Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2017, Hyderabad April 17, 2017

Bhuvneshwar five-for trumps Vohra's 95


Sunrisers Hyderabad 159 for 6 (Warner 70*, Ojha 34, Mohit 2-25) beat Kings XI Punjab 154 (Vohra 95, Bhuvneshwar 5-19) by five runs
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Highlights - Bhuvneshwar five-for seals thrilling win

Manan Vohra defied a pitch of inconsistent pace and bounce and a situation stacked against his team to produce one of the IPL's great backs-to-the-walls innings. His 95 off 50 balls revived a floundering chase, taking Kings XI Punjab to within 15 runs of victory, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar would ensure he wouldn't be able to finish the match, taking two wickets in the 19th over to finish with 5 for 19.

In the end, neither of them would be involved in what became the nerviest finish of the season. Eleven off six balls usually favours the chasing side, but seldom is a chasing side nine down at that stage. Siddarth Kaul conceded four off the first two legal balls, slipping in two wides, but pulled himself together to send down the perfect yorker with six needed off three. Ishant Sharma couldn't put bat to it, and Sunrisers just about held on to their undefeated home record this season.

Difficult pitch, quiet Powerplay

A pitch full of cracks turned out slower than is usually the case in Hyderabad, with some balls skidding through and others stopping with tennis-ball bounce. Kings XI's seamers looked to exploit this by bowling at the stumps and pitching just short of a good length.

Denied the drive-able ball, the batsmen couldn't play square with too much confidence either - given the line and the tendency of the ball to keep low. Sunrisers only scored 29 in the Powerplay, hitting just one four and losing the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan, caught behind off the glove looking to pull Mohit Sharma.

Warner adapts and prospers

Spin came on for the first time in the seventh over, and David Warner immediately picked up his first boundary with a reverse-sweep off KC Cariappa. In his next over, he switch-hit him for six. By the end of Sunrisers' innings, all but two of Warner's nine boundaries would come behind the wicket.

Wickets kept falling at the other end - Axar Patel dismissed Moises Henriques and Yuvraj Singh off successive balls in the 10th over - but Warner, with a bit of help from Naman Ojha, ensured Sunrisers reached a competitive total. Having scored only 6 off his first 16 balls - all in the Powerplay - Warner went at a strike rate of 168.42 thereafter to finish unbeaten on 70 off 54.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Act 1

Interviewed between innings, VVS Laxman, the Sunrisers mentor, felt 159 was a match-winning total given the conditions and his team's bowling resources. As it happened, it wasn't the pitch that gave Sunrisers an early wicket but Bhuvneshwar's swing and full length, trapping Hashim Amla lbw first ball. Glenn Maxwell promoted himself to No. 3 for the first time this season, and Bhuvneshwar dismissed him as well. This time it was the slower ball, coupled with a change of field - he brought third man into the circle, pushed mid-off back, and Maxwell took him on, unwisely.

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Those skiddy Afghan spinners

For the first time this season, Sunrisers were playing both Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan. They bowled expensive first overs - Vohra and Eoin Morgan took 29 off the fifth and sixth overs of the chase - and Warner had to pull both out of the attack. After a quiet over each from Moises Henriques and Kaul, he brought them back.

Nabi struck immediately, bowling Morgan with one that skidded on, and skid would give Rashid two wickets in the next over - bye bye, David Miller and Wriddhiman Saha. Kings XI were 62 for 5 after 10 overs, and an offbreak from Nabi at the start of the next over could have easily had them 62 for 6. Vohra, though, was saved by the umpire Anil Dandekar, who saw or heard an inside edge when there was none. At that stage, he was batting on 32. In the last ball of the same over, Nabi dropped the simplest of return catches off Axar Patel.

Vohra unrolls his own pitch

Even in the early part of his innings, Vohra had timed the ball better than anyone from either side. What he was also doing, better than most batsmen this season, was picking Rashid's googly out of the hand. Having brought up his fifty in the previous over, the 15th, Vohra went after Rashid again, pulling and lofting him for 4, 0, 6, 6, 4. Suddenly, Kings XI only needed 35 from 24 balls.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Act II

Kings XI, however, had already lost six wickets, and they lost a seventh when Mohit Sharma sliced Bhuvneshwar straight to deep point in the 17th over. Two balls later, Vohra timed a back-foot punch so sweetly that he hit it to the same fielder on the full, only for Shikhar Dhawan to drop it. A big six off Kaul in the next over brought the equation down to 16 off the last two, but Bhuvneshwar wasn't done yet.

KC Cariappa, for reasons unknown, decided to slog rather than give Vohra the strike, and Bhuvneshwar went through him with a yorker. Another yorker - or near-yorker - followed when Vohra got back the strike. It struck Vohra on the ankle, on the full, right in front, as he walked across to flick, and Bhuvneshwar had bowled the most important ball of the match.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  •   cricfan3561566368 on April 19, 2017, 5:20 GMT

    Indian fast bowling line up is looking dangerous with shami Umesh and Bhuvi India can beat any team in the world these three guys are some real talent which India was searching for a long long time a real fierce fast bowling team which also consists of the seldom brilliant Ishant sharma

  • helloj6499319 on April 18, 2017, 18:00 GMT

    Rashid/Ojha, warner, vijaysankar, yuvi, Nabi, Bhui, Ojha/Rashid, Bipul, Bhuvi, Kaul, Fizz..

    SRH should consider other players as well. Drop Hooda and get RickeyBhui

  • cool on April 18, 2017, 14:25 GMT

    Umpiring errors are haunting SRH team. Next match why not drop yuvraj. he plays one match and goes out of form for 10. Man has no temperament to stay on the wicket. Might as well try another player for that spot and see how he goes, he cant do worse than yuvi. I agree yv won a few games but he shoudl be batting like warner or dhawan .even if slow puts price on his wicket, he might not have technique but he has intent and follows what team needs from him, stay on the wicket or play aggressive.Is yuvi playing like an experienced campaigner or is he becoming liability ? team has to answer that question if to solve middle order problems.

  •   Alokito Adhar on April 18, 2017, 13:58 GMT

    @CRICINFOUSER, Rashid will be exposed in next IPL. I remember Mendis also used many variations and was very dangerous. Even, leg-spinner like Yasir Shah can't play a vital role in t20i now.

  • vijay.9533219 on April 18, 2017, 11:50 GMT

    taking 5 for in flat Indian IPL pitches is better than taking 5fors in south African seaming wickets. BTW bhuvi is some 5 clicks faster than philander and can swing the ball on flat tracks too.

  • sajjad4499376 on April 18, 2017, 11:28 GMT

    If the umpir could do the fair decission against vohra thier would be less then 100 runs on the board for all out of kx11p. and thier would be no 95 for vohra. No five for bk. No rashid 42/2. Every thing would have changed. Ok Anyway, wish srh do must better with the same 11. And they can.

  • binu on April 18, 2017, 11:26 GMT

    @MINDURGAME It is Kohli agianst him for unknown reasons.In his first match as captain in WI in the tri-series he tried Shami instead of Bhuvi even after his best performance in CT 2013.And SL scored 363 runs in that match with Tahranga scored more that 150. Kohli is obsessed with express pace only.One good thing is Bhuvi is bowling 140 consistently now

  • Cricinfouser on April 18, 2017, 11:18 GMT

    This match was a nail biting for SRH. but Bhuvi was the turning point of the match. our googly master was battered hard yesterday but I hope he will learn and not ball loose which is why he was punished but again Rashid tries many variations to intimidate batsmen into trying to big and lose wicket.

  • grtiam7228613 on April 18, 2017, 9:52 GMT

    Looking at the nature of the pitch, Fizz must be brought back for the next game who would be very useful, and his partnership with Bhuvi can be lethal. So Henriques would have to make way for Fizz as Nabi would give his full quota of 4 overs unlike Henriques. And Vijay Shankar can be a like-for-like replacement for Henriques as his medium pace bowling can be used if needed. Also give chance for Naman Ojha to open, will definitely boost his confidence as he did well last match and he is a top-order batsman.

    The team could well be like : 1) Warner 2) Naman (WK) 3) Vijay Shankar 4) Yuvraj 5) Nabi 6) Hooda 7) Bipul 8) Rashid 9) Bhuvi 10) Siddarth Kaul 11) Mustafizur

    Always make Naman and Vijay Shankar bat in top order and use Hooda in the middle order for pinch-hitting (a la Cutting) as these are their natural style of play.

    This makes the team look better in batting too, apart from the very strong bowling attack. Dear SRH Team Management, please consider this team for the next match.

  • krishnakumar on April 18, 2017, 9:30 GMT

    Amber 77 tht is why I commented early if rashid can hit a six why not our famous ishant sharma could not help Sandeep Sharma to finish match.ishant was utter flop against kaul also.

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