Punjab Kings beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number 37 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season.

Punjab Kings beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number 37 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season. SH lost their eighth match of the season in what was a low-scoring affair. The defeat means they stay rock bottom in the eighth, having collected just two points. PBKS sealed the deal by five runs after some excellent bowling on a two-paced surface at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. They now have eight points from 10 games.

Mohammed Shami was terrific for PBKS, giving away just 14 runs from four overs and claiming two wickets. Ravi Bishnoi was crucial, having claimed figures worth 3/24. Batting first. PBKS managed 125/7 in 20 overs as the SRH bowlers looked solid as a unit. SRH failed to chase down the target and were only in the game after a masterful 47* from Jason Holder. The rest of the SRH batting line-up failed to muster any sort of runs.

In this article, we present an analysis of which team fared how across the powerplay, middle and death overs.

Powerplay Overs

The powerplay overs (1-6) saw SRH start with pacers as they bowled all six overs. PBKS took the initiative and started cautiously but by the end of the PP overs, they were stranded at 29/2. Sandeep Sharma gave away just 10 from his three overs. Holder claimed a wicket in his only over, conceding just two. However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar turned out to be costly, conceding 17. SRH pulled things back to rule the PP overs.

On the other hand, PBKS were no less. They bowled superbly and got two crucial wickets upfront. Mohammed Shami was the chief architect, bowling three overs that included a maiden and two wickets. He got the crucial wickets of David Warner and Kane Williamson. SRH were on the backfoot, managing just 20 runs in the PP overs. Nathan Ellis and Arshdeep Singh were the other bowlers.

Middle Overs

The middle overs (7-15) was the turning point. PBKS managed 64/3 in these nine overs in the middle phase. What SRH did well was to get three important wickets, including that of Aiden Markram, Chris Gayle, and Nicholas Pooran. Markram chipped in with a decent looking 26 in the middle overs. Meanwhile, Gayle and Pooran scored 21 runs between them. For SRH, Rashid Khan was the chief tormentor. He conceded just 14 from his three overs and claimed Gayle’s wicket (LBW).

SRH needed to build their innings after a dismal start but PBKS kept their hopes at bay. SR managed 55 runs for the loss of three wickets in the middle overs. Ravi Bishnoi did a similar job as Rashid, giving away 13 runs from three overs and picking up three wickets. He was supported by Harpreet Brar and Nathan Ellis. It was the 15th over that saw SRH score 11 runs. The rest belonged to PBKS, who dominated the show.

Death overs

Death overs (16-20) are extremely crucial in terms of acceleration. PBKS managed just 32 runs in the last five overs, losing two wickets. Holder bowled two brilliant overs. Bhuvi conceded 14 in the last over that helped PBKS get past 120. Harpreet scored 17 from 17 to play a crucial role. SRH claimed two wickets in this phase.

Meanwhile, SRH started with a bang, scoring 16 in the 16th over. Holder smashed two sixes off Ellis. However, Arshdeep got back strongly and gave away just five next over. Holder kept SRH in the game, hitting nine runs. Arshdeep gave away four next to keep PBKS afloat. SRH needed 17 off the last over and it meant Holder needed some maximums. However, Ellis, on debut did well to concede 12 and defend the total. SRH scored 45 in the death overs.

Conclusion

It was the PP and the middle overs that had SRH on the backfoot and they lost the match there itself. Holder played a blinder but it wasn’t enough as PBKS kept bowling in tight channels. The slower deliveries worked to perfection. SRH are a mess with their batting and the management needs to have a hard look at things.

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