Opener Manan Vohra hit a 50-ball 95 but failed to stay until the end to seal a victory for Kings XI Punjab. Sunrisers Hyderabad eked out a five-run win after a 54-ball 70 by skipper and opener David Warner helped the hosts reach a competitive 159/6 in 20 overs in Uppal.
"I had a great opportunity to win the game for my team, but I couldn't do that, I am pretty sad about this," Vohra told a post-match news conference.
“This is my fifth season in the IPL and I have never converted many of my starts. But I knew that if I play around 14-15 overs, I would definitely get a big score. I was conscious of the fact that I have been dismissed a lot of times in the twenties and the thirties, so I concentrated harder during that period," he added.
"We did a great job with the ball to restrict them to 159 although we gave away a few runs in the end overs. The wicket was good to bat on, it was slightly slower at one end, but we felt that we could chase the target down."
KXIP got off to a good start and managed to score 51 for 2 at the end of the batting Power Play. However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar turned in a five-for to seal the game for the hosts.
"To be honest I thought I will go and play my natural game, give a good start and put the team in a comfortable position. But with Hashim (Amla) getting out
"It is still early stages of the tournament, but we would look to bounce back into winning ways when we go back to Indore for the next match," he added.
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