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IPL 2018 Highlights SRH Vs KXIP: SRH Defend 132, Beat KXIP By 13 Runs

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Riding on wonder spinner Rashid Khan's brilliant effort, SunRisers Hyderabad produced an inspired bowling display to eke out a fighting 13-run win over in-form Kings XI Punjab in a low-scoring Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Thursday. Rashid (3/19)) turned out to be the star for SunRisers once again as he along with Shakib (2/18) turned the tables around for the hosts in the middle overs after Manish Pandey's fighting 54 propelled them to 132 for six. Besides Rashid and Shakib, Basil Thampi (2/14) and Sandeep Sharma (2/17) also rose to the occasion for the home team. Earlier, young Kings XI pacer Ankit Rajpoot (5/14) registered his career-best bowling figures to restrict SunRisers to the modest score. But the total proved enough for SunRisers as Kings XI batsmen crumbled like a pack of cards to fell short eventually and slump to their second loss in the tournament. Chasing the modest target, openers KL Rahul (32) and Chris Gayle (23) got Kings XI's off to great start as the duo stitched quick 55 runs in just 47 balls. But just when it looked Kings XI will run away with the game, Afghan leg-spinner Rashid got the big breakthrough when he cleaned up Rahul with a gem of a delivery. Big-hitting Gayle then miscued a short delivery off Thampi in the next over and the pacer accepted the chance of his own bowling. The two wickets derailed Kings XI's chase as Rashid and Shakib bowled brilliantly in the middle overs to keep SunRisers afloat with wickets at regular intervals. Rashid, in particular, was unplayable as the Kings XI batsmen completely failed to read his variations.

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