IPL 2016: REVEALED - Why Hashim Amla wasn't included in KXIP's playing XI vs KKR despite being available

Punjab are languishing at the bottom in the points table with just two wins from eight matches.

Updated: May 05, 2016, 16:12 PM IST
IPL 2016: REVEALED - Why Hashim Amla wasn't included in KXIP's playing XI vs KKR despite being available

New Delhi: South African batsman Hashim Amla has replaced injured Australian left-hander Shaun Marsh for the remaining matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016.

But much to the surprise of several cricket fans, the right-hander didn't make it to KXIP's playing XI against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Eden Gardens for Match 32.

When asked about the reason behind such a decision, KXIP skipper Murali Vijay said, "Hashim Amla came this morning and we wanted to give him some break before including him in the future."

KXIP, who were the runners-up of the cash-rich tournament in 2014 after a fantastic season, are struggling to find rhythm.

Chasing a decent total of 164 runs, Punjab batsmen once again failed as a unit and it was Glen Maxwell's 42-ball 68 that got them closer to the target, but they eventually fell short by 7 runs.

Punjab are languishing at the bottom in the points table with just two wins from eight matches.