Punjab Kings (PBKS) leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi ended Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) batsman, Manish Pandey’s painful stay at the crease. The two teams are at loggerheads in Sharjah in the second game of Saturday’s double-header.
PBKS were asked to bat on a slow and low track by SRH skipper, Kane Williamson. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal failed to carry on their magic from the game against Rajasthan Royals (RR). They both looked scratchy and were sent back by Jason Holder in the same over.
Having missed out on the previous game, Chris Gayle also had a tough time at the crease. The spinners were thriving on a track that offered assistance to them and Gayle couldn’t deal with it as he fell to Rashid Khan. The PBKS side slowly huffed and puffed its way eventually to 125/7 in their 20 overs.
Any hopes of a straightforward chase for a struggling SRH side were crushed in the first three overs. An out-of-form, David Warner’s struggles continued and Williamson also had a rare off day. Mohammad Shami was the wrecker-in-chief during a wonderful spell of 2/5 in three overs.
Manish Pander and Wriddhiman Saha tried to get something out of the surface. They initiated the rebuilding process in a slow manner, getting to 20/2 which happened to be their lowest ever score in the powerplays. Pandey in particular looked out of sorts against the spinners.
He was put out of his misery by the youngster, Ravi Bishnoi. Having already puzzled Manish with a googly, Bishnoi went in with another one and got the result this time. The Hyderabad batsman failed to read the wrong-un from Bishnoi’s hands and the ball crashed through the gap between his bat and pad. At the end of 8 overs, SRH had reached 32/3 in their pursuit of 126.