The margin of victory may suggest Sunrisers Hyderabad had an easy outing against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali on Saturday (May 11), but in reality that was far from the truth. The Hyderabad top-order, which has looked shaky all tournament, did little to boost its credentials going into the last three games. It required Parthiv Patel's resilient 61 along with cameos from Karan Sharma and Thisara Perera lower down the order to power Hyderabad to 150 for 7.
"It is obvious that batting hasn't been our strong point, but we've shown character from situations of adversity," said Tom Moody, the Hyderabad coach, after his team registered a crucial 30-run win. "Today was Parthiv's turn to put his hand up and hats off to him because it was a very, very mature innings. It was a responsible innings and enabled us to get the total that we got. At one stage, we were staring down the barrel, about 100-110, and his knock made the difference."