When Sunrisers Hyderabad began their campaign in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, it looked like they had simply resumed from where they had left off in 2106. The defending champions quickly won their first two matches and it was all good. Then came consecutive losses to Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders and things were not so rosy anymore. Kings XI Punjab also began with two wins, and then were sent packing to big losses by KKR and Delhi Daredevils. So the fortunes of the two Australian captains - David Warner of SRH and Glenn Maxwell of KXIP - are pretty similar. The only difference is that one of them will end up with two points after the match on Monday in Hyderabad.(LIVE SCORECARD)
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20:40 IST: Six!! Warner gets down on one knee and reverse sweeps Cariappa for a maximum. Much-needed boundary for Hyderabad. SRH are 50/1 in 9 overs.
20:38 IST: Just two runs from the Mohit Sharma. Brilliant bowling from the Punjab pacer. Warner has been completely shackled.
20:35 IST: Three dot balls from Mohit, runs coming at a premium for SRH right now.
20:30 IST: Punjab bowlers are doing a good job with the ball, not allowing Hyderabad batsmen to free their arms.
20:25 IST: Moises Henriques comes out in the middle to replace Shikhar Dhawan.
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20:24 IST: Out! Mohit Sharma bowls a slow bouncer, trying to pull the ball, Dhawan puts the ball in Wriddhiman Saha's gloves. Hyderabad 25 for one.
20:19 IST: Just three runs coming off the Ishant Sharma over. Brilliant bowling.
20:00 IST: Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner have opened the batting for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
19:48 IST: Kings XI Punjab win toss and elect to field against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
19:45 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab.
SRH's misfortunes are not for any lack of trying on Warner's part. He is second on the batting list with 165 runs from four innings. Shikhar Dhawan and Moises Henriques have contributed as well. Rashid Khan has been great with the ball as wall with seven wickets so far in the tournament while the veteran Ashish Nehra is effective too. So essentially, it is just some things going wrong at specific times that has been the difference between winning and losing for SRH. As for KXIP, their bowlers have struggled. Varun Aaron is way too expensive and the rest the three Sharma's - Ishant, Mohit and Sandeep - have been moderate at best.