Bengaluru, Sept. 25: Playing in his debut IPL match, Nathan Ellis held on to his nerves as Punjab Kings notched up a five run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in match 37 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
Playing in the second match of the day, Sunrisers bowlers put up a clinical display to keep the Kings in check and restrict them to 125/7. But in the end, the total turned out to be too much for the Sunrisers as they fell to a five run loss and with the loss their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs came crashing down.
After electing to bowl first, Sunrisers restricted Punjab to a paltry total. Jason Holder led the attack with a three wicket haul as the Punjab batsmen failed to build partnerships on a slow track. Skipper KL Rahul (21 off 21) and Adrien Markram (27 off 32) top scored for the Kings.
In reply, the Sunrisers found it tough from the onset, as Mohammad Shami removed a struggling David Warner for just 2 and captain Kane Williamson for just 1. Holder impressed with the bat as well with an unbeaten 47 off 29, but Ellis bowling the final over held onto to his nerves to hand Punjab a five run win.
With the win, Punjab Kings kept their playoff hopes alive as they climbed to fifth with four wins from eight matches. Sunrisers fell to their eight loss from nine matches.
Here's how the Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings IPL match panned out:
End of match: The Punjab Kings are making it a habit of churning out thrillers and unlike their previous match, the KL Rahul-led side came out on the winning side tonight. With their five-run win over SRH, Punjab have now moved up to fifth spot on the table and their playoff hopes are alive, while Sunrisers hopes of qualifying come crashing down with this loss. A tough pill to swallow for Hyderabad, who have just one win from nine matches this season. Punjab now have four wins from ten matches.
Nathan Ellis on his IPL debut holds on to his nerves as Punjab Kings win by 5 runs. Sunrisers Hyderabad's hopes of a playoff berth are over with this loss.
Quick running in between the wickets as they come back for 2. 7 needed off 1. 6 for superover
Ellis keeps it tight with two consecutive dot balls. 10 needed off 2 now.
SIX!! Jason Holder keeps SRH's hopes alive as he effortlessly whacks it over long on. 10 needed off 4 now
Ellis bowls the final over. Bhuvi gets off the mark with a single. Holder on strike. 16 need off 5
Just four runs of the over. Arshdeep completes his spell, turning in figures of 4-0-22-1. SRH need 17 off the final over
WICKET!! Rashid skies it. Arshdeep calls it and picks it up himself as Rashid goes for 3 off 4. SRH 105/7 after 18.1 overs. 21 needed off 1. Holder on strike
9 runs off Shami's final over. 21 needed off the last two overs.
SIX!! Holder whacks this over long on for a much needed boundary
Shami to bowl out. Single to begin. Shami's picked up two wickets with the new ball. More wickets on the card on his final over?
Just five runs off the over. SRH need 30 from the last three overs
Arshdeep strikes after the break as SRH in trouble. Miscommunication in the middle as the settled Saha has to go back to the dugout. Saha goes for 31 off 37. After the previous over lifted SRH's hopes, this was not what SRH was looking for. Rashid is the new man in. SRH at 93/6 after 16.1 overs
Finishes with a dot but this was the over Sunrisers needed as 16 runs come off it. SRH: 91/5 after six overs.
SIX!! Two back-to-back maximums off Eliis as Holder sends the second one over long on.
SIX!! Jason Holder whacks this over deep square leg. Much needed boundaries for SRH. After impressing with the ball, looks like Holder will turn it around with the bat as well
SIX! Holder whacks it back over the bowler's head for a maximum. Bishnoi's spell comes to an end. The youngster ends with figures of 4-0-24-3
Bishnoi to bowl out. More wickets on the card?
Holder off the mark with a single. The run rate has creeped up to 9.94
Jason Holder the new man in
WICKET No. 3 for Bishnoi and the second one of the over! Samad edges it and Gayle makes no mistake at third man. SRH lose their fifth. SRH: 60/5 after 13 overs
Appeal for LBW. Not give. Rahul reviews it. Review lost. Saha's safe.
Abdul Samad the new batsman in. Gets underway with a single
WICKET!! Chops it onto the stumps as Kedar Jadhav goes for 12 off 12. Bishnoi picks up his second wicket. SRH: 56/4 after 12.2 overs
Saha gets checked by the physio. Given some spray on his arm. More trouble for SRH?
Bishnoi back into the attack. A single to begin
Just four runs off the over. SRH: 43/3 after 10 overs
Change in bowling. Ellis back into the attack.
Seven runs comes off Harpreet Brar's over. SRH: 39/3 after 9 overs. The required run rate has creeped up to 7.90. SRH need 87 from 66
Kedar Jadhav the new man in.
WICKET! Bishnoi strikes in his first over as he knocks back the middle stumps as Manish Pandey back to the dugout for 13 off 23. SRH: 32/3 after 8 overs.
FOUR!! A welcome boundary for Sunrisers as Manish Pandey flicks this past square leg.
Ravi Bishnoi comes into the attack
Harpreet Brar bowls the first over after powerplay. A single to begin
Powerplay ends: Five runs of the final over of the powerplay. Sunrisers reach 20/2 after six overs. This is SRH's lowest ever powerplay score. PBKS were 29/2 at the end of their powerplay
Two quick runs. Could have been a run out opportunity, but Saha dives to make it back in time.
Arshdeep bowls the final over of the powerplay. A dot to begin
Another good over from Shami as only three runs come off it. SRH: 15/2 after 5 overs
Good start from Nathan Ellis as he gives away just two runs
Wicket maiden for Shami as Punjab off to strong start. SRH: 10/2 after 3 overs. Nathan Ellis comes into the attack
Shami strikes again!! After picking up Warner in his first over, inside edge and onto the stumps as Shami gets the big wicket with captain Kane Williamson back to the dugout for just 1 off 6. SRH: 10/2 after 2.2 overs
FOUR! Lovely shot as Saha lofts it over extra cover to end the over with a boundary
Captain Kane Williamson off the mark with a single
Arshdeep comes into the attack. Saha off the mark with two
Warner's poor run continues. After a duck in the previous game, the SRH opener goes for just 2 tonight. Punjab begin strong as they restrict SRH to 2 for 1 after the first over
WICKET! David Warner fails with the bat once again as the SRH opener goes for just 2 as Shami hands Punjab strong start
Warner off the mark with a quick two
Time for the chase to get underway. Shami with the new ball. Warner on strike. Saha on the non-striker's end. A dot to begin
The Sunrisers bowlers put up a clinical show to restrict Punjab Kings to 125/7. Jason Holder led the attack with a three wicket haul. It is a slow pitch, but Punjab will not be happy with the score. Over to the Sunrisers innings as they look to collect those two important points.
End of the innings: Bhuvi leaks 14 runs on the final over as Punjab Kings reach 125/7
FOUR!! Another much needed boundary off Bhuvi as Harpreet sends this past long off
WICKET! Stellar catch from Manish Pandey as he keeps his eyes on the ball and runs backwards as Ellis finds third man. Punjab lose their seventh.
SIX!! Ellis lifts it over long off for an important boundary
Holder finishes his spell with seven runs coming off his final over. Pocketing three wickets Holder turns in figures of 4-0-19-3. PBKS: 111/6
Harpreet hammers it but it lands just short of Warner at long on. Misses the catch but saves a couple of runs
Holder comes in for his final over
Quiet over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar with only four runs coming off it. PBKS: 104/6 after 18 overs
100 comes up for Punjab Kings. Rashid ends his spell with another tidy over as only three runs come off it. Rashid returns with figures of 4-0-17-1
Rashid back for his final over, replaces Samad. A single to begin
OUT!! Brilliant catch by substitute Suchith at cover as he leaps up and takes a one-handed catch as Holder pockets his third wicket. Hooda goes for 13 off 10 as PBKS lose their sixth. PBKS: 96/6 after 15.4 overs
FOUR! Hooda hammers this past deep extra cover to end the over with a boundary. 9 runs off Samad's first over
WICKET!! Big scalp for Sunrisers as Markram picked up at long off by Manish Pandey. The bowling change saw SRH pocket their fifth wicket as Markram goes for 27 off 32. PBKS: 88/5 after 14.4 overs
Abdul Samad comes into the attack. Single to begin
10 runs off the over. PBKS: 84/4 after 14 overs.
Khaleel back into the attack. A single to begin
WICKET! After going for a massive six, Sandeep Sharma gets his revenge on the very next delivery as he takes a follow on catch to remove Nicholas Pooran. Pooran goes for just 8 off 4 as Punjab lose their fourth. PBKS: 68/4 after 12 overs
Nicholas Pooran the new man in. Good over from Rashid as he gives away just three runs and pockets an important wicket
Umpire's Call! Chris Gayle has to walk as Rashid pockets a wicket. Gayle goes for 14 off 17 as Punjab lose their third. PBKS: 57/3 after 10.4 overs
Huge appeal for LBW. Give out. Gayle reviews it. Has Rashid removed the big man?
FOUR!! Gayle finds his first boundary as he sends it straight down the ground for four.
FOUR! A boundary to end an otherwise quiet over. Markram slogs it over midwicket for a boundary. PBKS: 45/2 after 9 overs
Rashid Khan comes into the attack, replaces Khaleel Ahmed
Seven runs off Holder's second over. PBKS: 39/2 after 8 overs.
Holder back into the attack
Dropped! Warner runs in from cover to take the catch but the ball pops out of his stretched hands as he drops Markram. Markram dropped on 3 off Khaleel
Powerplay ends: Sunrisers restrict Punjab to 29 for 2 in the powerplay. Holder handed the Hyderabad side a strong start, removing both Punjab openers early. PBKS: 29/2 after 6 overs
Markram the new man in
WICKET!! Holder removes both Punjab openers in his first over as Mayank Agarwal follows skipper Rahul back to the dugout. Captain Kane Williamson picks up the opener at mid off as Mayank goes for 5 off 6. PBKS: 27/2 after 4.5 overs
Chris Gayle the new man in
WICKET! Big scalp for Sunrisers as Holder strikes on his very first delivery to remove Punjab skipper KL Rahul. Substitute Suchit picks him up at midwicket as Rahul goes for 21 off 21. PBKS: 26/1 in 4.1 overs
FOUR! KL Rahul times it beautifully past fine leg for an easy boundary
FOUR! Rahul punches this past short third man for another boundary. Six runs off the over. PBKS: 19/0 after three overs
10 runs come off Bhuvi's over. Brilliant effort by Samad to stop the boundary but three runs come off the final deliver. PBKS at 13/0 after 2 overs
FOUR! The first boundary of the innings comes off Bhuvi as Rahul cuts it through the off side
Play gets underway in Sharjah. Rahul, Mayank Open. Sandeep Sharma with the new ball. A dot to begin the proceedings.
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis
Sunrisers Hyderabad Playing XI: David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha, Kane Williamson (Capt), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed
Toss Update: Sunrisers Hyderabad win the toss and elect to bowl first against the Punjab Kings
Punjab Kings will look to overcome their disappointing loss in their last match, when they take on a struggling SRH in Sharjah
On the brink of elimination, Sunrisers need to tick all the boxes tonight to get a win under their belt. SRH will draw confidence from the fact that their only win this season has come against Punjab Kings.
Sunrisers and Punjab occupy the last two spots on the points table. While SRH occupy the last place with just one win this season, Punjab are placed a rung above them at seventh with three wins this season.
Hello & welcome to mykhel's live coverage of match no. 37 of IPL 2021. In the second match of the day, the Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on the Punjab Kings at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Stay tuned as we bring you the toss, pitch, playing XIs and match updates. Match starts at 7:30pm IST.