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Punjab vs Hyderabad, Match 14

Indian T20 League, 2021 | Match 14 | Wednesday 21st April | 10:00
 Match Ended
Punjab
120 (19.4) RR:6.10
Hyderabad
121/1 (18.4) RR:6.48
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That is it from this game. Hyderabad have finally got off the mark for the season with a convincing win. Punjab have succumbed to their third loss in a row. We are not done for the day though as Kolkata take on Chennai in the second game of the day. Make sure to switch your tabs and join the coverage of that game. On that note, we are signing off from this game.

Jonny Bairstow is named Player of the Match for his fine performance.

KL Rahul, the Punjab skipper,  says that they knew what to expect. Tells they tried to get used to the condition but admits they were 10-15 runs short on this track. Rues the fact that none of the batters could go and make a 30-40 that could have made a difference. Hopes to come back stronger from this. Rahul says hindsight is a beautiful thing. Tells they knew Bairstow and Warner are key for them. Adds that he was waiting for one of them to get out and then attack as he knew they would try to attack n the first 6. Rahul says that every game from now on will be important for them. Tells that they have been in this situation before and now need to play with some freedom. Ends by saying that they need to learn from their mistakes and keep getting better.

Earlier in the game, Punjab opted to bat first and just kept losing wickets at regular intervals to find themselves in trouble. Rahul, Agarwal, Gayle, the three powerhouses of the batting failed. Nicholas Pooran fell for a duck again, this time, without facing a ball and the middle order failed as well. Shahrukh Khan with his 22 made sure the team got over 100 but that was never going to be enough. Credit to Hyderabad bowlers for keeping them down to such a low score. While all the bowlers were superb, Khaleel was the pick as he took 3. Sharma got two while Rashid, Bhuvneshwar and Kaul bagged 1 wicket apiece. And, chasing the score, Hyderabad easily crossed the line.

You cannot really blame the Punjab bowlers but to be honest, the shoulders were down in the very first over. They didn't look in the game at all and Warner and Bairstow had no difficulty in negotiating them. The spinners did manage to bowl a few tight overs but they needed wickets in a cluster and they never came. And Hyderabad have now lost three in a row.

Hyderabad knew that the target is not a big one. So, Warner took his time while Bairstow went after the balls. The duo added 73 for the first wicket and almost sealed the deal. Warner would've loved to finish things off but that wasn't to be. However, Bairstow and Williamson with their unbeaten stand took the team over the line without another hurdle. Bairstow reached his half-century. A bit slow but that was the demand on this wicket.

A walk in the park for Hyderabad! A thumping victory for them and they have opened their account on the points table. After the bowlers managed to keep the opposition to such a low score, it was always going to turn out this way. They would've loved to finish this a bit early though. Punjab, on the other hand, lacked intensity in the field and never looked troubling Hyderabad. And they have a lot to ponder if they are to make a comeback in the tournament.

wd 1 18.5
Arshdeep Singh to Kane Williamson

WIDE! Anticlimactic end to the game! Hyderabad get their first win of the season. Short ball wide outside off. It is the slower bumper. It goes over the head and away outside off. Williamson leaves it alone. HYDERABAD WIN BY 9 WICKETS!

1 18.4
Arshdeep Singh to Jonny Bairstow

Short and wide outside off. Bairstow punches it to sweeper covr for a single. Scores level with that run!

2 18.3
Arshdeep Singh to Jonny Bairstow

DROPPED! A tough chance for Hooda and he cannot hold onto it. Full on off, Bairstow looks to hit it straght down the ground. It is to the right of mid off. Hooda there stretches and misjudges it as the ball hits his forearm and goes away.  Two taken.

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