PBKS vs SRH, IPL 2021: Sunrisers Hyderabad registered their first win of the season as they beat Punjab Kings by 9 wickets in Match 14 of the Indian Premier League on Wednesday.
Jonny Bairstow and David Warner’s 73-run partnership laid the foundation for their run chase in Chennai (AFP Photo)
- Sunrisers Hyderabad (121/1) beat Punjab Kings (120) by 9 wickets in Match 14
- Jonny Bairstow (63 not out) and Khaleel Ahmed (3 for 21) starred for SRH
- The win helped SRH register their first points this season but they are still 8th on the table
Sunrisers Hyderabad finally got off the mark with a win on Wednesday as they beat Punjab Kings in a low-scoring Match 14 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Chasing the lowest target of this year’s IPL, Sunrisers openers Jonny Bairstow and David Warner laid a solid platform with their 73-run partnership after which Kane Williamson joined the action and guided the team to victory in the 19th over.
Bairstow ended up as their top-scorer with 63 not out while Warner made 37 off as many balls. Williamson, playing his first match of the, remained unbeaten on 16.
The win helped SRH register their first points this season but they couldn’t improve on their position on the table and are still languishing in the 8th spot courtesy their first-three defeats before this game.
This was only the third occasion when a team managed to successfully chase down the target out of 8 matches at Chepauk in IPL 2021.
But SRH’s win was actually set up by their bowlers in the first half of the game, especially by Khaleel Ahmed and Abhishek Sharma.
Punjab’s innings never really got going as they kept losing wickets right from the start with captain KL Rahul suffering a rare failure and departing for 4 in the 4th over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Rahul crossed the 5000-run mark in T20 cricket after taking a single off the first ball of the match. He became the 2nd fastest batsman after his PBKS teammate Chris Gayle to achieve the feat and smashed Virat Kohli’s record to become the fastest Indian to enter the 5k club.
But unlike in the previous matches, Rahul couldn’t go on to get a big one and got out for his 2nd single-digit score this season.
Khaleel then joined the action and removed Mayank Agarwal before getting the late wickets of Shahrukh Khan and Fabian Allen in the death overs to help SRH bowl out PBKS for 120 in 19.4 overs.
Abhishek played a crucial role in the middle overs by sending back the in-form Deepak Hooda (13) and Moises Henriques (14).