In a last-ball finish, Sunrisers Hyderabad grabbed a 4-run win over Rising Pune Supergiants at Vizag on Tuesday. Earlier, Adam Zampa picked up six wickets as SRH struggled to a total of 137, but it proved to be too much for Pune as Bhuvneshwar and Mustafizur produced a couple of tight spells.
David Warner today did something not many captains have done in this season's IPL—won the toss and decided to bat first. The Aussie was insistent that the key for his team was to have
Warner's decision at the toss went down well with MS Dhoni, which was understandable since most of the captains have opted to field first in this tournament. Like Hyderabad, Pune also did not make any change to their team despite losing their last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
1. Sluggish start for Hyderabad
David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan have provided solid starts to their team very consistently in this tournament, but the duo failed to do so tonight. Warner was dismissed with just 18 runs on the board and Hyderabad went behind the cue ball since then. They scored just 34 runs in the powerplay, and 13 of those runs arrived in the sixth over.
Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan formed a solid 46-run partnership, but that took a total of seven overs. The duo failed to find the boundaries with any regularity and as the spinners came into the bowling attack, runs dried out even further. Even the usually belligerent Yuvraj Singh batted at a strike rate of 109.52 as Ravichandran Ashwin tied knots around the batsmen, finishing with an economy of 4.
2. Splendid Zampa
The Australian made an impressive debut against RCB in the last game, and he stamped his class at Visakhapatnam tonight. It is not often you see a leg spinner being used at the death, however, Adam Zampa bowled three of his four overs between the 16th and the 20th overs. Incredibly, he still ended up with an economy rate of 4.75 runs per over!
Despite the slow run rate, Hyderabad had wickets in hand and thus, a cushion to accelerate at the end. However, Zampa had other ideas. He dismissed Yuvraj with a googly, Williamson with a tossed up wide delivery, Moises Henriques with a ball which drifted into the batsman before spinning away, Ojha with another floating delivery outside the off-stump, knocked down Naman Ojha's stumps and Bhuvneshwar Kumar with another beautifully flighted ball. With those heroics, Zampa not only
3. George's night out
Like Hyderabad, Pune struggled at the start of their innings as well. They lost both their openers by the fourth over, as Bhuvneshwar Kumar swung the ball on the tip of his finger. The pacer extracted
However, an unconventional pair in George Bailey and Ashwin came to their rescue. Bailey does not have the most impressive record as a batsman in IPL, however, lady luck was definitely smiling on him tonight. When he was batting at seven, Bhuveneshwar Kumar produced another of his unplayable out-swingers and Bailey nicked it behind to the wicket-keeper. It was a big nick as well, however, incredibly the umpire remained unaffected by all the appeals.
In the 11th over, Bailey misjudged a run and when Yuvraj Singh's throw reached the
4. Once again, Dhoni left himself with too much to do
A lot of eyebrows were raised when Ashwin was promoted up the batting order by Dhoni, ahead of himself, Saurabh Tiwary, and Thisara Perera. The Indian international did reward Dhoni's faith with his highest ever score in the IPL—29. However, he did not get them quickly enough, and the required run rate rose promptly.
When Pune required 37 runs off the last three overs with 5 wickets in hand, it seemed like Pune had left themselves with too much in the end, especially with Mustafizur Rahman still having one over left. Dhoni and Perera managed only 8 runs off the 19th over, bowled by Mustafizur, and were left to get 14 runs off the last over from Nehra.
Dhoni did manage to hit a six, but Pune lost three wickets in the over and, eventually fell short by four runs. The reason behind promoting Ashwin ahead of more established batsmen proved to be a costly decision in the end.