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Zampa’s six-for in vain as Hyderabad take top spot

Wisden India logo Wisden India 10-05-2016
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David Warner’s decision to defend a score was vindicated as Sunrisers Hyderabad’s bowling unit produced another spectacular show to record a thrilling four-run win over Rising Pune Supergiants at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday (May 10) and go to the top position on the points table.

It meant that Adam Zampa’s returns of 6 for 19 – the second-best figures in the history of the league after Sohail Tanvir’s 6 for 14 for Rajasthan Royals against Chennai Super Kings in 2008 – went in vain.

The game went through its ebbs and flows before Pune needed 22 off the last two overs with five wickets in hand. It was a classic contest between Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Thisara Perera – a destructive pair – and Mustafizur Rahman, the hottest bowling property currently. Although Dhoni intelligently took four runs off the first two balls, Mustafizur changed his line of attack to leave Ashish Nehra with 13 runs to defend in the final over.

After Nehra had Perera caught, Dhoni hit a full toss over the midwicket fence to reduce the equation to six off the last two balls. But, he was run out off the next delivery going for the double and that left Zampa with a bit too much to do.

Bhuvneshwar had Ajinkya Rahane caught behind with an out-swinger in the third ball of Pune’s innings, and Usman Khawaja failed to beat Deepak Hooda’s sharp throw from midwicket at the batting end.

George Bailey was lucky to survive on 7 when the umpire failed to spot an outside edge and on 30 when Barinder Sran could not run him out at the bowling end. He and R Ashwin, promoted to No.4, weathered the early storm and put on 49 runs, but the Australian pulled Henriques straight to Nehra at midwicket in the 12th over. That opened an end up and wickets of Ashwin – caught beautifully on the leg side by Naman Ojha – and Saurabh Tiwary against the run of play within a short window pegged Pune back.

Despite Hyderabad’s win, Zampa’s performance was the highlight of the evening. His biggest scalps were Yuvraj Singh, Kane Williamson and Henriques. Yuvraj had stroked two sixes and a four to accelerate the scoring when Zampa returned for his second spell in the 16th over. He needed just two deliveries to strike as Yuvraj failed to middle a googly and was caught at long-off for 23.

The next over was even better for Zampa as he removed Williamson and Henriques in similar fashion off consecutive deliveries. Williamson, who held the innings through his 32, was sucked in by a wide delivery for Rajat Bhatia to take a good running catch at long-off. Bhatia did not have to move much to send Henriques back.

Although Zampa missed out on a hat-trick, in the last over of the innings he had Hooda stumped with a stock delivery, Ojha bowled with a faster one and Bhuvneshwar caught at long-on.

Ashok Dinda, Rudra Pratap Singh and Ashwin laid the base for Zampa’s bowling success by bowling dry in the first seven overs, but his special bowling spell was probably the last thing on Zampa’s mind when he had to hit a boundary off the last ball of the match to extend the game to the Super Over. Instead, he was caught behind, and in a span of three hours, he had experienced both sides of the coin.

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