At the end of the 15th over of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s innings—neatly bookended by the strategic timeout—the recuperating bowlers of Kings XI Punjab must’ve wondered what they were doing wrong. They hadn’t just gone wicketless on the night thus far (with SRH having notched 160 undefeated runs), but for exactly a week in all. Yes, you read that right. One week, no wickets.
The last time KXIP had taken a wicket was October 1, and the player to depart then was Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma. In the remaining 23 balls that Punjab bowled after Sharma’s dismissal, MI scored 67 runs. Then, the Chennai Super Kings beat Punjab by 10 wickets over the weekend, scoring 181 runs along the way in 104 balls. Aggregate all that with Thursday’s then unbeaten 160-run stand between SRH openers and Punjab hadn’t taken a wicket for a total of 407 runs.