Sunrisers Hyderabad set a target of 158 to Punjab Kings with latter’s Harpreet Brar and Nathan Ellis’ 3-wicket hauls on Sunday, May 22 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Talking about the match, SRH won the toss and opted to bat first. Openers Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma scored 4 and 43 respectively. Abhishek played 32 balls and smashed 5 fours and 2 sixes before Harpreet Brar sent him back.
Brar bowled a full delivery on the middle. Sharma hung back and attempted to get underneath the ball as he lofted it over long on. But he didn’t get the elevation and it looked like it would go the way but Liam Livingstone timed his jump and plucked it out of air.
Rahul Tripathi scored 20 off 18 balls, Aiden Markram played a knock of 17-ball 21, Washington Sundar had 25 runs off 19 to his name while Romario Shepherd scored 26 off 15 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes. In the end, SRH scored a decent 157 runs by losing 8 wickets.
Harpreet Brar took the wickets of Abhishek, Rahul Tripathi & Markram and conceded 26 runs in his 4 overs.
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Who is leading SRH in the absence of Kane Williamson?
Kane Williamson had flied to New Zealand to attend the birth of his second child. Because of this reason, Williamson is not available in this match against Punjab Kings. In his place, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is leading the Men in Orange.
Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori gave his opinion that he believed Bhuvneshwar Kumar to be the ideal candidate to do the job.
“I think Bhuvenshwar Kumar is the obvious and right choice because he has done it before, because he is a Sunrisers legion, because he is bowling so well.
“I think he’ll understand the Sunrisers bowling attack than anyone else could, so therefore it is right if he takes over,” said Vettori during an interaction with ESPNCricinfo.
On Nicholas Pooran, who was recently named the white-ball captain, Vettori said:
“If anyone is captaining any international team that certainly puts him forward as a potenstial IPL captain. He is a middle-order batter and wicket-keeper, which adds value to his captaincy side of things.
“But I think just because he isn’t the captain of this game it doesn’t mean he cannot captain in future. One game is just about a continuity with the franchise and Bhuvi obviously is there,” Vettori added.