Rising Pune Supergiant climb to second spot after the win against Sunrisers Hyderabad

jaydev-unadkat_806x605_81494080649.jpgThe match which seemed to go on either sides favor was finally settled by Jaydev Unadkat in the last over. Needing 13 runs from the last over, SRH suffered a debacle as they lost three continuous wickets making Unadkat only the third bowler in IPL history to pick a hat-trick maiden.

After Warner won the toss, he opted to take the field first. Rahul Tripathi, who is in his peak, was run out in the very second over as SRH started causing early troubles to RPS. Steve Smith, who replaced him built a good partnership with Ajinkya Rahane. After losing the first wicket early, RPS did not slog the ball every time, but were choosy in picking up the balls. The scoreline stood at a sub par 35-1 at the end of the powerplay. The partnership did not last long with Rahane’s bat getting a top-edge and the ball ending up in the hands of Yuvraj Singh.

Ben Stokes replaced Rahane and played a very slow innings in the initial few overs. At the rate RPS were going, they did not seem to score 130. Ben Stokes, after having played many dot balls, assimilated the responsibility of posting a good total and he hammered 17 runs off Bipul Sharma’s eleventh over. When he came back to bowl his next over, he was hit for another 13 runs and runs started spiraling. Warner brought back the Afghan all-rounder Rashid Khan as the pacers were not able to cause any breakthrough. The decision paid off as the dangerous Ben Stokes was dismissed, who scored 39 runs off 25 balls. After the loss of Ben Stokes, the visitors seemed to struggle. Once again like the reverse fixture, Dhoni racked Bhuvaneshwar Kumar with a four and two maximums in succession in the 19th over. His leaking over got soothed as the misunderstanding between Dhoni and Manoj Tiwary, led to the run out of the latter in the last ball of the over. Siddharth Kaul manged to bowl a brilliant final over as he conceded only run a ball. Pune, who at some stage seemed not  to cross 130, were able to score 148-8.

With a target of 149 to chase, SRH began their batting with piling up 11 off the first over. While Dhawan was aggressive, Warner was slow at the start. Ben Stokes was again the man who took the important two wickets. He sent Dhawan back to the pavilion, who played a brisk 19 off 12 balls. Kane Williamson, who came in as the third wicket was also sent packing in the same over. The Sunrisers started gaining momentum as David Warner shifted his gears and hit a few boundaries. Pune seemed to be in a perilous situation only for Stokes to come again and save his team. Warner, who tried to hit a six off an outside off-stump delivery could not get enough connection with the ball and the ball went straight to Shardul Thakur. After his fall, the whole team collapsed. Henriques fell cheaply for just 4 runs. Though Naman Ojha and Yuvraj Singh scored a few boundaries, it could not swing the game in the favor of SRH. Both got out in the same over, leaving SRH in pity. With 13 runs needed of the final over, the SRH batsmen trying to go for the big hit, lost three wickets in the second, third and fourth ball of the over becoming victims of the second hat-trick wicket this Vivo IPL. Jaydev Unadkat, acknowledged for his last over was awarded the Man of the Match.

With a win, Pune go to the second spot and  SRH remain unaffected at the fourth position in the table. Both of these teams have two games at hand. RPS will be traveling to face DD for the next game and will host the Kings XI Punjab in their final game of the group stage. SRH, after two straight losses would be looking to bounce back when they host the table toppers Mumbai Indians at Hyderabad on May 8. On May 13, SRH will play their final match of the first phase of the IPL against Gujarat Lions.


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