David Warner side Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pulled off a thrilling five-run victory over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Monday in the Indian Premier League (IPL) season-10. Chasing 160 to win, KXIP lost opener Hashim Amla in the very first ball courtesy Bhuvneshwar Kumar's excellent swinging delivery.
Following that SRH bowlers kept on tightening the noose around Punjab batsmen and put them under tremendous pressure which resulted in slow flow of runs and fall of wickets. But, it was the resilient batsman Manan Vohra who kept the fight going for his team. Scoring 95 off 50 balls, Vohra brought back his team back from the dead as Punjab needed only 16 runs from the last two overs after earlier needing to score at a run rate of over 12.
But a game changing spell from seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar snatched the victory away from Punjab. Bhuvneshwar finished with figures of five for 19 -- the second five-wicket haul of IPL 2017 -- from his stipulated four overs, including the crucial wicket of Manan Vohra. Assisting Bhuvneshwar was Afghanistan spinner, Rashid Khan, who dismissed two important wickets Miller and Wriddhiman Saha cheaply for 1 and 0, respectively. But he was taken for 21 runs in his last overs, which ruined his figures. With this victory Hyderabad recorded their third win in five matches and are placed third in the points table. For Punjab, this was their third successive loss and are now fifth in the table.