When Pune Warriors India faced off against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the third match of the Indian Premier League 2013 on April 5, they failed to chase down a modest target, having kept Hyderabad to 126 for 5. Incredibly enough, Hyderabad pulled off a similar heist after looking down and out for most of the contest with only 119 for 8 to defend when the two sides met again at the Subroto Roy Sahara Stadium on Wednesday (April 17), to escape with a 11-run win, after Pune could manage only 108 all out in 19 overs.
The hero for Hyderabad was Amit Mishra, who first propped up a fading innings with 30 off 24, then finished the Pune innings in the blink of an eye, taking four wickets - including a hat-trick in the penultimate over - to bowl Pune out and finish with figures of 4 for 19 in four overs.
Mishra's over, the 19th of the innings, capped an incredible passage of play in which Pune slid from 101 for 4 in 16.5 overs to 108 all out in 19 overs. That Pune lost after a start that yielded 38 runs in 4.1 overs made the collapse more unbelievable. Both Robin Uthappa and Aaron Finch, the openers, fell off successive deliveries to Thisara Perera to leave them 38 for 2 in 4.3 overs. Although the runscoring slowed, the low total meant Pune were very much in the hunt, when the game turned again with Dale Steyn's final ball. Mitchell Marsh and Angelo Mathews, who had returned to lead Pune, were involved in a steady fifth wicket stand when Marsh top-edged Steyn to midwicket at the end of the 17th over, starting the slide.
Abhishek Nayar fell to Perera two balls later, and Mishra took the wickets of Angelo Mathews, who returned to captain Pune, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Sharma and Ashok Dinda in the next over to seal the deal.