SRH pulled off a thrilling win with 2 balls to spare © AFP

Yuvraj Singh’s unbeaten 42 off 24 balls helped Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) defeat Kings XI Punjab in Match 46 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 at Mohali on Sunday. With this win, Hyderabad became the first team in IPL 2016 to qualify for the playoffs. Yuvraj’s knock was inclusive of three boundaries and three sixes while he had Ben Cutting on the other end. The Australian also remained unbeaten on 21 off 11 and the duo went on to put 44 runs in 3.4 overs that ensured Hyderabad’s party did not spoil after the dismissals of their set batsmen earlier in the innings. Full Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016 Match 47 at Mohali

An excellent effort from Mohit Sharma on the field helped Punjab make their first breakthrough. Dhawan who regained his lost form in the last couple of games in this edition of IPL just got unlucky in this game. He was forced to walk back when he missed the crease by far when Hyderabad skipper David Warner ran from the striker’s end for a single. Warner faced the delivery on the last ball of the eighth over as he had played it towards the long-on. While Warner ran for a single, he returned immediately seeing the ball with Mohit.

Dhawan took 10 deliveries to open his account of boundaries. He pushed it down the ground superbly off Anureet Singh’s bowling before targeting Glenn Maxwell later in the innings for two consecutive boundaries.

Meanwhile, an angry Warner was seen walking off the field after getting out hit wicket in the 13th over. He became the third player from Sunrisers and over-all to get hit-wicket in this ninth edition of IPL after his teammates Deepak Hooda and Yuvraj Singh. The Hyderabad skipper went deep inside the crease and while an attempt to whip it, his feet disturbed the stumps that forced an angry Warner to walk back to the dugout for 52 off 41 balls. It was Warner’s sixth half-century of IPL 2016 and this innings was inclusive of five boundaries and a six.

Sunrisers never seemed to have struggled during their chase of 180 because there was always a batsman after the dismissal of one. Hyderabad’s middle-order batsman Deepak Hooda took 11 balls to hit his first boundary and from there, he did not look back before Sandeep Sharma dismissed him in the 16th over. His 22-ball 34 was inclusive of three fours and a six before falling to the trap of short ball from Sandeep. In an attempt to pull it towards the longer boundary, he just managed to get the ball into the hands of David Miller at midwicket.

Earlier, Hashim Amla’s 96 off 56 powered Punjab to 179 in 20 overs. Towards the end, it was David Miller whose fireworks of nine-ball 20 ensured Punjab put up a competitive total. His innings included two fours and a six with Glenn Maxwell, who on the non-striker’s end did not face a single ball.  Sunrisers’ go to bowler this season, Mustafizur Rahman happened to be expensive in today’s fixture giving 32 runs in 4 overs despite bagging the crucial wicket of Murali Vijay.

Brief scores:

Kings XI Punjab 179 for 4 (Hashim Amla 96, Gurkeerat Singh 27; Bhuveneshwar Kumar 2 for 32) lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad (David Warner 52, Yuvraj Singh 42*; Akshar Patel 1 for 26) by seven wickets.

Man of the Match: Hashim Amla

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(Sakshi Gupta, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a sports fanatic whose mantra in life is “do only what you enjoy.” Her Twitter handle is @sakshi2929)