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PBKS: 125/7 after 20 overs
SRH: 120/7 after 20 overs
Player of the match: Despite finishing on the losing side, it is a great call to give the award to Jason Holder. 47 (29) & 3/19... was a one-man show with the bat especially.
STAT: If SRH can’t win another match this season, it will be the worst points tally in a season in the brief history of IPL.
Deccan Chargers: 4 points, 2008
Delhi Daredevils: 4 points, 2014
Punjab Kings win by 5 runs: Sunrisers Hyderabad remain on 2 points. They are perhaps on track to finish with the worst tally in the history of IPL. If they don’t win another match, it will be a record low.
19,6: PUNJAB KINGS HANG ON! A lovely slower ball from Ellis. A sensational innings from Jason Holder goes in vain, the rest of the batting lineup left him too much to do. PBKS win by 5 runs. Calculations pending, but it looks like SRH are all but out of playoff contention.
19.5: A wide. Followed by Holder and Bhuvi scampering for a two... 1 ball left... 7 runs to win, which means a six for super over.
SRH need 10 off 2 balls.
19.1: A bye stolen.
19.2: Slower ball, tonked over long on for six by Holder!
19.3: The slowest of slower balls and it is a dot ball.
19.4: YORKER! NAILED! Holder doesn’t run.
SRH 109/7 after 19 overs: What a sensational 19th over by Arshdeep Singh. A wicket and 4 runs. Nathan Ellis will have to defend 17 in the final over.
First four deliveries of the 19th over... a single and a wicket from Arshdeep. Can he finish strongly?
Over 18.1: WICKET! Rashid Khan (3) out, c & b Arshdeep Singh, 105/7
Rashid goes for a wild heave, caught and bowled by Arshdeep. Another twist.
SRH 105/6 after 18 overs: Good recovery from Shami after conceding a six early in the over. Keeps it to just 9 ultimately, could have been worse.
SRH 96/6 after 17 overs: Anybody’s game at the moment. Holder holds the key!
Over 16.1: WICKET! Wridhhiman Saha (31) run out (Arshdeep Singh/Ravi Bishnoi), 92/6
massive mix-up first ball after the timeout. Saha is out, by some distance.
SRH 91/5 after 16 overs: WHAT AN OVER FOR SRH! Jason Holder with a superb late rally here. Two more sixes in that Nathan Ellis’ over
SRH 75/5 after 15 overs: Holder hits a six in Bishnoi’s over but end of a fantastic spell from the Indian. 3/24 from his 4 overs.
Over 12.6: WICKET! Abdul Samad (1) c Chris Gayle b Ravi Bishnoi, 60/5
Ravi Bishnoi! What a night he’s having. Samad out caught at short third.
Over 12.2: WICKET! Kedar Jadhav (12) b Ravi Bishnoi, 56/4
Another wrong ‘un (is it really the wrong ‘un for Bishnoi?!), another wicket. Kedar Jadhav played on trying to play the late cut.
SRH 56/3 after 12 overs: A 9-run over! Wow. Thanks in part to a slow-motion diving attempt by Gayle at short third, that helps Sunrisers run three. Brar has not looked as threatening as he would have liked on this pitch.
SRH 47/3 after 11 overs: When your official handle tweets this, then you know things are not looking great.
SRH 43/3 after 10 overs: Just no boundary options at the moment for SRH. Saha and Jadhav just able to keep the scoreboard inching ahead. RRR past 8.
SRH 39/3 after 9 overs: Sunrisers’ required rate is 7.90 now. Feels like a mountain on this pitch. Timeout.
Over 7.6: WICKET! Manish Pandey (13) b Ravi Bishnoi, 32/3
Back in the lineup, back among the wickets! Ravi Bishnoi starts with a wicket in his first over, Manish Pandey out for 13. Bowled. And a wrong ‘un, of course!
SRH 20/2 after 6 overs: So much for powerplays today in Sharjah. Just one boundary in the first six overs.
SRH 15/2 after 5 overs: Another solid over from Shami, SRH’s run-chase is going nowhere at the moment. Horror start. Shami’s figures: 3-1-5-2
SRH 12/2 after 4 overs: Some shocking running (non running, rather) between the wickets by Pandey and Saha.
Incredible start from Shami.
Over 2.2: WICKET! Kane Williamson (1) b Mohammad Shami, 10/2
Oh dear, Sunrisers. Shami with another wicket, and this is the big one of Williamson. Bowled, played on to the stumps. Joy for Punjab.
SRH 10/1 after 2 overs: Saha makes it a decent second over for SRH, a boundary off Arshdeep’s last ball.
ARCHERY UPDATE: Jyothi Surekha Vennam’s 15 arrows in the quarterfinal against Amanda Mlinaric, most recent first: 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10. What a match for her. She is into the semifinals of the world championships.
SRH 2/1 after 1 over: Shami gives Punjab the perfect start possible.
Over 0.3: WICKET! David Warner (2) c KL Rahul b Mohammad Shami, 2/1
Not the easiest of pitches to bat on... and wow, David Warner is out in the first over. Throws his bat at a short and wide delivery. Caught behind. Another low score for the Aussie star.
David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha in the middle. MD Shami will start off.
PUNJAB KINGS 125/7 after 20 overs: An innings that never got going on a slowish Sharjah pitch.
Over 19.3: WICKET! Nathan Ellis (12) c Manish Pandey b Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 118/7
The wickets keep tumbling, even if Bhuvi has not the best of nights.
PBKS 111/6 after 19 overs: Holder finishes his night with another tidy over. Slower balls galore in Sharjah. A great fielding effort by Warner in that over to prevent a boundary.
PBKS 104/6 after 18 overs: Just 4 runs from that Bhuvi over. Punjab innings dragging to a close.
PBKS 100/6 after 17 overs: No more wickets, but end of a superb spell from Rashid Khan. 1-17 in his four overs. Harpreet and Ellis in the middle now, Punjab have a long lower order.
Timeout taken: PBKS in all sorts of trouble.
Over 15.4: WICKET! Deepak Hooda (13) is c sub (Jagadeesha Suchith) b Jason Holder, 96/6
WHAT A CATCH!!! Suchith, the substitute fielder, has pulled off an absolute blinder at short cover to dismiss Hooda. Flung himself to the left, full stretch, one handed take.
Over 14.4: WICKET! Aiden Markram (27) c Manish Pandey b Abdul Samad, 88/5
Markram can’t quite make the most of the time he spent in the middle, he is out for 27 off 32 balls. Samad with a wicket. Everything going SRH’s way.
PBKS 84/4 after 14 overs: Huzzah, a boundary for Markram. 10 runs from that Khaleel over. Punjab need a fair few more of those.
PBKS 74/4 after 13 overs: Hooda joins Markram in the middle.
Over 11.4: WICKET! Nicholas Pooran (8) c & b Sandeep Sharma, 66/4
SIX AND OUT! After hitting the first six of the night, Pooran is gone next ball. Knuckle ball, bottom of the bat from Pooran, still quite powerfully hit. But Sandeep juggles and hangs on. Another Pooran disappointment for Punjab.
Over 10.4: WICKET! Chris Gayle (14) lbw Rashid Khan, 57/3
Rashid strikes! No footwork from Gayle, trapped on the crease. Reviewed after a delay, and he is already walking back. Umpire’s call for hitting the stumps, at least the review is retained.
PBKS 55/2 after 10 overs: Gayle finds the boundary first up after the timeout, a superbly timed straight drive off Khaleel. 50 comes up in that over for PBKS.
Gayle has his eye in. Not his kind of pitch, but he can take the surface out of the equation if he finds the hitting zone.
PBKS 45/2 after 9 overs: Some serious purchase early on for Rashid but it is a good over for PBKS, as Markram finishes with a boundary. Timeout called. PBKS really need some momentum.
Time for Rashid Khan... he could be a handful on this pitch.
PBKS 39/2 after 8 overs: Williamson persisting with pace and it is another boundary-less over for SRH. Seven runs in 1s and a 2.
PBKS 32/2 after 7 overs: Khaleel into the attack and he should have a wicket in his first over too. A couple of mistimed lofted shots by Markram, the second one falling to Warner in the cover region. Running back, the Aussie star cannot hold on. Should have been taken. Again, pitch holding up.
PBKS 29/2 after 6 overs: What a powerplay for SRH. Another tidy over by Sandeep, there is more proof that the pitch is playing a bit slow and low.
Markram and Gayle in the middle.
Over 4.5: WICKET! Mayank Agarwal (5) c Kane Williamson b Jason Holder, 27/2
What a start for SRH, what a first over by Holder. Mayank finds Williamson at cover, a tame dismissal to be honest. But this is officially a brilliant start now for the bottom-placed team.
Over 4.1: WICKET! KL Rahul (21) c sub (Jagadeesha Suchith) b Jason Holder, 26/1
Felt like this was coming... SRH bring on Jason Holder and he strikes first ball. Rahul tries to go aerial on the leg side but no elevation, caught at midwicket. Out for 21 off 21 balls.
PBKS 26/0 after 4 overs: All Rahul on strike at the moment, he has faced 20 balls in the first four overs. Helps himself to another four behind the wicket, leg side this time. But SRH keeping things in check mostly.
PBKS 19/0 after 3 overs: Another four behind the wicket for Rahul but SRH won’t mind a 6-run over.
PBKS 13/0 after 2 overs: The first boundary of the night comes from the bat of Rahul, down to third man region. Good over for PBKS, ends with a 3 for Mayank.
PBKS 3/0 after 1 over: Sandeep with a typically swinging start. Cautiously played out by Rahul and Mayank.
Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul are back as openers. They had another century partnership last match and have done well in Sharjah. Gayle should be in at No 3, you’d think. Sandeep Sharma has the ball in hand.
Points table ahead of SRH vs PBKS
PLAYING XIs confirmation:
SRH: David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha, Kane Williamson (C), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed
PBKS: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Nathan Ellis, Ravi Bishnoi, Md Shami, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh
The live blog for RR vs DC here. Sanju Samson’s innings the sole bright spot for RR but DC too strong, go back to the top of the table.
Ahead of the T20 match between SRH and PBKS, here’s some pre-match reading for you... from 1978! How would Bishan Singh Bedi and Vinoo Mankad fare in the T20 era? Two masterful cricketers.
Team news: Punjab Kings, the consensus was, got their selections quite wrong in the previous match. Looks like they have addressed a couple of issues here with Gayle and Bishnoi returning. SRH unchanged.
TOSS: Kane Williamson wins the toss in Sharjah and opts to bowl in Sharjah.
Follow the conclusion of RR vs DC here. Sanju Samson is keeping things just about interesting.
06.50 pm: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of match No 37 of IPL 2021, the second of today’s double-header. A match that would be filed under must-win for both sides. The bottom two sides on the table face each other, with the playoff spot slipping away from their sights with every passing day of this tournament. Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings both began the second legs with defeats. While SRH’s familiar batting problems resurfaced, PBKS suffered a defeat that will be studied for years by students of the game for “how on earth can a team lose that?” Both teams need two points, simple as.