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IPL PIX: Sunrisers lose to Punjab despite Holder's heroics

Last updated on: September 25, 2021 23:47 IST
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Images from the Indian Premier League match between Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings in Sharjah on Saturday.

 

IMAGE: Punjab Kings players celebrate after winning the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Photograph: BCCI

Punjab Kings dished out a disciplined bowling performance to register a five-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in a low-scoring IPL match on Saturday.

Young leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi snared three wickets to lead Punjab to victory in a low-scoring match. The 21-year-old Bishnoi (3/24) ran through the SRH middle order after veteran India pacer Mohammed Shami rocked the run chase early on by dismissing both David Warner (2) and captain Kane Williamson (1) cheaply in the first and third overs respectively.

Jason Holder stages a late fightback

IMAGE: Jason Holder smashed a 29-ball 47 but that was not enough for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Photograph: BCCI

Chasing 126 for a win on a slow Sharjah Cricket Stadium track, SRH ended at 120 for 7 in 20 overs to end their hopes of making it to the play-offs.

West Indian Jason Holder raised hopes of a dramatic win for SRH with a late onslaught of 47 off just 29 balls with the help of five sixes but in the end SRH were short by five runs.

SRH needed 21 from the final two overs and Arshdeep Singh conceded just four runs from the penultimate over. Needing 17 runs from the final over bowled by Nathan Ellis, Holder hit a six in the second ball but SRH needed a six to tie the score and take the match to Super Over.

But Holder, who had taken three wickets for 19 runs in the Punjab Kings innings, could score just one run from the final ball.

SRH were 20 for 2 after Power Play and Bishnoi took the centre stage from then onwards as he removed the next three batsmen to stifle the SRH run chase.

 

IMAGE: Sunrisers Hyderabad fast bowler Jason Holder celebrates after taking the wicket of Punjab Kings opener Mayank Agarwal. Photograph: BCCI

West Indian Jason Holder's impressive spell of 3/19 helped Sunrisers Hyderabad restrict Punjab Kings to 125/7 in their Indian Premier League match on Saturday.

Put into bat, Punjab Kings batsmen struggled to get going on a slow wicket and failed to stitch any big partnership -- the highest being the 30-run stand between Chris Gayle and Aiden Markram, who top-scored with a 32-ball 27, for the third wicket.

Captain KL Rahul, who scored 49 in the previous match, was dismissed by Holder off the first ball of his spell for a run-a-ball 21 in the fifth over.

IMAGE: Rashid Khan successfully appeals for the wicket of Chris Gayle. Photograph: BCCI

Punjab's other opener Mayank Agarwal (5) was out four balls later as he hit Holder straight to Kane Williamson at mid off.

Punjab Kings were struggling on 29/2 after six overs of the Powerplay. Things could have got eve worse but David Warner dropped Aiden Markram off Khaleel Ahmed's bowling.

Chris Gayle shunned playing his trademark big-hitting shots but only managed a slow 14 off 17 balls before he was trapped leg before wicket by leg-spinner Rashid Khan.

Nicholas Pooran (8) followed his senior West Indian colleague to the dressing room the next over with Sandeep Sharma taking a stunning catch on his follow through.

IMAGE: Sandeep Sharma celebrates after taking the return catch off his bowling to dismiss Nicholas Pooran. Photograph: BCCI

South African Markram's promising innings ended in the 15th over while looking for big shots to accelerate the innings as he perished to part-time spinner Abdul Samad.

Substitute fielder Jagadeesha Suchith took a stunning catch in the covers diving full length to his left to give Holder his third wicket.

Punjab managed to score 14 runs from the final over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar but still finished with a below-par total.

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