It was another game in the IPL and yet another nerve-wracking contest! The pendulum swung right throughout the game between the Rising Pune Supergiants and the Sunrisers Hyderabad, but ultimately, it was the Sunrisers Hyderabad who emerged victorious by a narrow margin of 4 runs. By the consequence of the win, the Sunrisers have now climbed to the top of the points table and are just one win away from securing their playoffs berth.
Sunrisers didn’t have an ideal start with the bat after losing Warner early. But mixed contributions from everyone saw them get to a competitive 137-8. Leg spinner Adam Zampa had a field day, as he bagged only the second six-wicket haul in IPL history. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was on the money again with his unplayable first spell where he struck early. With ultimately 5 needed off the last ball; Naman Ojha took a screamer behind the stumps to finish the game for his side.
In the post-match presentation, Pune skipper MS Dhoni admitted that something wasn’t right with his side. “Well close games are tough ones to digest but you also have to look at what went right. We won 3 games comfortably and other games went down to the wire. Something is not right for us. The new ball bowling was good and we did well to restrict them. If you compare the bowling attacks, theirs can exploit the condition more. We lost Rahane early and a partnership was important but we kept losing wickets,” said Dhoni.
Lauding leggie Adam Zampa for his efforts, Dhoni said, “Zampa was very good. The first few games, we played with the best eleven. Wickets were something that we lacked and he gave us that stability too. What’s important is to see the bench strength now. If we can’t field the players, we can let them go to other franchises. It’s to be seen who grabs the opportunity and it will make it easy for us in the next season,” concluded Dhoni.