Jason Holder's 47 not out went in vain as Punjab Kings successfully defended their total of 125 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Sharjah. The victory was Punjab's fourth of the season while Sunrisers suffered their 8th defeat. Stay with TOI to get IPL live score, scorecard, highlights and ball by ball score updates of IPL match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings.Read Less
Tough loss. At the halfway mark, needing 126, you obviously back yourselves to chase it. We probably left a little too much to get at the end although I did back myself to get those. The stage where I came in, I just had to go for it and it worked. Maybe that's why it worked. Batters probably weren't too committal earlier on. Five more games left, need to build some momentum for next season. Fans have been really passionate, we need to keep going for them.
I hope so, we are playing some entertaining cricket and have been doing for the last two or three years, but I'll take the win. He (Holder) played exceedingly well. First with the ball, taking those two wickets in an over and then batted really well, on a track where it was difficult to play the big shots. We wanted to get another 20-30 more runs but we'll take the win. It gives us a belief that no matter what the situation is, our bowlers can get the opposition out if we get a decent score. Shami to start of, bowled really well, getting two big batters in Warner and Williamson. Made it easier for our spinners to settle into a nice line and length. Lesson for the batsmen would be to realise that it's not a 160-170 surface, if we had built a few partnerships, we could have got to 140-150. He (Harpreet) has been good for us, he can do everything. Has finished some games for us, also gives us control with the ball and great in the field. Every time I go to him, he tells me 'Paaji (Brother) don't worry, I won't leak runs'. That's his attitude.
The bowling unit, fielding unit did a fantastic job. Certainly the surface was a tough one. Required partnerships and we were certainly backing ourselves to get close. It took a brilliant individual performance in both halves from Jason Holder, especially with the bat to keep the match competitive. It's (SRH) a proud franchise, frustrating season. We do need to look for areas to improve. We try to learn from the first half of the game. Punjab tried to come out attacking like it usually happens in T20s. But playing shots was challenging. For us it was about looking to build platforms. It was quite a challenge to pounce on them without losing wickets.The games come thick and fast. We need to come to the next game with fresh eyes and freedom. We will try and put in the best. Smart cricket needs to be played with different surfaces.
Last game we lost by a close margin and this victory feels nice. IPL is like that (*chuckles* - talking about his team making a habit of last-ball thrillers). Last year as well we defended a similar target against SRH in similar conditions and that was the talk before the start of second innings from the captain and we had the belief. I was just thinking to bowl wicket-to-wicket and bowl it in the areas that was tough to target. It's very important for us to win this match to stay in the contention and we were determined to do well.
Here's a quick look at Jason Holder's wagon wheel!
Here's a quick look at how both teams fared out today!
Punjab Kings have defended 125 | They beat Sunrisers by 5 runs
That's it! Nathan Ellis saves the day for Punjab Kings. He had 17 runs to defend in the last over and Punjab have managed to beat Sunrisers by 5 runs. Punjab register their fourth win of the season.
Ellis to Holder | SIX!
Nathan Ellis bowls in it the slot and Jason Holder slams it over the deep mid-wicket fence. Holder hits his fifth six of the match. SRH need 10 runs off 4 balls.
SRH 109/7 after 19 overs | Need another 17 runs in the last over
W 0 1 0 2 1 - A superb penultimate over from Arshdeep Singh comes to an end. A wicket and just four runs in it. Nathan Ellis to bowl the final over of the match. He has got 17 runs to defend.
Arshdeep to Rashid | OUT!
Rashid Khan tries to slog Arshdeep Singh out of the park but balloons the ball high up. Arshdeep completes a simple catch. Rashid falls for 3. SRH 105/7 after 18.1 overs.
SRH 105/6 after 18 overs | Need another 21 runs off 12 balls
1 6 0 0 1 1 - 9 runs from the Mohammed Shami over including a six. Jason Holder is batting on 37 alongside Rashid Khan (3*). Can they both Sunrisers home? Arshdeep Singh to bowl the penultimate over now.
Shami to Holder | SIX!
Shottt!!! Long levers coming into play. That was right in the slot for Jason Holder and he deposits the ball over the long-on fence. Sunrisers need another 23 runs off 16 balls.
SRH 96/6 after 17 overs | Need another 30 runs off 18 balls
W1 1 1 0 2 0 - An excellent over from Arshdeep Singh comes to an end. Just five runs came off it. Mohammed Shami to bowl the 18th over.
Saha run out!
The last thing Sunrisers needed at this stage! Wriddhiman Saha and Jason Holder were taking them closer to the target but a huge miscommunication has caused a run out. Saha walka back for 31. Sunrisers need another 34 runs off 23 balls
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Ellis to Holder | SIX! SIX!
Jason Holder and brought Sunrisers chase back on track with three quick sixes. After hitting Ravi bishnoi for a maximum in the previous over, Holder now collects consecutive sixes off Nathan Ellis. Sunrisers now need 39 runs off 28 balls.
Bishnoi to Holder | SIX!
Jason Holder goes down town! Straight from the middle of his bat. A much-needed maximum comes Sunrisers' way. Slams a Ravi Bishnoi delivery straight into the sight screen. SRH 74/5 after 14.5 overs
Bishnoi to Samad | OUT!
Another one bites the dust! Second wicket in the over for Ravi Bishnoi. He now has three wickets to his name and still has one over remaining. This time he gets rid of Abdul Samad. Chris Gayle completes a simple catch at short third-man as Samad mistimes his wild hoick. Samad walks back for 1. SRH 60/5 after 13 overs
Bishnoi to Kedar | OUT!
Ravi Bishnoi gets his second wicket. Chopped on! Kedar Jadhav tries to run the googly from Bishnoi down to the third-man fence but chops the ball back onto his stumps. Jadhav walks back for 12. SRH 56/4 after 12.2 overs
SRH 56/3 after 12 overs | Need another 70 runs off 48 balls @ 8.75 RPO
Wriddhiman Saha holding Sunrisers innings together but the required rate is climbing.
No boundary for Sunrisers in the last 3 overs!
Another tight over from Ravi Bishnoi comes to an end. Just 4 runs from it. Pressure building on Sunrisers! They need another 79 runs off 54 balls @ 8.78 RPO