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Overconfidence, injury, dropped catch: Story of SRH's first IPL 2018 loss

The KXIP vs SRH match played in Mohali on April 19 saw Chris Gayle hitting first ton of IPL 2018. There were many factors that led to Sunrisers Hyderabad's defeat against Kings XI Punjab. Details here

Kings XI Punjab batsman Chris Gayle  being greeted by Sunrisers Hyderabad players after complete his century during IPL 2018 cricket match in Mohali on Thursday. Photo: PTI
Kings XI Punjab batsman Chris Gayle being greeted by Sunrisers Hyderabad players after complete his century during IPL 2018 cricket match in Mohali on Thursday. Photo: PTI

Who starts an IPL match as the favourite is both a matter of perception and numbers on paper. The real pressure is on the team that knows it is entering the game as the favourite. Similar was the case with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in its Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) match against King XI Punjab (KXIP) in Mohali on April 19. On paper, having won all the three matches played till then, SRH were the clear favourites. However, after beating Chennai Super Kings in a nail-biter and Chirs Gayle's fired-up performance, even KXIP looked no less, especially as they were playing on their ...