Pune Warriors restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad to 119/8
The Pune Warriors restricted Sunrisers Hyderabad to a paltry 119 for eight in a Pepsi Indian Premier League match in Pune on Wednesday.
Sunrisers captain Kumar Sangakkara dropped himself from the playing XI to make way for South African opener Quinton de Kock but the move didn’t pay off.
Team India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled an inspirational spell to grab three for 17 in his four-over spell as he polished the Sunrisers top-half within the first six overs.
His new ball partner Ashoke Dinda (1/25 in 4 overs) was also impressive as the duo put tremendous pressure on the top-order.
The slide started with opener De Kock being caught in the covers off Dinda. In his second and the team’s third over, Bhuvneshwar cleaned up Parthiv Patel (12) and Cameron White off successive deliveries.
While Parthiv played inside the line for a delivery that held its line after pitching, White was foxed by the low bounce as the ball swung back onto him.
Hanuma Vihari (1) wasted seven deliveries before fishing at the eighth one and getting caught at first slip to give Bhuvneshwar his third wicket.
Sunrisers were tottering at 17 for four by the end of the first quarter.
Odisha all-rounder Biplab Samantray (37, 37 balls, 3×4, 1×6) tried his bit along with Karan Sharma (7) as they took the score to 41. It was leggie Rahul Sharma (2/21), who trapped Karan leg-before, to make it 41 for five.
The dangerous Thisara Perera was eliminated from the equation by Mitchell Marsh as the Sri Lankan all-rounder edged one to Robin Uthappa behind.
Samantray’s gutsy knock finally ended when he holed out in the deep to give Rahul his second scalp. It was Amit Mishra (30, 24 balls, 3×4) and Ashish Reddy (19), who added 40 runs for the eighth wicket, that took the score past 100.
(With inputs from agencies)
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