Punjab Kings thrashed Sunrisers Hyderabad by five runs in a five-run Indian Premier League match to culminate in an Indian Premier League low-scoring thriller on Saturday.
Sunrisers Hyderabad had earlier restricted Punjab Kings to 125 for seven with a brilliant spell from West Indies’ Jason Holder (3 for 19). He then turned the low-scoring match into an exciting one thanks to Holder, who scored an unbeaten 47 off 29 balls with five lofty sixes, but could not lead his side to victory.
Punjab defended the target thanks to Ravi Bishnoi (3/24) and Mohammed Shami (1 maiden in four overs, 2/14) to allow Sunrisers Hyderabad to score 120 for seven in 20 overs. In this way Punjab Kings also defended the lowest score of IPL in Sharjah.
It was a crucial match for Punjab Kings as a win would keep them in the race for the playoffs with eight points from 10 matches and have now moved up to fifth place. In the powerplay, Hyderabad scored 20 for two, which is also their lowest score in the powerplay in the IPL, while they also had an opener like David Warner 02.
Shami took both the wickets of Hyderabad’s powerplay with his sharp bowling. He gave the team the first breakthrough by dismissing himself and Warner on the third ball of the first over, which was caught by wicket-keeper captain KL Rahul with the outer edge of the bat on his good length ball. Then in the third over, he bowled Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson (01), and the score was 10 runs for two wickets. Manish Pandey (13) could not read Bishnoi’s googly and the ball got uprooted on his stump. Openers Wriddhiman Saha (31) and Kedar Jadhav (12) slowly progressed the fourth wicket partnership as the pitch was not easy to bat on. With this, the team scored 43 runs for three wickets in 10 overs.
Two overs later, Bishnoi took the wicket of Abdul Samad after bowling Jadhav in his third over. Now Holder was at the crease, he did a blast as soon as he came and reduced the pressure from the team by hitting three sixes. In the 15th and 16th overs, 27 runs were scored for Sunrisers Hyderabad. The team now had to score 35 runs in four overs to win. But Saha was run out in an attempt to steal two runs in which Bishnoi’s role was crucial.
Holder eased the pressure by hitting another six in the 18th over. Rashid Khan (03) in the next over played Arshdeep’s ball high and was caught by the same bowler. 17 runs were needed from the last over. Bhuvneshwar Kumar takes a run off debutant Nathan Ellis, Holder hits a six, no run in the next two balls. 10 runs were needed from two balls, then the ball went wide. Two runs were scored in the next ball. One run scored in the last ball.
Earlier, after being invited to bat, the Punjab Kings batsmen were seen struggling on a slow wicket, which could not make any big partnership between them. The biggest partnership for the team came between Chris Gayle and Aidan Markram for the third wicket which was 30 runs. Markram was the top scorer with 27 runs in 32 balls. Captain Rahul (21 off 21 balls), who scored 49 runs in the previous match, was dismissed early in the fifth over by Holder on the first ball of his spell. The second opener Mayank Agarwal (05) also became the second victim of Holder on the fifth ball of the same over.
Agarwal, who scored 67 against Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday, was caught in mid-off by Holder off Kane Williamson. Punjab Kings’ score was 29 for two in the powerplay. His third wicket could have fallen in the very next over but David Warner dropped Markram’s catch off Khaleel Ahmed.
Punjab’s score was 55 for two in 10 overs. Gayle, known for his big shots, could not show aggression and was dismissed by Rashid Khan for 14 runs in 17 balls. Nicholas Pooran (08) also reached the pavilion in the next over like his senior West Indies teammate. Markram’s innings ended in the 15th over when he was trying to hit big shots in an attempt to extend the innings.
Deepak Hooda (13) after some catchy shots was caught by substitute fielder J Suchit. Punjab Kings added 14 runs in the last over of Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s innings and ended the innings at 125 for seven. Harpreet Brar remained unbeaten after scoring the same number of runs in 18 balls.