As we accept the fact that Rising Pune Supergiants have hardly a 1% chance and are mostly out of the contention in qualifying for the playoffs all that is left for them is to finish the tournament on a high. Sunrisers Hyderabad on the other hand now have a much more settled side when it comes to batting and in bowling, they already have the best pace attack among all. SRH are currently in the 2nd spot and would be aiming to win further matches to top the table.
David Warner won the toss and to everyone’s surprise, chose to bat first – a good move, considering the fact that all teams have struggled to bat first. His bold decision soon proved to be a wrong one as Warner lost his wicket early. Dhawan, Williamson, and Yuvraj got starts but couldn’t convert and once the Zampa attack started, none could even stay. Zampa picked up 6 wickets and restricted Sunrisers to just 137 runs.
If any team could defend a total of 137 in a season where teams have been successful chasing, it was Sunrisers Hyderabad. They rightly proved so in the first over itself as Bhuvneshwar Kumar got the wicket of in-form Rahane with a wicket maiden. Usman Khawaja too departed soon after a brilliant fielding effort from SRH. Ashwin and Bailey steadied the innings and left it for the explosive batsman such as Saurabh Tiwary, Dhoni, and Perera to finish things off. With 14 needed off the last over, Dhoni and Perera on strike, anything could happen. Ashish Nehra had bowled well so far and kept his nerves for the last over as well and ensured SRH a 4 run win.
Here’s a list of interesting numbers and stats from this match –
Toss Won and Bowled – We are in the 40th match of IPL and this is only the 6th time that a captain has won the toss and chosen to bat first. Previous 5 times, the team winning the toss and batting first lost. David Warner is the 6th one to make such a choice.
6 from Adam Zampa – Second time in the history of IPL has any bowler picked up more than 5 wickets in a single match. Sohail Tanveer, playing for RR against CSK in 2008 was the first one to do so. His bowling figures were 6-14. Adam Zampa did it today against SRH. His bowling figures 6-19.
Bowlers Day Out – SRH scored 34 runs in their powerplay and RPS could manage only 25. Together both these teams scored just 59 runs in the total 12 overs of powerplay. This is the lowest in a match this IPL.
Joint highest wicket-taker – Bhuvneshwar Kumar is now the joint highest wicket-taker this season along with Andre Russell, Shane Watson, and Mitchell McClenaghan. All 4 have now picked up 14 wickets each in this IPL.
Lowest defended total this IPL – SRH defended 137 against RPS, this is the lowest defended total in IPL 2016 so far.
Also, this is the first that the captain who has won the toss and chosen to bat has also won the match. On the previous 5 occasions, a captain who has won the toss and chosen to bat has lost the match.