x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Indian Premier League: Sunrisers Hyderabad share lead as Mishra hat-trick sinks Pune Warriors

Legspinner Amit Mishra is the star turn as Sunrisers pull off a dramatic 11-run win over the Warriors.

Toss Pune, chose to field
Hyderabad Samantray 37, Mishra 30; B Kumar 3-18, R Sharma 2-21
Pune Uthappa 22; Mishra 4-19, Perera 3-20
Man of match Amit Mishra (Hyderabad)

Amit Mishra did the star turn for Sunrisers Hyderabad to pull off a dramatic 11-run win over Pune Warriors.

Mishra scored 30 runs in a low-scoring encounter and then triggered a collapse with his off-spin bowling, including a hat-trick, as Hyderabad defended a lowly 119 for eight to stay up as joint leaders with Bangalore on the table.

The dismal Warriors lost six wickets for the addition of seven runs in 13 balls and after this fourth loss in the tournament, are now eighth, second from last, on the table.

Hyderabad were made to bat first and Bhuvanesh Kumar led the way for Pune with a tidy spell of 3-18 complemented by wickets from the other bowlers. Biplab Samantray (37) and Mishra provided the bulk of the scoring as the visitors laboured to a half-decent total at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium.

Pune were cruising in reply, and though they lost their opener at the score of 58 and then a couple more, they were on course at 101 for four when Mitchell Marsh fell to Dale Steyn with three overs to go.

Two balls later Abhishek Nayar was ought for naught and Angelo Mathews, the Pune captain, holed out to a reckless big heave off the bowling of Mishra for a personal score of 20 runs.

That was when Mishra picked up all three tail-enders to complete a dramatic turnaround.

Mathews bemoaned the collapse and told the post-match conference: "We did everything right till the last five [overs] and then we lost again.

"We've got to be as consistent as we can. We are disappointed and cannot lose like we did in this game despite having this in our hand."

His counterpart, Cameron White, was all praise for the all-round capabilities of his bowling unit which has clicked along with the fast bowlers Steyn and Ishant Sharma.

"We got a wicket every time just when we needed one," he said. "And Mishy did a fantastic job at the end. The fast bowlers are doing well and then leave it to the leggies. Mishra did it for us in the end."

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