With eight losses in nine games, Sunrisers Hyderabad are no longer in playoff contention. Punjab Kings knocked them out of the race with a tidy bowling performance. PBKS has kept their own hopes of making the top four alive and kicking.
Mohammed Shami’s new-ball breakthroughs to remove David Warner and Kane Williamson hurt Sunrisers early in their chase of 126. Legspinner Ravi Bishnoi then made the most of the rising asking rate by bowling googlies and taking a three-wicket haul in his first match of the renewed season. Sharjah has been the most difficult place for run-scoring among the three UAE venues in this IPL and it proved to be so yet again
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First Innings: PBKS vs SRH
The IPL’s most consistent opening partnership between Rahul and Mayank Agarwal got only 26 runs on Saturday as the captain failed to get his timing right early on. The two West Indians who followed could not make much an impact either. Chris Gayle was out for a 17-ball 14, trapped lbw by Rashid Khan. Nicholas Pooran was out for a four-ball 8 when he slogged a length ball right back to the bowler Sandeep Sharma. Cameos from Deepak Hooda (13), Brar (18) and Ellis (12) took them a little further.
While PBKS were restricted to a modest total of 125/7, young Ravi Bishnoi and veteran pacer Mohammad Shami played a vital role, helping the team seal a five-run win.
Second Innings: PBKS vs SRH
In the chase, SRH lost David Warner and Kane Williamson early as Shami struck in the first and the third over respectively. Five overs later, Manish Pandey got out as Bishnoi picked his first wicket. While Wriddhiman Saha and Kedar Jadhav added 24 runs together, Bishnoi’s double-wicket over reduced SRH to 60/5. SRH needed 21 runs in the last 2 overs and Arshdeep Singh bowled a brilliant 19th over, conceding just four runs.
While Holder creamed a six in the final over, Nathan Ellis did not allow the all-rounder and Bhuvneshwar any big hit as PBKS sealed a fine win in a low-scoring thriller.
Punjab Kings 125/7 (Aiden Markram 27, KL Rahul 21; Jason Holder 3/19) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 120/7 (Jason Holder 47*, Wriddhiman Saha 31; Ravi Bishnoi 3/24) by 5 runs.