Sunrisers Hyderabad Edges Out Punjab Kings in Thrilling Last-over Victory

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Last-Over Heroics Secure Victory Against Punjab Kings

On Tuesday night in an intense IPL 2024 match, Jaydev Unadkat faced the daunting task of defending 29 runs in the final over against Punjab Kings. Despite facing three sixes, three dropped catches, and three wides, Unadkat managed to clinch a narrow two-run victory for Sunrisers Hyderabad. The fielders’ shaky performance added to the tension, but Unadkat’s resilience proved crucial in securing the win.

Shashank Singh and Ashutosh Sharma Lead PBKS’s Fightback

Shashank Singh and Ashutosh Sharma displayed exceptional resilience as they mounted an impressive comeback for Punjab Kings. With PBKS needing 69 runs off 27 deliveries, the duo’s partnership proved crucial. Shashank’s aggressive batting in the 17th over and Ashutosh’s composed innings set the stage for a thrilling chase.

Nitish Reddy’s Heroics Lift Sunrisers Hyderabad

Earlier in the match, Nitish Reddy showcased remarkable character with a vital 37-ball 64, propelling Sunrisers Hyderabad to a challenging total of 182/9. Despite the standout bowling performance of Arshdeep Singh for PBKS, Reddy’s innings was instrumental in setting a competitive target.

Eventful Moments in the Match

The match kicked off with an eventful note as Travis Head narrowly avoided an early dismissal due to a clear edge. Despite living a charmed life, Head failed to capitalize on the opportunity and was eventually dismissed by PBKS skipper Shikhar Dhawan. Aiden Markram and Abhishek Sharma’s quick exits added to SRH’s early struggles, putting them under pressure.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Middle-Order Collapse

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s middle-order collapse saw them losing key wickets, including Rahul Tripathi and Heinrich Klaasen. The power play yielded only 40 runs for the loss of three wickets, as PBKS dominated the proceedings, forcing SRH to reassess their strategy.

Nitish Reddy and Abdul Samad’s Crucial Partnership

The onus fell on Nitish Reddy to rescue Sunrisers Hyderabad, and he did so with finesse. Partnering with Abdul Samad, Reddy’s explosive innings, particularly against Harpreet Brar, added crucial runs and stability to the middle order.

With the duo’s partnership proving vital in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s recovery, the team managed to post a competitive total, ultimately sealing a hard-fought victory against Punjab Kings.

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First published: April 09, 2024, 23:34 IST