Chasing 126, SRH got off to an unwanted start losing David Warner and Kane Williamson to Mohammed Shami, the former nicking to KL Rahul while the latter edging on to his stumps. With just a single boundary in the powerplay, SRH could muster only 20/2 at the 6-over mark.
Soon after Ravi Bishnoi bowled Manish Pandey (13 off 23) through his gate with a terrific googly. The 21-year-old leggie then plucked out Kedar Jadhav and Abdul Samad as well leaving SRH rattling at 60/5 from 13 overs.
With the required run rate creeping around 10, Jason Holder clattered three sixes to swing the game back in balance. However, then, Wriddhiman Saha got run out in the 17th over scoring 31 runs from 37 balls.
With 27 needed off 17, Holder smacked Shami down the ground for another maximum. Arshdeep Singh accounted for Rashid Khan with 21 required off 11 now. 16 needed off 5 and the lanky West Indian harrumphed another one over the ropes. Debutant Nathan Ellis bowled three good deliveries bringing the equation down to 7 off 1; Holder couldn’t connect the last ball as PBKS took the close win.
After being put in to bat first, Rahul and Mayank Agarwal found it difficult to get going as the SRH seamers used the change of pace to good effect on a helpful pitch. Rahul (21 off 21) and Agarwal (5 off 6) were out to soft dismissals to Jason Holder inside the powerplay.
Chris Gayle and Aiden Markram calmed the ship for a while but the boundaries dried up before the left-hander fell to Rashid Khan. He was followed soon by another left-handed West Indies, Nicholas Pooran (8 off 4) who was accounted for by a sensational return catch by Sandeep Sharma.
Markram (27 off 32) was caught in deep off the bowling of part-timer Abdul Samad in the 15 over; in the next over, Deepak Hooda (13 off 10) was spectacularly caught at cover by substitute fielder J Suchith to give Holder his third wicket in three overs. Harpreet Brar with 18* off 18 and Nathan Ellis’ 12-ball 12 helped Punjab barely cross 120.
With solitary win in 9 matches this season, Sunrisers Hyderabad can further only earn maximum 12 points which will not be enough to make it to the play-offs of IPL 2021.