Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pulled off a thrilling five-run win over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Monday in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Chasing 160 to win, Punjab lost Hashim Amla in the very first ball courtesy Bhuvneshwar Kumar's excellent swinging delivery. Following that, the Hyderabad bowlers put the Punjab batsmen under tremendous pressure which resulted in slow flow of runs and fall of wickets. But, it was the tough, Manan Vohra who kept the fight going for his team. Scoring 95 off 50 balls, Vohra brought back his team back from the dead as Punjab needed only 16 runs from the last two overs after earlier needing to score at a run rate of over 12.
But a game changing spell from Bhuvneshwar Kumar snatched the win away from Punjab. Bhuvneshwar finished with figures of five for 19 - the second five-wicket haul of IPL 2017 - from his stipulated four overs, including the most important wicket of Manan Vohra.
Assisting Bhuvneshwar was Afghan spinner, Rashid Khan, who dismissed Miller and Wriddhiman Saha cheaply for 1 and 0, respectively. But he was taken for 21 runs in his last overs, which ruined his figures. With this win SRH recorded their third win in five games and are placed third in the points table. For Punjab, this was their third consecutive loss and are now fifth in the table.
Phew! What a game of cricket! Hyderabad have got back to winning ways after losing two matches in a row. But they will know they got away with one as Manan Vohra was really after them today. At the end, they held their nerves to come on top.
Sunrisers Vs Kings XI
159/6 (20) 154/10 (19.4)