Jaydev Unadkat picked a last over hat-trick as Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) notched a sensational 12-run win over defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. (SRH v RPS HIGHLIGHTS)
Unadkat completed his second five-wicket haul in T20 cricket, as well 100 wickets in the IPL, in the process, as RPS defended their total of 148/8 by restricting SRH to 136/9. (SRH vs RPS SCORECARD)
With their fourth consecutive win in the tournament, RPS are now just a win away from sealing their spot in the play-offs. This was also SRH’s first home loss of the season.
The hosts had made a steady start to their innings, but the quick dismissals of Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson in the fifth over momentarily derailed their 149-run chase.
Dhawan was bowled for 19 by Ben Stokes, while Kane Williamson edged a delivery from the English all-rounder to MS Dhoni.
David Warner combined with Yuvraj Singh in a 54-run stand for the third wicket, but the SRH skipper fell victim to a Stokes delivery in the 14th over. He scored 40 runs.
The match was evenly poised at this point, but RPS were quick to seize the initiative with a few quick wickets in the final stretch of the match.
Moises Henriques fell for 4 in the 14th over, but the big blow came in the first ball of the 18th over, when Yuvraj Singh fell for 47 to a Unadkat delivery.
It was a free-fall for SRH from this point, with Naman Ojha departing for 9 soon after.
Needing 13 runs to win in the final over, SRH completely collapsed as Unadkat ran through their lower order.
Bipul Sharma, Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were dismissed in consecutive deliveries as Unadkat completed a maiden over to seal a 12-run win for RPS, leaving them just one win away from making the play-offs.
SRH bowlers impress again in death overs
Earlier, RPS made a slow start to the match after being put into bat by SRH. Rahul Tripathi departed for just 1 in a run out dismissal by Bipul Sharma.
Ajinkya Rahane scored 22 runs off 20 balls as the Steve Smith-led side struggled to improve their scoring rate.
He was dismissed by Bipul Sharma in the seventh over. Skipper Steve Smith showed restraint during his innings, scoring 34 off 39 before being dismissed by Siddharth Kaul. He didn’t manage to send the ball past the boundary line even once during his knock.
Smith’s 60-run partnership with Englishman Ben Stokes, however, was crucial in steadying the boat.
The latter managed 39 from 25 balls, with Afghan spinner Rashid Khan eventually cleaning his wickets to send him back to the pavillion.
Former India skipper MS Dhoni too chipped in with a crucial 31 from 21 balls, but Daniel Christian and Manoj Tiwary fell cheaply for 4 and 9, respectively, as SRH once again impressed with their death bowling.
Kaul was the pick of the SRH bowlers, as he ended with figures of 4/29, while Rashid Khan’s disciplined bowling played a key part in restricting RPS to 148/8.
The Afghan started conceded just 18 runs from his four overs, while grabbing the wicket of Stokes.