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Sunrisers Hyderabad Clinch Victory Over Punjab Kings in Thrilling IPL Encounter

Hyderabad: A stellar batting performance from Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) helped them chase down a daunting 215-run target set by Punjab Kings (PBKS), securing their eighth win in Match 69 of the TATA IPL 2024 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

SRH’s chase got off to a rocky start with Travis Head being dismissed by PBKS’s Impact Player Arshdeep Singh on the very first ball of the innings. However, Abhishek Sharma spearheaded the recovery, smashing 66 off 28 balls. He forged a crucial 72-run partnership with Rahul Tripathi, who contributed a brisk 33 off 18 balls. This partnership set a solid foundation for the chase.

Nitish Reddy (37 off 25) and Heinrich Klaasen (42 off 26) continued the momentum with powerful hitting, leaving SRH well-placed. In the final stages, Abdul Samad and Sanvir Singh guided SRH to victory with five balls to spare, with Sanvir sealing the win with a four.

Earlier, PBKS, led by Jitesh Sharma in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan and Sam Curran, elected to bat after winning the toss. Openers Prabhsimran Singh and Atharva Taide provided a strong start, accumulating 61 runs in the Powerplay. Taide was the first to fall for 46(27), caught off T Natarajan’s bowling.

Prabhsimran Singh continued his fine form, reaching his fifty off 34 balls. He, along with Rilee Rossouw, pushed the score to 150 in the 14th over. However, SRH’s bowlers fought back, with Vijayakanth Viyaskanth dismissing Prabhsimran for 50(34), sparking a collapse. PBKS went from 151/1 to 187/5, losing crucial wickets.

Jitesh Sharma provided a late flourish, scoring 32* off 15 balls, helping PBKS post a formidable 214/5. Despite their high total, it wasn’t enough to contain SRH’s explosive batting.

Defending the total, PBKS’s Arshdeep Singh gave them a promising start by dismissing Travis Head. But the duo of Tripathi and Abhishek counter-attacked effectively. Abhishek reached his fifty in just 21 balls, showcasing his aggressive strokeplay. Even after his dismissal, Reddy and Klaasen kept SRH on track with their aggressive batting.

PBKS’s bowlers, including Harshal Patel and Shashank Singh, made attempts to halt SRH’s progress but couldn’t prevent the hosts from cruising to victory. Harshal Patel managed to dismiss Tripathi and later Reddy, but the damage had already been done.

With this win, SRH moved to second place on the table with 17 points. The match highlighted the competitive spirit and resilience of the Sunrisers, making them a formidable contender in the tournament.

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