Sunrisers lost the first three games on the trot. They almost came close towards the finishing line but bottled the games in the end. They lost to Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.
Sunrisers Hyderabad took on Punjab Kings in the 14th game of the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Punjab Kings won the toss and decided to bat first.
PBKS ran through troubled waters after they lost wickets at crucial intervals. They failed to steady the ship as the overs progressed. As a result, they couldn’t manage to score a big total.
The likes of Khaleel Ahmed, Abhishek Sharma and Rashid Khan bowled really well to keep the PBKS batsmen silent. Khaleel Ahmed and Abhishek Sharma took 3 and 2 wickets respectively.
Rashid Khan took 1 wicket to his name while also maintaining a good economy of 4.20 in his quota of 4 overs. Shahrukh Khan and Mayank Agarwal were the top run-scorers for PBKS as they chipped in with 22 each.
Punjab Kings were skittled out for a paltry 120 in 19.4 overs. They successfully chased down the target in 18.4 overs. SRH won their first game of this season by 9 wickets. Jonny Bairstow top-scored with an unbeaten 63 off 56 balls.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out of the next game
In what comes as bad news to Sunrisers Hyderabad, Bhuvneshwar Kumar reportedly left the field with a thigh strain. While SRH were happy to get their first win of this season but an injury scare to Bhuvneshwar could spoil their party.
The right-arm pacer didn’t complete his complete quota of overs against PBKS. He bowled 3 overs where he gave away 16 runs and also took 1 wicket to his name.
As Bhuvi didn’t return to bowl his last over, the commentators, later on, clarified that the pacer sustained a thigh strain and that’s the main reason he could not bowl the spell. The pacer left the field and didn’t return after the 7th over of PBKS’ innings.
The 31-year-old already missed the major part of IPL 2020 after picking up an injury. The right-arm quick made a grand comeback to competitive cricket earlier this year.
Jonny Bairstow – Man of the Match
Meanwhile, SRH’s wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow was named the man of the match for his outstanding batting performance. Bairstow struck 3 fours and as many sixes at a strike rate of 112.50.
On the other hand, SRH captain David Warner scored a run-a-ball 37 including 3 fours and a six. Meanwhile, further details on Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s status is awaited. He is likely to be ruled out of the next game against Delhi Capitals on April 25, Sunday in Chennai.