The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) won their second game on the bounce in the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 after defeating the Gujarat Titans (GT) by 8 wickets on Monday at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
Kane Williamson led from the front with a well-crafted 57, which was well supported by Abhishek Sharma’s 42 at the top as SRH chased down the target of 163 with 5 balls to spare.
The SRH openers – Kane Williamson and Abhishek Sharma got off to a cautious start in pursuit of chasing 163.
After scoring 11 runs in the first four overs, Williamson smacked a four and a six while Abhishek Sharma creamed four fours as SRH were 42-0 at the end of powerplay.
The fifty partnership was up for the opening wicket in the next over before Sharma was caught at deep mid-wicket by Sudharsan for 42 off Rashid Khan.
SRH were 75-1 after Rahul Tripathi hit his first four of the innings. While the boundaries weren’t coming, Williamson and Tripathi kept the runs ticking.
Williamson changed the momentum by hitting consecutive sixes against Pandya in the 13th over as SRH required 65 off the final seven overs.
Tripathi hit the first ball of the 14th over for six but was retired hurt after being in discomfort. 13 runs came off the 16th over after the SRH skipper hit a maximum to get to his fifty.
However, Hardik Pandya dismissed the opposition skipper after Williamson was caught at long-on by Tewatia in the 17th over.
With 28 required off the final three overs, Pooran smacked a six and a four under pressure to bring the equation down to only 13 required from 12 deliveries.
Pooran and Markram scored a four each before Pooran sealed the chase with a six as SRH reached the target with five balls to spare.
Earlier, Gujarat Titans were asked to bat first with both teams remaining unchanged.
GT openers – Shubman Gill and Mathew Wade raced to 24/0 in the first two overs before Rahul Tripathi took a spectacular diving catch inside the circle to dismiss Gill in the 3rd over.
Wade, on the other end, got to a good start with 3 fours but SRH scalped their second wicket after Sai Sudharsan was caught at mid-off by Williamson off Natarajan.
GT skipper Hardik Pandya got off the mark with a four as GT were 51-2 after 6 overs. Pandya smashed two fours against Umran Malik in the 8th over but the pacer found success after Malik trapped Wade LBW.
GT were 80-3 at the halfway mark after Pandya clubbed his first six of the innings. Jansen broke the steady partnership between Miller and Pandya after Miller was caught at mid-wicket by Abhishek Sharma.
New batter Abhinav Manohar hit consecutive fours against Malik as GT were 118-4 with five overs to go.
Manohar was striking the ball cleanly after the right-handed batter added three fours and a six as 13 runs off the 18th over. Manohar was dropped twice but the batter was finally dismissed after Tripathi held on to a catch in the deep.
Natarajan conceded only 7 runs in the final over as SRH scalped two wickets and GT ended the first innings with a total of 162-7.
Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 168-2 (Kane Williamson 57, Nicholas Pooran 34*; Hardik Pandya 1-27) beat Gujarat Titans 162-7 (Hardik Pandya 50*, Abhinav Manohar 35; T Natarajan 2-34) by 8 wickets.