Sunrisers Hyderabad knocked a final nail into Kings XI Punjab's Pepsi Indian Premier League campaign with a convincing 30-run win at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Saturday (May 11). The win came on the back of fine knocks by Parthiv Patel and Thisara Perera that set the platform for Darren Sammy and Dale Steyn to seal an eighth win that took them level with Royal Challengers Bangalore, who are at the fourth spot in the points table, with 16 points.
On a day where both sides beefed up their bowling attacks, Punjab's knowhow of the local conditions helped them grab the Hyderabad batting line-up by the scruff of their neck. Hyderabad, who haven't had any sort of stability at the top, were reduced to 52 for 5 in nine overs. Sandeep Sharma, making his IPL debut, did bulk of the damage by picking up three wickets.
It took a determined effort from Parthiv (61) and Karan Sharma (22) to lay the platform for a final onslaught that eventually took them to 150 for 7. Parthiv, who batted through to the 19th over, and Karan stitched together a 42-run stand for the sixth wicket and in the process ensured the Hyderabad bowlers had a reasonable total to defend. That they got more than what they would have dreamed of at one stage was made possible courtesy a late-order blitz by Perera, who made the most of a dropped chance by Mandeep Singh on 1. The burly Sri Lankan smashed an unbeaten 19-ball 32 as Hyderabad blasted 74 off the last 7 overs to go into the mid-innings break with momentum on their side.