Punjab Kings Defend 125 Despite Holder Heroics

Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Punjab Kings defend 125 despite Holder heroics. Jason Holder picked 3/19 and then scored an unbeaten 47 off 29 in his team's defeat

Punjab Kings Defend 125 Despite Holder HeroicsJason Holder picked 3/19 and then scored an unbeaten 47 off 29 in his team's defeat

Jason Holder's brilliant all-round show wasn't enough to prevent Sunrisers Hyderabad from going down by five runs against Punjab Kings in Sharjah. Holder first produced figures of 3 for 19 to keep PBKS to 125 for 7 and then smashed unbeaten 47 off 29 – a knock that had five sixes – but couldn't push the game to a Super Over when his team needed six off the last ball to tie the game. Ravi Bishnoi was the star for PBKS with his three middle-order wickets hurting SRH's chances.

PBKS' early realisation

The match was played on the adjacent pitch that was used for the RCB-CSK game and hence had the usual amount of wear and tear with players running over it. Stuck in, both KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal realised repeating Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal's feat of 111 wasn't going to be easy with the ball not coming not coming on. The openers made 26 in the first four overs before Jason Holder nipped out both Rahul and Agarwal in the fifth.

Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Holder and Rashid Khan continued to sustain the pressure on Chris Gayle and Aiden Markram as PBKS made 55 for 2 in the first ten overs.

Rashid, Holder apply the choke

Rashid, who had bowled just one in the first ten, dismissed Gayle in the 11th to break the 30-run stand. Sandeep dismissed Nicholas Pooran in the next while Markram fell to an Abdul Samad full toss in the 15th. Deepak Hooda made 13 off 10, Harpreet Brar got 18 off 18 while Nathan Ellis struck a run-a-ball 12 to lift the side over the 12-run mark. Holder accounted for Hooda and had combined figures of 8-0-36-4 with Rashid to ensure PBKS couldn't really bat SRH out of the contest on a tough pitch.

SRH's painful start

6, 65, 0 and 2 have been David Warner's last four scores. His dismissal in the opening over was the last thing SRH would have wanted in a tricky chase. While Warner was caught behind, Mohammed Shami returned to knock off Kane Williamson in the third to leave SRH wobbling at 10 for 2. Wriddhiman Saha found it hard to find some rhythm while Manish Pandey couldn't really put the pressure back on the PBKS bowlers.

SRH made 20 for 2 in the powerplay – the lowest in the 2021 season – and also the lowest in the team's history. With PBKS on the frontfoot, SRH were already starring at their eighth defeat.

The Ravi Bishnoi show

Back in the side after Adil Rashid proved to be expensive in the last game, Bishnoi ended with figures of 3 for 24 in 4 overs. He orchestrated the middle-order meltdown that put too much pressure on Saha, who struggled his way to 31 off 37. Pandey (13), Kedar Jadhav (12) and Samad (1) all fell to the legspinner as SRH were left reeling at 60 for 5.

How did SRH get close then?

Because of Jason Holder's counter-punching. Between 14.5 and 15.2, Holder struck three sixes to inject some momentum in the innings. He raced to 27 off 14 to leave SRH needing 35 in the last four. The three sixes also made the team believe.

Holder brought down the equation to 21 off 12 but kept losing partners from the other end. Saha was run out while Rashid was caught and bowled off Arshdeep Singh. With 17 needed off six, SRH had left it a little too late despite Holder's superb striking.

Brief scores: Punjab Kings 125/7 in 20 overs (Aiden Markram 27; Jason Holder 3-19) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 120/7 in 20 overs (Holder 47*; Ravi Bishnoi 3-24) by five runs.

What next?

SRH have just a one day gap before they take on Rajasthan Royals on September 27. PBKS will then Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi on the next day.

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