Sunrisers outclass Punjab
CHENNAI, April 21: Khaleel Ahmed led an impressive bowling effort before Jonny Bairstow smashed an unbeaten fifty as Sunrisers Hyderabad snapped their three-match losing streak with a convincing nine-wicket win over Punjab Kings in an IPL game here on Wednesday.
Asked to bowl first, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s pace-spin duo of Khaleel and Abhishek Sharma did bulk of the damage to bundle out Punjab Kings for a below-par 120 in 19.4 overs.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, star Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan and Siddarth Kaul also picked up a wicket each as Punjab never gained momentum.
Chasing the total, SRH openers Jonny Bairstow and David Warner pummelled Punjab into submission, adding 73 runs off 60 balls to set the foundation.
Bairstow and Kane Williamson then knocked off the remaining runs as SRH romped home with 8 balls to spare.
Bairstow and Warner smashed five boundaries and two sixes during their 50-run stand in the powerplay, while Punjab had managed nine fours and two maximums in their entire innings.
Warner holed out to Mayank Agarwal off Fabian Allen, who bowled a wicket maiden, as SRH were 73 for 1.
Bairstow found an able ally in Williamson, who was playing his first match of the season, as they added an unbeaten 48 runs to help SRH log their first win of the season.
Earlier, Shahrukh Khan and Mayank were the top scorers for Punjab Kings, who came into the match after two losses.
In an innings when clearing the boundary seemed to be a tall task, Khan managed two sixes, while Agarwal, who was dropped on 0 in the very first over by Rashid, hit two fours.
Opting to bat in their first game at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Punjab lost their in-form skipper KL Rahul early on.
Agarwal and Chris Galye stitched 24-run partnership. However, at the end of the seventh over, Khaleel got rid of the Indian with Rashid making no mistakes this time at midwicket.
Nicholas Pooran was out for a diamond duck as Warner effected his run out in the eighth over.
Gayle followed his compatriot in the next over as he was adjudged leg before. Punjab was reeling at 53 for 4 at the halfway mark as wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals.
Deepak Hooda and Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques got starts but were unable to capitalised on them. Spin all-rounder Allen also struggled on his debut.
Local star Khan tried to inject some hope into the Punjab camp but a slower ball by Khaleel ended his cameo.
Murugan Ashwin hit a boundary but Kaul accounted for the spinner in the last over which was followed by the dismissal of Mohammed Shami, who was run out. (PTI)