NEW DELHI: unbeaten 44-ball 89 David Miller was in vain as Hyderabad Sunrisers kept its playoff hopes alive with a five-run win against Kings XI Punjab in their IPL match at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Monday.
Miller kept Punjab in the hunt until the last over with a spectacular Hyderabad bowlers assault.
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Moises Henriques took three wickets for 16 runs as Punjab scored 180/7 in their 20 overs.
Bipul Sharma rejected Punjab openers Murali Vijay and Manan Vohra Henriques struck before the middle order to put the hosts in the driver’s seat.
Miller then played a burst of brilliant shots raise, but in the end, Punjab failed to cross the finish line. Miller beat up to nine six.
With this victory, Hyderabad has 14 points in his kitty with two games to go, while Punjab has now won just two of 12 matches.
Earlier, leading from the front, Captain David Warner gave way to a blazing 81 from 52 balls as Hyderabad saw a challenge 185/5.
Warner once again shouldered the responsibility to score runs, while opening the innings as 56 runs were put for the first window with Shikhar Dhawan (24) and added another 65 for second place with compatriot Moses Henriques (28) .
Warner cleared the ropes five times and hit the boundary ropes six times before being dismissed in the 18th over. He was in contact glorious Punjab bowlers were in some severe punishment. The Australian left-hander pulled, cut and was fiercely, scoring boundary after boundary.
Dhawan also played some delightful shots as Hyderabad raced to 51 in just 4.2 overs. Paceman Anureet Singh came rot a little by giving away just three runs in the final game of power.
Glenn Maxwell brought some have puzzled smile Dhawan in the first ball rolled. The burly Henriques, the hero of Hyderabad in the last match against Delhi Daredevils, order that Warner joined at the crease was promoted.
The rotation of Gurkeerat Singh Patel and Maxwell Axar trio, but put a brake on the scoring rate.
Left-arm paceman Hendricks, who had conceded 18 runs in his first feature, was brought back but still leaked 13 runs as SSR reached 86 for one after 10 overs.
Warner brought his fifty-one hundred team a game out flat six off Patel and raised the left arm spinner for another six over long-on three balls later.
Gurkeerat was given the same treatment by Warner but dumped roulette Henriques. Eoin Morgan joined his skipper and British southpaw got down to business straight, beating Maxwell for two sixes and a four.
Morgan, however, did not last long. It was removed by Hendricks, thanks to a stunning catch at deep by Manan Vohra. SSR quickly loses Warner, who represented one of Hendricks Gurkeerat half window and Naman Ojha in consecutive balls. Ojha was exhausted.
Lokesh Rahul (17) and Karn Sharma (11) added quick 28 runs for the sixth wicket to add to the total.happy wheels
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