Punjab Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 5 wickets to record consolatory win ￼
Punjab Kings (PBKS) signed off from the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 tournament on Sunday night with a comprehensive 5-wicket win over another inconsistent and underperforming side, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
In the 70th and final league round match of the world’s best T20 competition, PBKS scored 160-5 in 15.1 overs in reply to Sunrisers Hyderabad’s total of 157/6 batting first.
Nathan Ellis and Harpreet Brar took 3 wickets each for the Punjab Kings in the first half of the match, whereas for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, their aggressive young opening batsman Abhishek Sharma scored 43 but his effort went in vain.
SRH played the contest without their regular captain Kane Williamson, who left the team to be home in time for the birth of his second child.
In the absence of Kane Williamson, Indian fast bowler and senior SRH player Bhuvneshwar Kumar took charge of the leadership responsibilities. SRH made a poor start when they lost Priyam Garg 44 but Abhishek Sharma did well to make 43 from 32 balls with the help of five trees and two sixes.
Abhishek Sharma found ample support from the other batsmen such as Rahul Tripathi (20) and Aiden Markram (2!), who both were guilty of not converting their starts. Nicholas Pooran had an off day with the bat, being dismissed for 5 but the pair of Romario Shepherd and Washington Sundar got SRH the much-needed impetus towards the end of the innings.
Romario Shepherd and Washington Sundar added 58 runs for the sixth wicket to take Sunrisers Hyderabad past the 150-run mark, which in the end did not prove enough against Punjab Kings, who made a strong start via openers Jonny Bairstow and Shikhar Dhawan.
Jonny Bairstow showed aggressive intent right from the start as he cracked five boundaries to score 23 from 15 balls while Shikhar Dhawan made 39 from 32 balls with the help of two sixes and as many boundaries. Both these batsmen were dismissed by Sunrisers Hyderabad’s fast bowler FazalHaq Farooqi, who bowled an impressive spell of 4-0-32-2.
But it was a brilliant knock of 49 not out from just 22 balls which was studded with 5 sixes and 2 boundaries from English all-rounder Liam Livingstone that put Punjab Kings on the path to victory on Sunday night. He was well supported by wicket-keeper batsman Jitesh Sharma, who made a 7-ball 19 whereas earlier in the innings Shahrukh Khan scored 19 from 10 balls.