Warriors fell into Mishra’s spin trap, lose match by 11-runs
Sunrisers Hyderabad pulled off an incredible 11-run victory over Pune Warriors after leg-spinner Amit Mishra produced a stunning performance taking four wickets in five deliveries, including a hat-trick in the Indian Premier League in Pune on Wednesday.
Mishra (4/19) took the wickets with his second, fourth, fifth and sixth deliveries off his final over as Warriors were bowled out for 108 in 19 overs while chasing a mediocre target of 120 runs.
The partisan crowd at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium were stunned into disbelief as Pune slumped from 101 for four in the 17th over to 108 all out in 19 overs as Mishra got his third hat-trick over the last six editions of the cash-rich league.
It was an inexplicable collapse as the home team lost as many as six wickets for seven runs in a space of 13 balls.
Mishra, who had earlier played an useful knock of 30, came into bowl the 19th over of the innings with Warriors needing 14 runs off 12 deliveries with four wickets in hand.
First it was skipper Angelo Mathews (20), who was fooled by a flighted delivery as he holed out in the deep.
Mishra then bowled three consecutive googlies to snap up Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Sharma and Ashoke Dinda for noughts.
While Bhuvneshwar was trapped leg before, Rahul and Dinda were clean bowled as they misread the wrong’un.
A target of 120 was certainly not a difficult one as Robin Uthappa (22, 14 balls, 4×4) and Aaron Finch (16, 13 balls, 3×4) hit seven boundaries in the first four overs to relieve the pressure from the rest of the batsmen.
Although Thisara Perera dismissed Uthappa and Finch off successive deliveries, the target was always within reach of the home team.
However, the likes of Steven Smith (17), Mathews and Mitchell Marsh (14) all looked like getting set before playing some horrible shots when the match was there for Warriors to lose.
Sunrisers, thus, have registered their fourth win in six matches while it was the fourth loss for Warriors and one which could seriously dent the morale of the side.
(With inputs from agencies)
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