Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated struggling Rising Pune Supergiants by 4 runs to register their seventh win of the tournament. After the win, Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder Moises Henriques credited the smart fielding placements in the death overs and Yuvraj Singh’s game awareness for their narrow 4-run win in a low-scoring thriller.
Chasing 138, Rising Pune Supergiants needed 14 runs from the last over. With MS Dhoni and Thisara Perera on the crease, the target looked well within reach.But Ashish Nehra bowled a superb last over as Pune fell short by 5 runs. Pune needed 5 from last two balls with Dhoni on the strike, but Yuvraj Singh showed a great presence of mind and ran Dhoni out.
When asked about the plans in the last 5 overs, Henriques said:”One of the key things at the death, when you’re setting fields, is to have a field they can bowl more than one ball to. Whether it’s a yorker or a slower ball or a bouncer or whatever might be, to someone like Dhoni and Perera, you can’t show in the field, what’s the next ball (that) is coming. So if you show them ‘I’m going to have all these fielders here because I’m going to bowl the ball right here’, and you miss that by one centimeter, you’re going to go for a six.
“But if you at least have a field where you can bowl two or three different balls then they can’t expect that one ball in that one area. So I think what we did well at the death is we set fields where we covered a few different options or few different balls, so that the bowler could bowl the yorker or he could bowl it back of the length or he could bowl the slower ball,” said Henriques in a press conference after the game.
Praising Yuvraj, Henriques said that Yuvraj dismissing Dhoni was the play of the night.
“You can’t buy experience. Tonight when Yuvi [Yuvraj Singh] from backward point came running in for that run out, an inexperienced player would have been just watching the game and not know what was going on. For me, that was the play that won us the game. It’s that little play, otherwise, Dhoni would have been on strike for the win, set batsman and he’s a master-class in those situations. But to have a new batsman out there for the last ball, it was because Yuvi was aware and just having that experience shows in a game of cricket, when under pressure especially,” Henriques said.
“When we talk in the shed, young guys learn from that, remember what Yuvi did, that you can never switch off in a game, you always have to be thinking how you can get a wicket, and Yuvi showed his class there,” he added.
Henriques also praised his compatriot Adam Zampa, who became the first bowler after Sohail Tanveer to grab six wickets in a match.
“I’m very happy that he’s done well. He grew up in New South Wales, the same state where I did. He came through their U-19s and U-17s as well. It’s good to see him succeed. He bowled well in the World Cup as well. And it’s great for him to get an opportunity in the IPL as well and now to show the IPL what he can do. It’s not too often that you see someone take 6/18 or 6/19. Those are fantastic bowling figures.
“What I’ve always liked about him, when he even came through first for New South Wales as a really young kid, is that he always wants to bowl. Doesn’t matter who’s batting. He might get hit for a couple of sixes, but he always wants the ball in his hand. When Yuvi was set and on strike, he’d hit a couple of big sixes. But Adam bowled again. I was next into bat. I thought, ‘This is really going to test Adam because Yuvi is obviously a very good player of spin bowling and is also very experienced’. But he got Yuvi out. The wicket was conducive to spin bowling, but you’ve got to give him credit. He just wants the ball in his hand all the time,” Henriques said.