Unadkat does the ’trick for Pune

Saturday, May 6th, 2017, 6:39 pm

Sunrisers fail to overhaul a modest total

Left-arm pacer Jaydev Undakat could not have timed his hat-trick better.

With Sunrisers Hyderabad needing 13 runs in the final over to clinch victory, Unadkat removed Bipul Sharma, Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar with his second, third and fourth balls to guide Rising Pune Supergiant to a remarkable 12-run win in the Vivo IPL at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Saturday.

Unadkat finished off a five-for, and it had come against a formidable batting line-up and under pressure.

Stokes shines

A brilliant all-round performance from Ben Stokes earlier — he followed up a breezy knock of 39 (25, 1×4, 3×6) with a three-wicket haul.

Stokes dismissed Shikhar Dhawan, who was looking dangerous, and Kane Williamson in the fifth over, and then forced a well-set David Warner to slash straight to deep-point in the 13th over.

Yuvraj Singh also looked good with a straight six off Stokes and an imperious pull off pacer Shardul Thakur.

But Unadkat, returning for his second spell, drew Yuvraj into a slice to the deep, and Pune was back in the game.

It was a thoroughly disciplined bowling performance from Supergiant which fashioned the win.

Earlier, after being put in to bat, Supergiant did not manage the sort of start it would have hoped for.

In-form opener Rahul Tripathi was run out for one, thanks to a direct hit from short fine-leg by Bipul Sharma in the second over.

Ajinkya Rahane then swept left-arm spinner Bipul to Yuvraj Singh at deep square-leg in the seventh over, with score reading 39.

The fact that Rahane’s six in the sixth over — stepping out to medium-pacer Moises Henriques and lofting him over long-on — was the first boundary was a reflection of the Sunrisers’ discipline.

Bhuvneshwar, yet again, was miserly in his first spell of 2-0-9-0, even as he saw his new-ball partner, left-armer Ashish Nehra leave the field with cramps after bowling seven balls.

Boundaries at a premium

Interestingly, the first four of the innings was struck by Stokes off Siddarth Kaul in the 14th over!

Captain Steven Smith was lucky to be dropped when on five at short fine-leg by Bipul off Kaul.

The belligerence of the big-hitting Stokes, who hit Bipul for three sixes, and an unusually quiet Smith put the innings back on the rails.

Typical Dhoni knock

A typical M.S. Dhoni innings — the former India skipper shrugged off a sluggish start to hit Bhuvneshwar for a four and two sixes in the 19th over — ensured that Supergiant ended up with a far more respectable total than had looked likely.

While it was leggie Rashid Khan who struck the big blow to get rid of Stokes, Kaul was the pick of the bowlers for Sunrisers, with a four-wicket haul.

He was even on-a-hat-trick, dismissing M.S. Dhoni and Shardul Thakur off consecutive balls in the 20th over.