Hyderabad withstand Zampa spell to go topArchive
VISAKHAPATNAM: Despite Adam Zampa claiming the second best figures in the history of Indian Premier League, Sunrisers Hyderabad edged Rising Pune Supergiants by four runs here on Tuesday night.
After setting a target of 138, the visitors restricted Pune, who were in control of the chase for most part, to 133-8. Hyderabad’s effort — the lowest total defended in this year’s tournament —took them to the top of the table and shut the door on Pune’s aspirations of making it to the playoffs.
No team had previously won a match so far this year after opting to bat first and it was therefore a surprise when David Warner won the toss and decided his batsmen would strike first at the VDCA Cricket Stadium.
Shikhar Dhawan’s 27-ball 33 was the highest score in the innings while Kane Williamson made 32 as the pair added 46 for the second wicket.
Yuvraj Singh (23 from 21 balls) entertained briefly, hitting two sixes and a four, before he became the first of Zampa’s six victims. The Australian leg-spinner finished with stunning figures of 4-0-16-6. Only Pakistan’s Sohail Tanvir had returned betters analysis (6-14) in the first IPL edition.
Pune lost their in-form batsman for duck and never really recovered despite George Bailey scoring 34 and Ravichandran Ashwin 29. Ashish Nehra delivered the final blow by taking two wickets in the final over, while Pune skipper M.S. Dhoni was runs out for 30.
SUNRISERS HYDERABAD 137-8 in 20 overs (S. Dhawan 33, K.S. Williamson 32, Yuvraj Singh 23; A. Zampa 6-19); RISING PUNE SUPERGIANTS 133-8 in 20 overs (G.J. Bailey 34, M.S. Dhoni 30, R. Ashwin 29; A. Nehra 3-29).
Published in Dawn, May 12th, 2016