Stokes (3 for 30) & Unadkat (5 for 30) broke the back of SRH's chase © BCCI
Stokes (3 for 30) & Unadkat (5 for 30) broke the back of SRH’s chase © BCCI

Ben Stokes continued to impress all and sundry with his terrific all-round show in Indian Premier League (2017) as his figures of 3 for 30 and knock of 25-ball 39 helped Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) pip Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 12 runs in last-over thriller. He was ably assisted by hat-trick hero Jaydev Unadkat, who finished with figures of 5 for 30. Playing at their home ground in Hyderabad, SRH started on a good note in pursuit of 149. Shikhar Dhawan played a few scoring shots early on. With 2 fours and a six, he raced to 19 from 11 balls. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD, Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rising Pune Supergiant – Match 44

But things changed as Stokes came into the attack. He first cleaned up Dhawan on a delivery that kept low and then got the big fish Kane Williamson in the same over. If the one to Dhawan kept low, this one took extra bounce to surprise the Kiwi skipper, who gave an easy catch to MS Dhoni behind the wickets.

Being reduced to 29 for 2, SRH then began with the repair work. David Warner and Yuvraj Singh then added 54 runs off 47 balls; starting with caution and then gradually regaining the momentum. Warner was severe against spinners, first hitting Washington Sundar for 3 fours in an over and then thrashing Tahir for a six. In the process, he became the first batsman to score 500-plus runs in 4 successive IPL seasons. Yuvraj then got into the groove, hitting Shardul Thakur for a couple of fours.

With his bowlers failing to get him the breakthrough, Steven Smith brought Stokes back into the attack and he delivered immediately. Warner fell for 40 off 34 balls. In the next over, Tahir removed Moises Henriques with a googly.

Yuvraj continued playing his shots as the asking rate shot up. He hit Tahir and Christian for a four and six before Unadkat got him caught for 47. In the same over, Unadkat sent back Naman Ojha, but not before conceding a six.

With 22 required, Stokes conceded 9 runs from the penultimate over, finishing with 3 for 30 from 4 overs. Unadkat then bowled hat-trick maiden in the last over, getting the wickets of Bipul Sharma, Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar on consecutive deliveries. He also completed his 100 wickets in IPL in the process.

Earlier, winning the toss on a cloudy day, Warner invited RPS to bat first. His bowlers, and fielders, did justify his decision. Rahul Tripathi, the man in red-hot form, had to go back early after a terrific throw from Bipul at short fine leg found him short of his crease. Rahane failed again, with Bipul getting him caught at long leg for 22.

Skipper Smith (34) and Stokes (39) then decided to play with caution. They started rotating the strike and avoided playing any rash shot. At the half-way stage, RPS were 51 for 2, with a solitary boundary being hit in their innings. Stokes then shifted the gears, hitting Bipul for back-to-back sixes over the deep mid-wicket boundary in the 11th over of the innings. Stokes got another six in the same region in Bipul’s next over. He then hit RPS innings’ first four in the 14th over, immediately after completing his 50-run stand with Smith.

But RPS then lost quick wickets as well as the momentum, with Rashid knocking-off Stokes and Kaul dismissing Smith and Christian (4). Dhoni then played some big shots in the closing stages, hitting Bhuvneshwar for two sixes, but perished for 31 in the final over as RPS finished on 148 for 8. Kaul finished with figures of 4 for 29.

With this win, Pune went to the second spot in the IPL 10 points table with 8 wins from 12 games. SRH remained on the fourth spot with 6 wins from 12 games.

Brief scores:

Rising Pune Supergiant 148 for 8 in 20 overs (Ben Stokes 39, Steven Smith 34, MS Dhoni 31; Siddharth Kaul 4 for 29, Rashid Khan 1 for 18) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 136 for 9 in 20 overs (Yuvraj Singh 47, David Warner 40; Jaydev Unadkat 5 for 30, Ben Stokes 3 for 30) by 12 runs.

Man of the Match: Jaydev Unadkat