SRH v RPS Player of the Match: Jaydev Unadkat

The left-arm seamer used his slower deliveries well to gather five wickets, thereby delivering a 12-run victory for Rising Pune Supergiant.

Jaydev Unadkat took a hat-trick in his final over.   -  M. Vedhan

Match winners possess the capacity to gift their teams victories from bleak positions in contests. Left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat performed this rescue act to help Rising Pune Supergiant defend its mediocre total of 148. The tables were turned in the second half of the chase when the required run-rate kept rising and Jaydev ran through the middle and lower order to claim five wickets. The result could still have been decided in Sunrisers’ favour before the final over; it needed 13 runs, and had three wickets left. Jaydev deceived batsmen with his slower balls and ensured a maiden and a hat-trick, to clinch the win for his side, and the Player of the Match award.

Unadkat is now the second highest wicket-taker for his side, with 17 wickets in eight matches, behind Imran Tahir, and is overall the third highest wicket-taker in the ongoing season. That he is a canny bowler is gauged by the fact that he outfoxed some potent batsmen in Yuvraj Singh and Naman Ojha, before running through the tail. His slower deliveries on the day were his weapon.

Batsmen he bowled to failed to time their belligerent shots, skied the ball in the air, and departed. It was the same template over and over again. It ensured a 12-run victory for his side and the No. 2 position in the IPL points table for it.

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