Punjab Kings defeated Sunrisers in a thrilling match. (Pic Credit IPL)
Jason Holder tried to win the Sunrisers by hitting five sixes in the last over but his hard work could not succeed.
In IPL 2021, Punjab won by five wickets in a low-scoring match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings on Saturday. Sunrisers won the toss and decided to bowl first. This decision of captain Kane Williamson was proved right by the bowlers of the team and restricted Punjab to 125 runs for seven wickets in 20 overs. Sunrisers had a lot of trouble in achieving this target and they lost wickets in the very beginning. Jason Holder tried to win the team with a stormy innings in the last over, but Sunrisers’ team could only score 120 runs in 20 overs for the loss of seven wickets and lost the match. With this defeat, Sunrisers’ team was out of the race for the playoffs. In the last over, Sunrisers needed 17 runs to win. Jason Holder had raised Punjab’s concerns by hitting a six on the fifth ball, but IPL debutant Nathan Elias held Holder in the remaining four balls and gave Punjab a thrilling victory.
Hyderabad didn’t start well. He already lost the big wicket of David Warner on the third ball of the first over. Mohammed Shami sent Warner, who scored two runs, to the pavilion. After this, Sunrisers got another big blow on the second ball of the third over. Its captain Kane Williamson returned to the pavilion. He was also dismissed by Shami. Williamson scored a run. The team had high hopes from experienced batsman Manish Pandey but he could not read Ravi Bishnoi’s googly and became bold. Pandey scored 13 runs. When Pandey got out, the team’s score was 32 runs for the loss of three wickets.
After the departure of Manish Pandey, the responsibility of winning the team was on Kedar Jadhav. He was leading the innings well with opener Wriddhiman Saha but could not even understand Ravi’s spin. Ravi bowls Jadhav. Abdul Samad, who landed in Jadhav’s place, also could not do much. He too became a victim of Ravi. He scored just one run.
Sunrisers’ team seemed to be going towards defeat when Jason Holder stepped on the field and then turned the dice. He hit two brilliant sixes in the 16th over bowled by Ellis. Earlier, he also hit a six off Ravi’s ball. Meanwhile, due to a misunderstanding between Holder and Saha, Saha was run out. He played an innings of 37 balls 31 runs. When Holder came on the field, the team needed 66 runs from 42 balls. He scored an unbeaten 47 runs off 29 balls with the help of five sixes but could not win the match.
Holder did wonders with the ball
Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabad restricted Punjab Kings to 125 for seven with West Indies’ Jason Holder bowling a brilliant 3 for 19. 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 was made for the third wicket between Chris Gayle and Edin Markram, which was 30 runs. Markram remained the top scorer with 27 runs in 32 balls. Captain KL Rahul (21 off 21 balls), who scored 49 runs in the previous match, was dismissed early in the fifth over in this match, which was sent to the pavilion by Holder on the first ball of his spell. The second opener Mayank Agarwal (5) also became the second victim of Holder on the fifth ball of the same over. On Tuesday, Agarwal, who played an innings of 67 runs against Rajasthan Royals, was caught in mid-off to Kane Williamson off Holder.
Gayle also failed
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’s ball. Punjab’s team’s score was 55 runs for two wickets in 10 overs. Gayle, known for his big shot, could not show aggression and scored 14 runs in 17 balls and was dismissed by Rashid Khan. Nicholas Pooran (8) 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 hitting 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.
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