as the Hyderabad captain's miscued pull - largely due to the unexpected bounce Rajpoot got - found R Ashwin at mid-off. In the powerplay, hosts struggled to 37 runs. Gayle has scored 119 runs from just 82 balls of Bhuvneshwar getting out only once.

Punjab's nightmare continued in the next over when Shakib packed back Aaron Finch (8) after being clobbered for a massive six on the previous ball.

A failure to replicate his debut Ranji season performances in IPL as well as in domestic cricket put him out of favour with the franchises but the 2016 Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy saw him finish as the third highest wicket-taker in the tournament, tempting KKR to give him another chance in the IPL.

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