But what Hyderabad missed in their chase was the brute power of Gayle.
Shikhar Dhawan was set to be a key part of Hyderabad's run chase but he departed first ball as he was forced to retire. Shakib scored a 12-ball 24 not out coming into bats at number seven as Hyderabad finished their quota of 20 overs at 178 for four.
Manish Pandey (57*), too, played a hard-fought innings, which in turn went in vain. But they lost two wickets initially. He conceded 33 runs in his four overs for a wicket. Is this the end of hopes for SRH? This is a huge blow for the visitors. Here SRH 18/1. In OVERS 5 Second wicket for Mohit Sharma, clean bowled Yusuf Pathan for 19. Kane Williamson replaces him.
Williamson and Pandey added a valuable 76 runs for the third wicket in 9.2 overs. Rahul's Karnataka team-mate Mayank Agarwal flickered briefly before slicing Siddarth Kaul to backward point for 18 off 9; by then Kings XI were 83 for 2 in the 11th over. Nonetheless, some immaculate display of bowling restricted them from getting even close to the target. However, their bowling attack encountered a storm on Thursday- in the form of Chris Gayle. Will this be a match-winning knock? As of now, the Sunrisers is the only team without a losing record in the eleventh season of IPL. The West Indies-born all-rounder has been a revelation in the T20 cricket and has enjoyed a meteoric rise with some exceptional performances in the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australian.
When Rashid erred too full, Gayle simply opened up hips and put the sightscreen in danger, and when Rashid dragged his length back he mowed the ball over the leg side.
In 10 matches, SRH have won 8 times, whereas, Punjab have emerged victorious only twice.
They know if Gayle fires again, the team has a good chance of grabbing another win at Mohali, their last game here, as their other four home matches will be played at Indore next month.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals had made up for their opening game humiliation at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad with two impressive wins themselves before being turned over comfortably at their own fortress in Jaipur by Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday. Kane Williamson, the captain of the Sunrisers, sported his expertise in making crucial strategy in the field.