IPL 2017 Match 19 report: Bhuvneshwar Kumar leads Sunrisers to a scintillating win

In a nutshell

Manan Vohra’s 50-ball 95-run knock was neutralized by a out of the world bowling effort by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4-0-19-5) as Sunrisers Hyderabad won a thriller in Match 19 of the Indian Premier League season 10 against Kings XI Punjab by five runs to register their third win of the season. As is evident from our win probability graph (see the graph here), the game took a lot of turns and was in balance almost until the end.

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How it unfolded
Put into bat, Hyderabad posted 159 for 6 in their allotted 20 overs. Hyderabad rode on David Warner’s 70 not out to get a competitive score on the board. Warner slammed seven fours and two sixes in his knock as he completed 34 half centuries in the IPL, a record in the tournament’s history. Mohit Sharma and Axar Patel bagged two wickets each for Punjab.

In defence of the total, Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave SRH the perfect start by trapping Hashim Amla in front with full in-swinger. Maxwell, promoting himself up the order, failed to get going. Vohra though continued to hit the ball cleanly and took two fours and six off Rashid Khan inside the powerplay overs. The 15th and 16th over cost SRH 41 runs and Vohra got the run-rate down drastically. Vohra was given a life when he was dropped by Dhawan at deep extra cover on 83 off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. A six off Siddharth Kaul’s penultimate over helped Vohra enter the 90s and the equation came down to 22 off 17. Kaul came back well to give away just six more runs in the over. Bhuvneshwar was given the 19th over to bowl and the Indian international delivered cleaning up Cariappa and then trapped Vohra in front with low full toss. Kaul held his nerve in the final over, defending 11 runs, and wrapped up the game with the wicket of Ishant Sharma to hand SRH a five-run win.

Where the game was won
As can be seen by the graph here, the game was balanced throughout the game with occasional advantages to either of the teams. But it all came down to the last over and the Sunrisers held their nerve to pull it off.

What this means for the tournament
Looking at the points table in the league, Kolkata Knight Riders lead the pack. Placed second are Mumbai Indians and Hyderabad jumped to take the third spot. Delhi Daredevils, Punjab and Rising Pune Supergiant take spots four, five and six respectively. Gujarat Lions are at number seven and Royal Challengers Bangalore are placed at the bottom of the league table.