Ashish Nehra with the ball. Twelve runs required off three balls. Mahendra Singh Dhoni on strike. The stage was set for Dhoni to deliver his famed finishing blows. He hit the fourth ball for a six. But the Nehra bowled the next two well to hand Dhoni's Rising Pune Supergiants its eighth loss.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) recorded a creditable four-run win in the Indian Premier League at the Dr YSR ACA-VDCA Stadium here on Tuesday night.
Chasing a target of 138, contributions from George Bailey and Ravichandran Ashwin gave Pune outfit a chance after an early setback but again the SRH bowling attack reasserted its brilliance with another stand out performance.
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For SRH, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-1-5-1) lived up to his reputation as the breakthrough bowler as he bowled a beauty on the off-stump line to force in-form Ajinkya Rahane to snick the third ball of the innings into wicketkeeper Naman Ojha.
Then, Usman Khawaja was run out by Deepak Hooda's brilliant throw from the deep to put Pune in trouble at 19 for two in 3.6 overs.It would've been worse but Bailey, on seven, survived a very confident shout for a caught-behind appeal off Bhuvneshwar.
Earlier, leg-spinner Adam Zampa produced a dream spell of six for 19, the best by any spinner in this edition, to restrict the formidable Sunrisers to a modest 137 for eight in 20 overs. ( PHOTOSTORY: >FIVE BEST BOWLING FIGURES OF IPL )
It was not the kind of blazing start Sunrisers was looking for as David Warner’s attempted big drive on off-stump off left-armer R. P. Singh ended up in a catch to wicketkeeper Dhoni in the fourth over.
In the first five overs, Sunrisers scored 21 for one – a phase when fast bowler Ashok Dinda bowled an impressive spell of 3-0-11-0 on a beautiful track.
Off-spinner Ashwin induced a big hit from Dhawan that was caught at long on. Dhoni, after denying Ashwin's full-quota for a few matches now, let him bowl four overs today. And the latter responded with an economical spell (one for 16).
Then, the 24-year-old Aussie Zampa took over and finished with a dream haul of six wickets. He was on a hat-trick in his third over after sending back Kane Williamson and Moises Henriques. Zampa did not disappoint his captain when he was asked to bowl the last over as he picked picked three wickets and gave away only eight runs.