PBKS vs SRH IPL 2024, Match in Pictures: Shashank, Ashutosh cameos in vain as Hyderabad wins by two runs

Shikhar Dhawan won the toss and elected to field first

Abhishek Sharma and Travis Head opened the innings for SRH while Kagiso Rabada started with the new ball

Head got lucky, like in each of his previous four innings, after Punjab decided to not take the review. Replays showed he got an inside edge to the keeper

However, Head’s stay in the middle was short-lived as Arshdeep Singh provided the early breakthrough for PBKS. He went on to dismiss Markram in the same over

SRH kept losing wickets at regular intervals as Harshal Patel and Sam Curran combined to leave SRH 66/4 at the end of 10 overs

But Nitish Kumar Reddy’s 37-ball 64 lifted the run-rate as he took SRH to 100 in the 13th over and past 150 in the 17th

Cameos Abdul Samad and Shahbaz Ahmed helped SRH post 182/9 in 20 overs

SRH could’nt have asked for a better start as skipper Cummins removed Bairstow for a naught in the first over of the chase

To make things worse for PBKS, Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck on consecutive overs to send Prabhsimran Singh and Dhawan packing

With Sam Curran and Sikandar Raza in the middle, PBKS laboured to 27/3 at the end of 6 overs. The lowest PP total this season

The inital setback induced enormous pressure on PBKS batters, who lost their track. At the 15 over mark, PBKS was 105/5, still needing 78 runs to win

Shashank Singh and Ashutosh Sharma put on a quickfire 15-ball 30 partnership and revived Punjab’s hopes of chasing the total. PBKS needed 39 from the last 2 overs

The match was pretty much sealed when Unadkat walked in to bowl the final over as PBKS needed 29 to win

Despite Ashutosh’s efforts in the final over, PBKS endured a heartbreaking two-run loss