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Sunrisers pip MI by 1 wicket in a thriller

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

held their nerves to edge out by one wicket off the last ball of the match in a thrilling encounter, here tonight.

Hyderabad's No 11 lofted Ben Cutting's last delivery of the 20th over to eke out their second win of the tournament as Rohit Sharma's men slipped to their second defeat in successive matches.

Chasing a modest target of 148, were cruising along at 73 for 1 before an inexplicable batting collapse left them staring at defeat. It was young composed 32 off 25 balls that proved to be precious in the final context of the match. Hooda hit Cutting's first delivery off the final over for a six to ease off the pressure with Stanlake holding fort at the other end.

It was young leg-spinner (4/23 in 4 overs) once again impressed one and all with his temperament and control as his spell got back in the match despite a modest total on board.

Shikhar Dhawan (45 off 28 balls) and Wriddhiman Saha (22 off 20) made it look like a walk in the park before Markande wreaked havoc. He first ball his stock ball googly to trap Saha leg before.

(6) edged one off Mustafizur Rahaman to behind the stumps.

From a comfortable 73 for 1, Markande engineered a slide that found Sunrisers reeling at 107 for five. Dhawan went trying to hit a slog sweep to a delivery that bounced a tad more. danced down the track and mistimed his lofted shot while was played on off the last ball of his spell. Markande currently holds the 'Purple cap' with seven wickets from two games.

However young Hooda and the seasoned (14) added 29 runs to bring their team closer to victory. But Mustafzur Rahaman brought them back in contention with a brilliant 19th over that cost MI only a run leaving 11 to win off final over. Thanks to Hooda they achieved it.

Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabad's bowlers once again put up a stellar show restricting a star-studded to 147 for 8.

The much-vaunted MI batting line-up flattered to deceive as the likes of Evin Lewis (29), Suryakumar Yadav (28) and Kieron Pollard (28) got out after getting set which put brakes on their scoring rate.

The lower middle-order caved in badly as Sunrisers looked as potent an attack even without their bowler Such was the dominance of the bowlers that the back 10 of the MI innings fetched them only 69 runs with only 36 coming off last five overs.

(2/25 in 4 overs) proved to be a like-for like replacement with his incisive swing while Siddarth Kaul (2/29 in 4 overs) was once again impressive.

A lot of credit will got to Rashid Khan, who stifled the scoring during the middle overs with brilliant figures of 1 for 13 in 4 overs. Rashid bowled flat and fast with a mix of googlies and flippers. He bowled as many as 18 dot balls.

Skipper (11) was out trying to whip a delivery from (2/42) that grew big on him and the catch was taken at square leg by

Ishan (9)'s maverick approach didn't pay dividends as he failed to make most of a dropped catch by as had him caught at third man.

The normally dangerous Evin Lewis (29, 17 balls) started off well but tried to hit Kaul across the line only to find the off-stump knocked back.

The normally dependable Krunal Pandya closed his face to a (1/34 in 4 overs) delivery to offer a simple catch.

Stanlake hurried Pollard into ballooning one to Shikhar Dhawan at cover.

Sandeep then dismissed Suryakumar and Pradeep Sangwan off successive balls to ensure that MI don't cross the 150-run mark.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 23:55 IST
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