Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday defended a low total of 137 runs to climb at the top of Indian Premier League table, and send Rising Pune Supergiants crashing, virtually, out of the ninth edition of cash-rich Twenty20 cricket league at Visakhapatnam.
Hyderabad, thus, also became the first team to successfully defend after electing to bat this season. Playing at Pune's second home ground at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad innings was rocked by the second best IPL bowling figures of all time.
Adam Zampa's 6 for 19 restrict Hyderabad innings to 137/8, but the total proved little beyond Pune's reach, losing by four runs. Besides, Hyderabad's 137 is the lowest total defended in this IPL, improving on Kings XI Punjab's 154 against Gujarat Lions.
Pune have won three games from their 11 matches so far, as against Hyderabad's seven from 10.
Needing 14 runs from the last over, Ashish Nehra took two wickets, and the run out to send back Mahendra Singh Dhoni, conceding nine runs.
As usual, David Warner utilised Mustafizur Rahman in the death, and the Bangladeshi talent's 17th and 19th over proved the difference between the two sides.
RISING PUNE SUPERGIANTS INNINGS; TARGET 138
Over 20 || Score 133/8 (R Bhatia 0)
Fourteen required, and Ashish Nehra on
1st ball to Thisara Perera: Full on middle, and a single
2nd ball to MS Dhoni: A yorker, and another single
3rd ball to Perera: Outside off, and Perera holed out at extra cover. Good catch Moises Henriques. Rajat Bhatia is the new man.
WICKET: Thisara Perera c Moises Henriques b Ashish Nehra 17 (13b)
4th ball to Dhoni: Low full toss, and straight over long-on. 79 metre long.
5th ball to Dhoni: 6 needed off 2, and a slower bouncer surprised everyone, and the ball went pass wicket-keeper's head, and Yuvraj Singh beat Dhoni to dislodged the wickets.
WICKET: MS Dhoni run out 30 (20b)
6th ball to Adam Zampa: Naman Ojha produced a blinder to complete a brilliant caught behind. A fine edge from Zampa and Ojha produced a one leg catch, on his right.
WICKET: Adam Zampa c Naman Ojha b Ashish Nehra 0 (1b)
Sunrisers Hyderabad defended 137. They beat Rising Pune Supergiants by four runs. And MS Dhoni's side crached out of IPL 9.
Ashish Nehra's figures: 4-0-29-3.
Over 19 || Score 124/5 (MS Dhoni 22; Th Perera 16)
Knowing fully well that hitting Mustafizur Rahman for boundaries is almost impossible, he resorted to running.
Two doubles off the first two balls. A dot ball as the third ball got an inside edge and trickled down to wicket-keeper.
A single as Dhoni hit back a straighter, and the bowler got his hands into the path of the ball.
The fifth ball, slightly over-pitched and Thisara Perera played a lofted shot. Mistimed, and two runs as the ball was retrieved from mid-on.
Rahman's figures: 4-0-26-0
A single to end the over. Eight runs from the over.
EQUATION: 14 runs required from 6 balls.
Over 18 || Score 116/5 (MS Dhoni 17; Th Perera 13)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned for the crucial 18th over. A wide, outside off to start the over. It was followed by a back of a good length delivery, which was cleared over long-on for a six. Perera power on show.
A thick top edge, and a single.
MS Dhoni dismissed the length delivery outside of off with ferocious cut shot, which beat the fielder at short third man, for a four.
It was followed by a better delivery, similar length, but on good line, and it forced Dhoni to play a defensive shot for a single.
A yorker followed, which was played straight for a single.
The over ended with a single as Dhoni ran for a single.
EQUATION: 22 runs from 12 balls.
Over 17 || Score 101/5 (MS Dhoni 11; Th Perera 5)
Mustafizur Rahman returned for his third over. Brilliant one from the young but accomplished Bangladeshi bowler. Batsmen — both MS Dhonin and Thisara Perera — not even trying to take on the bowler. Risky.
Fours singles, then a dot ball to Thisara Perera as Rahman fielded well off his bowling.
A thick edge off the last ball, of a yorker, and Barinder Sran fielded well at third man to restrict it to a single.
Five runs from the over.
EQUATION: 37 runs required from 18 balls.
Over 16 || Score 96/5 (MS Dhoni 9; Th Perera 2)
After two wicket taking overs, a good over for the batting side.
10 runs from the over as MS Dhoni took charge against Barinder Sran. A leg-bye, three singles and a six.
Sran's figures: 4-0-26-1.
Rising Pune Supergiants need another 42 runs from 24 balls.
Over 15 || Score 86/5 (MS Dhoni 2; Th Perera 0)
Ashish Nehra returned for his third over. It started with a dot ball to Saurabh Tiwary, then a single. A dot ball followed, then a single to MS Dhoni.
Tiwary then played a straight pull shot for his first four. A slower bouncer, and Tiwary ended up holing out at mid-wicket.
WICKET: Saurabh Tiwary c Shikhar Dhawan b Ahish Nehra 9 (10b)
Thisara Perera is the new man.
Over 14 || Score 80/4 (S Tiwary 4; MS Dhoni 1)
Action resumed after the break, and Ravichandran Ashwin took a double off the first ball. A good looking shot, flicked to deep mid-wicket.
It was followed by a concerted call for a caught behind, on the leg side. And Ashwin out. Very good catch by Naman Ojha.
WICKET: Ravichandran Ashwin c Naman Ojha b Barinder Sran 29 (25b)
That was Ashwin's top IPL score.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni arrived, and quickly on to business with a single.
Four runs and a wicket from the over.
Over 13 || Score 76/3 (R Ashwin 27; S Tiwary 3)
A rare sight of Mustafizur Rahman losing his control. The penultimate ball drifted, and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up from the leg and dispatched for a four through fine leg area.
Eight runs from the over, thanks to a double and two singles more.
Rising Pune Supergiants need another 62 runs from 42 balls.
Over 12 || Score 68/3 (R Ashwin 22; S Tiwary 0)
Moises Henriques returned for his third over. A single to George Bailey to start the over, and Ravichandran Ashwin found a thick inside edge and the ball slipped between wicket keeper's legs for a four.
Three singles, then the wicket of George Bailey. He holed out at deep mid-wicket, good catch by Ashish Nehra.
WICKET: George Bailey c Ashish Nehra b Moises Henriques 34 (40b)
That happened off the last ball of the over, and Saurabh Tiwary is the new man.
Over 11 || Score 60/2 (G Bailey 32; R Ashwin 16)
Barinder Sran returned for his second over, and a single to Ravichandran Ashwin. A dot ball, then a single — which was in fact a missed run-out chance. Yuvraj Singh sent back a rocket throw from backward point at the bowler's end, and Sran failed to collect the ball. George Bailey lucky once again.
The very next ball, a short one, and Ashwin pulled for a four — his first of the day. Two more singles, and eight runs from the over.
Over 10 || Score 52/2 (G Bailey 30; R Ashwin 10)
After the break, Mustafizur Rahman on for Hyderabad.
A double to Ravichandran Ashwin to start the over. A single, the a lucky dot ball — which was a wide outside off.
Another dot ball to George Bailey, then a single as the pitched up delivery on the leg was pushed for a single by the Aussie batsman.
Then, another referral for run-out. Direct hit from backward point, but not out. Bat down. Direct hits are always close.
Over 9 || Score 47/2 (G Bailey 29; R Ashwin 6)
Another bury over as Moises Henriques continued for his second over, which went for seven runs.
It started with a single to Ravinchandran Ashwin, then a four from the blade of George Bailey — who pulled past mid-wicket. Effective.
Two dot balls, than two singles to end the over.
Over 8 || Score 40/2 (G Bailey 24; R Ashwin 4)
Another bowling change as David Warner introduced spin for the first time, in the form of Yuvraj Singh. 10 runs from the over as George Bailey hit a straight six over the bowler's head.
That happened off the third ball. Two singles each on either side of the six, and 10 runs from the over.
The last ball, however, resulted in a call for stumping referral. Bailey's foot stayed grounded. Easy one for third umpire Bruce Oxenford, who described it pretty well.
Over 7 || Score 30/2 (G Bailey 16; R Ashwin 2)
Another bowling change, and another five-run over.
Five singles from Moises Henriques' first over — all singles, starting with the second ball.
Rising Pune Supergiants need another 108 runs from 13 overs.
Over 6 || Score 25/2 (G Bailey 13; R Ashwin 0)
Bowling change. Another seamer, Barinder Sran on.
A dot ball to George Bailey to start the over. Then, a four, flicked away. A single followed, then Ravichandran Ashwin blocked the remaining deliveries.
25 in the power play. Got to be one of the slowest start to an IPL innings.
Over 5 || Score 20/2 (G Bailey 8; R Ashwin 0)
Another brilliant over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. A single, and huge nick for a caught behind, but turned down by umpire Virender Sharma. It happened off the second ball of the over.
George Bailey, lucky.
Rising Pune Supergiants need another 118 runs from 15 overs.
Over 4 || Score 19/2 (G Bailey 7; R Ashwin 0)
What a throw from deep mid-wicket, to get rid of Usman Khawaja off the last ball of the over. Good work from wicket-keeper Naman Ojha to collect the ball and dislodge the wickets.
WICKET: Usman Khawaja run out 11 (8b)
A dot ball before, Khawaja had hit back-to-back fours as the Aussie batsman seemed to have opened up.
Ashish Nehra's second over leaked 10 runs for a wicket.
Ravichandran Ashwin, who has two Test tons, and four in First-Class, is promoted to no.4. He can bat.
Over 3 || Score 11/1 (U Khawaja 4; G Bailey 6)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar continued for his second over. Six runs from it, thanks to a three and three singles.
Usman Khawaja was out of the strike, got a full delivery from Bhuvi and he played through mid-off for three runs.
That happened off the second ball, and the over ended with three singles.
Over 2 || Score 5/1 (U Khawaja 0; G Bailey 5)
That blistering first over was followed by an equally impressive over from Ashish Nehra. Four runs — a boundary off the last ball. That's all.
George Bailey punished the short and wide ball from Nehra, and it went through covers.
Over 1 || Score 1/1 (U Khawaja 0; G Bailey 0)
What a terrific start from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. One run and a wicket, that of Ajinkya Rahane — one of the in-form batsmen of the season.
After two dot balls, Rahane was induced to play an out-swinger, and a good catch behind the wickets by Naman Ojha.
WICKET: Ajinkya Rahane c Naman Ojha b bhuvneshwar Kumar 0 (3b)
A leg bye off the last ball, off new man George Bailey.
SUNRISERS HYDERABAD INNINGS
Over 20 || Score 137/8 (B Sran 1)
Adam Zampa just produced the second best Indian Premier League all-time bowling figures, behind that of Sohail Tanvir's 6-14 in 2008.
Good captaincy from MS Dhoni to plot and devise the fall of dangerous Deepak Hooda. A clean stumping, which could have been a run-out too. A widish delivery and batsman failed to made contact, coming down.
WICKET: Deepak Hooda st MS Dhoni b Adam Zampa 14 (5b)
That happened after a huge six, hit by Hooda off the first ball.
Then the wicket of Naman Ojha. Cleaned up.
WICKET: Naman Ojha b Adam Zampa 7 (5b)
A single again, the wicket of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who lofted high but failed to travel.
Good catch at long-on by Saurabh Tiwary. Safe hands.
WICKET: Bhuvneswhar Kumar c Saurabh Tiwary b Adam Zampa 1 (2b)
And the best bowling figures for a spinner in IPL. 4-0-19-6!
Over 19 || Score 129/5 (D Hooda 0; N Ojha 0)
An eventful penultimate over from Ashok Dinda. 15 runs from the over as Naman Ojha and Deepak Hooda hit a four and a six off the second and fourth balls respectively.
Dinda's figure: 4-0-26-0.
Over 18 || Score 114/5 (D Hooda 0; N Ojha 0)
Brilliant over from Adam Zampa. The Aussie leg-spinner got two in two balls, but missed out on a rare hat-trick.
Three singles from the first three balls. Then a widish delivery, which Kane Williamson reached out to play a lofted shot. A very good running catch from long-off towards deep extra cover.
WICKET: Kane Williamson c Rajat Bhatia b Adam Zampa 31 (37b)
Then the wicket of Moises Henriques. Rajat Bhatia to the same catcher, but at long-off.
WICKET: Moises Henriques c Rajat Bhatia b Adam Zampa 10 (8b)
Two new batsmen in the centre, in the forms of Deepak Hooda and Naman Ojha. Both can strike. Three runs and two wickets.
Over 17 || Score 111/3 (K Williamson 30; M Henriques 8)
Thisara Perera continued with his second over. A dot to Kane Williamson to start the over. It was followed by a single, then a double ridden with fraught. A direct hit from mid-wicket would have meant run-out for Henriques.
A top-class cover drive, all along the ground, for a four from Henriques.
A single, then a four to end the over. Williamson found the gap at backward square leg. 12 runs from the over.
Over 16 || Score 99/3 (K Williamson 25; M Henriques 1)
Adam Zampa returned for his second ove. A dot ball to Yuvraj Singh, then the India star came out to play a lofted shot. It soared high, but to fall back at long-off, where Saurabh Tiwary completed the catch.
WICKET: Yuvraj Singh c Saurabh Tiwary b Adam Zampa 23 (21b)
Then Moises Henriques joined Kane Williamson in the middle.
Three singles and a wicket from the over.
Over 15 || Score 96/2 (K Williamson 23; Y Singh 23)
Bowling change for Pune, and Yuvraj Singh also changed gears.
Thisara Perera started with a single to Kane Williamson. Then Yuvraj hit a six and a four off successive deliveries.
A single, then a leg bye, before a tight single.14 runs from the over.
Over 14 || Score 82/2 (K Williamson 22; Y Singh 11)
One good over for Hyderabad as Rajat Bhatia leaked 12 runs from his third over.
A dot to Yuvraj Singh to start the over. A single, then a four as Kane Williamson opened up.
A dot, a single then Yuvraj Singh's first six, over mid-wicket.
Over 13 || Score 70/2 (K Williamson 17; Y Singh 4)
Then, Ravinchandran Ashwin produced a one-run over to end his bowling duty for today.
Four dot balls to Yuvraj Singh, before the single.
Ashwin's figures 4-0-16-1.
1,3,3. Thats the runs Pune conceded in these three overs.
Over 12 || Score 69/2 (K Williamson 17; Y Singh 3)
Rajat Bhatia returned for his second over, and as good one. Only three runs.
Yuvraj Singh's having trouble timing the ball, and took four balls to take the first single. Two more singles of the remaining two balls.
Over 11 || Score 66/2 (K Williamson 16; Y Singh 1)
Unlike in the previous matches, MS Dhoni opted to utilise Ravichandran Ashwin for a continued spell. And it yielded result.
After a single to Kane Williamson, Ashwin delivered a flighted delivery to Shikhar Dhawan, and the Delhi batsman played a lofted shot. It ended with a catch at long-on.
WICKET: Shikhar Dhawan c Saurabh Tiwary b Ravichandran Ashwin 33 (27b)
Thus, Ashwin got his fourth wicket of this season.
The stand between Dhawan and Williamson has worth 46 runs from 42 balls.
Yuvraj Singh, the new man, got company from the very first ball. Two slips. Three runs and a wicket.
Over 10 || Score 63/1 (S Dhawan 33; K Williamson 14)
Rajat Bhatia on for Pune with slow, slow pace. A single off the first ball as Shikhar Dhawan stole a single after the fielder at mid-on failed to retrieve the ball in time.
A leg-bye, then Dhawan hit his second six, over mid-wicket. A single followed, result of a sweep shot which failed to make the desire contact.
A double followed as Dhawan and Kane Williamson scrambled. A single and Bhatia started with a 12-run over.
Over 9 || Score 51/1 (S Dhawan 25; K Williamson 11)
Ravichandran Ashwin continued with his second over. Six runs from the over, including a four off the fifth ball.
A dot to Kane Williamson to start the over, then a single to Shikhar Dhawan. A dot ball, then a single more.
Williamson made some room, and reached to the pitch of the ball and the ball beat the fielder at third man for the four.
Over 8 || Score 45/1 (S Dhawan 24; K Williamson 6)
Only one Ashwin today, and Adam Zampa on for Pune.
Busy over from the young Aussie spinner. Not a big spinner but comes with an can do attitude, and with a bowling action similar to the great Shane Warne.
Three singles off the first three balls. Then a lucky two, off the fourth ball — a short delivery missing the target but Shikhar Dhawan failed to punish.
Two dot balls followed, and off the last ball, MS Dhoni asked for a stumping. Close call. Five runs from the over.
Over 7 || Score 40/1 (S Dhawan 21; K Williamson 4)
MS Dhoni introduced Ravichandran Ashwin early, just after the power-play period.
The off spinner started with two dot balls to Kane Williamson. Then two wides, as the ball spun unexpectedly after pitching on the off stump.
A top-edge towards gully followed, which resulted in a double.
Two singles off the last three balls, and very good start for Ashwin. Six runs from the over.
Over 6 || Score 34/1 (S Dhawan 18; K Williamson 3)
Rudra Pratap Singh continued for his third over. A single to Kane Williamson, flicking towards square leg. A single followed off a good pull shot by Shikhar Dhawan which was fielded even better.
Dhawan managed to break the shackles with a four — an intended lofted cover drive. It was followed by a crunchy drive, four written all over it, but a George Bailey fielded at sweeper cover to restrict it to a double. Bowler applauded the effort.
But the next ball, Dhawan carted over long-off, for a six. 13 runs from the over.
Over 5 || Score 21/1 (S Dhawan 6; K Williamson 2)
Ashok Dinda continued for his third over. Two dot balls to Kane Williamson, then a wide.
A run out chance following a mixed-up missed as an onrushing Ajinkya Rahane failed to collect the ball at backward point. A single, nonetheless.
Two more dot balls followed, with the second one effecting to a direct hit at striker's end from Dinda off his own bowling.
A single more, and a very very good over from the medium pacer. A single, and a wide.
Over 4 || Score 19/1 (S Dhawan 6; K Williamson 1)
A swing and miss and David Warner came down to attack RP Singh. Then, a bit of swing on off, and lack of foot work from Warner meant the first wicket of the match. Caught behind.
WICKET: David Warner c MS Dhoni b RP Singh 11 (14b)
Kane Williamson is the new man, and after two dot balls, the Kiwi skipper leant back and guide a low bouncer towards third man for a single.
Then, with a brilliant stop at backward point by Ajinkya Rahane the finished. One run, one wicket.
Over 3 || Score 18/0 (D Warner 11; S Dhawan 6)
Ashok Dinda continued with his second over, and a dot ball to David Warner. Then, a lofted shot for two runs, even as Saurabh Tiwary ran to take an improbable catch at mid-wicket.
A ferocious straight drive followed, well fielded by the bowler for a dot. A single, then a nice bouncer to Shikhar Dhawan. The batsman wanted play a ramp shot, but withdrawn at the last moment.
It was followed by a sumptuous cover drive. Caressed. Seven runs from the over.
Over 2 || Score 11/0 (D Warner 8; S Dhawan 2)
Rudra Pratap Singh shared the new ball with Ashok Dinda. A single to Shikhar Dhawan, then David Warner played towards cover for a dot.
Another dot as a good length delivery on middle was played on the off by Warner. It was followed by another brilliant delivery, on the off, and a hint of swing.
Then, a very wide wide. It was followed by the first six of the match, as Warner launched the widish delivery over the deep extra cover. First big shot of the match. Good result.
Inside edge for a single to end the 9-run over.
Over 1 || Score 2/0 (D Warner 1; S Dhawan 1)
Ashok Dinda started the proceedings with an incoming delivery after pitching on off stump, which David Warner defended close to body for a dot. It was followed by a yorker, on the left, but Warner failed to put away the fullish delivery.
Warner opened his account with a single. Good delivery once again from Dinda, a mirror delivery to the first one. But Warner managed to push away on the on for a single.
A dot to Shikhar Dhawan, even as the Indian opener thought of stealing one, after playing to the cover fielder. Another dot ball, then another single as Dhawan played behind square.
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Umpires: Chris Gaffaney and Virender Sharma
Third Umpire: Bruce Oxenford
Match Referee: Sunil Chaturvedi
Reserve Umpire: Yeshwant Barde
Here are the teams:
Rising Pune Supergiants: Ajinkya Rahane, Usman Khawaja, Saurabh Tiwary, MS Dhoni (capt. & wk), Thisara Perera, George Bailey, Rajat Bhatia, Ravichandran Ashwin, Adam Zampa, Ashok Dinda, RP Singh
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Barinder Sran, Ashish Nehra, Mustafizur Rahman
TOSS: Hyderabad skipper David Warner wins toss, will bat first against Pune
Today's key clash will be Pune openers vs Hyderabad new ball bowlers. On individual front, Ashish Nehra vs Usman Khawaja, with the Indian getting the Aussie batsman's wicket 2/2. Then, there is Ajinkya Rahane vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Then, there is Mustafizur Rahman vs everyone.
In their previous meeting Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Rising Pune Supergiants to an unlikely win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. But considering their recent form, one would assume that David Warner's side has the upper hand.
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Today's encounter is between the sides, who have performed in contrast. If Pune have had a forgettable run thus far then David Warner-led Hyderabad have performed exceptionally well, with six wins in nine games.
Here is the possible playing XI:
Rising Pune Supergiants: Usman Khawaja, Saurabh Tiwary, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (capt. & wk), George Bailey, Thisara Perera, Albie Morkel, Rajat Bhatia, Mirugan Ashwin, R Ashwin, Ashok Dinda
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Eoin Morgan/Kane Wiliamson, Naman Ojha (wk), Deepak Hooda, Ashish Reddy, Bipul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran
Welcome to our LIVE UPDATES of the Indian Premier League's ninth edition, where the 40th match of the season is being played between Rising Pune Supergiants and Sunrisers Hyderabad at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam.