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IPL 2017: Kings XI Punjab’s Manan Vohra dunks it in vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

Manan Vohra’s effort went in vain as Kings XI Punjab lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 26 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Friday night.

ipl 2017 Updated: Apr 29, 2017 13:59 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Manan Vohra of Kings XI Punjab prevents a six during an 2017 Indian Premier League match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Friday.(BCCI)

Since the inception of the shortest format of the game, there have been some exceptional displays of shots and fielding. Be it stopping a few crucial runs or turning a good delivery into a boundary, cricketers have often exceeded exceptions to help their sides.

On Friday, it was Manan Vohra’s turn to up the ante. It was the fifth ball of the penultimate over of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s innings when Kane Williamson pulled one towards the mid-wicket boundary.

He had shuffled across to his right for a pre-meditated shot and despite Ishant Sharma pitching it short and a bit wide outside the off-stump, Williamson got enough to send it over the fence. Well, nearly over.

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Vohra lunged into the air, grabbed the ball with both hands and while falling back threw it back on the ground in a terrific manner to save four runs for his side.

Ishant had already gone for a four and a six in that over but the stop saved him of further blues as he went for yet another boundary off his last delivery.

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The save, however, didn’t matter in the end as KingsXI Punjab lost the game by 26 runs despite a valiant 84 by Shaun Marsh.

Williamson’s (54) knock proved to be crucial after the initial platform set by Shikhar Dhawan (77) and captain David Warner (51) as the Sunrisers put up 207 after being asked to bat.

First Published: Apr 29, 2017 13:59 IST