Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2017 April 18, 2017

Vohra rues near miss after stunning 95

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We lost our way in in the early stages of the chase - Vohra

Manan Vohra is only 23 but has been part of the Kings XI Punjab set-up for five years now. While seen as a batsman of promise Vohra has, by his own admission, not converted his starts often enough. Against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday though, Vohra did just that, scoring at a much faster pace than any recognised batsman in the game.

His innings of 95 off 50 balls threatened to snatch victory from Sunrisers Hyderabad but his dismissal in the penultimate over led to Kings XI falling five runs short. Despite having rescued the chase of 160 from 82 for 6, Vohra was disappointed.

"We stopped them for 160-odd runs. I think that was really great because the wicket was a bit batting-friendly," Vohra said after the match. "We just lost our way in between, you know, in the early stages. But, I just prayed to God that we can go close from there. I got a great opportunity to finish the game, but I couldn't do that, so I am pretty sad about this.

"Today when I was in the thirties, I tried to focus a bit hard because this is the fifth year of my playing in the IPL and I have never been converting so well. I just wanted to bat around 14-15 overs. I knew that if I play 14-15 overs I would obviously convert the runs and we can get close to the winning thing."

After scoring 41 runs in the 15th and 16th overs, Kings XI went into the last two needing 16 runs with three wickets in hand. KC Cariappa was bowled off the first ball from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Vohra was lbw to the third delivery of the over - a low swerving full toss. Vohra said his brief had been to play out Bhuvneshwar's over.

"The message was very clear from the dressing room: just play out this over, you can charge in the next one," Vohra said. "I just planned that I will knock him around for the single, but unfortunately I just missed the ball and it hit the pads."

Bhuvneshwar Kumar's dismissal of Manan Vohra in the 19th over sealed the game © BCCI

Vohra said the loss of opening partner Hashim Amla and captain Glenn Maxwell inside the first three overs had forced him to change plan. "I thought I was going to play my shots and if I can give a good start, we can be in a comfortable position after six overs," he said. "But, Hashim getting out early and Maxi getting out, I had to curb my game and knock it around for ones. Then, me and Eoin [Morgan] just planned to take the game to the 10th over and play normal cricketing shots, and then get the runs later on."

Had it not been for Bhuvneshwar, Sunrisers would have almost certainly suffered defeat. Vohra was his fifth wicket and he finished with career-best figures of 5 for 19 in four overs. "It was a satisfying performance personally and by the entire bowling unit. I did end up getting five wickets, but I won't take credit for the win," he told iplt20.com. "Everyone pitched in with good performances and was instrumental in tonight's win.

"In such thrilling contests, you do worry about fielding well and hope for the catches to stick. The wicket was not easy to bat on but David Warner played an outstanding innings and later Rashid hit a six in the last over, which was almost like game-changing for us."

Speaking about the penultimate over, in which he gave away only five runs and took two wickets, Bhuvneshwar said he had been ready for the challenge. "There wasn't much pressure on me because I have bowled in such situations in the past. I was mentally prepared to bowl the second last over and I had a clear plan when I ran to bowl.

"Vohra almost took the game away from us but I knew what I had to do while bowling to him. It worked well and thankfully we ended up with a win. Sunrisers are known for their bowling strength and defending low totals. Tonight was just an example of that and it was a complete team effort."

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  • US_Indian on April 19, 2017, 1:47 GMT

    I think we are getting the core of the T20 and ODI's for the present and the near future- Openers- Samson, Manan vohra, rahane, rohit, Middle- Pandey, Pant, Rana,Ishan kishan, Sarfraz khan. Virat, Rahul, raina Bowlers-Bhuvi, Bhumra, Umesh, Shami, Hardik, Nadeem, chahal,jadeja, ashwin, axar, WK/batsmen- Kartik, partiv, saha. I do not want any limping old war horses. With due respect they have done their part, contributed a lot and now they deserve all the respect and well deserved rest in life because they have been on the move all through their cricketing days. Let them enjoy the money they made with their families and do things that they all wanted to do in life and spend quality times with their young families.

  • cricfan8896428048 on April 18, 2017, 16:39 GMT

    If he ends the tournament in the list of top ten run scorers then he might get a national call for tour of West Indies in July as his nearest competitors are mayank and Mandeep who are not performing well.

  • armchair_critic007 on April 18, 2017, 16:25 GMT

    What sort of spiteful comment is that @casusfortuitos, ? You can say that about anyone , for example if lasitha my neighbour played yesterday kxip wouldve won

  • SupportTestCricket on April 18, 2017, 13:03 GMT

    While taking nothing away from his stupendous knock which almost knocked over SRH, Vohra was a little lucky! He was plumb in front once early in his innings but was given not out (the umpiring has been atrocious this IPL!) and then was dropped by Dhawan later. Kings XI had no business getting so near SRH's total. In the end SRH deserved to win specially due to the efforts of Warner and Bhuvi!

  • cricfan36746511 on April 18, 2017, 12:41 GMT

    Make Suresh Raina or Rohith as India T20 captain!. Kholi, Aswin,Pant and Buvi only deserved to be in India T20 Team.

    My Team: Iyer, Kholi, Raina(Captain), Manoj Diwary, Pant, Rana, H.Pandya, K.Pandya/Kuldeep/Sabaz Nadeem, Aswin/Chahel, Buvi, Shardul, Saran/Udanket

    Need fans comment on my team?.

  • CricketChat on April 18, 2017, 12:34 GMT

    It's this kind of failure, successful individually, but failed to get the team over the line, that either spurs the player to the next level or drops them back to mediocrity. After a very promising IPL few seasons ago, I was hoping Vohra will become an international star, but has regressed quite a bit and is no where in the reckoning for national call up. Still seems a tad below international class. Mandeep Singh is a similar case too. Believe these two play for the same FC team as well.

  • BullayBaaz on April 18, 2017, 12:05 GMT

    Vohra deserves tremendous credit for his heroics, while all fell around him like nine pins. Speaking of which, Maxi is not a 1 down player in any format. He is not captain worthy. Terrible decision making as a player and captain...and the series of players should get a proper dressing down for their futile slog attempts - especially Cariappa...all he had to do was touch the ball and take a run

  • Karthik on April 18, 2017, 12:02 GMT

    5 years...plum lbw not given in 30's...multiple chances grassed. Mannan...let's just say you got lucky!

  • cricfan36746511 on April 18, 2017, 11:51 GMT

    Feeling bad for Buvi. he is best IPL bowler for last two years. he not given a chance in last year T20 world cup?. Dhoni gone with Sami who not even fit to play and never proved himself in any IPL. India lost the last T20 world cup due to bad team selection. India never given chances to right players in T20 team. We all watching IPL for last 10 years. what is the India performances in T20 world cups?. India lost 6 T20 world cups under Dhoni?. Hope they will give chances to young players in India T20 team and recognise IPL performers?. India need to build separate T20 team with young and dynamic players. Please we don't want to see Dawan, Dhoni and Yuvi playing for Indian T20 team here onwards please?.

  • casusfortuitos on April 18, 2017, 11:42 GMT

    Responsibility for KXIP goes to Mustaffiz. Had he played, KXIP would have scored much more in his overs and would have reached an insurmountable total.

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