IPL 10 SRH vs RPS: Unadkat-Stokes' brilliance helps Pune win by 12 runs
Hyderabad: A triple-wicket-maiden final over by Jaydev Unadkat ensured a 12-run victory for Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium here on Saturday.
Coming in to chase down a modest target of 149 runs, SRH got off to a shaky start as openers Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner could add only 25 runs for the first wicket in 4.2 overs before the former departed at the individual score of 19 runs off 12 balls.
Kane Williamson also failed to perform well this time and went back after scoring 4 runs off 2 balls. Skipper David Warner and Yuvraj Singh tried to ease the pressure by playing steady Cricket. They added 54 runs off 48 balls for the third wicket.
Warner got out trying to play the ball over sweeper cover at the individual score of 40 runs. He took 34 balls and laced his inning with 4 fours and a six. Yuvraj Singh doing clean hitting and was looking to breeze SRH through to the victory. He, however, failed in the cause and also missed out on a deserving half-century.
He scored 47 runs off 43 balls hitting 4 fours and 2 sixes. His wicket brought RPS back in the match and their bowlers never let the batsmen score freely from here on. Moises Henriques (4) and Naman Ojha (9) could not stand in front of an upbeat RPS attack and went back to the dug-out in no time.
Jaydev Unadkat bowled an exceptional last over in which he not only gave away any runs but also bagged a hat-trick to end the hopes of winning the match for SRH, which needed 13 runs to win from the last over. He ended his four-over spell with comprehensive figures of 5/30.
Ben Stokes played equally important role in the victory as he bagged three most important wickets of David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson. He went for 30 runs in his four overs. Imran Tahir bowled an economical four-over spell conceding only 24 runs for the wicket of Moises Henriques.
Washington Sundar, Daniel Christian and Shradul Thakur, though, did not take any wickets but remained economical giving away only 19 (3 overs), 21 (3 overs) and 12 (2 overs), respectively.
Earlier, after being invited to bat first, RPS had posted a challenging total of 148/8 in allotted 20 overs with the help of some fighting innings by Ben Stokes (39 off 25), MS Dhoni (31 off 21), captain Steve Smith (34 off 39) and Ajinkya Rahane (22 off 20).
Siddharth Kaul was the pick of the bowlers for SRH as he bagged 4 wickets for 29 runs in his four overs, while Rashid Khan and Bipul Sharma also plucked one wicket each. RPS had lost two important wickets in run outs.
With this nail-biting victory, RPS has reached at the second position in the points table with 16 points in 12 matches, while SRH remains at fourth position with 13 points in 12 matches.