Drama and Punjab Kings follows. Another last-over thriller but this time KL Rahul can smile as they have beaten Sunrisers Hyderabad in a low-scoring encounter at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on a difficuilt wicket to bat on. Chasing 126, SRH, like PBKS, kept losing wickets before Jason Holder began hitting sixes with ease to keep the contest alive. They needed 17 runs off six deliveries and Holder smoked another six to bring down the equation to 10 from four deliveries. However, Nathan Ellis kept his cool and bowled yorkers, slower ones to keep Holder quiet. SRH finished at 120/7. This is Punjab's fourth win in 10 matches while Hyderabad have slumped to their eighth defeat of the season.
SRH vs PBKS Live Score: Punjab Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by five runs.
SRH vs PBKS Live Score: End of a fantastic 19th over from Arshdeep Singh. A wicket and four runs in it. Sunrisers need 17 off the final over to win, Jason Holder unbeaten on 38 off 24 and he has Bhuvneshwar Kumar for company.
PBKS vs SRH Live Score: OUT! Arshdeep Singh strikes to get Rashid Khan. A slower delivery and Rashid wants to send this into the Sharjah nigh sky but instead manages a top-edge and the catch is taken by the bowler himself. He scored 3 off 4. Score 105/7 in 18.1 overs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings Live Score: SIX! Jason Holder isn't giving up. He eases some pressure with a maximum over long-on. A half volley from Mohammed Shami gets apt treatment. But Shami comes back with two slower ones outside off. Nine runs from the over. SRH 105/6 in 18 overs, chasing 126.
IPL 2021, SRH vs PBKS Live Cricket Score: End of a good over from Arshdeep Singh, Pressure back on Jason Holder now. Five runs and a run out. SRH 96/6 in 17 overs. Another contest involving PBKS going down to the wire.
IPL 2021 Live Score: Oh that's horrible from SRH. A terrible mix-up between Jason Holder and Wriddhiman Saha results in the latter being run out at the non-striker's end on 31 off 37. SRH 92/6, chasing 126. Saha worked one towards the leg and completed the first run in a jiff. And a poor communication follows with both the batters way out of their respective creases. The throw comes towards the bowler's end and Saha has to walk back.
End of the 2nd strategic time-out.
SRH vs PBKS Live Score: Hang on folks! This isn't over yet. Jason Holder has smoked back-to-back sixes off Nathan Ellis - the first over deep square leg region and the nex over the bowler's head. 16 runs from the over. SRH are back in the hunt. They need 35 runs in 24 balls now. Holder is the key.
SRH need 51 runs in 30 balls now.
PBKS vs SRH Live Score: Jason Holder muscles the penultimate delivery of Ravi Bishnoi's spell straight into the sightscreen for a maximum. Sunrisers need more of these now. 11 runs from the over. Score 75/5 in 15 overs, chasing 126.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings Live Score: Four singles off Harpreet Brar's fourth over as he finishes his spell. srh 64/5 in 14 overs, chasing 126.
IPL 2021, SRH vs PBKS Live Cricket Score:OUT! Abdul Samad holes out to Chris Gayle on 1. Half the Sunrisers team is back in the dug-out now. A legspin from Ravi Bishnoi and Samad goes for a wild shot to slice it to short third man. SRH 60/5 in 13 overs, chasing 126.
IPL 2021 Live Score: OUT! Ravi Bishnoi strikes again and this time it's the seasoned Kedar Jadhav who has fallen to his guile. He has been bowled on 12 off 12. Did't have the room but still went for the late cut off a googly. SRH 56/4 in 12.2 overs.
SRH vs PBKS Live Score: Sunrisers Hyderabad need more of such overs. Kedar Jadhav cuts the first delivery past a diving Chris Gayle at the short third man region who then chases it to prevent a four but by then the two SRH batters have added three runs. Six runs off next five follow.as SRH reach 56/3 in 12 overs in chase of 126.
PBKS vs SRH Live Score: Punjab Kings bowlers are going through their overs in quick time. Ravi Bishnoi's second over results in four runs. Wriddhiman Saha has reached 21off 27 and with him is Kedar Jadhav on 7 off 7. SRH 47/3 in 11 overs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings Live Score:Nathan Ellis brought back into the attack. Four singles in his second over. Score 43/3 in 10 overs.
As Sunrisers Hyderabad are finding out, scoring run is proving to be a demanding task on this Sharjah pitch tonight. They need 87 runs in 66 balls with seven wickets remaining. This is anybody's game.
IPL 2021, SRH vs PBKS Live Cricket Score: A busy over for SRH this one as the pair of Wriddhiman Saha and new batter Kedar Jadhav deal in lot of singles and doubles to takr 7 runs off Harpreet Brar. Score 39/3. Strategic Time-out.
IPL 2021 Live Score: Delightful! What a delivery from Ravi Bishnoi as he outfoxes Manish Pandey with a googly with the ball sneaking through his defenses to crash onto the stumps. Pandey scored 13 off 23. SRH 32/3 in 8 overs, chasing 126.
101 runs in 78 balls. This is the current equation for Sunrisers Hyderabad. They haven't lost many wickets but they should not be leaving it too late as an asking rate beyond eight will mean they need a boundary regularly and as the PBKS innings showed us, it's not an easy task.
PBKS vs SRH Live Score: First over of spin from PBKS and it's Harpreet Brar who has been introduced into the attack. Good start from the left-armer - five runs n it. SRH 25/2 in 7 overs. .
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings Live Score: Arshdeep Singh returns to bowl the final over of Powerplay. Just five runs in it. SRH are 20/2 in 6 overs. chasing 126,
IPL 2021, SRH vs PBKS Live Cricket Score: Mohammed Shami looks in nice rhythm tonight. Indian team will hope he maintains that for some time as the T20 World Cup will also be played on these pitches. Three runs from his third over. SRH 15/2 in 5 overs, chasing 126
IPL 2021 Live Score: Debutant Nathan Ellis pressed into the attack. He starts with the slower ball and lets out a shout for lbw. That was too high. Three runs from the over, PBKS 12/2 in 4 overs, chasing 126
SRH vs PBKS Live Score: A wicket-maiden from Mohammed Shami! This is pure gold from Shami considering Punjab Kings are defending a low total tonight. Nervous times for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Powerplay overs.
PBKS vs SRH Live Score: OUT! This is a major blow to Sunrisers Hyderabad. Mohammed Shami has struck in successive overs and this time he sends back SRH captain Kane Williamson who gets an inside edge to guide the ball onto the leg stump. He scored 1. SRH 10/2 in 2.2 overs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings Live Score: Wriddhiman Saha ends the first over of Arshdeep Singh with a lofted drive for a four. Eight runs from the over. SRH 10/1 in 2 overs, chasing 126.
IPL 2021, SRH vs PBKS Live Cricket Score: OUT! Just the start Punjab Kings needed with the ball. Short and outside off, David Warner chases it and gets an outside edge to be out caught behind off Mohammed Shami, He scored just 2. SRH have been jolted early in chase of 126. SRH 2/1 in 0.3 overs.
Mohammed Shami with the new ball. David Warner on the strike. Here we go.
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.
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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.