SRH vs PBKS Highlights, IPL 2021
A career-best 3/24 and Mohammed Shami’s 2/14 helped Punjab Kings defend a low 125 against Sunrisers Hyderabad as they kept their playoff hopes alive winning by five runs. Jason Holder made an unbeaten 47 off 29 with five sixes to give PBKS a late scare and took the contest into the final over but this time around, it was Punjab who emerged victorious.
The spinners have kept Sunrisers Hyderabad batter quiet with Ravi Bishnoi’s two wickets adding to their misery. Earlier, Mohammed Shami has given Punjab Kings a perfect start as he has gotten rid of two big Sunrisers Hyderabad batters – David Warner and Kane Williamson – in successive overs.
Jason Holder took 3/19 after Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson opted to bowl first at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Punjab Kings kept losing wickets regularly with Aiden Markram top-scored for them making 27 and they eventually finished with 125/7 in 20 overs.
#Sunrisers Hyderabad continue to chip away as Punjab Kings struggle to stitch together partnerships on a slow track.
Runs are hard to come by for Punjab Kings and to make it worse, they continue to lose wickets regularly. Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran are the latest to be back in the dug-out.
#Jason Holder stunned Punjab Kings with twin blows in his first over as he got rid of both their openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal in it.
Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and opted to field first. Kane Williamson took the field with the same playing XI that lost to Delhi Capitals. However, Punjab Kings made three changes giving debut to Nathan Ellis and, bringing back Chris Gayle and Ravi Bishnoi.
Almost out of reckoning for a play-off berth, bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to play party-poopers when they take on an equally struggling Punjab Kings in the IPL‘s battle of laggards here on Saturday. Sunrisers suffered their seventh defeat on Wednesday after being blown away by Delhi Capitals and their play-off chances look less than dim as they have managed just two points after eight games.
Punjab, on the other hand, quite inexplicably found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against Rajasthan Royals and will be desperate to find an answer to their problems after being placed seventh with six points from nine matches. The Kings were well-placed to win their first IPL game of the UAE leg before committing harakari in the last over bowled by Kartik Tyagi. They lost two wickets and scored just one run while needing four to win against Rajasthan.
Despite being packed with excellent Indian and foreign talent, Punjab Kings have regularly messed up games and skipper KL Rahul will have to address their inconsistency. Punjab Kings have also lacked any kind of stability over the last 14 seasons with captains and coaches being changed frequently.
Their playing XI too has gone through many changes, something which has drawn sharp criticism from former team mentor Virender Sehwag. In batting, Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have been one of the most dominant opening duo of the IPL.
In the last game too, they put on 120 runs in 11.5 overs but none of them could stay back to finish the job. While Chris Gayle can destroy any attack even at the age of 41, he was kept out in the last game.
In the middle-order, Nicholas Pooran, who had a horrendous outing in the first phase, looked good in the last game before he lost his bearings in the final over even as Aiden Markram was left stranded on the other side. In bowling department, Mohammed Shami has been their prime bowler and he did well to pull things back against RR.
Young Arshdeep Singh also returned with five wickets as he and Shami bowled out RR to 185 in the last game. However, Punjab’s spinners, especially England’s Adil Rashid, have disappointed and they will need to step up their game in the next few weeks.
For Sunrisers, it is all about enjoying the remaining few games and ending on a high. With Johnny Bairstow, their season’s leading run-getter, pulling out and Australian opener David Warner in poor form, SRH have found the going tough against Delhi.
The likes of Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Kedar Jadhav, Abdul Samad also failed to capitalise on their starts as SRH could manage just 134 in their last game. Their bowling has been too dependent on spin sensation Rashid Khan and it will be important for the likes of Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jason Holder to put up a strong show to give some respectability to the team’s campaign.
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