The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) registered their fourth consecutive victory in the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 after defeating the Punjab Kings (PBKS) by 7 wickets on Sunday at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
Umran Malik’s remarkable bowling figures of 4-28 restricted PBKS to 151 in the first innings before SRH chased down the target with 7 balls to spare.
Chasing 152, SRH openers – Kane Williamson and Abhishek Sharma got off to a cautious start.
SRH skipper Williamson was caught inside the circle for 3 in the third over off Rabada’s bowling. Tripathi got going quickly and creamed three fours. Abhishek Sharma concluded the powerplay with a four as SRH were 39-1 after 6 overs.
Rahul Chahar conceded 12 runs in his first over as Tripathi added a four and a six each. Chahar bounced back by scalping the wicket of dangerous Tripathi.
At the halfway stage, SRH were 74-2 after Abhishek Sharma smacked a six over long-on.
However, the left-handed batter was dismissed in the next over as he holed out to long-on against Rahul Chahar, who claimed his second wicket.
Nicholas Pooran along with Aiden Markram formed a steady partnership as SRH required 31 runs in 24 balls.
Pooran and Markram crossed the fifty partnership as SRH needed 13 off 12 deliveries. Markram wrapped the chase with a four and six as SRH won the game with 7 deliveries to spare.
Earlier, PBKS were asked to bat first as Shikhar Dhawan led the side in absence of injured Mayank Agarwal.
PBKS lost Dhawan’s wicket early after the PBKS skipper was caught at mid-on off Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s bowling. Jitesh Sharma hit two fours but was caught behind later in the 5th over.
Liam Livingstone counter-attacked with two fours and a six against Jansen and SRH were 48-2 at the end of the powerplay.
Jagadeesha Suchith trapped Jonny Bairstow LBW to hand SRH their third wicket. Jitesh Sharma struck two fours in the next over against Umran Malik but the bowler bounced back and took a catch off his own bowling.
Livingstone concluded the 10th over with a mammoth six and PBKS were 70-4 at the half-way stage.
Shahrukh Khan teamed up with Livingstone and formed a quick 50 partnership as the two batters smashed towering sixes against the SRH bowlers.
Livingstone notched his half-century in the 15th over in style with a four. Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalped his second wicket of the innings and broke the dangerous partnership to bring an end to Shahrukh’s innings.
The dangerous Livingstone was dismissed for 60 in the penultimate over before Umran Malik, with his rapid pace, claimed 3 wickets and did not concede a single run. Arshdeep Singh was run-out on the final delivery of the innings and PBKS were all out for 151.
Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 152-3 (Aiden Markram 41*, Nicholas Pooran 35*; Rahul Chahar 2-28)beat Punjab Kings 151 all out (Liam Livingstone 60, Shahrukh Khan 26; Umran Malik 4-28) by 7 wickets.