Match Report: IPL Pune Warriors vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Match 22, 17 April 2013
In the return fixture between these two that finished in a nail biter it was once again the tournament newcomers who fought back bravely to grab another victory, whilst questions will be asked as to why the host failed to get a win that was up for grabs.
Pune Warriors opted to rotate captains as Angelo Matthews came in for the victorious Ross Taylor, a strange decision after the emphatic win achieved in Chennai against the Super Kings. The Sunrisers also had a new captain in the form of Cameron White with regular skipper Kumar Sangakarra being replaced by the young South African Quinton de Kock, due to make his IPL debut.
The Warriors won the toss and elected to field, a wise decision as there was plenty of movement on offer for the seam bowlers. The promising de Kock had a horror debut after throwing away his wicket at the end of the 2nd over. Then it became the Bhuvneshwar Kumar show as the seamer exploited the pace in the wicket by striking withing the powerplay. Before the Sunrisers had time to look at the scoreboard it was already 17/4 and their backs were against the wall.
If dealing with the pace attack wasn’t enough R Sharma stepped in and tightened the screws with some excellent legbreak bowling. The lanky spinner has proved troublesome with ball in hand throughout the tournament, even to inform batsmen, never mind a struggling middle order. Sunrisers kept chipping away where possible and at the halfway stage of their innings they were 44/6, with Australian all rounder Mitchell Marsh picking up the vital wicket of Therasara Perera.Samantray and Mishra brought back some respectability to the visitors innings with both scoring 30+ who ended their 20 overs on 119/8
The Pune Warriors innings started in complete contrast with the oppositions, the batsmen Robin Uthappa and Aaron Finch took the attack to the Sunrisers fast bowlers Ishant Sharma and Dale Steyn and were 28/0 after 3 overs. Breaking the back of the run chase with in the powerplay seemed inevitable, and meant that the hosts could cruise to victory without too much pressure.
With the score on 38/0 after 4 overs Perera was brought into the attack and struck immediately dismissing both openers consecutively with the score at 39/2 after 5, and a comeback on the cards for the visitors. Spin proved to be key as Mishra was brought in to decrease the run rate. He struck with Sumans wicket which meant that at the halfway stage Pune were 65/3. Man of the Match against CSK Steve Smith proved to be the biggest obstacle for the Sunrisers as his shot selection and quick running between the wickets helped in alleviating any pressure that the bowlers tried to create.
Ishant Sharma got the breakthrough as Steve Smith skied a delivery and was caught on the boundary for 17 of 25 balls by Ashish Reddy. This stage Pune needed 44 off 44 balls with 6 wickets in hand, meaning that this low scoring game was getting everyone watching to move closer to the edges of their seats.
The Warriors seemed to bat too cautiously as there were 46 balls between boundaries, something that would frustrate any spectator of this short format. And meant that captain Cameron White was doing a splendid job atthe squeeze on the batsmen. With 25 needed off 24 balls it was really getting squeaky bum time and the strategic time out was called. With the match going into its final stage it was still anyones to win or lose.
With the brilliant start Pune had it was hard to think that they would find themselves in this situation. It was a forgetful night for South Africas premier fast bowler as he was dispatched unceremoniously by the Warriors batsmen but managed to get the wicket of Mitch Marsh with the last ball of his spell and ended with figures of 34/1 from his allotted 4 overs. One could argue that Allan Donald the Proteas and Pune bowling coach had something to do with the batsmen dissecting the fast bowlers bowling.
How vital that wicket proved to be will soon be revealed, Perera came back into the attack and also struck again and all of a sudden the safety cushion of wickets the Warriors had was disappearing. With 14 needed of 12 and 4 wickets in hand, the man of the match Mishra stepped up to bowl his last over, one that could swing the game into the visitors favour. He got the big wicket of Angelo Matthews, caught by Dale Steyn and it finally seemed as if the men from Hyderabad will pull off an unlikely comeback. Mishra wasn’t finished yet as he also had Kumar trapped lbw for 0 and if that wasn’t enough, the following ball he clean bowled Sharma for a golden duck and then the cherry on top, a hat trick by the Ahmit Mishra led them to a most incredible victory by 11 runs, with figures of 4/19 of his 4 overs.
Sunrisers 119/8 (Samatray 37, Mishra 30, B Kumar 3/18 beat Pune Warriors 108 (Uthappa 22, Matthews 20, A Mishra 4/19) by 11runs
Man of the Match: A Mishra (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Disappointment of the day: Pune Warriors for not winning after an excellent start.