Unadkat Hat-trick and Stokes’s All-round Show Seal Convincing Win for Pune Supergiant Over Sunrisers

Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) completed the double over the defending champions, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), with a 12-run win at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in match 44 of IPL 2017. Supergiant, with this victory, also brought an end to Sunrisers’s winning streak at home, where they had won all five matches before this evening’s.

Put into bat by David Warner, Rising Pune made 148/8 on a slightly dry pitch in Hyderabad, with Ben Stokes [39 off 25 balls; 1×4 and 3×6] and MS Dhoni [31 off 21 balls; 2×4 and 2×6] making quickfire thirties and taking their team to a total which was at least 15-20 runs more than what the visitors were projected to finish with.

Pune had made a really slow start to their innings, making just 51 runs and losing two wickets (Rahul Tripathi and Ajinkya Rahane) in the first 10 overs. But the course of their innings and match changed with the arrival of Stokes at No. 4, to join Steve Smith, who struggled for timing and played a highly uncharacteristic innings.

Stokes got the innings going with a couple of mighty sixes off Bipul Sharma in the 11th over. But Pune, because they had been scoring at only five runs per over, needed many more hits to the boundary. The English all-rounder was able to provide only two more, a six and a four, before being clean bowled by Rashid Khan.

Dhoni had taken Bhuvneshwar Kumar to the cleaners in the reverse fixture, and the former skipper did so once again. Bowling the penultimate over, Bhuvneshwar was hit for a four and a couple of sixes by Dhoni, who feasted on the length deliveries he was gifted by the UP seamer. The final flourish from Dhoni and a typical Stokes’s knock during the middle phase, took Pune close to 150.

In reply, Sunrisers, thanks to Shikhar Dhawan, made a far better start than Supergiant had in the powerplay. Dhawan only played a cameo, scoring 19 off 12 balls before being dismissed by Stokes in the fifth over. But with Warner struggling a touch for timing at the start of his innings, the Delhi left-hander struck a couple of boundaries and took his team to the kind of start they will have wanted in a small chase. Williamson failed to contribute on this night, falling for 4 (2).

The hosts reached 47/2 at the end of the powerplay and needed one good partnership to overhaul 148. Yuvraj Singh and Warner were involved in a 54-run partnership for the third wicket, but the problem for this duo and Sunrisers was these 54 runs were scored off 47 balls. Therefore, Pune’s bowlers, who once again raised their game in a crucial match, were not put under pressure and the visitors remained ahead in the contest.

Warner fell in the 13th over, but Sunrisers weren’t chasing a big total and still had the likes of Moises Henriques and Naman Ojha to come. Yuvraj was just getting into his groove as well and only 55 runs required from the final seven overs.

However, the Sunrisers batsmen weren’t afforded easy runs by Pune’s bowlers and the required run rate started to approach the 9 and 10 runs per over mark. Yuvraj, having gotten off to a start and held the innings together, was the key man as far as both teams were concerned.

Disappointingly for the hosts and Yuvraj himself, the left-hander fell just at a time when his team needed him. Unadkat, the hero for his team on this evening, dismissed Yuvraj on the first ball of the 18th over, before the start of which 32 runs were needed for a victory. The Punjab left-hander holed out to sweeper cover in trying to slap a length delivery over point. Unadkat struck once more in the 18th over, removing Ojha and putting his team in the driver’s seat.

Unadkat still had an over up his sleeve and no doubt was going to bowl the final over of the match. And boy, what an over it turned out to be! The Saurashtra left-arm seamer took his 100th IPL wicket and also the 17th hat-trick in IPL history. Bipul Sharma, Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar were the three hat-trick victims of Unadkat, who bowled a maiden to finish off proceedings. Stokes, not to forget, once again contributed massively to his team’s cause with the ball, by taking 3/30 in his four overs.

Unadkat was awarded the man-of-the-match for his figures of 4-12 dots-30-5.

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rising Pune Supergiant, 44th Match Scorecard

Playing XIs

Sunrisers: 1. David Warner (c), 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Kane Williamson, 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. Moises Henriques, 6. Naman Ojha, 7. Bipul Sharma, 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9. Rashid Khan, 10. Ashish Nehra, and 11. Siddarth Kaul

Supergiant: 1. Steve Smith (c), 2. Rahul Tripathi, 3. Ajinkya Rahane, 4. MS Dhoni, 5. Ben Stokes, 6. Manoj Tiwary, 7. Daniel Christian, 8. Shardul Thakur, 9. Jaydev Unadkat, 10. Washington Sundar, and 11. Imran Tahir

Scores

Pune: 148/8 (Stokes 39 and Smith 34; Kaul 4/29)
Hyderabad: 136/9 (Yuvraj 47 and Warner 40; Unadkat 5/30 and Stokes 3/30)

Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) innings (toss: Hyderabad, who chose to bowl first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Ajinkya Rahane caught Yuvraj, bowled Bipul 22 (20) 0 1 110.00
Rahul Tripathi run out Bipul 1 (4) 0 0 25.00
Steve Smith caught Bipul, bowled Kaul 34 (39) 0 0 87.17
Ben Stokes bowled Rashid 39 (25) 1 3 156.00
MS Dhoni caught Ojha, bowled Kaul 31 (21) 2 2 147.61
Daniel Christian caught Rashid, bowled Kaul 4 (2) 1 0 200.00
Manoj Tiwary run out Warner/Bhuvneshwar 9 (5) 1 0 180.00
Washington Sundar not out 1 (3) 0 0 33.00
Shardul Thakur caught Warner, bowled Kaul 0 (1) 0 0 0.00
Jaydev Unadkat not out 0 (0) 0 0 0.00
Batsman who didn’t bat: Imran Tahir
Extras: 7 (4 wides, 2 leg byes and 1 bye)
RPS’s total: 148/8 in 20 overs, at 7.40 runs per over
RPS’s fall of wickets: 6/1 (Tripathi, 1.5), 39/2 (Rahane, 6.4), 99/3 (Stokes, 14.3), 101/4 (Smith, 15.4), 105/5 (Christian, 15.6), 142/6 (Tiwary, 18.6), 147/7 (Dhoni, 19.3), and 147/8 (Thakur, 19.4)
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4 5 39 0 9.75
Ashish Nehra 1.1 4 5 0 4.28
Siddarth Kaul 4 9 29 4 7.25
Rashid Khan 4 9 18 1 4.50
Moises Henriques 2.5 7 15 0 5.29
Bipul Sharma 4 5 39 1 9.75
Hyderabad innings (target: 149 runs in 20 overs, at 7.45 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
David Warner caught Thakur, bowled Stokes 40 (34) 4 1 117.64
Shikhar Dhawan bowled Stokes 19 (12) 2 1 158.33
Kane Williamson caught Dhoni, bowled Stokes 4 (2) 1 0 200.00
Yuvraj Singh caught Tripathi, bowled Unadkat 47 (43) 4 2 109.30
Moises Henriques bowled Tahir 4 (6) 0 0 66.66
Naman Ojha caught Stokes, bowled Unadkat 9 (9) 0 1 100.00
Bipul Sharma caught Stokes, bowled Unadkat 8 (7) 0 0 114.28
Rashid Khan caught and bowled Unadkat 3 (4) 0 0 75.00
Bhuvneshwar Kumar caught Tiwary, bowled Unadkat 0 (1) 0 0 0.00
Siddarth Kaul not out 0 (2) 0 0 0.00
Ashish Nehra not out 0 (0) 0 0 0.00
Extras: 2 (2 wides)
SRH’s total: 136/9 in 20 overs, at 6.80 runs per over
SRH’s fall of wickets: 25/1 Dhawan, 4.1), 29/2 (Williamson, 4.3), 83/3 (Warner, 12.2), 96/4 (Henriques, 13.6), 117/5 (Yuvraj, 17.1), 127/6 (Ojha, 17.6), 136/7 (Bipul, 19.2), 136/8 (Rashid, 19.3), and 136/9 (Bhuvneshwar, 19.4)
Pune bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Jaydev Unadkat 4 12 30 5 7.50
Washington Sundar 3 9 19 0 6.33
Ben Stokes 4 11 30 3 7.50
Imran Tahir 4 11 24 1 6.00
Shardul Thakur 2 6 12 0 6.00
Daniel Christian 3 6 21 0 7.00

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