Punjab Kings defended a paltry total of 125/7 to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by five runs in their IPL 2021 match at Sharjah. Catch highlights here.
Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl first. With Jason Holder (3/19) operating on a different level, Punjab batsmen failed to score freely. The Windies all-rounder got a perfect ally in Afghan star Rashid Khan, who leaked just 17 runs for one. Aiden Markram top-scored with 27 off 32 for Punjab. Then it was the turn of Punjab bowlers to toy with Hyderabad batsmen, and Mohammed set the tone with two early wickets -- those of David Warner and Williamson. Wriddhiman Saha kept his calm until a horror mix-up spelled his and the team's doom. Holder (47 not out off 29) then hit five sixes to keep the chase alive. But debutant Nathan Ellis defended six off the last ball to deny Hyderabad a Super Over chance. Ravi Bishnoi claimed three wickets in the middle overs to complicate things for Hyderabad. With the defeat, Hyderabad are eliminated from the play-offs race.
Despite a valiant effort from Jason Holder, with both bat and ball, Sunrisers Hyderabad lose to Punjab Kings in a low-scoring IPL 2021 match. With the defeat, 8th in nine outings, Hyderabad are out of play-offs contentions. For Punjab, the win helps them move to the fifth spot with 8 points from four wins. PBKS 125/7 (20); SRH 120/7 (20)
6 for a super over. Brainstorming in the centre for Punjab. And Nathan Ellis defends it. That's the end of Sunrisers Hyderabad's campaign, effectively. Punjab Kings win by five runs.
Nathan Ellis with the last over. One bye and Jason Holder returns to take strike. Hits one over long on for a six. 10 off 4. Two dots. 10 off 2. One wide. 9 off 2.
Brilliant over from Arshdeep Singh. One wicket and four runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3 off 3) will be on strike in the last over. Jason Holder (38 off 24) is his companion. Hyderabad need 17 runs in 6. SRH - 109/7 (19); PBKS - 125/7
Arshdeep Singh returns for his final over and gets the wicket of Rashid Khan (3 off 4) with the first ball. Extra bounce doing the damage. Top edge. Caught and bowled. Bhuvneshwar Kumar joins Jason Holder. Hyderabad need 21 runs in 11. SRH - 105/7 (18.1); PBKS - 125/7
Wriddhiman Saha (31 off 37), run out, going for the second run. Complete breakdown of communication with Jason Holder. Rashid Khan is the new man. SRH - 92/6 (16.1); PBKS - 125/7
Jason Holder (25 off 12), after his three-wicket haul, returns to probably play the role of a savior for Sunrisers Hyderabad. The towering Windies all-rounder hits Nathan Ellis for back-to-back sixes to start the over. 16 from the over. Hyderabad need 35 runs in 24. SRH - 91/5 (16); PBKS - 125/7
Two in the over for Ravi Bishnoi. Abdul Samad (1 off 2), caught by specially positioned Chris Gayle short third man. Hyderabad need 66 runs in 42. SRH - 60/5 (13); PBKS - 125/7
Ravi Bishnoi returns for his third over and gets the wicket of Kedar Jadhav (12 off 12). Bowled. Abdul Samad joins Wriddhiman Saha (25 off 30) Hyderabad need 70 in 46. SRH - 56/4 (12.2); PBKS - 125/7
Halfway through to the chase. Four runs from debutant Nathan Ellis' second over. Hyderabad need 83 runs in 60 balls. Wriddhiman Saha (20 off 33) and Kedar Jadhav (5 off 5) keeping it calm. SRH - 43/3 (10); PBKS - 125/7
Ravi Bishnoi strikes in his first over. Manish Pandey (13 off 23), bowled. Kedar Jadhav joins Wriddhiman Saha. Hyderabad need 94 in 72. SRH - 32/3 (8); PBKS - 125/7
Arshdeep Singh with his second over. Five from it. Manish Pandey (6 off 14) giving Wriddhiman Saha (11 off 13) company as Hyderabad look to rebuild. SRH - 20/2 (6); PBKS - 125/7
Mohammed Shami strikes again. Kane Williamson (1 off 6) drags one and is castled. SRH - 10/2 (2.2); PBKS - 125/7
And gone straight away. Mohammed Shami removes David Warner for two off three. Faintest of edges and caught behind. Captain Kane Williamson joins Wriddhiman Saha. SRH - 2/1 (0.3); PBKS - 125/7
David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha to open for Hyderabad. Mohammed Shami with the new ball. Target 126.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the final over. And he finally gets a wicket. Nathan Ellis (12 off 12), caught by Manish Pandey. But welcome boundary, off the fifth ball by Harpreet Brar, for Punjab. 14 from the over. Bhuvi's figures - 1/34. PBKS - 125/7
Jason Holder completes his spell, with figures of 3/19. Harpreet Brar (12 off 15) and Nathan Ellis (6 off 9) batting for Punjab. 27 runs and two wickets in the last five overs. PBKS - 111/6 (19)
Stunning catch. Sub fielder J Suchith takes a blinder at cover to send Deepak Hooda (13 of 10) back. Third wicket for Jason Holder. PBKS - 96/6 (15.4)
Abdul Samad on with his first over and a big wicket with a full toss. Aiden Markram (19 off 26) holes out. Manish Pandey takes an easy catch at long off. Harpreet Brar joins Deepak Hooda (9 off 8). PBKS - 88/5 (14.4)
Rashid Khan with his third over. Six runs from it. His figures, 1/14. Aiden Markram (19 off 26) and Deepak Hooda (4 off 4) will need a productive stand. 35 runs and two wickets in the last five overs. PBKS - 74/4 (13)
Sandeep Sharma takes a nasty return ball. In some pain. Nicholas Pooran (8 off 4) lasts four balls. Caught and bowled! Deepak Hooda joins Aiden Markram in the centre. PBKS - 66/4 (11.4)
Rashid Khan traps Chris Gayle (14 off 17). A hesitant review, but the legend hurriedly leaves. PBKS - 57/3 (10.4)
First over for Rashid Khan. Six runs from it. Aiden Markram (12 off 17) hits the last ball for a four. Chris Gayle (6 off 12) is quiet. PBKS - 45/2 (9).
Sandeep Sharma with his third over. One leg bye and a single. Premium over! His figures so far - 0/10. Aiden Markram (1 off 4), Chris Gayle (1 off 5). PBKS - 29/2 (6).
Another one for Jason Holder. Mayank Agarwal (5 off 6), caught by Kane Williamson at mid-off. Aiden Markram joins Chris Gayle in the centre. PBKS - 27/2 (4.5)
Jason Holder strikes first ball. KL Rahul (21 off 21) hits straight to sub. J Suchith. Chris Gayle joins Mayank Agarwal (5 off 4). PBKS - 26/1 (4.1).
Sandeep Sharma with his second over. Four off the fifth ball, to the third man. Streaky from KL Rahul. Six runs from the over. Bhuvneshwar Kumar shares the new ball. KL Rahul (14 off 14), Mayank Agarwal (5 off 4). 19/0 (3).
One tidy opening over. Three singles. Sandeep Sharma keeps Punjab openers true to themselves.
Sandeep Sharma with the new ball. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal open for Punjab. The biggest news, probably, is the return of Chris Gayle. Windies great is one of the three new faces in the XI. Btw, Hyderabad are unchanged.
Here are the playing XIs --
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed
Kane Williamson wins the toss and opts to bowl first; says there's "chances of dew coming in later on and it's a small ground."
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Despite their recent slump, Hyderabad lead the head-to-head record 12-5 They won the first leg in India by nine wickets. After dismissing Punjab for 120, Jonny Bairstow anchored the chase with an unbeaten 63 off 56.
Here are the squads
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Mohammad Nabi, Jason Roy, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Virat Singh, Basil Thampi, Jagadeesha Suchith, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Sherfane Rutherford, Umran Malik.
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Adil Rashid, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Chris Gayle, Moises Henriques, Mandeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Jalaj Saxena, Murugan Ashwin, Sarfaraz Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Saurabh Kumar, Utkarsh Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Nathan Ellis.
Punjab Kings can ill afford to lose points at this stage of IPL 2021. Their last-over defeat against Rajasthan Royals should serve them as a lesson and PBKS skipper KL Rahul will hope that his batsmen don't throw away wickets (and victory) from a winning position. Sunrisers Hyderabad, languishing at the bottom of the table with seven defeats in eight matches, have little chance of making the playoffs. SRH have suffered due to a lack of intent from their top batsmen and David Warner's poor form has been the biggest worry. The Aussie first lost his captaincy to Kane Williamson, and that did little to revive his batting form. But Warner enjoys playing against Punjab. He has an average of 52-plus and a strike-rate of 140 versus PBKS. Today will also be Warner's 150th IPL match and the 200th game for Punjab Kings. Punjab Kings will again bank on a fine opening stand from KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. The duo has put on five century-plus opening stands in IPL and ironically, PBKS have lost four of those occasions. Follow live cricket scores and live updates of SRH vs PBKS here.
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