The Punjab Kings (PBKS) concluded their TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 campaign with a 5-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Sunday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Harpreet Brar shined with a three-wicket haul while Liam Livingstone slammed a quick-fire 49*(22) as PBKS successfully chased down the target with more than four overs to spare.
Chasing 158 for victory, Jonny Bairstow hit the ground running and got PBKS off to a confident start before the opener was castled by Fazalhaq Farooqi in the third over.
Shikhar Dhawan and Shahrukh Khan guided PBKS to 62/1 at the end of the powerplay after Dhawan clubbed consecutive sixes against Suchith. However, PBKS lost Shahrukh’s wicket in the next over after the right-handed batter miscued a shot against Umran Malik.
PBKS then lost Mayank Agarwal’s wicket in the next over after the skipper was caught in the deep. Liam Livingstone, who joined Dhawan, didn’t take time to settle as the all-rounder announced his entry by dispatching three sixes. SRH were placed at 97/3 at the 10-over mark.
The dangerous 41-run partnership was put to an end by Farooqi, who uprooted the off-stump to dismiss Dhawan on 39.
Next batter Jitesh Sharma was off the mark with a four as he continued to play the attacking shots before the wicketkeeper-batter holed out to long-on against Suchith.
Twenty three runs were conceded in the 15th over after Livingstone hammered two sixes and as many fours against Romario Shepherd. Prerak Mankad hit the winning runs and PBKS won by 5 wickets with more than four overs to spare.
Earlier, SRH, who opted to bat first, made two changes – Romario Shephard and Jagadeesha Suchith were named in the eleven meanwhile PBKS added Nathan Ellis, Shahrukh Khan and Prerak Mankad to their lineup.
Kagiso Rabada provided the opening breakthrough for Punjab Kings after Priyam Garg was caught by Mayank Agarwal inside the circle. Abhishek Sharma and Rahul Tripathi moved SRH to 43/1 after Tripathi smacked the first six of the innings in the 6th over.
Harpreet Brar put an end to the 47-run partnership after Tripathi was caught at short fine leg.
SRH were 71/2 at the halfway mark before Brar took his second wicket to dismiss Abhishek Sharma on 43, courtesy a splendid catch in the outfield by Liam Livingstone.
SRH were in trouble after losing the next two wickets in quick succession. While Nicholas Pooran was caught behind off Nathan Ellis, Brar claimed his third wicket in the form of Aiden Markram after Jitesh Sharma produced a fine stumping behind the stumps.
SRH were 99/5 at the end of 16 overs before Romario Shepherd and Washington Sundar stitched a vital partnership and were on the attack by adding 36 runs in the next two overs.
The fifty partnership was up for the 6th wicket before Ellis claimed two wickets on consecutive deliveries in the final over. Skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar was run-out for 1 as SRH reached 157-8 in the first innings.
Brief Scores: Punjab Kings 160/5 (Liam Livingstone 49*, Shikhar Dhawan 39; Fazalhaq Farooqi 2-32) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 157/8 (Abhishek Sharma 43, Romario Shepherd 26*; Harpreet Brar 3-26) by 5 wickets.