Punjab beat Hyderabad by 5 runs in a final over thriller at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday, September 25.
Put into bat, Punjab batters struggled to get going on a slow Sharjah pitch as they lost wickets at regular intervals. However, they managed to put up 126 runs on the board in their quota of 20 overs.
In reply, Hyderabad lost both Warner and Williamson early as Shami found movement with the new ball. However, the southern franchise kept losing wickets at regular intervals as they failed to build momentum.
In the end, it was up to Jason Holder's brisk 47 off 29 that brought the match within touching distance to victory. However, with 17 needed of the last over, he failed to get Hyderabad over the line on a wicket that was slowing down considerably.
With this loss, Hyderabad are now out of contention for the playoffs spot in this year's Indian T20 League
Here's what happened during the match
Punjab move to fifth in the table!
The win over Hyderabad has taken Punjab to the fifth spot in the standings. With seven teams still in contention for the playoffs spot, there is lot at stake in the coming week. Join us tomorrow for another cracking double-header day.
Lowest targets successfully defended by Punjab in Indian T20 League
120 vs Mumbai Durban 2009
126 vs Hyderabad Sharjah 2021 *
127 vs Hyderabad Dubai 2020
133 vs Kolkata Abu Dhabi 2014
Punjab win by 5 runs!
Calm under pressure Nathan Ellis defends 17 to help Punjab seal the last over thriller. Another poor outing for Hyderabad. They are out of contention now for the knockouts of this year's Indian T20 League!
17 needed off the final over!
With Holder out in the middle, Hyderabad still have hopes. Will Ellis on Indian T20 League debut be able to script a win for Punjab. We'll find out soon!
Just 5 off Arshdeep's 17th over!
Arshdeep bowls a terrific over to keep Jason Holder in check. Pressure on the batting side now. Hyderabad need 30 off 18 balls
Back-to-back sixes for Holder!
Holder goes after Ellis as he hits him for two maximums. Brings the equation down to 38 off 27 balls. Much needed for Hyderabad!
Gone! Samad departs for 1
Bishnoi gets his third. Silly shot from Samad who looks for a big six. Tries to hit across the line on a wicket where the ball is not coming onto the bat. In the end, edges and gives a simple catch to Chris Gayle at short third-man. Hyderabad 60/5 in 13 overs