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IPL 2021: Punjab Kings hold nerve to win last-over thriller, knock Sunrisers Hyderabad out of playoffs race


Punjab Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 5 runs in Match 37 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 to keep their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs alive on Saturday.

Punjab Kings won their 200th IPL match in style to keep their IPL 2021 campaign alive (PTI Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Punjab Kings (125 for 7) beat SunRisers Hyderabad (120 for 7) by 5 runs in Match 37
  • Jason Holder played a valiant knock of 47 not out but couldn’t take SRH over the line
  • Ravi Bishnoi (3 for 24) stood out for PBKS, who successfully defended the lowest IPL score at Sharjah

Punjab Kings returned to winning ways on Saturday as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 5 runs in a low-scoring thriller to keep their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign alive in Sharjah.

Defending a below-par score of 125, PBKS restricted SRH to 120 for 7 in 20 overs thanks to some brilliant bowling by Ravi Bishnoi and Mohammed Shami on a sluggish pitch at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Bishnoi, the mystery spinner, registered figures of 3 for 24 in his 4 overs while Shami bagged a couple of wickets and Arshdeep Singh got one to help PBKS defend the lowest score in IPL history at this venue.

SRH vs PBKS, IPL 2021: Highlights

Jason Holder and Wriddhiman Saha waged a lone battle scoring 47* and 31 respectively while the likes of David Warner, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav failed to fire once again.

The result meant SRH are out of contention now and have no chance of advancing any further with this being their fifth consecutive defeat in IPL 2021.

PBKS meanwhile, are still languishing in 7th place on the points table but are still in the race to qualify for the playoffs if they win all of their remaining games.

Earlier, West Indies seamer Jason Holder snapped three wickets as Sunrisers Hyderabad restricted Punjab Kings to a modest 125 for 7 in their Indian Premier League Match 37.

Holder (3/19) was the pick of the bowlers, while fellow pacers Sandeep Sharma (1/20), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/34), spin duo of Rashid Khan (1/17) and Abdul Samad (1/9) also chipped in with one wicket each.

For Punjab, South African batsman Aiden Markram (27) was the top-scorer, while skipper KL Rahul contributed with run-a-ball 21 at the top. Brief Score: Punjab Kings: 125 for 7 in 20 overs.

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