In a thrilling IPL encounter, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) secured a crucial victory over Punjab Kings (PBKS) by 4 wickets, thanks to a scintillating performance by Abhishek Sharma. Chasing a formidable target of 214 runs set by PBKS, SRH reached 215/6 in 19.1 overs, showcasing their batting depth and resilience under pressure. This win propelled SRH to the second spot in the points table, setting up an exciting finish to the league stage. Abhishek Sharma won Player Of The Match Award.

Abhishek Sharma scored 66 runs in just 28 balls, in that 5 Four’s and 6 sixes are there.

Abhishek Sharma:

It’s a matter of time for any batsman. My days are going good so I should utilize it for my team. I wanted to contribute as the target was big today. I think I have told this before, during SMAT I was clear how I was going to play and dominate (during IPL). He (Lara) was our coach as well, have done some work with him, he’s in touch. That’s helping me now. Just waiting for the loose balls, I am going hard against them and trying to put them (bowlers) under pressure. I was talking to Nitish, the more I was waiting it was getting easier for me. I was ready for that (playing against Harshal). I was trying to take a single but fortunately got a boundary (one of the balls.) I want to thank the crowd, special mention to pitch curator and groundsmen. They have given pitches that have suited our style.

Punjab Kings’ Impressive Total

Batting first, PBKS posted an imposing total of 214/5, riding on strong performances from their top three batsmen.

Atharva Taide played a crucial innings, scoring 46 off 27 balls with a strike rate of 170.37, including 5 fours and 2 sixes.

Prabhsimran Singh starred with the bat, smashing 71 off 45 balls, featuring 7 fours and 4 sixes, maintaining a high strike rate of 157.78.

Rilee Rossouw continued the onslaught with a quickfire 49 off 24 balls, including 4 fours and 3 sixes, ensuring PBKS capitalized on the strong start.

Despite losing a few wickets towards the end, contributions from Jitesh Sharma (32* off 15 balls) helped PBKS reach a competitive total.

Abhishek Sharma’s Power-Packed Knock

Chasing a daunting target, SRH faced an early setback with the dismissal of Travis Head for a duck in the first over. However, Abhishek Sharma turned the tide with a counterattacking innings that laid the foundation for the successful chase.

Abhishek Sharma delivered a sensational performance, scoring 66 off just 28 balls with a strike rate of 235.71. His innings included 5 fours and 6 sixes, and he reached his fifty in just 21 balls. Remarkably, this was his slowest fifty of the season, highlighting his ability to score at an incredible pace. This was his third fifty of the season, bringing his total runs to 467 in 13 innings.

Key Contributions in the Chase

Rahul Tripathi provided valuable support to Abhishek, contributing 33 off 18 balls, with 4 fours and 2 sixes. His aggressive batting ensured SRH maintained a high run rate.

Nitish Reddy and Heinrich Klaasen played pivotal roles in the middle overs. Reddy scored 37 off 25 balls, while Klaasen added 42 off 26 balls, keeping the momentum going despite losing early wickets.

Towards the end, SRH lost a few wickets, creating a tense finish. However, the composure of Abdul Samad (11* off 8 balls) and Sanvir Singh (6* off the final delivery) ensured SRH crossed the finish line in the final over.

Impact on the Points Table

This victory was crucial for SRH, as it propelled them to the second spot in the points table. The result of the next game will determine whether SRH or Rajasthan Royals join Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier 1, making the conclusion of the league stage even more exciting.


Abhishek Sharma’s blistering form has been a standout feature of SRH’s campaign this season. His ability to score quickly and consistently has been instrumental in their success. This victory not only highlights SRH’s batting depth but also sets the stage for a thrilling finish to the league stage.

Cricket fans can look forward to more action-packed encounters as the race to the playoffs heats up. Will SRH maintain their momentum, or will Rajasthan Royals clinch the spot? Stay tuned for more IPL drama and excitement!

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