Sunrisers Hyderabad’s bowlers produced a brilliant performance to defend their low total and beat Rising Pune Supergiants by four runs in a nail-biting Indian Premier League clash.
Hyderabad lost wickets at regular intervals and could manage only 137/8 in 20 overs, thanks an impressive six-wicket haul by young leg-spinner Adam Zampa (6/19).
In reply, handy knocks by George Bailey (34), MS Dhoni (30) and Ravichandran Ashwin (29) took Pune close to the target but two brilliant over from Mustafizur Rahman and Ashish Nehra restricted Pune to 133/8 in 20 overs. Nehra (3/29) was the pick of the Hyderabad bowlers, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Barinder Sran and Moises Henriques claimed one wicket each.
Chasing a target of 138, Pune got off to a disappointing start, losing in-form opener Ajinkya Rahane (0) on the third ball of the innings.
His opening partner Usman Khawaja (11) looked good after striking a couple of boundaries but he also departed in the fourth over to have Pune in trouble at 19/2. Bailey and Ashwin, who was promoted up the batting order, played sensibly to take Pune past the 50-run mark at the halfway stage.
But medium-pacer Henriques returned to provide Hyderabad the much needed breakthrough as he dismissed Bailey in the 12th over to bring a halt in Pune's run chase.
Ashwin, after playing a handy 25-ball 29, too went back to the pavilion in the 14th over to put the home side in a spot of bother.
Ashwin was followed by Saurabh Tiwary (9). Skipper Dhoni and Thisera Perera (17) built a small partnership but failed to take the team to victory. Earlier, opting to bat, Hyderabad got off to a slow start. Skipper David Warner (11) was dismissed by seamer RP Singh in the third over to have the visitors at 18/1.
D Warner c Dhoni b Singh 11
S Dhawan c Tiwary b Ashwin 33
K Williamson c Bhatia b Zampa 31
Yuvraj Singh c Tiwary b Zampa 23
M Henriques c Bhatia b Zampa 10
D Hooda st Dhoni b Zampa 14
N Ojha b Zampa 7
B Kumar c Tiwary b Zampa 1
B Sran not out 1
Extras: (LB-2, W-4) 6
Total (5 wickets in 20 overs) 137
FOW: 1-18, 2-64, 3-96, 4-114, 5-114,
6-135, 7-136, 8-137
AB Dinda 4-0-26-0
RP Singh 3-0-23-1
R Ashwin 4-0-16-1
A Zampa 4-0-19-6
R Bhatia 3-0-26-0
A Rahane c Ojha b Kumar 0
U Khawaja run out (Hooda/Ojha) 11
G Bailey c Nehra b Henriques 34
R Ashwin c Ojha b Sran 29
S Tiwary c Dhawan b Nehra9
M Dhoni run out (Sran/Yuvraj Singh) 30
T Perera c Henriques b Nehra 17
R Bhatia not ou t 0
A Zampa c Ojha b Nehra 0
Extras (lb 2, w 1) 3
Total (8 wickets; 20 overs) 133
FOW: 1-0 2-19 3-68 4-78 5-86 6-126 7-133 8-133
B Kumar 4-1-20-1
A Nehra 4-0-29-3
M Henriques 3-0-20-1
Y Singh 1-0-10-0
M Rahman 4-0-26-0
Man of the match: Adam Zampa